This Week In Sales: A Week Of Celebration For Level 5

By Ishaan . January 9, 2013 . 1:33pm

Period: The week of December 31st (2012) – January 6th (2013)

Top-seller: Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 133,134

Nintendo 3DS sales: 123,075 | Total sales: 7,812,584

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 156,184 | Total sales: 2,246,555

PlayStation Vita sales: 33,309 | Total sales: 1,164,134

Wii U sales: 67,083 | Total sales: 694,370

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Note: Since Media-Create were on vacation last week, and no sales data was released, this week’s sales chart includes the missing data from last week as well. Thus, all hardware and software figures are fully up-to-date. Additionally, we will also be covering some of the missing week’s events in today’s sales report, such as the launch of Level 5’s Fantasy Life.


On December 27th, Level 5 released Fantasy Life for the Nintendo 3DS. The game sold 117,071 copies in its first week and another 42,291 copies in its second week. As previously reported, Fantasy Life is sold out in Japanese stores, which means the game sold better than Level 5 were expecting.


An interesting point to consider is that Fantasy Life actually had a higher debut than Marvelous AQL’s Rune Factory 4, an established series in a similar genre. Rune Factory 4 sold 85,955 copies in its first week, which was the highest debut in the series’ history. Fantasy Life’s 117,071 figure is quite a bit higher than that, though, and this bodes well for Level 5’s new series.


Meanwhile, Animal Crossing: New Leaf still rules the pack and is at over 2 million copies sold in Japan. Note that this figure doesn’t include download sales, which, in the case of New Leaf, have been rather significant. Close behind it is New Super Mario Bros. 2, which is now approaching the 2 million mark as well.


Not displayed on this week’s chart is Inazuma Eleven 123: The Legend of Mamoru Endou, which compiles the original Nintendo DS Inazuma Eleven titles on a single 3DS cartridge with enhanced features. The compilation sold just 26,052 copies in its first week, and was gone from the top-20 by its second week. However, Inazuma Eleven GO 2 is performing well, and is now at 365,536 copies sold.


On the other hand, some games came back into the top-20 after a brief absence. Most notably, Style Savvy: Trendsetters is now close to the 300,000 mark, while Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney showed up for the holiday party last week as well. Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney is now at 250,000 sold.


Finally, Yakuza 5 continues to perform well and is now at nearly 545,000 sold.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 133,134 2,103,089 3DS Nintendo
03. 02. New Super Mario Bros. 2 90,264 1,834,055 3DS Nintendo
04. 03. Paper Mario: Sticker Star 68,262 470,394 3DS Nintendo
07. 04. Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone – Neppuu/Raimei 51,519 365,536 3DS Level 5
06. 05. New Super Mario Bros. U 50,319 419,710 WiiU Nintendo
02. 06. Fantasy Life 42,291 159,361 3DS Level 5
09. 07. Nintendo Land 41,426 250,473 WiiU Nintendo
05. 08. One Piece Romance Dawn 40,137 264,739 PSP Namco Bandai
12. 09. Magician’s Quest: Town of Magic 39,986 119,735 3DS Konami
17. 10. Run for Money Tousouchuu 35,624 373,096 3DS Namco Bandai
11. 11. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity 35,190 408,889 3DS Pokémon Co.
??? 12. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 34,529 375,062 3DS Namco Bandai
15. 13. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) 32,007 155,601 3DS Capcom
20. 14. Mario Kart 7 30,291 1,939,257 3DS Nintendo
??? 15. Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney 30,235 249,689 3DS Level 5
08. 16. Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 29,180 194,157 PS3 Tecmo Koei
13. 17. Taiko Drum Master: Super Splendid Edition 28,001 349,960 Wii Namco Bandai
10. 18. Yakuza 5 26,631 544,855 PS3 Sega
??? 19. Style Savvy: Trendsetters 23,172 282,642 3DS Nintendo
??? 20. Kobitozukan Kobito Kansatsu Set 21,110 226,888 3DS Nippon Columbia


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

  • malek86

    Looks like PL vs. AA has almost exhausted its initial stock. That’s good news for Level 5, although I guess they will still be more careful next time (perhaps too much, seeing as Fantasy Life went out of stock instead).

    Anyway, unless some absolutely unexpected news hits, it looks like the japanese market won’t have many surprises to show this year. It’s almost too bad.

    • Surprises?

      • malek86

        I mean, we already know MH and DQ and FF are gonna sell gangbusters. The PSV fighting back would be a surprise, but I think that would happen slowly, so not really within the year (if ever). The 3DS will also keep its top spot with little competition. Unless there’s another huge surprise hit like Animal Crossing, this year’s sales will probably be relatively predictable across the board.

        Actually, the Wii U might be interesting, I had forgot about that one.

        • I think most of any surprises we see will be on the Wii U front, yeah. And honestly, I still believe that there might be hope for Versus XIII by the end of 2013. :P

        • ronin4life

          I think there can be some 3ds surprises… I’m still wondering if Zone of the Enders 3 is a 3ds game or if that tease was just really coincidental…

          • The next ZOE is being built on Fox Engine, so it isn’t a 3DS game.

          • ronin4life

            Despite having never played a ZOE game, I find that slightly dissapointing.

            Oh well. ^ͺ^

          • kylehyde

            Unfortunately, I think that it was coincidental or maybe they consider it but they changed their mind.

  • Ethan_Twain

    Jesus. Holiday time really is Nintendo time. What’s more striking than the 85% Nintendo hardware on the top 20 chart is the sales number next to Animal Crossing. I knew it was doing awfully well, but with it passing Mario Kart 7 it’s now the best selling 3DS game in Japan isn’t it? Considering the brand and head start behind Mario Kart, that is just shocking.

    Can anyone speculate as to why this game has taken off like it has? Is there a particularly compelling marketing campaign being run? Is it just a really high quality product?

    • ronin4life

      Nintendo thinks their clever use of social media and Nintendo Directs helped, but really I’m not sure anyone has a real definitive answer.

    • Social features that push communication with other players, the ability to take screenshots (which helps word of mouth), a heavy marketing push both IRL and via Nintendo Direct (which Iwata said had a ton of viewers watching). Animal Crossing was already pretty big on DS, so I think people were more willing to jump in quicker this time around, since they sort of knew what to expect and Nintendo threw in the required featureset.

  • SirRichard

    Look at that stranglehold the 3DS has got on this chart. It’s even a mix of first and third party games, so it’s not just Nintendo enjoying themselves. Animal Crossing-styled life sims seem to be the current craze, hopefully Nintendo can make something of the new audience members it’s dragging on.

    And it’s good to see that at least one of Level-5’s new ventures has turned out well for them, I was getting worried after Time Travellers collapsed entirely and PLvsAA didn’t perform to the standards of either series.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Bringing more girls and women into the fold will always ignite sales. Their buying power is often underestimated in the gaming world.

  • almostautumn

    Man I really hope I win this Japanese 3DS I’m bidding on. I really can’t wait to get my hands on Fantasy Life; looks so friggin’ good. Animal Crossing and Taiko also.

    *Anyone here from the U.S. with a jpn 3DS? Is there severe lag playing games online because of the region gap?

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      I do have Japanese 3DS here but i am staying in Singapore. The online thing, i am not really sure as mot of the game i bought is rpg or Jap only game but from Poyo Poyo Kansatsu Niki, there are lags and sometimes i can d/c during trading.T_T

  • kylehyde

    Wow those holidays were really good for nintendo, well at least on the 3DS side. Also is awesome to see more favorable results from level-5, I hope the 2013 would be a better year for them (I’m not implying that it was bad the 2012).
    And every day I’m more tempted to buy Style Savvy: Trendsetters (I need a new job quickly).

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Yup. After a disaster half year for Level-5, it is always nice to see that they are getting the best on the last period of year.
      With Layton X Phoenix doing quite okay now.(They should really hire someone for managing their stock release though.T_T) Inazuma Eleven reviving from dead, and of course Fantasy Life doing really well till they have some supply problem.
      For Style Savvy, it is a quality game. I suggest you to get the game ASAP.^_^

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    I really love how two game that played closely wth Animal Crossing is all standing closely together.^_^ And of course screwing Ishaan and my prediction lol.

    Magician Quest and Fantasy Life seems to do very well here.^_^ And seeing Style Savvy,Run for Money, Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright and Pokemon Dungeon doing really well too seems to shows that 3DS environment is quite good as both third parties and first party is able to do well in 3DS.

    And Yakuza 5 is also doing really well even with its more expensive tag. Good job for Sega.^^

    • I know! Crazy. I fully expected FL to bomb. Very nice to see that it hasn’t. I suspect the Animal Crossing shortages helped to some extent. :)

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Well, there are a saying that good games will be blessed with some way good sells. I think Fantasy Life is one of the example here.^_^

  • Göran Isacson

    Woohoo, go Layton, it’s your… well I don’t know when your birthday is, but still- congratulations on pulling that off! Nice to see that the game had more legs than was initially suspected…. and good on Fantasy Land too- can’t say I expected that. I would have thought that Animal Crossing would eat up Fantasy Lifes sales, but the market was apparently big enough for the both of them.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Fantasy Land??? Are you talking about Nintendo Land or Fantasy Life lol.^^

      • Göran Isacson

        Ha ha, so I must be! Although now I’m wondering what you could do with a game that’s a cross between the two… or maybe if you could release a version of Fantasy Life for the WiiU where you can go to an amusement park modeled after Nintendo Land!

  • s07195

    Run for Money at 10th place!

  • kyle Angel

    Rune Factory 4 is all I care about, and all you should care about…

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