This Week In Sales: Everything Sold Badly

By Ishaan . May 15, 2013 . 1:00pm

Period: The week of May 6th – May 12th (2013)

Top-seller: Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 103,479

Nintendo 3DS sales: 16,412 | Total sales: 8,283,208

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 33,351 | Total sales: 3,116,235

PlayStation Vita sales: 12,331 | Total sales: 1,571,116

Wii U sales: 7,974 | Total sales: 917,221

<< Last week’s software sales chart


This year’s Golden Week holiday was rather unimpressive in Japan, with the Nintendo 3DS being the only videogame console to benefit from the week-long holiday in terms of sales. Last week, which was the week following Golden Week, was even worse.


Typically, sales across the board—including both hardware and software—drop the week after a major holiday like Golden Week. While the 3DS managed to sell another 50,000 units for the week, the Wii U dropped to an alarmingly low 8,000 units. Meanwhile, the PlayStation Vita dropped back down to 12,000 units, marking the end of the short-lived boost it enjoyed as a result of its recent price cut and software releases.


Namco Bandai and Nintendo were, once again, the top publishers for the week, filling up the majority of the top-20 software sales chart.


Thankfully, the Summer ahead looks to be more exciting. May 23rd will see the release of Shin Megami Tensei IV and Kamen Rader: Battride War, which should make for some interesting discussion in the weeks following their release. Soon after, we’ll see Square Enix’s mecha 3DS RPG, Gyrozetter, followed by Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies and Youkai Watch in July.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 103,479 862,054 3DS Nintendo
02. 02. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 31,345 691,921 3DS Nintendo
03. 03. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 25,460 3,200,859 3DS Nintendo
04. 04. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen 13,314 169,996 PS3 Capcom
05. 05. Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 7,359 184,516 3DS Namco Bandai
06. 06. Tomb Raider 5,972 54,121 PS3 Square Enix
New 07. Kud Wafter: Converted Edition 5,733 New PSP Prototype
08. 08. New Super Mario Bros. 2 5,443 2,024,812 3DS Nintendo
07. 09. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 5,382 122,975 PS3 Namco Bandai
11. 10. Run for Money Tousouchuu 4,914 483,005 3DS Namco Bandai
13. 11. Mario Kart 7 4,631 2,047,847 3DS Nintendo
12. 12. Photo Kano Kiss 4,556 43,360 PSV Kadokawa
10. 13. 7th Dragon 2020-II 4,287 102,149 PSP Sega
09. 14. Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition 3,952 473,389 Wii Namco Bandai
14. 15. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 3,812 483,415 3DS Namco Bandai
17. 16. Pro Baseball Spirits 2013 3,755 143,558 PSP Konami
15. 17. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) 3,517 304,939 3DS Capcom
18. 18. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 3,193 393,183 PS3 Namco Bandai
16. 19. Detective Conan: Marionette Symphony 3,190 18,516 3DS Namco Bandai
20. 20. Pro Baseball Spirits 2013 3,134 167,520 PS3 Konami


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and


  • FJLink

    Wow. Conan really had the worst part.

    • How does one video turn into two o_0? Disqus is weird.

    • riceisnice

      This is the lowest, male-minding thing I’ve seen yet.

      • Square Enix asked you to please speak english so that they can understand please.

      • Testsubject909

        I doubt it was just male-minded. But I get your negative reaction to their negative reaction.

        And I doubt it’s the lowest thing you could see either.

    • Testsubject909

      Well… To that last guy who made the joke about Eagles.

      If it’s like in Lords of the Ring… They didn’t fly the eagle because the fucking Eye of Sauron and his army would’ve spotted the Eagle and then proceeded to kill said Eagles in mid-flight because within the army of Sauron there are these things called Nazgul. Worse yet they can take to the air. Winged Nazgul if you will.

      Capable, apt, and more then ready to kill anyone dumb enough to try and just fly there.

      Never did understand why people think this is a plot hole… Honestly folks. Just simple thinking of why and it’s freakishly obvious to anyone with a quarter of a functional brain.

      Oh and, Wiki of the Nazgul for you fine lazy folks out there:;

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Wow Wii U was hitting its stride and now this :( I really want to see next next gen consoles succeed, but Wii U is really making a good case that perhaps we don’t need a new gen. PS4 ought to, for the sake of the entire video game industry, do so much better to renew our confidence in these new prospects and frontiers in the future of the hybridization of technology with compelling new fun ideas in videogames with a focus on the great immersion with excellent innovation and what not, and potentially, also inspire and reinvigorate folks excitement surrounding Wii U this holiday season and beyond for JPN. Maybe they could consult with Iwatar and receive tips on how to make sure their launch avoids the same pitfalls that are plaguing the Wii U’s performance at hand? As well as share exclusives so both systems can perform well and build a healthy competitive environment.

    • Not going to happen. Ps4 doesnt have much in it to create something that isnt that far removed from whats possible with older technologies. You’re game worlds are only going to be able to be somewhat bigger. Competition is whats needed yes, but working together when they have those attitudes isnt going to happen

    • Brion Valkerion

      WiiU has yet to hit a stride imo. But its not surprising sales were low. Its after and during Golden Week. Everyone blows their money on the holiday for travel/taking a break from the normal routine, then usually has no money to buy anything for a few weeks after. Its like this every year.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Stride lol.

      Yea, Sony’s not going to consult Nintendo for squat. Especially considering you’re suggesting the Wii U’s currently low sales would be something for Nintendo to draw advice from. Anything Nintendo could say there Sony would know from the PS3’s early years.

      • ronin4life

        I have faith in wiiu for the long haul, but this also made me pause… If this is a stride, I would be horrified by what a gasping for breath crawl would look like….*_*;;

        • Solomon_Kano

          80? I would cry lol.

        • 4 consoles a week …..

          • Testsubject909

            Someone’s feeling generous.

          • Im surprised no one picked up on why I said “yon” in the first place

      • @Solomon_Kano:disqus @ronin4life:disqus @twitter-437082997:disqus You guys are joking, but I don’t think we’ve seen the worst of the Wii U yet. It could very well drop to 5k or below in the months to come.

        • Nothings coming out in May right?

          • Revelations, but that’s multiplat.

          • And June?

          • Injustice: Gods Among Us. (multiplat) Rabbids Land. :P

          • Ishaan those are already out dont play with people

          • They aren’t in Japan! But if you meant worldwide, I think the list is equally sparse as far as big-sellers go. Game & Wario is out in June, I guess, but I don’t see that doing anything.

          • A lot of people who recently bought Wario Shake it are going to get ti

        • Solomon_Kano

          Yea, there’s not much coming in these next few months. Much of consequence, anyway. I’m hoping that E3 sees some surprise OMG-that’s-right-around-the-corner announcement that gives it a quick boost, but that’s unlikely. So, yea, I could definitely see it hitting 5k in the coming months.

    • I don’t think Iwata’s in any position to be giving advice, given how they botched up the Wii U’s launch.

      • They made a gamble that didnt pan out. Its a shame. But its for the best, since as they say stressed Nintendo is based Nintendo. Because Atlus.

        • I don’t know if I agree that things didn’t pan out because they gambled. I think they just weren’t well-prepared enough.

          They should have figured that their first batch of HD games would take longer to develop than they expected and either begun work on them sooner, or made better use of outsourcing to speed things up.

          That also says nothing about the third-party situation. I get that they’re doing some great collaborations with external developers and I’m excited for those games, but left to their own devices, third-parties aren’t going to develop for Wii U and that’s Nintendo’s fault.

          • I think you’re slightly over-estimating how much of its Nintendo’s fault. ( After all they did try to find a partner in Phillips with CD tech) And yes they know they put themselves in this situation, but in the end their is only so much they can do to pander to third parties before it inhibits their vision and their raison d’etre as a company. They have a goal and its not just to “make money” What happened with the Wii U was an unexpected issue and they rushed it to the market , because they let the Wii fall of the wagon and had they had they gone ahead and didn’t hold of on their first party titles we’d have a different situation now. But I see things as they are now for the best since they can just go ahead on their second module. They’ve always played their hand in shaping the path they walk in the industry,only Nintendo really knows what they “should” have done. They’re that secretive for a reason. Now I’m not particularly fond of the route Microsoft has taken the industry in but I recognize what they did provide in transforming the gaming ecosystem into the hot mess it is today. Its what spawned the Ps4 anyway. Now after all the bells and whistles quite down people will realize it’s just a socially optimized PS3 with different architecture.

          • but in the end their is only so much they can do to pander to third parties before it inhibits their vision and their raison d’etre as a company.

            I think it works both ways. Yes, third-parties are wary of Nintendo for a variety of reasons. I also agree that third-parties missed an opportunity with the Wii that would have benefited them and the industry, and that wasn’t Nintendo’s fault.

            However, that’s all the more reason that Nintendo should make things more inviting for them if they plan to launch a major new console and are counting on third-party support. If you go back and look at their financial briefings over the past two years, they make very clear statements along the lines of not wanting dry spells on Wii U and actively collaborating with external companies to maintain a steady stream of software. That’s their responsibility and it’s on them to figure out how to fulfil it, one way or another.

          • Indeed. Their responsibility and they seem to be directly predisposed to owning up to it. Nintendo seems to be more interested in doing what they can to expand the industry and their avenues of access than chasing what those are disinclined to give. You know its always been in the back of my mind but Nintendo seems to draw many parallels with Germany in relation to the rest of Europe. Console wars also show that many people are ripe with nationalistic tendencies .-.

  • WOOOOOOOW~ What an encouraging headline! XD

    • Oh lawd

      “Last week, according to Media Create, the Wii U sold a mere 7974 units in Japan.
      Posters on 2ch are laughing at this because 7974 can be read as “na ku na yo” (泣くなよ) in Japanese, which translates to “Don’t cry.” “

      • Testsubject909

        Ah! I think I laughed too much at that… Might have woken someone up.

  • Muffum

    I can’t help but find the curtness of the headline hilarious.

  • Crimson_Cloud

    It’s like my previous company. Always in the minus so they couldn’t give raise to their workers… cuz’ we were always producing and selling more….

  • Well not everything. Another 100k week for Tomodachi Collection is pretty damn good.

  • RoxasTheUnknown1

    7th Dragon woot!!

  • Solomon_Kano

    Meanwhile, the PlayStation Vita dropped back down to 12,000 units, marking the end of the short-lived boost it enjoyed as a result of its recent price cut and software releases.

    As the first week the Vita’s been this low since the price drop 3 months ago, I’d say that’s a statement that should be held until we see if it stays here. That sounds rather final, which this drop may not be. With no software coming soon, it may well be, but it still feels a bit early for that.

    • I did take future software into account when I wrote this post, but I see what you mean. Let me explain that a little better.

      Valhalla Knights 3 is coming soon, but after that, things are dry until a month later when the Neptunia idol game hits in late June. Following that, the next “big” release (I guess?) is Toukiden which is PSP/PSV, followed by Dragon’s Crown, which is PS3/PSV.

      At most, these games are going to push the Vita by a few thousand units for a week when they come out, but you may recall there was a point when people thought that the system was going to stabilize somewhere between 25-30k. What I mean is, that phase is now over. We’re going to be sub-25k for a while now, IMO.

      I expect God Eater and FFX to be the next games that give Vita a boost over 25k, but neither one has a release date yet.

      edit: Actually, let me edit that. 20k might be lowballing. I could see maybe Neptunia pushing it to that much during the week of its release.

      • Kevadu

        You’re still ignoring the fact that–by your own admission–it was a slow week for *everything*. Hardware sales were down overall, as much because of the time of year as software releases. Yet you single out the Vita and act like it’s going to stay there, but don’t say the same thing about anything else.

        The bias is pretty obvious…

        • Who says nothing else is going to stay there? The Wii U is going to stay more or less where it is until the Fall. Pikmin 3 won’t save it. Neither will Resident Evil: Revelations. Alternatively, in the Vita’s case, Valhalla Knights and Neptunia will make little difference.

          Besides, it’s not just this week. Vita has been around 20k or below for the past several weeks now. That isn’t healthy for a new portable console that just received a hefty price cut. If you feel there’s upcoming software that will escalate its weekly sales to a higher figure, you’re welcome to provide examples.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Fair enough. Both the Vita and Wii U are lacking things to bring them out of their slumps in the immediate future, so it’s certainly not an outlandish thought. But with the week directly before Golden Week being on par with Golden Week before this drop, I just had to wonder if maybe it wouldn’t move back closer to what it was. Still sub-20k, but a bit closer.

        That said, I refuse to even guess at Neptunia’s potential impact after Monster Monpiece and Senran Kagura. The otaku are in full effect on Vita, who knows what havoc combining Neptunia with typical otaku-bait like Idolmaster could wreak lol.

        • This is partly why I edited my post, too, hahaha. The otaku market is blooming on Vita, so I’m not sure if that would affect Neptunia PP or not.

          • Solomon_Kano

            It’ll certainly be interesting to see.

      • PoweredByHentai

        Just wondering, where would the new XBLAZE Code Embryo and SRW OG Saga Masou Kishin 3 go?

        They both come out for both the PS3 and the Vita and both are also targeted for a summer release.

        • Xblaze is a visual novel and a new IP, too, so I wouldn’t expect too much from it right off the bat. If word of mouth is good, I suppose it could see continued sales. ArcSys do seem capable of coming up with characters people care about.

          Masou Kishin 3… I really have no idea. So many factors go into the success of Super Robot Wars and related games, including what mechs are included, how popular they are, whether there are any ongoing projects involving those mechs that could boost recognition or awareness etc. etc.

          It’s virtually impossible to keep track of it all and predict how they’ll do. The best you could do is look back after a game has been released and try to make sense of why it sold the way it did, but even then, we may not be getting the full story.

          • PoweredByHentai

            Oh yeah, I keep forgetting that’s a visual novel. >_<


          • No worries!

  • Run For Money returns to the Top 10!!

  • DesmaX

    Now that’s a direct headline.

  • puchinri

    I’m excited about the release of Gyrozetter and Youkai Watch, and I hope both do extremely and that they’ll be localized. I also want to see some gameplay vids of Youkai Watch and get an idea of the differences in playing as FeMC vs MC if there are any (or at least, how they interact with each other, etc).

    • Hinataharem

      Wait, when was there a FeMC? I guess I missed it?

      • puchinri

        I saw a gameplay vid in which you could actually choose the gender at the start of the game, and the girl with the pink bike is the FeMC. It was a pretty recent vid too, and I’m wondering if it is indeed a full option and what differences it makes in-game, but I haven’t seen anyone report on it really.

        • Hinataharem

          Yeah, that’s where my confusion came from, as I haven’t seen a single thing on that anywhere. Where did you see the gameplay vid?

          • puchinri

            I don’t remember where I first saw it, but it is on youtube.

  • NTaiyokun

    At least people are getting outside.

  • Kuro Neko

    How long must I wait for my mind to be inside my game?! I wanna fight dungeons of enemies with my favorite characters and such :D GE2 please~

  • Testsubject909

    Ow… Dem sales numbers are ow…

    *looks at Tomb Raider*


    Yeah… That’s… Pretty damn low. Not sure if should be surprised or not.

    • Peace Legacy

      Western IP usually just doesn’t sell well in Japan, even if it is made by a Japanese dev
      Nothing surprising, really

  • Aristides

    Vita definitely needs more software :( I think that at it’s current price point it can reach/exceed the 20k – 30k mark and stabilize if it had enough 3rd party support.

  • s07195

    The title for this article is surprisingly direct. 0_0

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