This Week In Sales: Dragon’s Crown Still Going Strong

By Ishaan . August 14, 2013 . 12:30pm

Period: The week of August 5th – August 11th (2013)

Top-seller: Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 45,793

Nintendo 3DS sales: 18,949 | Total sales: 8,486,426

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 38,822 | Total sales: 3,561,818

PlayStation Vita sales: 17,639 | Total sales: 1,777,128

Wii U sales: 9,950 | Total sales: 1,036,379

<< Last week’s software sales chart

 

Last week saw the release of One Piece: Romance Dawn for the Nintendo 3DS. Released a year after the original PSP version, the 3DS port of the game sold close to 25,000 copies, landing at the #3 spot on the software sales chart. The #1 spot was once again occupied by Namco Bandai’s Disney Magic Castle.

 

Meanwhile, Dragon’s Crown appears to have received a new shipment after the PlayStation 3 version of the game sold out at launch. The PS3 version of Dragon’s Crown jumped from nearly 14,000 copies sold last week to nearly 21,000 copies sold this week. Impressive.

 

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

 

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life 45,793 164,947 3DS Namco Bandai
03. 02. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 28,598 204,829 3DS Nintendo
New 03. One Piece: Romance Dawn 24,787 New 3DS Namco Bandai
10. 04. Dragon’s Crown 20,845 138,919 PS3 Atlus
04. 05. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 20,036 1,350,817 3DS Nintendo
02. 06. Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies 18,897 309,316 3DS Capcom
09. 07. Dragon’s Crown 11,153 96,008 PSV Atlus
08. 08. Youkai Watch 10,460 125,578 3DS Level 5
13. 09. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 9,933 3,364,716 3DS Nintendo
12. 10. Pikmin 3 8,969 154,704 WiiU Nintendo
New 11. Hot Blooded Tough Guy Kunio: Fighting Concerto 8,666 New 3DS Arc System Works
16. 12. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 8,110 858,243 3DS Nintendo
14. 13. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D 7,956 243,132 3DS Nintendo
11. 14. Fantasy Life Link! 7,533 36,254 3DS Level 5
New 15. Resident Evil 6 Special Package 7,454 New PS3 Capcom
06. 16. The Witch and the Hundred Knights 7,350 72,691 PS3 Nippon Ichi
New 17. Juuden Sentai Kyoryuger: Game de Kaburincho!! 6,939 New 3DS Namco Bandai
20. 18. Hoppe-chan Tsukutte Asonde Puni Puni Town!! 6,426 21,279 3DS Nippon Columbia
18. 19. The Little Battlers W Super Custom 5,890 51,215 3DS Level 5
17. 20. Earth Defense Force 2025 5,409 235,701 PS3 D3 Publisher

 

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and Geimin.net.



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  • evilkaz

    That’s good to hear. I bought it and am thoroughly enjoying it. This has been a good year to be an atlus fan…..aside from the index thing.

    • AndyLC

      I’m waiting for them to release “Shin Megami Emblem’s Crown” hahah

  • Abysswalker90

    Meanwhile, in Europe….

    • TheRealMalek

      People imports their games…

      • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

        Yeah then we all begin to wonder why certain game doesn’t get localized :/

        • TheRealMalek

          Back in time (nes – snes – PSX), import wasn’t as easy and i missed great games. So now i’m importing if there is not a “date” on a gameor if the game is known to be released in another year.

          Nintendo has understood that europe wasn’t happy with the japan => USA (and if it works in the us) => europe and try to release in europe games that will not sale in the us.

      • Abysswalker90

        Unfortunately the Vita only allows one account.

        • TheRealMalek

          Oh ? Bad news then :/ I was thinking that the vita was import friendly…

          • Malon

            There’s no region locking on Vita but if you own a euro PSN account and you want to buy DLC for a japanese game, you’re screwed.
            That’s why I make sure to import games that don’t have interesting/worth buying DLC haha.

          • Seasqwaa

            Yep, and accounts are tied to memory cards too, so that’s yet another border. I’ve been formatting my vita over and over to get on the Japanese PSN, from my US account. Apparently, formatting, with more than one card is the only way you can use multiple accounts. And it REALLY is a pain. Especially the intro video. Every single time.

    • DesmaX

      NISA will release it this fall. I know it’s painful to wait, but

    • Solomon_Kano

      October 11th.

  • SlickRoach

    Crap, I didn’t even know Dream Team was out yet! But my backlog is so massive I’ll have to get it next year or in December because I bought Ni No Kuni day one and haven’t even beat that yet.

    • Raoni Marques

      I’m in the same situation as you lol. Got Ni no Kuni at launch and haven’t touched it. My backlog is huge, but I’m gaming at a good pace now. Beat Dragon’s Crown once and finally finished the Last of Us. Now gotta finish Project X Zone, Muramasa Rebirth and many many more! Oh…just got Xillia today lol

      • SlickRoach

        I beat The Last of Us twice already, which is surprising because I can barely beat a game once. I’m more than halfway done with Project X Zone but it’s kind of starting to drag on now.

  • z_merquise

    Dragon’s Crown is really good and it’s very nice to see it still selling in Japan. I think word-of-mouth and restock for the physical copies what made the sales better than last week.

    I wonder how this game is doing in US though.

  • Suriel Cruz

    I will die for a sequel to Odin Sphere or Dragon’s Crown. This time with more characters and more bosses to kick-ass! ^ ^

    • AkuLord3

      Why you missing out Muramasa? or whatever new IP they do…i won’t mind at all

      • Suriel Cruz

        I haven’t play Muramasa(I know it’s Awesome!)… that’s why I’m being selfish. I know Muramasa needs a sequel too. ^ ^

    • Arcana Wiz

      i would like a new OS like game, focused in single player and a extensive story, if they combine what they learnt from DC it could be sooooo great!

  • jugun

    Vanillaware never makes bad games,the one truth I live by

    • John Pena

      love vanillaware, just sad that grand knights history was cancelled in the west!

    • Guest

      I only wish they reached a broader audience

  • Letiumtide

    All I want is other companies to pick up Vanillaware’s practice of amazing looking 2D games. Just imagine Final Fantasy VI remade with Dragon’s Crown level of detail to 2D, or a Castlevania.

    Dragon’s Crown is amazing though, and so addictive I’ve already put over 40 hours into it.

    • TheRealMalek

      I would kill for a good metroidvania with vanillaware style…

      • benhofb

        Heh, well Muramasa exists… That has quite a lot of back-tracking and secrets like a good Metroidvania

        • Kevadu

          I’m kind of on the fence about whether I would classify Muramasa as a true metroidvania game or not. It certainly has some elements of the genre, but it also has some significant differences.

          • benhofb

            Very true. A lot of the stages are pretty one-leveled with the exception of a few of them (I remember SoTN has a lot of multiple leveled rooms/areas). And the way you encounter enemies is very different as well. But I think thus far it is the closest thing we’ve gotten to a metroidvania-esque Vanillaware game.

          • AndyLC

            I feel like I can’t call it metroidvania if there isn’t a roof over my head for the majority of the game hahah

        • Arcana Wiz

          as Kevadu said i dont think murasama can be considered a metroidvania game, it doesn’t have a world linear or dont linear that uses power ups to unlock areas, the puzzles, the plataforming, etc.

        • z_merquise

          I don’t think Muramasa can be compared in a “Metroidvania” game. For me, it’s more close to games like Strider 1 and 2 in the arcades.

          Though I read in an old interview with Kamitani (unfortunately, that link no longer work) and he did said that Muramasa is more inspired from very old games like Legend of Kage and Genpei Toumaden.

          Here are videos of Genpei Toumaden. You’ll even notice that the last boss of the game looked very similar to the last boss in Kisuke’s story:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=282KbYpTy_Q&fmt=18

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O48AmfqF9iE

    • Arcana Wiz

      yes the 2d genre it’s reallly underrated this why i love vanillaware since grimgrimoire. They aren’t only game devs, they are artists too.

  • https://twitter.com/kcgst Karu

    Good news for Atlus and Vanillaware :). Also, if someone wants to play Dragons Crown feel free to add me :v !

    PSN: LeeMongChuPao

  • Ano722

    Is there any chances of Europe getting the artbook?

    Or any bundled goods for that matter, or the free DLC?

    As it’s Europe I kind of doubt it. Especially for Northern Europe considering how NISA discontinued their PSN services for most regions of Northern Europe.

  • TheDarkEmpress

    Hopefully this will spur on a spiritual successor of some sort, I’m absolutely loving Dragon’s Crown….Hopefully Vanillaware will deliver another in the same style w/ co-op, it’s fantastic.

    • Arcana Wiz

      well, DC it’s a homage to the D&D games and combined with good sales, i think that some updates dlc or games it’s almost sure.

    • d19xx

      I think an expansion would be a safer bet for them. I love DC but I want Vanillaware to do something new, like maybe a fighting game, isometric dungeon crawler, etc. I want see their take on different genre.

      • ShootThatWay

        Well there was Grand Knights History…
        A turn-based RPG with the concept of training knights and sending them to an online war against other player’s knights was pretty interesting.

        Too bad it was vs. AI and your nation’s victory was based on synchronizing wins with allied players. Not saying that it was bad. It was actually fun, until Logres got abandoned and Avalon was massing with OP knights.

      • Kevin Schwarz

        But I think if a studio is great at something, they shouldn’t change at something else. Because every single game from them is different in a better way.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Their (short) history doesn’t seem to indicate interest in sequels but, then again, this is their most successful game yet, so they may make an exception.

      • Kevin Schwarz

        Let’s hope so! It doesn’t have to have the same tittle, just a different one or something.

    • AndyLC

      I’d love to see Dragon’s Crown add in characters from their other titles.

      Psypher users from Odin Sphere
      the Brave Princess from Princess Crown
      the Ninjas of Muramasa

      It would be glorious….

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 水木

    Very nice

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    Hell yeah! Dragons Crown has been nothing but awesome since the moment I started playing it. I hope we see many more Vanillaware games in the future =^_^=

  • NintendoPSX

    All I see is 3DS. 3DS everywhere. It makes me happy.

  • malek86

    So Yakuza 1+2 didn’t even hit 5k. To be honest, I was expecting a bit better. I don’t imagine this will help its chances of a localization.

  • hazelnut1112

    Glad this game is doing really well. Enjoyed it when I picked it up. Sadly I had to stop playing this for a while because I gotta finish Ni no Kuni or else my backlog would not be finished. Just got Mornstar to its fullest.

  • Jake_Indiman

    Dragon’s Crown is an awesome game. My kids and I are wearing out our copy already…..;)

    • epy

      Don’t you know this game has… b..b…breasts and t…t…t…(*hyper ventilates) thighs?! And you’re playing it with your son?! Are you a sexual deviant?! YOU MONSTER!

      • Arcana Wiz

        Well, he did say kids, so it have a chance that he’s playing with daughters too, introducing the bishoujo white knight to them!

        • SerendipityX

          Keep your hands off my Knight! >:D

          • Arcana Wiz

            Here you can keep him, all that matters to me it’s my elf! and maybe the sorceress.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Very good to hear. Definitely been enjoying online play. Hopefully this gives Vanillaware an even bigger name (and more staff).

  • $61526767

    Already enjoying Dragon’s Crown, quite the game. glade to see sales are very well. :)

  • Arcana Wiz

    Glad that dragon crown is selling well, Vanillaware deserves it for be one of the suppoters of 2d games and making so beautiful games.

  • KuroNathan

    I wonder, is there a reliable source for US sales? the only one I know of is vgchartz but a friend of mine says they’re highly inaccurate

  • Ben Sylvia

    Great game, gotta finish it as soon as I Platinum Muramasa. Or at least get all the trophies aside from the Fury Mode ones.

    • TheExile285

      ugh… you reminded that I still need to plat Muramasa lol

  • TheExile285

    Dragons Crown = Best 2D Beat Em Up Ever

  • John Pena
  • new_tradition

    Aww, I thought One Piece would do better, or is 25K the first week good for a 3DS game?

    • Solomon_Kano

      Keep in mind it’s only a port of a fairly recent PSP game. Even the LBX ports only manage ~35k openings.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      just like Re:digitize decode.. it didn’t do so good..
      and yes, a port usually doesn’t sell well..

  • Hector Velar

    great game guys highly recomended! was worth the wait.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Good to hear, good to hear. I really should get back to playing it…

    I wonder if we’ll ever hear anything about how it’s done digitally. I can only imagine what that kind of sell-through did for its sales on that front.

  • Learii

    how about tales of xillia?

    • Stranger On The Road

      The above list cover Japan only, Xillia was released in Japan back in 2011. If my memory serve me correctly, it sold +600,000 copies in the first week

      Any way, on topic, Kill is Dead is no longer in the list, damn!

      • Göran Isacson

        Oh man you’re right, it’s already slipped down. Guess we will have to hope for the West to buy it for Grasshoppers sake.

  • Mr_SP

    Wow, the Vita version of Dragon’s Crown is responsible for 40% of total sales? This is a good sign.

  • AndyLC

    Really, really glad that a game as beautifully executed as Dragon’s Crown is doing well. George Kamitani (the director/artist/designer behind the game) is one of the hardest working men in the industry (he lived off of $2 a day when making Princess Crown!) and really deserves the success that Dragon’s Crown has garnered.

  • saltypiper

    Dragon’s Crown is surprisingly good game, better than I thought it would be. A proper beat ‘em up game complete with great hit detection along with nice music as well.

    The only gripe that I have with this game is only when the game gets really frantic and I can’t really see where’s my character, but that problem quickly overshadowed by how good this game is.

    Also, I just found out that the many of the similarities between DC and D&D Chronicles of Mystara exists because George Kamitani himself had worked on both games!

  • WyattEpp

    Oof, the new Kunio game doesn’t look like it’s doing so hot… :(

  • Göran Isacson

    Man, almost all the high profile 3DS games are STILL hanging on to the charts. Luigis Mansion, Ace Attourney, Animal Crossing, Donkey Kong 3D, it’s a 3D wonderland here. Less wonderful things for Hundred Knights who seem to be on the move down and out, and Killer is Dead is just plain Killer is Gone, as is Mind=0. Hope they’re at least selling enough to cover development costs…

  • Kevin Schwarz

    I must be one of the few people who actually like the proportions of the sorceress lol. Anyway, I think DC is doing great, but it’s doing better outside of Japan.

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    If you do this again, we’ll ban you without a second thought. Siliconera is not the place for this nonsense. Knock it off.

    edit: Those of you who liked this post should be ashamed of yourselves, too.

  • Tiduas

    My curiosity for what was written in that post is beyond what I can controll… what was written?

  • AndyLC

    Glad to see that Siliconera promotes such a civil atmosphere.
    I’ve checked alexa.com, you guys are actually the most diverse (by nationality/ethnicity) gaming site around!

  • SwiftWind

    He cursed out some dude on Kotaku because he wrote an article criticizing the game’s artsyle (I think it was mostly the proportions of the Sorceress). I personally don’t agree with the author as well, but I don’t think it was appropriate to curse at him for having a different opinion. But eh, opinions.

  • Ferrick

    actually it was towards the shirtless dwarf but close enough

  • AndyLC

    Ah, Jason Schreier, the man who said some very uncouth things.

    I actually commented so hard on him that Kotaku let me write about Dragon’s Crown’s artwork, so that’s good of them. (wrote about the artistic influences behind the game)

    Kotaku is made up of individuals though with differing opinions.

    Their more senior writer, Mike Fahey was looking forward to Dragon’s Crown and he gave it a glowing review, he’s also mentioned his wife thinks the Sorceress is hot, or something to that effect.

    Mike Fahey actually trolls the commentators who hate on the game too!

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    We try! Oh, do we ever try…

  • Syn

    you guys are awesome, hope you never change.

  • JNT

    Schreier is a shill who like most of Kotaku promotes that kind of low level discussion, exageration and controversy.

    I hope we can all agree on this, I’m not hating or offending him, just stating it like it is, because lol Gawker media.

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