This Week In Sales: Level 5 Returns With The Little Battlers Wars

By Ishaan . November 6, 2013 . 12:59pm

Period: The week of October 28th – November 3rd (2013)

Top-seller: Pokémon X and Y – 162,347

Nintendo 3DS sales: 29,749 | Total sales: 8,924,298

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 58,627 | Total sales: 4,651,696

PlayStation Vita sales: 27,618 | Total sales: 1,982,521

Wii U sales: 38,802 | Total sales: 1,136,311

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week, Level 5 released The Little Battlers Wars for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. The game sold 50,217 copies in its first week on shelves, which isn’t a fantastic figure and is relatively low when compared to previous releases in the series. Below are first-week sales for previous Little Battlers titles:


The Little Battlers – 166,187

The Little Battlers W – 77,457

The Little Battlers: Explosive Boost – 54,354

The Little Battlers W: Super Custom – 27,242


That said, something that bears mentioning is that The Little Battlers Wars is of a completely different genre than the games before it. While the previous games were more along the lines of RPGs, Wars is a real-time strategy game with third-person action elements. That’s quite the shift from what fans are used to.


It should be interesting to see how sales of the game hold up over time, as a lot of Level 5’s games tend to sell rather well over extended periods of time, with Fantasy Life and Youkai Watch being just two recent examples. Especially with the lucrative holiday season coming up, we expect that we haven’t seen the last of The Little Battlers Wars by a long shot.


Wii U sales saw a boost for the week as well, as Nintendo released Wii U Party in Japan, as well as a Wii U bundle containing both Wii U Party and New Super Mario Bros. U. While sales were up for the week, it’s too soon to say how things will look for Wii U in the long term. Just as with the Vita, Wii U sales will need to be observed over time to see how the two devices hold up.


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 162,347 2,731,470 3DS Pokémon Co.
02. 02. PowerPros Baseball 2013 52,826 136,709 PS3 Konami
New 03. The Little Battlers Wars 50,217 New 3DS Level 5
04. 04. Monster Hunter 4 46,729 2,872,106 3DS Capcom
06. 05. PowerPros Baseball 2013 38,179 74,181 PSP Konami
New 06. Wii Party U 37,371 New WiiU Nintendo
New 07. Gundam Breaker 33,775 New PSV Namco Bandai
05. 08. Grand Theft Auto V 32,666 531,266 PS3 Take 2
New 09. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 31,811 New PSV Compile Heart
New 10. Tears to Tiara II 24,422 New PS3 Aquaplus
03. 11. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
14,307 86,771 PS3 Arc System Works
08. 12. Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas 13,563 75,137 3DS Namco Bandai
07. 13. PowerPros Baseball 2013 12,866 37,197 PSV Konami
10. 14. Diabolik Lovers More, Blood 5,929 16,411 PSP Idea Factory
15. 15. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 5,421 1,485,035 3DS Nintendo
14. 16. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 5,263 3,456,116 3DS Nintendo
New 17. Heart no Kuni no Alice (New Version) 4,811 New PSP QuinRose
11. 18. Danganronpa 1 & 2 Reload 4,412 100,574 PSV Spike Chunsoft
New 19. Seishun Hajimemashita! 4,352 New PSP Honey Bee
19. 20. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life 4,156 305,203 3DS Namco Bandai


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

  • Ouch! I’m not sure what the sales projections were for Tears to Tiara II, but those numbers make me wonder if that’s good for Aquaplus, or if they count on the game to have long-term sales legs.

    …Either way, I’ll be buying it. I enjoyed the last two on PS3 quite a bit (although with that one I could sort of follow the story by watching the anime).

    • Shippoyasha

      It’s tracking at half the number of the blockbuster baseball game so it looks like it’s doing fairly well. Seems to indicated portables have a much larger number of people willing to spend money on games.

    • DesmaX

      Well, it did seem pretty bad from what I played from the demo.

      Quite sad, actually

      • Lynx

        Have you played the original?

        It’s a vast step up.

        • DesmaX

          Not really, but still.

          I mean, the combat was fun, but the rest was just…

  • LunarKnite

    Wii U sales boost is a nice change. Hopefully they’ll keep it up so it becomes a more attractive console for devs.

    • Kaetsu

      Yeah the Wii Party U bundle has really helped the sales in Japan. I also read that the Mario Bros U bundle(In NA) has been sold out at both Gamestop and Target. It seems like the Wii U is starting to pick up some steam sort of like the Vita.

      • I think it’ll be a big seller for sure. Good things to come. 3DS took ages to pick up steam too, and now look at it.

        I didn’t know Vita was picking up steam though! That’s a good thing.

  • KingGunblader

    Pokemon has almost caught up to Monster Hunter! I’m curious to see if it will overtake it or if they’ll both just peter out…

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu


      • KingGunblader

        True. Dread has made me subconsciously block holidays out of my mind.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          I havent spent money all year :D

  • Shippoyasha

    Vita sales are remaining strong! Would love more games to complement the rapidly growing userbase and of course, more localizations the better! Please don’t let this be a repeat of the PSP where they gave up on localizations.

    • Ethan_Twain

      Vita managed not quite a third of what the 3DS sold over the same time period. That’s… not good. The only way I could spin this as positive is that it’s a gap closing week – overall sales between the 3DS and the Vita are about 6:1 but this week the sales split was only 3:1. So the Vita catching up!

      …but yeah, I don’t really buy that either. If only getting outsold by a 3:1 margin is a victory, then the Playstation Vita is in deep trouble indeed.

      • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

        The PSV will never match up to the 3DS. If you think the PSV succeeds only if it can sell as much as the 3DS then your way of viewing the situation is flawed~.

        Nintendo dominates the handheld market. They have all their first party franchises that people buy religiously. That alone already puts them ahead of the PSV. Nintendo has franchises to milk and capitalize on such as Pokemon, Mario, Animal Crossing and others, the PSV is treading on new grounds not to mention that the 3DS aims for the younger demographic and that fact gives them a far wider margin than the PSV has. As such, saying that the PSV fails because it’s being outsold isn’t fair. That’s not to say that the PSV is a success, so far it isn’t. But that’s not because the 3DS outsells it 6 to 1~.

        • Kaetsu

          Vita will never sell as much as the 3DS but that’s not to say it’s a bad system.

          • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

            just because the sales are bad doesn’t necessarily means it a bad system.

            don’t know why people keep saying that when 3ds vs vita sales comes.

            that like saying N64, GC, Xbox, Dreamcast and Wii U are bad system cause low hardware sales.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            It could be much better. 2000 model is an improvement

        • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

          Animal Crossing is not milked

        • the PSV is treading on new grounds

          Unfortunately, this is the opposite of what the Vita is doing. I don’t see how anyone can claim that Vita is treading “new ground” when the vast majority of Vita games are PS3/PSP ports, Monster Hunter-type games, and your usual slate of niche otaku titles.

          In fact, this is precisely why the Vita isn’t selling—because it isn’t treading new ground and is selling to the same niche audience that the PSP sold to when Square Enix and Capcom weren’t supporting it. If it were treading new ground, it would be reaching out to new audiences.

          • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

            By treading new grounds I referred to the fact Sony lacks experience in the handheld market. Just having the PSP doesn’t mean they know what they are doing. The plethora of directions the PSV has been pulled into since day one to this day is a good example of that~.

            But if we are going to talk about “treading on new grounds” in terms of software, nothing about the 3DS is new. It’s more of the same; more polished, perfectly done, but more of the same~.

            Animal Crossing is the same formula as ever with only refinements to it. MH4 is more of the same but with greater variety of weapons, NSMB2 is more of the same with a challenge of getting golden coins, Pokemon is more of the same but with the addition of social elements, Paper Mario is more of the same but with 3D, the upcoming Zelda A Link Between Worlds went back to ALttP on a lot of things. I could go on. Point is, Nintendo doesn’t tread on new grounds and sells millions, treading new grounds doesn’t seem to be the problem with the PSV~.

          • But if we are going to talk about “treading on new grounds” in terms of software, nothing about the 3DS is new. It’s more of the same; more polished, perfectly done, but more of the same~.

            In that case, no game is treading new ground. And certainly no game on the PSV has ever “tread new ground” by your definition.

          • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

            Good thing I never said otherwise~.

      • mirumu

        That’s not really an apples to apples comparison. We’re talking about the sales window for Monster Hunter 4 and Pokemon after all. The last few weeks represent some of the strongest 3DS sales in the last year so is it really surprising it’s outselling the Vita so much?

        I wouldn’t claim the Vita numbers are amazing by any means, but it’s sustaining about 2-3 times the numbers it was earlier in the year. That’s a decent improvement, and it’s showing some consistency. 27K is more than what I anticipate the Wii-U selling next week in comparison. It’ll be interesting too to see how the Vita TV and God Eater 2 do as well. They won’t challenge the 3DS in any way but the general trend for the Vita has been positive.

      • It doesn’t really have to be either 3DS or Vita, though. They can co-exist, even if the Vita is more niche.

        • Ethan_Twain

          I’m… not quite convinced of that. Do you remember when the 3DS first came out and wasn’t a big success? There was a lot of doom and gloom about the future of the dedicated portable console in our modern era of smartphones and tablets? The 3DS turned it’s act around, but the critics weren’t wrong. The portable game console market is WAY smaller than it used to be and smartphones become a more prevalent aspect of modern life every year.

          Considering that the portable market has shrunk and continues to shrink, considering the considerable expense of developing premier software for a device as advanced as the Vita, and considering that within the niche market it’s in the Vita is getting MASSIVELY outsold… I’m not so sure they can co-exist. There may not be room for both by the end of 2015… and it’s a pretty easy guess which one won’t make it.

          • Is the portable market really that much smaller? I think we’ve lost the more casual folk to tablets and such, but I remember when everyone had those dorky Tiger handheld games, too. I think there will always be a core audience the same there’s still an audience for RPGs on the PS3, despite Wii taking the casual crowd and most PS3 users being more into Uncharted and Call of Duty. Not a perfect analogy, but there will always be an install base of Vita users.

            Well, whatever the case, you might be right, but I hope not. I really like the Vita.

      • JonathanisPrimus

        3DS has the two biggest releases of the year charting, and getting constant release. Did you expect Vita to outsell 3DS on the backs of a PS3 port, PS3 remake, and some PSP ports?

        • Ethan_Twain

          No, no I did not. I do not see these numbers as particularly positive for the Playstation Vita, and I did not expect the numbers to be particularly positive. The only thing that surprised me was Shippoyasha’s analysis of the data.

      • PSP never managed to outsold DS either but it still remains profitable and a significant competitor against DS. Probably this will happen to Vita in long run when they managed to hold their ground considering 3DS relied on AAA games too much.

        • I think what Yesshua is saying is that Vita isn’t getting the level of support that PSP did. Early on, PSP had a lot of strong support from Square Enix, and in later years, equally strong support from Monster Hunter. In the case of the Vita, this isn’t going to happen because publishers are moving away from traditional portables, and any game that’s expected to sell a high number of copies will by default go to the more successful 3DS.

  • Guest

    The Little Battlers Wars sales are OK, if the game is good they definitely are going to pick up; but now we now there is still interest on the series even though it took a change in its formula. Only after holiday we are going to see how well it performed. Word-of-mouth is crucial, I think, even more if it has a robust multiplayer… which I haven’t heard of… but it should be one! :P

  • JonathanisPrimus

    You’re missing LBX Boost on PSP, and forgot to add in the Vita version’s sales for LBX W vanilla.

  • Will Jay

    Do we have the sell-through percentage for Wars? That’s what really matters here. Compare those to the past games rather than the hard numbers.

    Also the game still has the usual Action Battle System, both for multiplayer and the Ranking Battles. Imagine the RTS part with the Action Battle System being like the transition in Devil Survivor, except you can choose not to enter the ABS and do it usual RTS style if you want.

    • Not yet. Sell-through percentages, when they’re mentioned, are mentioned during Media Create’s report later in the week. We’ll have to wait for that.

  • Kaetsu

    I really hope The Little Battlers Wars comes to the west. Level-5 is awesome!

  • Mirai

    Excellent Dangan Ronpa has over 100k sales :)

    • Yeah, I’m impressed it’s held on for this long. A game like DR usually would’ve left the top sale charts by now…

      • Mirai

        I’m sure its thanks to the animation that aired last season.

        • I actually held some doubts to the animation’s effect on the sales of the game– mainly cause I felt like the timing on it starting and ending didn’t mesh well with the release date of the game, but I’m glad I was proven wrong.

    • Kaetsu

      I’m thinking of buying my Vita once DR comes to the west. I loved the anime.

  • I suppose we’ll get this RTS version of Little Battlers in the US, miss all the RPGs, and it’ll sell poorly, and they’ll say, “See? Told you it would sell poorly.” And I’ll say “BUT I WANTED THE RPGs!”

  • Solomon_Kano

    Oho. The Vita’s finally closing in on 2 mil.

  • s07195

    Let’s see how long Sentouchuu can stay on the charts, just like Tousouchuu. XD

  • Göran Isacson

    I wonder if Chrono Phantasma can break 100 K sold by the end of the year, or if sales will just kind of peter off when the initial buyers ahve already got it. Come to think of it I don’t really know much about what kind of legs Arcsys beat-em-ups have: did the previous versions continue to sell well after the initial release month?

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