This Week In Sales: At Last… Pokémon X And Pokémon Y

By Ishaan . October 16, 2013 . 12:30pm

Period: The week of October 7th – October 13th (2013)

Top-seller: Pokémon X and Y – 1,866,570

Nintendo 3DS sales: 72,325 | Total sales: 8,794,452

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 141,245 | Total sales: 4,429,080

PlayStation Vita sales: 60,166 | Total sales: 1,904,627

Wii U sales: 3,276 | Total sales: 1,091,912

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week, The Pokémon Company released Pokémon X and Pokémon Y for the Nintendo 3DS worldwide. Worldwide, the game sold 4 million copies in two days. Of those 4 million copies, 1.86 million were sold in Japan at retail.


For the sake of comparison, 2010’s Pokémon Black/White sold 2.55 million in its opening week in Japan. Something to note, however, is that X and Y were released in four territories—U.S., Europe, Japan and Korea—all on the same day, which means Nintendo had to spread their shipments out. Had they shipped more copies of the games to Japan, Pokémon X and Y would likely have sold more than they did.


(For those that were placing bets—yes, Pokémon outsold Monster Hunter 4’s launch sales of 1.71 million in Japan.)


Other notable games released during the week included Grand Theft Auto V, which had a fantastic opening at 360,000 copies sold on PlayStation 3. Meanwhile, Namco Bandai’s Tales of Symphonia Chronicles sold 77,228 copies—more or the less the same amount that the Tales of the Abyss port sold on Nintendo 3DS in its first week.


Also released last week was Compile Heart’s Fairy Fencer F, and despite suggestions from retail that the game was poised to perform well, Fairy Fencer F sold just 40,000 copies in its first week—not much higher than Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk-2’s opening of 33,000 sold at launch. It looks like Compile Heart still have some work to do.


Finally, Sony released the PlayStation Vita 2000 model last week as well, in a multitude of new colours, which gave the system a boost for the week. Accompanying the new Vita revision was Danganronpa 1 & 2 Reload, with 76,000 copies sold.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Pokémon X and Y 1,866,570 New 3DS Pokémon Co.
New 02. Grand Theft Auto V 360,115 New PS3 Take Two
01. 03. Monster Hunter 4 110,208 2,652,824 3DS Capcom
New 04. Tales of Symphonia Chronicles 77,228 New PS3 Namco Bandai
New 05. Danganronpa 1 & 2 Reload 76,172 New PSV Spike Chunsoft
New 06. Sakatsuku: Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 73,696 New PS3 Sega
New 07. Fairy Fencer F 40,666 New PS3 Compile Heart
New 08. Sakatsuku: Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 33,898 33,898 PSV Sega
New 09. Grand Theft Auto V 26,612 New 360 Take Two
09. 10. Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate 11,044 116,054 PS3 Tecmo Koei
06. 11. Tomodachi Collection: New Life
7,727 1,466,168 3DS Nintendo
New 12. F1 2013 7,406 New PS3 Codemasters
08. 13. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 6,785 3,438,374 3DS Nintendo
03. 14. Armored Core: Verdict Day 6,619 80,425 PS3 From Software
04. 15. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash 5,920 98,633 PSV Nihon Falcom
07. 16. Youkai Watch 5,551 200,340 3DS Level 5
11. 17. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life 5,401 290,727 3DS Namco Bandai
05. 18. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash 5,226 85,678 PS3 Nihon Falcom
12. 19. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 4,650 328,863 3DS Nintendo
New 20. Getsuei Academy: Kou 4,527 New PSV Arc System Works


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

  • Azurelegance

    Get it, Nintendo :)

  • Those sales figures for Fairy Fencer F don’t make sense when preorders were supposedly so high

    • Flandre Scarlet

      100k shipped, 40k sold. It’s possible everyone just bought Pokemon and ignored their FFF preorders.

      • malek86

        That would mean next week’s sales should show almost no drop. Somehow I doubt that will be the case, but we’ll see.

        Either way, this confused me too.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        100k was an awful risk given that they never really showed folks who weren’t buying CH games before why they should now. We shall see next week, perhaps a little longer tail given your idea, but I can’t imagine that long of one.

        • Bob

          Shipping in Japan is different though. How it works is that, instead of a publisher sending X amount of units to a store and hope it sells, in Japan, it’s the opposite. The store would order X amount of units from the publisher. And in Japan, those stores can’t recall those units, meaning whatever the amount of shipped is, in the books it automatically counts as sales.

          In the end, it’s basically a game of trust between the store and publisher. The publisher will hype the game up as much as possible to get the store to ask for a ton of units. All the while the store hopes to sell all those units. If a game does great, then in the potential sequel the store will ask for more units and vice versa.

          • Manny Being Manny

            So in the end, Compile Heart still makes out well which is all that matters. I wonder why stores thought it would do so well, though.

          • malek86

            Not so much. Because if a store orders X amount of units from a company, and then they can’t sell them, next time they will order less copies. So they make out well in the short term, but it means they probably aren’t going to grow nearly as much as they hoped.

    • Lester Rat

      The numbers were great and the game was sold out. Famitsu sell-through was 80%-100%.

      The “problem” is that the 100k shipment came from “sinobi”, that is a random blog a random guy in NeoGAF quoted as a “trustworthy” source. Surprisingly, that became news here and people took that number for granted.

      • malek86

        Sinobi is generally considered a reliable source. They have been reporting numbers for years now. I still remember when I used to go there to check on sell-through data, although for some reason they stopped reporting it a couple years ago.

        • zazza345

          Sinobi talked about shipments though, and mentioned “preorders” as strong. In fact, Siliconera’s news on the matter was wrong.
          As far as sales goes, for CH it’s already a success.

      • I take issue with the fact that you:

        1. Think we source news from some random forum user

        2. Feel the need to comment on this issue despite the fact that you clearly aren’t familiar with the history of the source in question

  • xAtKx

    Expected at least 2 million for Pokemon, but then again this list only counted for two days.

    • kthanxyousuck

      Pokemon was sold out in Japan I heard. So it might have been the that they only had 1.8 million available in Japan. And this doesn’t include the digital copies people turned to when they couldn’t find it in retail. The fact that the US almost matched Japan in the release is impressive.

  • CQ

    Holy shit, how low can the Wii U go?

  • Scarletmoonwish

    I applaud Nintendo for doing so good this week. But is worry about the WiiU, Pokemon sold more copies in if first few days, then WiiU sold copies in it entire life cycle.

    • AkuLord3

      Well it helps that it had games ready for people to really care about…which hasn’t happened yet. Also…its pokemon OF COURSE IT WILL IT ALWAYS WILL

  • Barrylocke89

    Pokemon aside, I’m more impressed with GTA selling 300k. I figured that it would do decently for a Western game, but 300k for the opening week would be a lot for a #1 game made in Japan, let alone a western game. I was expecting 120k tops.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Ugh….if it sold 120k, that would have been a decline compared to previous entries in the series. GTA III sold roughly 360k, Vice City and San Andreas did 410k, and GTA IV did 210k (and that’s not including the rereleases, which also saw significant sales).

      • Barrylocke89

        The more you know.

  • Junko Enoshima

    Dangan. Ronpa. In. The. Top. 5.


    • Mirai

      Your contagious Despair is spreading Junko.

      • Junko Enoshima

        this is just embarassing

  • stephane3012

    Whoa how did psvita managed to sell 60k?!

    • Flandre Scarlet

      Launch of the Vita-2000 this week.

      • Lucky Dan

        and danganronpa, looks like its till popular in japan

  • malek86

    So what’s up with Fairy Fencer? I thought they said their entire first shipment of 50k copies was sold out and they had to ship another 50k. This is pretty weird. I find it hard to believe that people just didn’t pick up their preorders. Could it be that they messed up, and in a curious twist of fate, there were actually no more buyers after the first shipment got sold out?

    Pokemon sales are pretty close to those of D/P overall. Somehow, I imagine this game will end up selling a similar amount. It has more hype, but nowadays Pokemon games also have a shorter life cycle before they get replaced by the next one, so it should roughly balance out.

    • Bob

      They shipped 100k total. Half Limited Editions, Half normal

      • malek86

        Yeah, and those LEs were apparently all sold out. But it doesn’t seem to be the case here, or at least, it’s not shown. I really really doubt that all those 40k units sold were LEs, so what’s going on here?

        Could it be that retailers greatly overestimated demand? After all, “preorders” in Japan just refers to retailers reservations, not consumers’ like in the west.

  • Bob

    It’s also worth noting that the opening for DR Reloaded is actually the strongest so far.

  • Go2hell66

    Damn GTAV just wont die

    • British_Otaku

      You were expecting it to do poorly in Japan or something?
      The previous games also sold hundreds of thousands of copies in the first week, so this is to be expected.

      If you aren’t fond of GTAV, people are going to stop talking about it sooner than later even if it is better executed than GTAIV, as the generations are making a shift.

  • ragingmerifes

    Damn. Tales of Symphonia is already out? Better get my wallet ready for the US version already.

    • AkuLord3

      Going have that Collection Edition locked down~

  • Hollowkoopa

    I find it very interesting that western games are slowly growing more popular in Japan while the Japanese game market is decreasing over here.

    • British_Otaku

      I assume “here” is the United States…
      So which Japanese games have made a notable decrease in sales to the point where you can say that the market is shrinking? Digital releases mean that even with that and Capcom being stingy, Ace Attorney 5 can make it. As far as I can see, Pokemon is still doing well, Monster Hunter has never done so well outside Japan, Namco Bandai are broadening their licensed anime games (JoJo, One Piece and Saint Seiya are now worldwide franchises) and so on. >_>

      • MrTyrant

        The niche games probably but I think even those are still selling average at least.

    • AkuLord3

      It helps if we got them to see more results : p

    • Suicunesol

      I think only certain Western franchises have made decent numbers over there. We can’t generalize that all western games are gaining favor yet, can we?

  • DesmaX

    Boy, look at those GTA V sales, congrats for them!

    Does anyone knows how the other games did there?

    • MrTyrant

      Quoting Tom Pheonix: “GTA III sold roughly 360k, Vice City and San Andreas did 410k, and GTA IV did 210k”

      The game sold better than GTAIV at least.

      • malek86

        Actually, according to MC, San Andreas only did 220k at launch week, and 360k for the rest of the year. So maybe those 410k are lifetime sales.

        Same thing for 3 and VC probably, those numbers are likely lifetime sales. So I guess GTA5 really is the highest launch in the series (and should surpass them in total sales easily too).

        • MrTyrant

          Then I cannot imagine the lifetime sales, it could be very high in a couple of years.

          • malek86

            The console market has become a lot worse since the PS2 days, so I can’t imagine legs being incredibly long. That said, yeah, at least 600k seems very possible.

  • James Enk

    i am starting to worry that the WiiU won’t manage to get out of the position it’s into

    • PreyMantis

      If the PS3 made it, so can Wii U.

      • malek86

        For all its mockery, the PS3 never went as badly as the Wii U though, not even in the beginning.

        The Wii U is gonna need a serious, 3DS-level intervention to change its fate… and even then, it likely won’t be a success story, it’s probably salvageable at best.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Pokemon is always going to be on top when a new gen or remake comes out lol


    • Göran Isacson

      I admit, I laughed a little. Also who is the blond guy- the player character?

  • Damn. Go Pokemon! lol

    Playing Y now and loving it =^_^=

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      want to battle?

      • I want to, but I’ve only beaten the first gym and my Pokemon suck at the moment lol

  • Guest

    Wow, handhelds are on fire! Sweet!
    …next one better be the WiiU!

    Also Youkai Watch -> (°∀°)b

    • TheExile285

      Youkai Watch is doing crazy good. Has the anime even started yet? :O

      • Guest

        Not yet! That’s the amazing thing!
        It’s scheduled for February 2014

  • Mental

    “It looks like Compile Heart still have some work to do.”

    In their defense, Fairy Fencer F’s sales were probably hindered by the huge release of Pokemon X & Y.

    • malek86

      Well, it’s not like they absolutely had to release it this week. It was their choice. I guess they assumed that the Pokemon audience wasn’t going to overlap too much with the one for FFF.

    • noctis_nox

      It has a 80%-100% sell through on Famitsu numbers so it wasn’t hindered by pokemon but more of a supply issue.

    • Demeanor

      I really hope it does well in the West.

  • ajneez

    WARRIORS OROCHI 3 ULTIMATE come to the WEST, pleaseeeee!!!!

  • Serge

    Is bothering me that Siliconera puts the sales of PSVita and PSVita 2000 together, and display the sales of 3DS and 3DS XL separated.
    A lot of those 60k consoles were a new product (Vita2000) being shipped to stores or retail, but is not like the PSVita managed to sell 60k from one week to another.

    • Suicunesol

      I agree. I want to see individual PSVita sales for each model too.

      I’m sure Ishaan would have mentioned them if mediacreate included them.

    • Media Create counts them as one console, likely due to there being minimal differences between the old model and the revision. So, unfortunately, we don’t know the exact breakdown ourselves.

    • ronin4life

      It went from ~3000 to 60,000. I would guess it sold >3000 Original Vitas last week.

  • Jordan Coleman

    Glad to see Fairy Fencer not do well. Happy to see GTAV do well. And man I guess I need to get a 3DS.

    • zazza345

      FFF is “doing well”. After all these titles, people still don’t understand the way their budget allocation works?
      The only recent failure was Mugen Souls Z.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Huh. And people said the Vita 2000 wouldn’t provide a boost. Well…

  • Tiduas

    Fantastic week for game sales! But still, releasing any game at the same time as Pokemon is not an easy task. Even GTA V recieved fantastic sales in Japan so all the other games really had bad luck.

    And again this doesn’t include the online sales right? I tried to buy the Pokemon game on sunday in a japanese department store but it was sold out since long ago so I had to settle with the online version, as many other people at the place did.

    Video game sales have been insane with games like Pokemon, Monster Hunter and GTA V lately, it’s awesome to be a gamer and see all this.

  • neocatzon

    Armored Core: Verdict Day

    Numbers please go up!

  • Ercoman

    Fairy Fencer F is still doing well, even if it didn’t reach the high expectations that were set by preorders. Idea Factory (of which Compile Heart is a subsidiary) has been successful at getting strong profits from games that don’t sell all that much, and I think this is CH’s best game launch to date. For a new IP in an incredibly busy week, (including several other notable PS3 game releases) I think that’s respectable. People can only buy so many things at once.

  • NimbusStev

    So the real question is: which sold more… X or Y?

  • Ric Vazquez

    Not surprising, pokemon always outsells everything else when it comes out.

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