This Week In Sales: Animal Crossing Reclaims The Throne, One Piece At #2

By Ishaan . December 26, 2012 . 12:30pm

Period: The week of December 17th – December 23rd (2012)

Top-seller: Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 356,817

Nintendo 3DS sales: 159,323 | Total sales: 7,589,885

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 251,949 | Total sales: 1,939,790

PlayStation Vita sales: 21,266 | Total sales: 1,110,333

Wii U sales: 122,843 | Total sales: 557,901

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week’s top-seller was Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which returned to the #1 spot after a brief absence. Animal Crossing: New Leaf has sold 1.8 million copies at retail and over 2 million copies including download sales thus far.


Meanwhile, Namco Bandai released One Piece: Romance Dawn on the PSP, selling 167,103 copies of the game. Namco also released AKB1/149 Love Election on both the PSP and PlayStation Vita. The game sold 143,774 copies on the PSP and 35,372 copies on the Vita.


Finally, Konami released Magician’s Quest: Town of Magic for the Nintendo 3DS. That game sold 51,396 copies in its first week. That may seem like a low figure, but it’s in line with the last couple of games, and we’ll have a separate report on the series this week.


On the hardware front, 3DS sales led the pack, while Wii U sold another 122,843 copies in its third week on the market. The system appears to be selling consistently during the holidays, but we fully expect to see sales drop next month, and to remain that way until new high-profile games are released in Spring.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
02. 01. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 356,817 1,810,244 3DS Nintendo
New 02. One Piece: Romance Dawn 167,103 New PSP Namco Bandai
New 03. AKB1/149 Love Election 143,774 New PSP Namco Bandai
03. 04. Paper Mario: Sticker Star 122,118 343,535 3DS Nintendo
New 05. Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 116,431 New PS3 Tecmo Koei
06. 06. New Super Mario Bros. 2 107,156 1,678,317 3DS Nintendo
01. 07. Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone – Neppuu/Raimei 94,907 263,086 3DS Level 5
05. 08. New Super Mario Bros. U 77,749 312,288 3DS Nintendo
08. 09. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth 75,628 341,681 3DS Pokémon Co.
07. 10. Taiko Drum Master: Super Splendid Edition 51,713 295,631 Wii Namco Bandai
New 11. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (dubbed version) 51,662 New PS3 Square Enix
New 12. Magician’s Quest: Town of Magic 51,396 New 3DS Konami
10. 13. Nintendo Land 51,373 164,991 WiiU Nintendo
04. 14. Yakuza 5 40,187 479,885 PS3 Sega
New 15. Inazuma Eleven Go Strikers 2013 35,868 New Wii Level 5
New 16. AKB1/149 Love Election 35,372 New PSV Namco Bandai
14. 17. Run for Money Tousouchuu 34,101 316,724 3DS Namco Bandai
09. 18. Toriko: Gourmet Monsters 31,970 75,116 3DS Namco Bandai
16. 19. Pokémon Black/White 2 29,642 2,905,808 DS Pokémon Co.
21. 20. Kobitozukan Kobito Kansatsu Set 29,356 188,960 3DS Nippon Columbia


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

  • ragingmerifes

    This One Piece RPG has disappointed me so bad…

    • fyi1191

      Don’t worry, Pirate Warriors 2 will revive you.

      • ragingmerifes

        Yes. I have hope on that one.

    • Dare I ask how so?

      • ragingmerifes

        Linear dungeons, skipped Skypiea, not being able to go back once you get into a dungeon, unless you like redoing all boss battles, unbalanced difficult, lack of cool skills, boring repetitive battles.
        Nami’s boobs jiggle, though.

  • riceisnice

    Animal Crossing beat New Super Mario Bros. 2

    Now it has to take on Pokemon.

    • That’s never going to happen. Pokémon is simply too big and will likely be the biggest 3DS release throughout its lifespan, going by the trends we’ve seen so far involving games with social elements.

      It’s going to be Pokémon > Monster Hunter > Animal Crossing.

      If there’s ever an eventual Dragon Quest XI on 3DS, and Square Enix include a social element like with IX—and I don’t see why they wouldn’t—then I would put that before AC as well.

      • malek86

        I have my doubts that Monster Hunter will surpass Animal Crossing (unless you consider total franchise sales). I think AC will keep its legs for much longer. If it gets above 4 millions, then I’m not so sure MH4 will manage to get over that much.

        • MH4 will easily reach 4 million in lifetime sales. :)

          • malek86

            It will, but how much above can it go? 5 millions? I don’t know, frankly I have doubts. I think it will still be too early. If we’re talking 5-6 million sales, AC has more of a chance than MH4 on the long run (that’s assuming it has legs like the DS game, if not better). Especially because MH4’s legs might be cut off due to an updated version eventually. While I doubt Animal Crossing will get a new chapter on 3DS.

            But maybe an eventual Monster Hunter 5 can, if it comes to the 3DS, which is most likely at this stage.

          • To be honest, I don’t see Animal Crossing reaching 5-6 million either. Like Monster Hunter, I would expect AC to stop around the 4.5-4.7 million mark. I don’t think the 3DS will be on the market long enough before Nintendo’s next device for these games to get much further than that.

            As for Monster Hunter 5… I don’t think MH5 will come until 2015 at the earliest. Who knows what systems will be announced for the market by then…

          • malek86

            If not MH5, even just a Monster Hunter 4 G or some other upgrade like that, would be enough to stop MH4’s sales dead on their track.

            Whereas, even if the 3DS doesn’t sell as much as the DS, Animal Crossing will probably remain the go-to for 3DS owners that want a social experience. I doubt it will get any update or sequel either, so physiologically, it seems likely that it will keep selling for a much longer time than MH4.

            It remains to be seen whether MH4’s shorter time on the market will still be enough to surpass AC’s possibly longer shelf life. Maybe it will still sell more, even on a shorter run. Or maybe it will pave the way for MH4G to do that job instead.

          • Ah, yeah, 4G is pretty much a given. That’s true, I suppose. Portable 3rd had the unique advantage of being the updated version and being the first third-gen game on a portable device, which is how it got that high up. But I do think 4 will reach very high numbers.

            If there’s one thing we’ve seen about 3DS, it’s that stuff that was big in the past due to social elements is even bigger now. I guess we’ll find out. I’m very disappointed that we won’t see the MH4 effect in March now, though, heh. I was looking forward to seeing what sort of shift that would cause in the market.

          • ragingmerifes

            Portable 3rd was an updated version of something?

          • Yes, Portable 3rd is based off of Tri, just like 3 Ultimate. It has a new village, quests and some new monsters (as well as certain weapons that were missing in Tri), but the majority of content is from the third-generation stuff that debuted in Tri.

          • ragingmerifes

            The village is different, the story is different, the quests are different and the monster are different. Are you sure?

          • I’m not sure what you’re saying…?

          • ragingmerifes

            They are different games, Portable 3rd and Tri.

          • I think the vast majority of people would say they’re very similar. You’re welcome to disagree if you like, but to the average person, they’re all viewed as third-gen games, and the sales reflect this as well.

          • ragingmerifes

            They are similar, but Portable 3rd is NOT an updated version of Tri, just like Pokémon Ruby is not an updated version of Sapphire.

          • The point is that, technicalities aside, most people do view P3rd as an upgraded version of the first third-gen game, which was Tri.

  • monkey

    3ds entered global beast mode

  • ronin4life

    “…while Wii U sold another 122,843 copies in its third week on the market. The system appears to be selling consistently during the holidays, but we fully expect to see sales drop next month, and to remain that way until new high-profile games are released in Spring.”

    I could see it holding steady… but It obviously wouldn’t suprise me to see it drop off either.

    That really is the thing here; I am having a hard time guessing how wiiu will really do… there are just too many contesting factors tug-o-warring in my head to see a consitent logical path. @[email protected]

    • I think the Wii U is going to drop right after the holidays and stay low until the next round of big releases hits, since there’s nothing to keep it going. Since the next games aren’t until Spring and third-party support is still an unknown, I wouldn’t expect it to do very well at all in the near future.

      In fact, I think judging by the Wii U (and the PS3 before it), consoles in general are on their way out in Japan.

      The system will probably pick up toward the latter part of the year as we see more games released for it, though.

      • Skyer Ist

        DQ X Beta in february; btw, yes, Japan is the home of portables now, but still, home consoles will always have their piece of market.

        • I don’t expect DQX will do much for Wii U. I would imagine most people that are interested in playing it already own it on Wii.

  • Micrll

    Poor Vita, it keeps getting neglected. It’s been said before but someone better get some exclusive games for it ASAP. The hardware is a lot better than I expected. Given that the Vita has sold 11.6% of what the 3DS has moved in Japan its looking more and more bleak.
    Then again if they made something like [email protected] 3 for Vita it would probably move a fair number of units among that fanbase (and commence fleecing of those fans with DLC).

  • s07195

    Run! For! Money!

  • Skyer Ist

    So, next SUPER BIG 3DS game should be… Tomodachi Collection 2 (first one sold, OMG, 3,6M) this spring – during one of the last Directs Nintendo said it’ll be released in spring.

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Looks like the Vita has actually hit its stride, more than 20K sales in a week, and software charting. Looks like VIta is well positioned for a great start to 2013 as word of mouth keeps spreading and it receives even more games.

    One Piece on PSP is fantastic, guess they are sending off the PSP well with a good selection of mainstream otaku games, as long as they are quality and bring in the money good going. When is the Magi game?

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Are you seri…..oh, right, I just remembered who you are. Of course you would make such a statement.

      • It’s practically an inside joke by this point. :P

      • M’iau M’iaut

        It seems Jolteon isn’t day one babee on enough stuffs sometimes.

  • gamefreak86

    I expect the Wii U to hold up especially if they bring some cross platform gameplay and data transfer ala MH3U in NA. Doesn’t hurt that Wii U is cross compatible. The vita is a very good machine. I expect it will take a bit longer, too many PSP games coming out still and Japan is still not find of digital downloads unless completely necessary as we have seen with AC.

    • MH3U is going to do absolutely nothing for Wii U sales in the U.S.

  • Woot way to go animal crossing.

  • PreyMantis

    Not trying to upset Sony fanboys, but if the Wii U has that much consistent sales in the upcoming weeks, it won’t be too long before it surpasses the Vita’s lifetime sales. Unless Sony comes out with a system seller like Monster Hunter, it’s not going to be good start-of-the-year for the Vita.

    • Sales for Wii U will drop like a rock in January, and I don’t expect them to pick up until at least March or April.

      That said, I don’t think beating out Vita sales should take much effort, but we’ll see. Portables are still far more popular than consoles are in the Japanese market, and we haven’t seen much in the way of Wii U software announcements outside of the “launch window”.

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