This Week In Sales: Kingdom Hearts HD Falls To Sword Art Online

By Ishaan . March 20, 2013 . 1:05pm

Period: The week of March 11th – March 17th (2013)

Top-seller: Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment – 138,180

Nintendo 3DS sales: 21,454 | Total sales: 8,098,358

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 47,985 | Total sales: 2,796,384

PlayStation Vita sales: 36,028 | Total sales: 1,394,016

Wii U sales: 9,539 | Total sales: 820,020

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Games can still sell on the PSP, provided you have the right product, Namco Bandai demonstrated in Japan last week, with the release of Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment. The PSP game based on the popular Sword Art Online light novels and anime series sold close to 140,000 copies in its first week on store shelves.


Not far behind it at #2 was Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, released by Square Enix for the PlayStation 3. Behind it at #3 was Super Robot Taisen UX for the 3DS.


Meanwhile, Soul Sacrifice, Sony’s hunting action game for the PlayStation Vita sold about 30,000 copies in week 2, bringing total sales (including those of the dual pack SKU) to about 143,500 copies sold. Given the drop in Soul Sacrifice sales from its first week to its second, it should be interesting to see how long-term sales pan out, with the releases of God Eater 2 and Monster Hunter 4 looming on the horizon.


Finally, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is close to the 400,000 mark in sales.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment 138,180 New PSP Namco Bandai
New 02. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix 128,414 New PS3 Square Enix
New 03. Super Robot Taisen UX 115,384 New 3DS Namco Bandai
04. 04. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 58,578 2,861,517 3DS Nintendo
02. 05. Soul Sacrifice 29,121 121,517 PSV Sony
01. 06. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 26,248 136,477 PS3 Sega
06. 07. Dynasty Warriors 8 22,122 272,211 PS3 Tecmo Koei
New 08. God of War: Ascension 19,744 New PS3 Sony
08. 09. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies 14,976 175,740 3DS Level 5
09. 10. Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden 14,813 1,174,077 3DS Square Enix
07. 11. Far Cry 3 14,772 48,054 PS3 Ubisoft
New 12. Darkstalkers Resurrection 11,591 New PS3 Capcom
11. 13. Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 11,396 121,698 3DS Namco Bandai
19. 14. New Super Mario Bros. 2 8,747 1,959,564 3DS Nintendo
05. 15. Tales of Hearts R 8,409 63,668 PSV Namco Bandai
14. 16. Doraemon: Nobita to Himitsu Dougu Hakubutsukan 8,267 21,035 3DS FuRyu
12. 17. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 7,544 394,452 PS3 Konami
New 18. Winning Post 7 2013 7,143 New PS3 Konami
20. 19. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) 7,098 259,835 3DS Capcom
13. 20. Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus 6,902 118,364 PSV Marvelous AQL


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and


  • phangtom

    Now if only the PSP wasn’t dead in the West and Namco Bandai would localise it…

  • Solomon_Kano

    Wow. Didn’t expect SAO to beat out SRW. KH sold within expectations, but SAO. Wow.

    • KnifeAndFork

      thats def not within expectations

      • Solomon_Kano

        Within my expectations. I obviously can’t comment on those of others.

        • KnifeAndFork

          You’re an S-E stock holder?

          • Solomon_Kano

            Yes. I’m also a Black Mage.

    • Detrimont


      • Solomon_Kano

        Super Robot Wars.

        • Detrimont

          just got a bit confused because it said Super Robot Taisen, but taisen means war, and i forgot to delete the post

          • Solomon_Kano

            Ah. It’s cool.

  • Rudy Soto

    I’m not a KH fan or anything, but I’m surprised that a KH title, even SRW, lost to an unimpressive looking game that seemed to only be riding on the SAO popularity in terms of sales.

    • SRW isn’t surprising. UX uses some very niche series. Fans that wanted something different from the usual games like it when they go with different/more obscure stuff, but the downside to that is that mainstream appeal takes a hit.

      • ronin4life

        How are soft/hardware Bundles tallied? (I know this question is asked a lot, yet I seem to have forgotten the answer…)

        SRW had one, didn’t it?… or was that a different Robot srpg on 3ds…[email protected]@;;;

        • Hardware bundles are always included in the figures.

  • Ni

    Got bored of the SAO game after 3 hours. lame gameplay is lame.

    • Kyosuke Yoshino

      I agree, it’s a very boring game, but looks like the series has more than enough fans, so even a bad game can sell this well.

      • MrTyrant

        I agree with you, the game is pretty bad and the plot is neither that good. Obviously the fans support this game, they are really interesed in the characters.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          More like they all think they the MC getting the girl

      • echokanon

        Sadly, nowadays most product in the ACG industry will be prioritized by the fanbase first, hence making less potential new games to be able to appear in the market

    • Renaldi Saputra

      they just want to see 16.5 scenes

    • Its the characters/settings tht carrying the game, like I said. If you can’t read the moonrunes + not too big on SAO, you defin will get bored on it.

      • Ni

        Hmm. I see. I’ll just give this to my friend then since i didn’t liked the SAO universe (yeah a read the novels). I got the game thinking that would have good rpg elements.

  • Guest

    Not big suprise

  • z_merquise

    Now I wonder if MG Rising would still be in top 20 chart next week or if it would hit 400k mark. Still, I’m happy that the game did really well in Japan alone.

    • Solomon_Kano

      I think it’ll get the 6k it needs to hit 400k next week before it leaves the charts.

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      Japan denies MGR’s true purpose if it isn’t in the top 20 next week.

  • MinamitsuMurasa

    wow darkstalkers i feel sad now

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    Happy to see KH sell so well!

    • KnifeAndFork

      Is this sarcasm?

      • KHSoraKeyBlade

        No. I didn’t expect to see a KH HD collection to sell that much copies. Similar to how people didn’t expect SAO to sell as well as it did.

        I think 128k is good for a HD collection. The only thing really new to the Japanese users is the Days cutscenes so many might think it’s not worth their time. Plus you have to take into account that maybe some people didn’t buy it during its first week because they wanted another game or something.
        In hindsight, yes KH could have sold a bit better but at the end of the day the collection is complied of two games that people have played before and a bunch of cutscenes that I’m sure some people are aware of the story it is telling.

        • KnifeAndFork

          Still…it’s Kingdom Hearts..

  • Random musings:

    1. I personally expected Kingdom Hearts to sell way more than that. I didn’t really give it too much thought or have a figure in mind, but I expected it would be far above the 100k mark. Granted, these are HD ports of games from ten years ago, but between the lower sales of KH3D and KHHD, I’m starting to wonder if people are starting to lose interest.

    2. Sword Art Online sales on PSP are very impressive. As an aside, I don’t think that bodes well for the Vita version of God Eater 2. If the PSP still has this much life in it when a game with enough mainstream appeal comes along, I would imagine the sales divide will skew very heavily toward the PSP side in the case of GE2.

    3. Rather disappointing result for Soul Sacrifice and its effect on hardware. I suspect the game will crawl to 250-300k eventually, but it’s on borrowed time. God Eater 2 is coming, and that will likely put a dent in SS’s long-term sales, since people don’t need two hunting action games at once. Meanwhile, MH4 is probably going to put a dent in long-term sales of GE2. Too much market overcrowding in the hunting action genre this year. I still wonder if Namco shouldn’t have released GE2 last year. I don’t think the delay is going to benefit that game at all.

    4. Project Diva F is doing very well for itself on PS3. Sega probably feel more comfortable continuing the PDF games on the Vita side now, since the inevitable PS3 versions will pick up the slack, sales-wise. Plus, the character models for the new generation of games are already done, which means dev costs will be somewhat reduced in that regard.

    5. I wonder what Namco think of those Tales of Hearts R sales.

    • Anime10121

      I think KHHD’s low sales are just due to Japan not fancying the whole “HD collection” thing. I mean this is the highest selling HD collection to hit Japan so far, with the almost double what the Metal gear collection did and destroying the DMC collections. I too was expecting more, but when you compare its sales to other HD collections in Japan, it actually did rather well.

      I am however amazed at SAO’s sales, especially considering the rather lackluster reviews from people who’ve played it. And yay for MGRR as that game deserves success and the only thing I pray for the inevitable sequel to be is a little longer.

      • Nightmesh

        I assume since they aren’t getting anything to new other then a movie and japanese audio on there side. They’ve pretty much played KHFM and KHCOM already but adding a new camera control and no knew content that they haven’t experience other then the other stuff stated above.

        Since you can obviously just watch the Days online it makes it
        harder to justify buying it just for that. If they had done a full remake of days and add some content to the other two I think the sales might have been a bit higher.

      • I guess we’ll see how FF X|X-2 HD do. That should give us a decent idea of whether people don’t care for HD collections in general.

        But you’re right… KH definitely did do better than the MGS HD Collection, so perhaps I just had my expectations set unreasonably high. MGS HD didn’t do that great, but MGS fans still bought Rising, which shows that interest is still there. KH could be the same.

        • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

          MGS HD was released for three consoles which probably affected its sales. Not to mention the fat Sons of Liberty and Snake had already been rereleased.

    • Solomon_Kano

      In light of KH3D, I didn’t think KHHD was much of a surprise.

      In what is pure speculation, I have to wonder if the PS2’s longer life in Japan isn’t the reason we’ve yet to see an HD collection really do any damage on the charts. With the system selling as much as it did for as long as it did before the PS3 finally got its day in the sun, perhaps the Japanese just aren’t interested in HD collections because they’ve still got their PS2s around? KHHD is relatively successful and it’s the best HD collection debut thus far, but it could’ve done better. I suspect it’s the ghost of the PS2.

    • Ehren Rivers

      This is only four days though, right? I believe the game was released on the 14th, and this is only till the 17th. Since it’s just an HD re-release, there probably isn’t a huge hurry to get it immediately.

      • First week for any game is always four days, and that includes a weekend, which is when the first wave of casual fans tend to start showing up. I guess we’ll see. It could probably get to around 250-300k over a course of several months.

        • Ehren Rivers

          We’ll see if sales decline or pick up, I suppose. I’m honestly more interested in what the US sales will be like; From what I remember at least, this game is kicking the absolute ass off of most other HD re-releases either way.

    • Sentsuizan_93

      To be honest, I was expecting KH to be on top as well as sell a lot more, but as far as HD collections go, it actually did pretty well, but SAO:IM taking the number 1 spot is arguably the biggest surprise I’ve seen in a while, even with such fan appeal.
      As for Hearts R,63k in total sounds okay for the first 2 weeks, but I wonder if it could hit the 100k mark before Innocence R will…

    • “I personally expected Kingdom Hearts to sell way more than that. I
      didn’t really give it too much thought or have a figure in mind, but I
      expected it would be far above the 100k mark. Granted, these are HD
      ports of games from ten years ago, but between the lower sales of KH3D
      and KHHD, I’m starting to wonder if people are starting to lose

      The only thing that HD has going for it in Japan is the Days scenes. Japan has received Final Mix way we all know. As such, the only people I could see purchasing it are those that really like Final Mix or didn’t play Days, or those new to the series. Which more than likely isn’t many.

      That said, Kingdom Hearts titles have always sold better in the west. Such has come straight from the mouths of both Tai Yasue and Tetsuya Nomura. Expecting sales better than this for a Japanese Kingdom Hearts release is a little silly…well, if it isn’t Kingdom Hearts III, that is.

      It did good for an HD collection, so no complaints here. Although, I’ve noticed that sales data is conflicting since 4gamer has the statistics you show, but Famitsu says KH sold 131,940 units.

      Honestly, I wouldn’t expect high sales from Kingdom Hearts from 2.5 either. As I said, the only thing I could see spurring sales would be Kingdom Hearts 3’s ‘eventual’ release. Lol

    • KingGunblader

      Yeah, I’m surprised Hearts R isn’t doing so well. But Japan did get Hearts, so they’re probably just waiting for the next console announcement at the Tales of Festival.

      • Detrimont

        i think the main thing is that it’s on vita, and the original was on ds with 2 version (cg and anime versions), if they released it on 3ds, the sales would have been way higher, especially if they released two versions of that

    • Tincho Kudos

      As far as Tales of Hearts R, I remember seeing at Famitsu the game is having ~75% sellout. I don’t know if that’s an error or Namco wasn’t expecting much anyway.
      And for KH I expected a lot more, but since its the best selling HD collection these are not bad numbers.

  • Flandre Scarlet

    Not sure why anyone’s surprised about SAO. An incredibly popular (for some reason I’ll never figure out myself) series getting a game. Doesn’t matter how shallow the gameplay is, you can bet most of the people who bought it weren’t playing for the gameplay.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      sure.. 16.5

  • David García Abril

    Wait, WHAT?!

    I mean, don’t get me wrong, “Waifu Art Online” has become one of my guilty pleasures (that is, the first 14 episodes of the anime. The other 11 just make me feel guilty of watching it)…

    But a PSP game of it beating SRW AND KH?! I don’t care this KH is a HD port, it’s still freaking KH!

    Maybe it’s what Ishaan says down below and people are really loosing interest in the franchise… which makes me pretty sad. :(

  • Guest

    I like how the word “HD Remaster” can function with both “a” and “an” depending on how you wanna say it.

    • Nightmesh

      I hate how the word read is spell the same but can be read as “reed” or “red”.

  • KnifeAndFork

    Overall, very low numbers for everything except Animal Crossing, DQ VII, and NSMB2.

    I imagine Japanese players still actively play their PS2 games (while they aren’t mostly playing their 3DS,DS and PSP games on the go) and aren’t as “graphic intensive” as Western gamers are, so they could probably care less for an HD version of games they still have

  • Renaldi Saputra

    well, as SAO had become a mainstream anime so it’s reasonable to get more selling
    however the rating for the game isn’t good.. many ppl in japan got disappointed (saw comments at amazon)

  • psycho_bandaid

    Hm. I wonder why tales of hearts didnt do better? Its sold about as much as games like MonMon and Demon Gaze, which are good but you figure a big name rpg would out perform them.

  • huy bang

    +++ Metal Gear Solid HD
    First Week : (ps3 , xbox360) : 61000
    Full life : ( ps3 .xbox360 . vita ) : 150000
    +++ Devil May Cry HD
    First Week : (ps3 , xbox360) : 47000
    Full life : ( ps3 .xbox360 ) : 117000
    +++ Zone of the Enders HD
    Full life : ( ps3 .xbox360 ) : 86000
    +++ Silent Hill HD
    Full life : ( ps3 .xbox360 ) : 35000


    +++ Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5
    First Week : (ps3) : 128414
    Full life : ??????????????


    • Solomon_Kano

      Only 150k with Vita included? Huh. The Vita version came a good while after with around a 40k debut, so I figured life to date would been higher. Interesting.

    • Göran Isacson

      Oooh, interesting numbers here. According to these comparisons the HD collection is really spanking the bums of most other HD collections available… and there’s STILL western sales and the sequel collection to think of!

  • Steven Higgins

    “Games on the PSP can still sell, if you have the right product, Namco Bandai demonstrated in Japan last week” Who ever said that they don’t? This is Japan we’re talking about. The PSP never lost popularity there to the extent it has over here. This is proven by how few PSP games get localized now a days. Especially as hard copies.

    • PSP releases have slowed down quite a bit over the last year, with a lot of the kinds of games you would see being released on the PSP now being released on the 3DS instead. Stuff like licensed anime games, the Little Battlers migrating over entirely, Namco starting to move Digimon World over etc.

      It’s definitely on its way out but it has a large enough userbase for certain kinds of games to still sell very well. The question is more of whether or not publishers are making those kinds of games for it.

  • Alphabet Soup

    I’m not to surprised about KH Remix. It’s a neat rerelease, but it’s still a rerelease from last generation with no new story content. SAO is at least a new product, but even then, it only sold 10k more.

  • Göran Isacson

    Ha ha oh man, this was… this was a surprise! It may be as others speculate downthread, that HD collections just don’t sell in very high compared to original games, but to be beaten by SAO? That’s REALLY unexpected.

    Of course, it may just be the case that this is first week sales for a hyped title attached to one of the most popular animes from last year. KH may take the lead next week, depending on how far SAO drops. Speaking of dropping, Senran Kagura seems to be on it’s way out, though since it probably had a big sell-through I don’t think anyone at Marvelous is too dissapointed about that. Soul sacrifice and Revengeance are dropping as well, but it looks like they’ve done good numbers too so no skin off those companies backs… but I’m interested in Darkstalkers Ressurection and Tales of HEarts numbers now. Are they within expectations, or disappointments sales wise?

    • Renaldi Saputra

      that’s not really surprising though..
      since SAO had become so mainstream in public and the anime itself is about online game.. so many ppl surely exciting to see it getting real for a simulation PSP game

  • idrawrobots

    Does Sword Art Online work with Oculus Rift?

  • Well I don’t know how terrible the gameplay of SAO:IM is since I can’t play the game, but I dare to say tht the characters/setting are enough to carry the game only if you love the series. (Some of the character interaction are rather funny/amusing judging on my rather limited japanese skills) I personally belief they mostly manage to emulate the feel of playing SAO.

    I rly hope we can get ToH R in english….

    • Renaldi Saputra

      I saw the comments at
      eveb many japanese SAO dedicated fans got disappointed bcos the slow pace, battle, etc..
      24 reviewer gave 1 out of 5 stars from total 58 reviewer..

  • HPN

    Hilarious that PSP is outselling Vita, even with price drop.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      it’s SAO game, so it’s reasonable..
      the anime ended last season IIRC..

    • Solomon_Kano

      The PSP sold more than 36k this week?

      I mean, I don’t really see any humor there. Either way, it’s money in Sony’s pockets.

  • Red Veron

    Sword Art Online is the Twilight of Japan.

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