This Week In Sales: Cave Returns With Dodonpachi Saidaioujou

By Ishaan . June 5, 2013 . 12:30pm

Period: The week of May 27th – June 2nd (2013)

Top-seller: Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 59,104

Nintendo 3DS sales: 14,057 | Total sales: 8,324,325

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 28,807 | Total sales: 3,209,816

PlayStation Vita sales: 11,783 | Total sales: 1,606,001

Wii U sales: 6,680 | Total sales: 935,586

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Amidst a slow week in Japan, recent game releases had a chance to keep the spotlight to themselves a little longer. Shin Megami Tensei IV sold another 30,000 copies for the week, now at nearly 219,000 sold. The next few weeks should be interesting to see how the game holds up over time.


Meanwhile, Resident Evil: Revelations is at 135,000 sold on PlayStation 3, behind Kamen Rider Battride War’s 149,000. On the new release slate was Cave’s Dodonpachi Saidaioujou, which sold 9,300 copies for the week.


As an aside, the budget re-release of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is still selling a few copies each week, with total sales of the game exceeding Capcom’s initial forecasts. Capcom have also begun airing TV commercials for Monster Hunter 4 in Japan, and recently announced that they hope to sell 2.8 million copies of the game by March 31st, 2014. The game is slated for release on September 14th.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
04. 01. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 59,104 1,044,088 3DS Nintendo
03. 02. Resident Evil: Revelations 32,193 134,866 PS3 Capcom
01. 03. Shin Megami Tensei IV 30,424 218,987 3DS Atlus
02. 04. Kamen Rider: Battride War 20,076 148,735 PS3 Namco Bandai
07. 05. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 19,649 750,953 3DS Nintendo
08. 06. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 16,870 3,249,710 3DS Nintendo
New 07. Norn9: Norn + Nonette 14,836 New PSP Idea Factory
05. 08. Valhalla Knights 3 11,128 51,485 PSV Marvelous AQL
New 09. Dodonpachi Saidaioujou 9,344 New 360 Cave
06. 10. Terraria 8,470 28,322 PS3 Spike Chunsoft
New 11. Haiyore! Nyaruko-San: Nafushigatai Game no You na Mono 6,836 New PSV 5pb.
09. 12. Summon Night 5 5,999 125,134 PSP Namco Bandai
13. 13. Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition 5,563 488,493 Wii Namco Bandai
15. 14. Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 5,301 198,461 3DS Namco Bandai
17. 15. New Super Mario Bros. 2 3,966 2,036,147 3DS Nintendo
12. 16. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen 3,636 187,724 PS3 Capcom
19. 17. Mario Kart 7 3,418 2,057,664 3DS Nintendo
14. 18. Zillions of Enemy X 2,954 7,973 PS3 Nippon Ichi
22. 19. Run for Money Tousouchuu 2,920 491,549 3DS Namco Bandai
20. 20. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) 2,893 312,977 3DS Capcom


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and


  • SupaPhly

    terraria still going strong

  • 2.8 million is pretty high but not as ridiculous as some of the numbers Capcom forecasts for other games. New generation, tons of promotion, larger install base, holiday season and bundles. Monster Hunter 4 should meet their sales expectations.

    • malek86

      2.8 millions seems quite conservative instead. MHP3 launched with almost 2 millions sales, and by the end of the year (ie. in just a month, because it launched in December) had doubled that number to get to almost 4 millions.

      While I’m not expecting MH4 to sell as much as MHP3 for a number of reasons, getting to just 2.8 millions in 6 months seems like a given. If it can’t reach that much, then we have to assume that hunting games are just not as popular as they were in 2010/2011. But I’m confident it will get to 3 millions easily.

      • I think 3.5 million would be a realistic figure by March 2014. Unless the hunting genre is really dropping in popularity by a great deal, I think 3.5 is easily doable, taking the holidays into account.

        • malek86

          Even 4+ millions is possible in that much time, if the first-ever online portable MH (with no fee either) is appealing enough. I just don’t think its launch sales will be as high as MHP3, but lifetime it has a good chance of getting close.

          If it doesn’t, and considering that the userbase of the 3DS will likely match the PSP’s in 2011 not very far from now, that means at the very least hunting is not in its prime anymore (or maybe, that there is more competition on the 3DS)

          • Yeah, I could see 4M lifetime as being a possibility. That said, I do have to wonder just how much of the more mainstream audience on 3DS will be willing to jump in. I mean, MH is already extremely mainstream. Ideally, being on a Nintendo platform would make even more people on the sidelines try it out, but the question is if the game actually has features to help that become a reality.

          • malek86

            My main worry is that, while people effectively bought the PSP for Monster Hunter alone (which effectively made it a “Monster Hunter” machine, and which also ensures that launch sales will likely be higher for MHP3), while people are getting the 3DS for many other games too.

            There’s no telling if all the old userbase has moved to the 3DS or not, and if the game will manage to attract a lot of new audience.

            Still, considering how some social games like Animal Crossing have managed to actualy surpass their DS counterparts, there’s a chance it will do better than MHP3.

  • ronin4life

    … what could have caused the WiiU to see a 1,000 unit increase from last week?
    And dat 3dsxl drop… O.o;;

  • z_merquise

    I read that Cave is having a company restructure. I just wanted to know, do things like that normally happen when a company is in trouble (like a huge loss in profits)?

    • I assume you’re talking about that 4Gamer article that’s been making the rounds. That article was analysis on 4Gamer’s part, not a report of what is actually confirmed to be happening. Someone used Google Translate on a forum somewhere and misreported it. And since everyone used them as a source…

      • z_merquise

        Yeah, that one. Sounds like Cave’s situation isn’t really bad as many thought it is.

      • TrevHead

        That news scared the hell out of me until someone clarified the error.

        One thing that it did make me realise is that I shouldn’t continue to put off buying the couple of imports I still need just in case the worst happens and there’s a gold rush on existing stock.

      • NeoAthanasius

        Yeah I appreciate you clarifying that for me earlier this week on twitter. I trust Siliconera to get to the truth in these situations. You guys do excellent work!

  • CirnoLakes

    That’s some still incredibly sluggish sales for the Wii U.

    Even after the major boon to sales after the XBOX event, the Wii U just doing so great. At this rate the PlayStation 4 really is going to have to carry this console generation.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Yea, it’s far too early to start counting the Wii U out for the entire gen when there’s no guarantee that the PS4’s first year will go any better. I expect it to, but let’s not act like the Wii U’s irredeemable at this point.

      • CirnoLakes

        I wouldn’t say I’m counting it out. But it would have to make the biggest comeback the game industry has ever seen at this rate.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Perhaps, but it’s not as if comebacks are a rare thing in this industry. The PS2’s debut certainly didn’t foreshadow where it would end up, the PSP had a rough start, and even the 3DS needed time to get going. The Wii U’s sales are abysmal right now, but I don’t think it’s in a situation that it can’t get out of.

          • CirnoLakes

            I don’t think that the PlayStation 2 or the 3DS are anywhere near comparable to what the Wii U is going through.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Hence my responding “perhaps” to your statement that it would have to make the biggest comeback yet. They weren’t supposed to be direct analogs, the point was that comebacks happen in this industry and it’s too early to make calls like this.

          • EggmaniMN

            The market wasn’t as volatile when those debuted either. The Wii U is doing solid considering it’s had nothing released in Japan in quite a while.

            I can pretty much guarantee you the PS4 won’t leap off the shelves over there right away either. They have no reason to when the PS3 is still so strong. They’ll keep what they have.

          • CirnoLakes

            I don’t know about “leap off the shelves” but I think and can only hope that the PlayStation 4 will have a more solid launch than the Wii U.

            Of course, this may just be my wishful thinking of wanting to avoid a doomsday scenario. The Wii U may make a comeback, but it won’t ever sell as many units as the consoles from last generation. That I’m sure of. And the XBOX One is dead on arrival.

            That only leaves the PlayStation 4 to leave hope in, really major hope for the console industry today.

            It also depends on what you mean strong with the PlayStation 3. Indeed, if you’re talking about software, then the PlayStation 3 is the only console today which is getting major software support. It is also still managing to sell units.

            But in terms of actual power, the PlayStation 3 is incredibly outdated and is only growing more-so every day. In terms of hardware, the PlayStation 3 is objectively obsolete. They can’t afford to rely on the PlayStation 3 for much longer.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Luigi actually climbed back up a few spots. I’m happy as hell to see that game still sticking around.

  • Lemon

    Oh dear, Zillions of Enemy X. It sounded interesting, too.

    • Solomon_Kano

      I’m actually surprised it’s still on the chart. After it’s poor debut, I thought it’d drop right off. So I guess that’s something? Really sad about how that turned out, because I thought it looked good. I wonder if NISA will consider bringing it over…

      • DesmaX

        Legasista failed too and it got a PSN release

        (I do think releasing on disc was a bad idea, but, if they can release Terraria on disc, what do I know?)

        • Solomon_Kano

          Yea, I remember Legasista doing poorly. I don’t mean to say its performance will alter their plans (if there are any), I’m just wondering if they’d consider it at all. If so, I’d more than fine with a PSN release.

  • TrevHead

    Is 9-10k the usual for a first week CAVE shmup? Did the loli save the day?

    • AweOfShe

      I don’t have any other numbers to compare it to, but Deathsmiles 1’s first week was 19635, and Deathsmiles 2’s was 16112.

      I don’t see a number listed for Daifukkatsu, but it was 24th place on the week it was released, with Daifukkatsu Black Label being 28th on the week that was released.

      • TrevHead

        Given Deathsmiles was CAVE’s best selling shmup I’d guess SDOJ would be average for them. It does make it somewhat disappointing given the loli factor.

        I would have thought CAVE might risk porting the game to the PS3 or WiiU in the future but with mediocre sales I’d doubt they’d bother risking it. Then again Ketsui PS3 (wishfull thinking imo) might sell well enough for CAVE to let 5PB try porting other games.

  • Aoshi00

    Hope I would get my copy of Saidaioujou soon.. after seeing this Super Limited edition unboxing video, after thinking long and hard just had to get it, expensive though… it’s rare and the huge artbook and soundtracks would be so worth it, also supporting Cave..

    • AweOfShe

      NCSX sent my SLE to my billing address, instead of my shipping address, so I won’t even get to play my copy until I head back to my home town, next month. ;-;

  • No

    Saidaioujou is an amazing shooter, I recommend for anyone to pick it up. It has novice mode plus the Xbox 360 mode is also very manageable for beginners.

  • Ni

    For fuck sake! NIS can’t sell anything that isn’t Disgaea…

  • Yan Zhao

    Maybe if Cave would freaking release their games on PS3 instead of that sinking ship 360 that nobody likes in Japan, their games would get more sales! And maybe I can actually import due to no region lock on the PS3!

    I still dont understand why Cave games are 360 exclusive when they are a niche series to begin with.

    • TrevHead

      I’m sure fans have pointed out to you multiple times as to why CAVE and the genre went 360 exclusive.

      It doesn’t help when most casual fans (ie those who can’t be bothered buying a 360 or importing) would only pay $10 in the first place.

      Anyway STGs are starting to make their way to the PS3 that includes CAVE’s Ketsui that 5PB is porting atm.

      So if enough ppl put their money where their mouth is and buy the game I’m in no doubt CAVE will happily let 5PB port more games over.

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