• 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.

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

      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.

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

          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…

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

            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.

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

      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.^^

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

      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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