This Week In Sales: Animal Crossing: New Leaf Dethrones Mario, Monster Hunter

By Ishaan . November 14, 2012 . 2:00pm

Period: The week of November 5th – November 11th (2012)

Top-seller: Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 603,064

Nintendo 3DS sales: 52,425 | Total sales: 7,070,882

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 134,652 | Total sales: 1,018,636

PlayStation Vita sales: 4,021 | Total sales: 1,029,713

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Nintendo released Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan last week, and the game saw fantastic first-week sales of 603,064 copies. That’s a higher debut than Animal Crossing: Wild World on the Nintendo DS (325,466 first week) and Animal Crossing: City Folk on the Wii (305,180 first week).


The interesting part is that sales tracker, Media Create, who we source for these sales figures, don’t give the complete picture when it comes to Animal Crossing: New Leaf sales. For instance, yesterday, Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, reported that Animal Crossing sold through 600,000 retail copies and was also purchased digitally as a download title over 200,000 times.


Even counting just retail sales, this makes Animal Crossing: New Leaf the Nintendo 3DS game with the highest first-week sales so far, beating out Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and New Super Mario Bros. 2. It looks like 3DS has its killer app in Japan.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 603,064 New 3DS Nintendo
New 02. Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires 70,102 New PS3 Tecmo Koei
New 03. Halo 4 39,312 New 360 Microsoft
01. 04. Tales of Xillia 2 34,789 399,228 PS3 Namco Bandai
05. 05. New Super Mario Bros. 2 23,224 1,343,554 3DS Nintendo
06. 06. Bravely Default: Flying Fairy 14,847 249,260 3DS Square Enix
New 07. Silent Hill: Downpour 13,516 New PS3 Konami
04. 08. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 12,335 50,722 PSP Konami
02. 09. Okami HD 11,013 79,657 PS3 Capcom
03. 10. Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition 10,073 68,211 PS3 Sega
08. 11. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 9,508 348,494 PS3 Konami
13. 12. Style Savvy: Trendsetters 8,599 166,416 3DS Nintendo
19. 13. Run for Money Tousouchuu 8,199 229,635 3DS Namco Bandai
09. 14. Resident Evil 6 6,811 814,850 PS3 Capcom
20. 15. Pokémon Black/White 2 6,533 2,828,949 DS Pokémon Co.
10. 16. Dark Souls with Artorias of the Abyss Edition 5,754 85,919 PS3 From Software
18. 17. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate 5,309 1,564,401 3DS Capcom
New 18. Nicola Kanshuu: Model ☆ Oshare Audition Platinum 5,295 New 3DS Alchemist
14. 19. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 5,253 257,146 3DS Namco Bandai
07 20. The [email protected] Shiny Festa: Funky Note/Groovy Tune/Honey Sound 5,101 138,669 PSP Namco Bandai


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

  • Now we should wait and see how well it does here in North America.   That will be quite interesting.  I have no idea how popular it is in Europe, but I know a lot of people in NA are excited for this game.

    • Skyer Ist

      DS AC sold 11,5 million copies worldwide (5MM in Japan; other sales come from US and EU) 

      • However, this game sold more in its initial month than DS AC.  
        Much more… and markets are constantly changing, so it’s still hard to tell.

  • malek86

    I see people are really taking to Animal Crossing in Japan. The new social features surely helped. I hope it can sell big in the west too.

    Also the difference between 3DS and PSV sales is staggering. And it will only go up in the next weeks, because the PSV has got nothing at all until March. Makes you wonder what Sony has even been doing this year.

    • Curan_Altea

      I’m curious to see how Vita sales are going here though. Just because of games like Assassins Creed and Call of Duty (which I don’t have nor plan on getting) And Persona 4 The Golden next week. I doubt they’re particularly good, just curious. 

      • Peeka Chu

        I have a completely innocuous comment being moderated. That’s a first. Short story: CoD Vita is getting awful reviews. I wouldn’t bank on it moving many consoles as only die-hard tech enthusiasts have the system at the moment.

        • Your comment probably got caught in the filter because of the “w” word. We like to avoid that sort of language on here.

          • Peeka Chu

            I must admit I don’t know what word that is :) I’ll be more careful with all “w” words in the future!

          • Wee-a – boo.

        • Elvick

          Well, it’s still CoD. It could very well sell by name recognition alone. It’s not like the CoD’s userbase is made up of only people who frequent gaming sites.

          However, it launching the same day as the “real” game was dumb. Same thing with AC3:L. I don’t think Activision or Ubisoft really put their best feet forward in terms of release schedule. AC3:L is great, though could have launched a little later and used that time to polish it a bit more. (from what I hear AC3 could have used more time for polish too)

          So it’ll be hard to go off name recognition, when there’s only so much you can spend at once. Will people want to play CoD anywhere more than at home on a tv?

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    That is simply outstanding. Congrats Animal Crossing, now I patiently await your release in English. 

  • LustEnvy

    Those Vita sales. :'(

    I wanna cry.

    Wanna know who I blame? Sony for continuing to let devs keep making games on the older console. If they want it to be a success, push them to start making games on the Vita and letting the PSP die down slowly. You know, like what companies do to all their gaming systems?

    If they keep pushing the PSP as much as they do, the Vita is gonna be an absolute bust. It’s a shame, because the Vita is an amazing system, primed to take over the PSP craze.

    Stupid, foolish, Sony.

    • Curan_Altea

      While I wish the vita was doing better, I’m still satisfied with it’s line up of games. Especially since all digital psp games can still be played on it (hoping for Sol Trigger, but I doubt it)

       Maybe the unfortunate price drop will help it pick up steam.

      • Rafael Budzinski

        …I can’t say I’m satisfied with the games up to now (except for a couple of games. Basically Ys is the reason behind I wanting a Vita alone), but I really want some games that are coming. But the price is the actual problem. I highly agree with the price drop…

        • Curan_Altea

          Though expensive, it isn’t actually overpriced. IDK, Gravity Rush, Project Diva f, Little Big Planet, Ragnarok Odyssey,  MGS Collection, etc. Unfortunately there’s not much in the jrpg department. Hopefully things get better next year….

    • Rafael Budzinski

      …I agree with Sony’s fault, but I just can’t agree with what you said. The main problem with Vita in my opinion is the retro-compatibility. The 3DS works with DS games, so it’s common sense the people would like to upgrade without losing the games they already have. But with Vita is different, it can run PSP games, but not their physical media, just digital games, and people would have to buy again the titles they already have in order to play. So, to people who already have a PSP it’s not attractive to upgrade their systems to play their old games, plus the fact that Vita doesn’t have a great game library and the system’s high price, it’s not a surprise that the sales are so low…

      • Elvick

        I’m perfectly happy with the Vita’s library. I don’t have a tiny narrow interest range though. Seems most people who look at the Vita’s library do. If you’re looking for one thing, yeah, you probably won’t be too happy. Since Vita’s library doesn’t have an excess of any one thing right now. Neither did the 3DS within the same time frame, but it sold based on the Nintendo brand. The PlayStation brand isn’t as strong.

        But, Sony ditching UMD was right. UMD wasn’t a good format. There was no way around it. I don’t think they quite understood how much it would hurt them when they made that choice though. That was their mistake in regards to b/c.

        The issue is memory cards. When they announced game cards would store saves and DLC, I thought “amazing!” then they had to totally toss that out the window and 99.9% of everything requires a memory card, if not everything for the livearea installation.

        They really could have had something, but they derped it up. I wish I could have been in those meetings, because I would have set them straight on things.

    • This isn’t entirely true, though. For starters, the biggest Vita games that people are looking forward to, are only on the Vita because they were already being developed for PSP and Sony made it easy to port them over.

      Without PSP ports, Vita wouldn’t have Little Battlers W, God Eater 2 and Toukiden. None of those games are going to do much for Vita, but they’re better than nothing. And for a lot of other games, it wouldn’t have them without their respective PS3 versions, like FFX HD and Dragon’s Crown.

      So, PSP isn’t exactly holding Vita back. What’s holding Vita back is a lack of software and publishers having decided to support its direct competitor, the 3DS, even prior to launch. Social and mobile are lucrative markets right now, so the amount of resources being poured into portables is limited. Publishers are making their choices on this front very carefully.

      The other thing is that there was no “PSP craze,” ever. There was a “Monster Hunter craze”. Monster Hunter was the reason PSP sold. Without it, the PSP would have died by 2007.

  • KingGunblader

    Holy crap, I had no idea Animal Crossing was such a hit. I’m not interested in it myself but DAMN.

    Xillia 2 is up to 400k now. YOU CAN DO IT. Only 250k to go!

  • Herok♞

    So 3DS XL had a huge jump in sales with it cracking a million, I thought it would take a lot longer for that to happen then it did

  • Lunir Malheur

    OMG… And that’s how 3DS XL almost takes on Vita total sales. I just don’t understand what’s with the console, I think it’s a great machine and all, I want one but… it’s really expensive and I just can’t have more than one console, I have many 3DS games to finish and all… Anyway.

    ¡Wow! That’s the power of Animal Crossing in Japan, just look at those numbers! Hope it sells like that on the USA, personally I need three games (my mom, bro and I)

  • SirRichard

    Two surprises this week, then; the obvious one is congratulations 343i, Halo 4 managed to take #3 in Japan for at least a week! It deserves it, frankly, the game’s going to be basically buried by Black Ops II everywhere else and by Nintendo in general in Japan.

    The other is Animal Crossing’s level of success; holy hell I didn’t expect it to be able to beat Dragon Quest and Monster Hunter, even if they were a remake of a spinoff and a port respectively. Especially given its recent predecessors’ first week sales, given digital sales it did better than them combined!

  • Settsuo

    My 2013 Game of the Year, no matter what comes out before or after.  

  • Göran Isacson

    There comes a time when sale discrepancies become so large that it’s not even funny anymore. It’s like watching a one-legged puppy fight a tank. It’s just… sad to watch. Someone PLEASE give that puppy some prosthetic legs at the very least!

    Xillia 2 and Bravely Default keep trucking on and seem to do decently for themselves, as does Okami (at least that is what I presume), Resident Evil 6’s sales seem to be taking a plunge there… but Halo at number 3? That, I did not see coming.

  • Shuga Suenaga

    Its funny how the 3DS XL is now almost surpasing the PSVITA sales even though it came out way after 

    • Peeka Chu

      Sony is making the first steps toward correcting the Vita issue. In a rather long thread a while back, a lot of people laughed at me for saying that the Vita’s best path forward was as a tablet competitor – an arena Nintendo doesn’t have the tech or network to compete in with the 3DS.

      Now note that the most interesting prospects of Firmware 2.0 next week aren’t PS+, moreover its the HTML 5 upgraded web-browser and the email client. Please show me any other handheld or console that has a built in mail client. This should tell you something right there.

      Now throw in some proprietary memory and give us a 7 inch model and we’re set. I expect a refresh by the end of next year, two models a “core” Vita and something more tablet sized. Let’s see if I’m right.

      The 3DS is selling under expectations in NA/ EU, do keep in mind, so its not all rosy for Nintendo, though they’re certainly better off than the Vita – longevity wise, it could be a short cycle for them though. 

      • kylehyde

        Actually in Eu is beginning to gain steam and even if in NA doesn’t meet the expectations, certainly is ahead on the dedicated handheld marktet.

        • Shuga Suenaga

          In NA its doing great but as you said its not meeting nintendo expectations and i understand them just look at this japan sales lol, once they bring animal crossing, fire emblem, bravely default, monster hunter, Ex troopers lol so many games youll see D:

        • Just because it didnt meet Nintendo’s ridiculous expectations *things that have never ever been met* doesnt mean its not selling  well at all

          • kylehyde

            I didn’t try to mean that not selling well at all, I was just referencing the financial report that nintendo published some weeks ago.

      • Shuga Suenaga

        Proly right about what you are saying but come one its a gaming handheld i know we are in 2012 almost 2013 but i would never use the browser on my PSVITA nor email at all thats why i cant name you a handheld or console with in mail client lol i dont know if thats something people will use.

        I just want to play games on my handheld and thats all, those features i have them on my smartphone i dont need them thats why the primary competitor for the VITA are tablets and smartphones cause they dont have the games, i want games not those features, just price drop the VITA and release some killer games and voila!!

      • Hidayat246

        Vita true destiny is to play game everywhere not for browsing or send email with your girl/boyfriend

        I wonder if u dont have something called : COMPUTER

    • malek86

      It’s even funnier how the 3DS just sold roughly a fifth of the PSV’s total lifetimes sales – in a week.

      I don’t know whether this means that Nintendo is doing really great (at least in Japan) or that Sony is in serious trouble. Maybe both.

      • kylehyde

        Both I will dare to say.

  • 3ds kicked butt

  • Luna Kazemaru

    wow halo 4 sold like hot cakes

    • Shuga Suenaga

      lmao xD

  • Suicunesol

    Mistake: Tales of Xillia was number one last week. Not number two.

  • Namuro

    Nice, 3DS XL finally crossed over one million units, Nintendo is on a roll here. I can’t wait to see what the number will be like when Monster Hunter 4 is released next year.

  • Jonattas F.

    So much good news! (except for Sony)

  • riceisnice

    Geeze, Nintendo just has it all doesn’t it?

  • ronin4life

    Famitsu even posted sales of 700,000.
    Regardless, this thing sold truckloads. I’m enjoying my download copy so far

  • Wow, Animal Crossing came out strong.  Also surprised how high Halo 4 debuted in that list.

  • Wackoramaco87

    WOW, congrats to Animal Crossing! I knew it would do well, but not THAT well! Also, I am super happy to see that Style Savvy is still doing decent- hopfully this means that there won’t be another 4 years before the next one!

    • puchinri

       Especially given all their talk during/after the release of the game! I’m really looking forward to the next Style Savvy title, as well as how they’ll improve and expand the title.

      • Wackoramaco87

        I was just reading about that! I’m not sure how some of it would work out, espcially outside of Japan, but I do hope they add other sim elements!

        • puchinri

          Yeah, it’d be really cool~!

  • Ethan_Twain

    Well that’s cool.  Animal Crossing is a break out hit.  Style Savvy, Pokemon, Taiko drum master, Run for Money, and New Super Mario Bros continue to linger on the sales charts like pimples (they just won’t go away!).  I’ll be interested to see how Animal Crossing performs over the next few months, as the message from the charts lately seems to be that the 3DS has successfully become the platform for “evergreen” software like the DS did.  That’s maybe the most important thing Nintendo could achieve with the hardware.

    Bravely Default manages another week in the top 10 and an impressive 250 K sales total even before hitting the eShop.  In contrast, Tales of Xillia 2 dropped quickly enough in unit sales that I doubt it will meet the 650 K units sold objective.  One wonders what kind of sales objective Square Enix had for Bravely Default, so we can better tell with games are success stories and which probably won’t be followed up on.

  • sonicgamer07

    I’d say I’m less surprised at Halo 4’s JP sales values, because even though it placed 3rd on the chart, if you look at the numbers, the digits are similar to the release week sales figures of most FPS’s in Japan. It only placed so high because not only it was a new release, but there were barely any other titles to contest its spot.

  • Administrator Final Fantasy Th

    Great Animal Crossing sales. I’m glad it did so well :) Also, I have to hand it to Nintendo, during holiday seasons, they are unmatched. Nintendomination everywhere lol!

  • komiko12

    Wow. By next week, I am quite sure that the 3DS XL sales would surpass Vita’s.
    I wonder how much of a boost a main Pokemon game would bring to the 3DS.

  • s07195

    Run for Money BOUNCING back up the charts to 13th~

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Taiko suddenly show up in the chart again.(Yeahhhhh.^_^) Style Savvy is also doing really well there.^_^

    And, Halo 4 is also able to take some chart there. Considering that game is higly priced, Good job Microsoft.^_^

  • isfuturebright

    Wow… I’ve never played an Animal Crossing game. Is it like Harvest Moon or something?

    • Something of the sort. There’s more of an emphasis on developing the entire town, rather than just your farm/house, like in Harvest Moon or Rune Factory. There’s no dating-sim aspect either.

      • isfuturebright

        I see… I need a 3DS then hahahah

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