This Week In Sales: Namco Bandai Battles For Money With Ninjas

By Ishaan . October 23, 2013 . 11:30am

Period: The week of October 14th – October 20th (2013)

Top-seller: Pokémon X and Y – 473,151

Nintendo 3DS sales: 59,590 | Total sales: 8,854,042

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 94,988 | Total sales: 4,524,068

PlayStation Vita sales: 25,763 | Total sales: 1,930,390

Wii U sales: 2,999 | Total sales: 1,094,911

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week in Japan, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y occupied the #1 spot on the software sales chart once again, collectively selling another 470,000 copies. Behind them at #2 was Monster Hunter 4, with another 100,000 copies sold.


At #3 was Grand Theft Auto V, selling a very respectable 90,000 copies in its second week on store shelves, bringing total sales to 450,000 copies. As reported this past weekend, GTAV had the best debut of any GTA title in Japan.


At #4 was a new release, and this one is rather noteworthy, even if first week sales were on the low side. Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas is a sequel to Namco Bandai’s Run For Money Tousouchuu, a videogame based on a popular TV show. Readers that keep up with our sales reports might recall Run For Money as the surprise hit that went on to sell over 450,000 copies in Japan over a period of several months.


Here’s the kicker—Run For Money Tousouchuu sold just 30,000 copies in its first week. Sentouchuu is already off to a stronger start with 45,000 copies sold. Now, it remains to be seen if the game can do as well as its predecessor in the long run.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Pokémon X and Y 473,151 2,339,721 3DS Pokémon Co.
03. 02. Monster Hunter 4 104,394 2,757,217 3DS Capcom
02. 03. Grand Theft Auto V 88,219 448,334 PS3 Take 2
New 04. Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas 44,565 New 3DS Namco Bandai
New 05. Saint Seiya Brave Soldiers 29,314 New PS3 Namco Bandai
New 06. FIFA 14 26,170 New PS3 Electronic Arts
New 07. Beyond: Two Souls 22,481 New PS3 Sony
06. 08. Sakatsuku: Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 11,819 85,515 PS3 Sega
04. 09. Tales of Symphonia Chronicles 11,221 88,450 PS3 Namco Bandai
05. 10. Danganronpa 1 & 2 Reload 9,532 85,704 PSV Spike Chunsoft
11. 11. Tomodachi Collection: New Life
7,928 1,474,096 3DS Nintendo
New 12. J-League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 8 Euro Plus 7,024 New PSP Sega
13. 13. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 6,937 3,445,311 3DS Nintendo
07. 14. Fairy Fencer F 6,167 46,833 PS3 Compile Heart
08. 15. Sakatsuku: Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 5,879 39,778 PSV Sega
10. 16. Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate 5,600 121,655 PS3 Tecmo Koei
17. 17. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life 5,451 296,178 3DS Namco Bandai
16. 18. Youkai Watch 4,552 204,892 3DS Level 5
19. 19. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 4,020 332,884 3DS Nintendo
22. 20. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 3,896 918,767 3DS Nintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

  • Smooosher than ever

    Poor WiiU… :/

    At least the vita got some decent sales, I guess.

    • Ethan_Twain

      Eh, it was a holding pattern week for the Vita. The 3DS has sold roughly 6 times as many units as the Vita overall, and this week specifically the 3DS sold roughly 6 times as many units as the Vita. Just business as usual.

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      vita 2000 came last week and new games what did you expect for wii u when nothing new came.

      • ronin4life

        Pretty much…

        Bundles coming in for WiiU soon, and big software a short while later. I personally doubt the Bundles will help… but then again, I didn’t think Vita 2000 would do anything either… x_x

      • Smooosher than ever

        I expected nothing else, that’s what’s sad about it.

    • ronin4life

      I am wondering if those Vita sales are a pick up, or a last blow of sorts.

      The March recovery didn’t last long, and hardware from last week already halved itself. Not even the 3ds post pokemon/monhun launch with their massive install bases fell by that percetange.

      More games and bundles are coming, and then there is TV(I don’t think that will change much either way though). So the rush is just starting out. The question would be if it starts anything sustainable past the holidays…

  • LunarKnite

    And now we watch to see when the juggernauts that is Pokemon and MH4 fall from first and second place. It may take a while.

  • TheExile285

    I wonder if Danganronpa 1 & 2 Reload can break 100k.

    Was kind of hoping FFF wouldn’t drop so fast. Oh well….

  • neocatzon

    3DS, PS3, PSV, oh hey PSP.

  • Roberto

    I thought saint seiya would do better
    also poor wiiu

    • Renaldi Saputra

      I had expected Saint Seiya would be one of MH & Pokemon’s victim

  • xAtKx

    Pokemon and Monster Hunter still on top of the hill. Possibly so for the next couple of weeks as well.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Glad to see FFF still on the top. Its a friggin great game – easily Compile Heart’s first “good” game.

  • Mental

    TOS Chronicles and Danganronpa 1-2 Reload dropped down by five, but it looks like Fairy Fencer F took the biggest hit out of the three.

  • DanteMasamune

    Wow even with Pokemon now out MH4 is still selling quite well. Might reach 3 million physical units before the holiday seasons in Japan alone.

  • Nate

    At my age I don’t get the appeal of Pokemon.

    • WyattEpp

      Does age have anything to do with it? It’s like competitive stamp collecting with a video game as the medium.

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