This Week In Sales: Idolm@ster Shines Again With Idolm@ster Shiny Festa

By Ishaan . October 31, 2012 . 2:00pm

Period: The week of October 22nd – October 28th (2012)

Top-seller: Idolm@ster Shiny Festa (PSP) – 119,132

Nintendo 3DS sales: 23,453 | Total sales: 6,988,461

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 38,089 | Total sales: 819,991

PlayStation Vita sales: 5,806 | Total sales: 1,020,850

<< Last week’s software sales chart

 

Last week saw a slate of new releases in Japan, with Namco Bandai’s The Idolm@ster Shiny Festa taking the top spot. Shiny Festa was released in three versions—Funky Note, Groovy Tune and Honey Sound—and collectively, they sold 119,132 copies, debuting at the #1 spot for the week.

 

At #2 was a rather admirable performance for the re-release of Dark Souls with the “Artorias of the Abyss” DLC included in the package. That sold 67,002 copies. Following it at #3 was Zone of the Enders HD Collection with 44,751 copies sold.

 

Lower down the list, Borderlands 2 was represented on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on the Nintendo 3DS remained in the top-10 for the week.

 

The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:

 

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. The Idolm@ster Shiny Festa: Funky Note/Groovy Tune/Honey Sound 119,132 New PSP Namco Bandai
New 02. Dark Souls with Artorias of the Abyss Edition 67,002 New PS3 From Software
New 03. Zone of the Enders HD Collection 44,751 New PS3 Konami
New 04. AKB48 + Me 40,542 New 3DS Kadokawa
New 05. Borderlands 2 36,068 New PS3 Take Two
03. 06. Bravely Default: Flying Fairy 31,001 213,960 3DS Square Enix
02. 07. Resident Evil 6 24,263 794,352 PS3 Capcom
06. 08. New Super Mario Bros. 2 24,010 1,295,634 3DS Nintendo
05. 09. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 18,810 325,157 PS3 Konami
New 10. Borderlands 2 18,699 New 360 Take Two
01. 11. The Little Battlers W 16,509 93,966 PSP Level 5
New 12. Forza Horizon 15,468 New 360 Microsoft
09. 13. Style Savvy: Trendsetters 11,446 148,119 3DS Nintendo
10. 14. Run for Money Tousouchuu 10,130 213,767 3DS Namco Bandai
07. 15. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Zero Evolution 7,735 29,254 PSV Kadokawa
12. 16. Pokémon Black/White 2 7,402 2,815,250 3DS Pokémon Co.
04. 17. FIFA 13 6,646 42,446 PS3 Electronic Arts
21. 18. Rocksmith 5,663 24,142 PS3 Ubisoft
11. 19. Project X Zone 5,480 103,469 3DS Namco Bandai
New 20. Street Fighter X Tekken 5,420 New PSV Capcom

 

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and Geimin.net.



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  • Domii

    Well deserved success for From Soft. Dark Souls is the game of the generation.

  • malek86

    Shiny Festa sold almost exactly as much as Idolmaster SP. That’s the sign of a dedicated fanbase, especially because Shiny Festa looks like a cheap cash-in.

    • Alexander Kim

      Cheap cash-in or not, all I know is that I’m having a blast.

    • LynxAmali

      It’s an odd case of the longer you play a game, the worse you get.

      SCREW YOU, CHIHAYA!
      (You may be my favorite next to Makoto and Hibiki but goddamn, your songs are SLOOOW.)

  • Solomon_Kano

    Glad to see Bravely Default is still up there. It’s also looking like Nintendo will have a million XL’s sold by year’s end and 7 million 3DSs next week.

    Meanwhile, the Vita… well, I sincerely hope Sony’s got something big in the pipeline for next year. It’s a lovely system, but that means fudge-all without games to get it into people’s hands.

    • Domii

      It seems like Sony is killing off my optimism of them making their fiscal year goal for the Vita lol. Oh well, atleast they are pushing advertising like I haven’t seen in a long time. The NBA season opener was packed with Vita and AC3 ps3 commercials. That’s something good atleast.

      • malek86

        Interestingly, they don’t have a fiscal year goal for the PSV, only a goal of 12 millions PSP+PSV combined (I guess they had no other choice, if they didn’t want to look bad in their investors’ eyes by setting a really low goal for the PSV alone). It helps a bit that the PSP is still selling pretty ok in Japan and Europe.

        Still, my (admittedly rough) calculations based on the Nintendo graphs data released recently, say that they achieved around 2,5 millions in the first half of the fiscal year. So that’s less than a quarter of the goal. Frankly, even with the holidays, I’m not sure they can pull it off… unless they resort to some serious overshipping.

        • Domii

          It’s gonna be tough but I’m still giving them the benefit of the doubt. Like I said before, I been really surprise how much they’re actually marketing the Vita and both AC3 bundles. I can’t speak for Japan though, as I don’t know what software lineups or bundles they got coming out this holiday. I really hope Sony figures this whole thing out fast, because the Vita is a great piece of tech. Japan is were handhelds shine, so they have to get things rolling out there like they’re doing here in the west. 

    • Herok♞

       Vita finally hit a million JP sales so hopefully that means more JP support

      • Solomon_Kano

        I certainly hope so, but the Vita hitting a million is a whole lot less attractive when its competitor is sitting around 8 million across two hardware configurations. Smaller devs like Falcom and Gust seem content to work on the hardware and that makes me happy, but at this rate it’ll be a while before we see something original from Capcom on the platform. And lord knows it needs the big publishers pushing content to it. The 3DS was helped through its first holiday by Mario, but it also had MH and RE. That’s the kind of support Vita needs.

        Still though, I remain cautiously optimistic.

        • Herok♞

           What game do you really think would save Vita in Japan AC and CoD may do something for it in the U.S.

          • Hidayat246
          • Solomon_Kano

            Call of Duty will do nothing but hurt the Vita. Had it been a good game, it certainly would’ve been helpful but… well, look at it:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCRvGDqBKHI

            It’s literally everything that people complained about in Resistance Vita with Call of Duty’s name slapped on it. That’s not going to sell systems. It’ll fool people at first, but bad word of mouth travels even faster than good does. AC should do something though since it’s a really popular series and Sony’s promoted it with a bundle as well as hyping it up with AC3.

            As for what I think could save it, well, it’s going to take a combination of things since MH won’t do it. The 3DS already is the system of choice for that series, so it’s going to take something else. A new Resident Evil, an inevitable MGS game, the successor to Type-0. It needs more than one thing in Japan. In the US, CoD was it’s best bet but Activision screwed that up. If Ken Levine really makes Bioshock happen, that’ll be big. Add a Borderlands game, a Gran Turismo, and something from Naughty Dog and the Vita would be on its way. Ramping up promotion in both places will be important too.

            The main thing though is that it’s beyond being saved by any single series either here or in Japan.

          • Herok♞

            Still, I hope enough people being tricked by bad cod is enough to get the ball rolling.

          • Solomon_Kano

            @Cyberninja776:disqus I hope so too. It’s too bad that we don’t get US sales anymore, so we’ll have no way of knowing unless it boosts the Vita to some number Sony feels is worth bragging about.

      • Hidayat246

        u wrong, the power still holding by 3DS family!!!!!

        how long vita break 1 million unit? is not so fast compared to 3DS XL sales!!!

        • Herok♞

           I have no problem with 3DS leading since I have both Vita and 3DS but its wrong to ingore vita milestones.

    • Elvick

      I wish SE would localize Bravely Default. ): Looks so gewd.

      Hopefully Soul Sacrifice will do well when it comes out.

      • Solomon_Kano

        With Soul Sacrifice being the Vita’s first real hunting game (Lord of Apocalypse was also on PSP, and Ragnarok Odyssey wasn’t exactly a traditional hunting game) and Keiji Inafune’s name attached, I’m hoping that does something significant. On top of all that it just looks really good.

  • Brandonmkii

    My trio of Shiny Festa games is still on my their way here ;c

    • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

      I’m saving up for the upcoming BD release of their 7th anniversary and Nendoroid  Petite set, so I could only go with the version of the game with Makoto ;~;

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    Interesting tidbit: It looks like Bravely Default’s hasty release on the Nintendo eShop was indeed made in order to address the stock shortages. 

    http://on.fb.me/PHXQDB

    Smart play on Asano’s part. Also, the game is 1.9 GB in size on the eShop.

    • Ethan_Twain

      As digital sales of games like Bravely Default become more prevalent through the eShop over the next few years, are you guys going to be able to track that at all?  Media Create doesn’t have access to that information do they?

      • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

        No, Media-Create don’t provide eShop data, so unfortunately, we’re never going to find out in most cases, unless publishers themselves release the info. And of course, very few publishers will.

        But again, in most cases, at least for the near future, download sales in Japan will account for a very small portion of the total sales. The one game where they may actually make a significant difference is Animal Crossing: New Leaf, since Nintendo are actively advertising the download version on TV.

        Iwata has said that they’ll release download figures for certain games, so I expect we’ll get Animal Crossing eShop figures at some point. Maybe in their next annual report, once they have a reasonably high number they can boast about.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    I love my PSV, I have a bunch of games on it and I enjoy each and every one of them, I’ve bought 6 of the titles released in October. But I’ll have to admit, the PSV is done for in Japan; with Squeenix and Capcom (and to some extent Atlus too) giving their support solely to Nintendo, there’s little chance for a comeback on Sony’s front. It’s a shame, because the PSV has so much untapped potential that could allow for outstanding handheld gaming that it’s just a sad tragedy the 3DS gets it all~.

    • Domii

      Dude, the system doesn’t even have a year yet in Japan and you talking doom already? Wow, now I’ve seen it all.

      • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

        Look at the sale numbers for the past two months. The only constant is that they go down and this new all time low puts the PSV dangerously close to the XBOX360. Add to that the fact that nothing -huge- is coming in the JP market until Soul Sacrifice and Gods Eater Burst 2 next year. So yeah, I am “talking doom” because if the sales have been this bad, what will make them go up if the next big thing is like 6 months away~?

        • http://twitter.com/Zufield Zufield

          Dude, it’s just God Eater 2. “Burst” was just the expansion for God Eater.

  • z_merquise

    Are dating sims really huge sellers in Japan? Or is it just because Idolmaster is an established franchise?

    Bravely Default totally beat Project X Zone in the sales number but 100k ain’t bad. Not sure what Namco-Bandai think about that though. Still hoping PxZ can be considered for English localization. 

    Bravely Default seems to have a better chance now that it’s a big hit even with little effort in marketing (as what I read here).

    EDIT:
    Judging by what I saw in the screenshot above, Idolmaster doesn’t seem like full dating sim game.

    • malek86

      Idolmaster is not a dating sim, it’s a management game. Although I guess it has some VN elements, it’s very different overall, and doesn’t really appeal to VN fans.

      And this new game has nothing to do with management either, it’s a rhythm game like Project Diva.

    • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

      I’m a long time idolmaster maniac but even I’m a little baffled by this. I’d say this is purely on name and the heavy promotion Bamco has been doing with the franchise as a whole lately. I’m still waiting for my copy to ship, but it really is a rhythm game with Idolmaster songs and some new tidbits that’ll please some fans.
      And everyone’s favorite idol, Makoto~

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