This Week In Sales: Summon Night Returns With Summon Night 5

By Ishaan . May 22, 2013 . 12:20pm

Period: The week of May 13th – May 19th (2013)

Top-seller: Summon Night 5 – 105,511

Nintendo 3DS sales: 13,001 | Total sales: 8,296,209

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 24,123 | Total sales: 3,140,358

PlayStation Vita sales: 10,931 | Total sales: 1,582,047

Wii U sales: 6,037 | Total sales: 923,258

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Another week of slow sales. The highest-selling game in Japan last week was Namco Bandai’s Summon Night 5, which sold 105,511 copies in its first week. Not too far from Summon Night 4’s first week sales of 115,701 copies.


Behind Summon Night was Tomodachi Collection: New Life with another 63,000 copies sold. 


Meanwhile, hardware sales took another turn for the worse, with the Wii U selling 6,000 units and the PlayStation Vita 11,000 units. Nintendo 3DS sales, too, saw a dive for the week, coming in at 37,000 units.


Next week’s sales chart should prove more interesting, with Shin Megami Tensei IV, Kamen Rider: Battride War and Resident Evil: Revelations for consoles slated for release in Japan tomorrow.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Summon Night 5 105,511 New PSP Namco Bandai
01. 02. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 63,055 925,108 3DS Nintendo
02. 03. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 20,304 712,225 3DS Nintendo
03. 04. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 16,492 3,217,351 3DS Nintendo
New 05. Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse 12,373 New PSP 5pb
04. 06. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen 8,759 178,755 PS3 Capcom
05. 07. Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 4,539 189,056 3DS Namco Bandai
14. 08. Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition 4,351 477,739 Wii Namco Bandai
08. 09. New Super Mario Bros. 2 3,851 2,028,663 3DS Nintendo
11. 10. Mario Kart 7 3,354 2,051,201 3DS Nintendo
06. 11. Tomb Raider 3,276 57,397 PS3 Square Enix
10. 12. Run for Money Tousouchuu 3,033 486,038 3DS Namco Bandai
12. 13. Photo Kano Kiss 2,807 46,167 PSV Kadokawa
16. 14. Pro Baseball Spirits 2013 2,577 146,135 PSP Konami
15. 15. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 2,567 485,981 3DS Namco Bandai
17. 16. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) 2,534 307,473 3DS Capcom
09. 17. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 2,532 125,507 PS3 Namco Bandai
13. 18. 7th Dragon 2020-II 2,324 104,473 PSP Sega
21. 19. New Super Mario Bros. U 2,237 512,244 WiiU Nintendo
25. 20. Pokémon Black/White 2 2,168 3,005,619 DS Pokémon Co.


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and


  • Jungo

    Are these unseasonably slow sales? I’m paranoid about the fate of the Japanese game industry.

    • d19xx

      They look good to me.

    • Ethan_Twain

      Nah, it’s nothing to do with the season. There’s just not much out to buy. I feel confident that new, big name releases will perform well. There just haven’t been any since Tomodachi collection. Like the post says, we’ll get a taste of this a week from now.

      • Jungo

        Okay, I’ve just been getting concerned from week after week of ‘slow sales’, ‘sales dived this week,’ et. al. Hopefully things will pick up next week.

        • Suicunesol

          It’s after Golden Week. It’s always like that.

          Then, again Golden Week itself wasn’t hot either.

    • Sales always drop following a big holiday, whether it’s Golden Week or Christmas or something else. But yeah, it’s also that the new consoles are tanking. Both Vita and Wii U are doing badly, so 3DS is the only hardware that’s actually holding the industry figures up in Japan.

      I don’t know if the overall hardware situation will get better before this Fall, but software sales will get better starting next week. SMTIV, Kamen Rider and RE are all known brands and will do well. Following that, there’s a lot of other significant brands being released throughout the Summer as well.

      • mirumu

        I know why you don’t post numbers for the older consoles, but I think this is one of those cases where it paints quite a picture. With PS3, Wii and 360 sales combined totalling less than the standard 3DS model, it really drives home how the 3DS really is the only thing holding up the figures.

        • Honestly, part of the reason I don’t do it is because I don’t really like posting hardware sales. In general, I find people aren’t mature enough to have hardware discussions for long before someone inevitably starts to throw around fanboy accusations or contort facts to suit their preferences. It’s so common.

          The other reason is that I really wanted the sales column to be a “fresh start”. I didn’t want anyone to feel like they were coming in halfway and missing out, which is why we chose to start reporting hardware only from the start of a new generation. Too many figures otherwise.

          I know it might sound silly to the people that actually put time into reading this column, but there are even more people who’d see the list of numbers and be immediately turned off by them.

          edit: You’re probably right that I could have included them this time around, though, yeah.

  • bassgs435

    don’t worry , some gamers might be saving for Kamen Rider , SMTIV and/or RE,

  • Solomon_Kano

    Daaaamn. This is the lowest the 3DS has been since before the price drop, I think. Well, at least Summon Night did reasonably well.

    Looking forward to seeing next week. SMTIV’s debut should be interesting.

  • Herok♞

    Well nothing SMT 4 can’t solve.

  • Nightmesh

    I thought the guy on the left was Grell for a split second.

  • Aristides

    Muv-luv for psp? …MUV-LUV FOR PSP?! When the hell did this happen lol, why have I not heard of this XD. Three cheers for SN V!

  • puchinri

    Wow, go SN5! I’m glad it did so well, and I hope it continues to~.

    Also, that is a bit painful to see on the hardware side, but I’m sure things will pick up. Lulls are bound to happen.

  • $29082171

    Vita going back to abysmally low numbers. Wii-u still selling even worse. 3DS outselling everything.

    Balance has been restored.

  • Go Summon Night 5! Good, good. (Rubs hands together).

    Azure Nova <—— Hoping for a localization.

  • Pockystix


    that is all

  • equalequation

    Oh my, this is heartening! Seeing all those bitter ‘but it’s not SN1-4!’ reviews on Amazon, I was thinking the sales might be lower. It’s good to see the game doing well. Might encourage the devs to do more with the next one, as well as encouraging a next one in the first place.

  • Lemon

    I can’t really tell how well Photokano Kiss is doing. On one hand, it’s the only Vita game in the top 20, but on the other hand its total sales have yet to barely make it to the 50,000 mark.

    However, maybe that figure just seems low because it’s compared to other games on platforms that are more widely owned/purchased. Also, I understand that Photokano is targeting a very niche group of consumers, so I guess I’m just wondering how well it was received amongst people who like and play the dating sim genre.

    Personally, I enjoyed it, so I’m just hoping the sales did well enough to not dissuade the developer from hopefully producing more of such works in the future.

  • Barrylocke89

    Remember when I said “It’d be surprising if SMTIV doesn’t get number 1 next week”?

    …I’d like to retract that statement. I totally forgot RE:Revelations was coming out. I can easily see that sniping SMTIV, unless most of the potential players got their fill from the 3DS version.

    I suppose SMTIV will get #1 out of the 3DS games though.

  • komiko12

    I think I just saw a DS game at the list.
    I guess sales were really not that good this week.

  • Kioku

    Something is really wrong with Japanese gaming market….

  • Holy–!! Animal Crossing has sold more lifetime games than freaking Pokemon BW2?! And it hasn’t even been localized yet!

    Now that’s some serious sales. Jesus…

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