This Week In Sales: At Last… Drakengard 3

By Ishaan . December 25, 2013 . 12:30pm

Period: The week of December 16th – December 22nd (2013)

Top-seller: Puzzle & Dragons Z – 256,373

Nintendo 3DS sales: 68,522 | Total sales: 9,174,198

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 164,078 | Total sales: 5,286,019

PlayStation Vita sales: 50,087 | Total sales: 2,198,002

Vita TV sales: 5,504 | 70,213

Wii U sales: 109,113 | Total sales: 1,452,252

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week, Square Enix released Drakengard 3 for the PlayStation 3 in Japan, and the game sold 114,024 copies in its first week on store shelves.


Now, Media-Create, the Japanese sales tracking firm whose data we use for this column, doesn’t have any publicly listed data on the sales of the original Drakengard and Drakengard 2. However, we do know that 2010’s Nier—a spiritual successor to the series—sold 71,554 copies in its first week. Nier was released on both Xbox 360 and PS3, so that’s a combined figure for both versions.


By that measure, Drakengard 3 has done relatively well, although it would have been nice to see the game debut a little higher, given that new (or resurrected, in this case) properties out of Square Enix on non-phone platforms are a rare occurrence nowadays. Perhaps Square could have built up a little more excitement for the series by doing HD remakes of the first two Drakengard games first, and then closing the event out with Drakengard 3’s release.


Meanwhile, the #1 selling game last week was, once again, Puzzle & Dragons Z for the Nintendo 3DS. Total sales of the game are now at 800,000 copies. As of December 20th, Gung Ho had shipped 1 million copies of the game to stores, so that leaves 200,000 copies out in the wild. The game has already met Gung Ho’s expectations.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Puzzle & Dragons Z 256,373 800,003 3DS Gung Ho
02. 02. Pokémon X and Y 212,666 3,572,829 3DS Pokémon Co.
New 03. Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam 126,019 New PS3 Namco Bandai
New 04. Drakengard 3 114,024 New PS3 Square Enix
03. 05. Super Mario 3D World 86,408 327,514 WiiU Nintendo
New 06. Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam 52,667 New PSV Namco Bandai
10. 07. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 41,137 3,564,124 3DS Nintendo
11. 08. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 38,405 1,584,122 3DS Nintendo
09. 09. Monster Hunter 4 37,034 3,067,313 3DS Capcom
08. 10. Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy: Big Bang and Supernova 33,328 155,488 3DS Level 5
05. 11. Attack on Titan 30,363 166,145 3DS Spike Chunsoft
12. 12. Aikatsu! Futari no My Princess 29,223 146,898 3DS Namco Bandai
14. 13. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life 28,562 378,584 3DS Namco Bandai
13. 14. One Piece Unlimited World: RED 28,108 169,388 3DS Namco Bandai
17. 15. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 26,931 985,442 3DS Nintendo
New 16. Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram 26,363 New PSV Namco Bandai
21. 17. Mario Kart 7 25,082 2,205,807 3DS Nintendo
22. 18. Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas 24,842 158,239 3DS Namco Bandai
15. 19. New Super Mario Bros. 2 24,154 2,182,408 3DS Nintendo
23. 20. Wii U Party 23,972 119,100 WiiU Nintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

  • Roberto

    >Battle Pentagram
    I thought would do better
    oh well


      PDZ, Musou, a wild new DoD entry, Pokemon and Mario all of them during Christmas. I can’t see meguca charting high in the list

    • Renaldi Saputra

      that’s reasonable bcos I didn’t see much hype of it

  • Masa

    Look at that top 20 chart, wish my countries chart was so awesome.
    The chart where i live is all sport and shooter games…it sucks.

    • AkuLord3

      Its sadly the most you see in charts sometimes…unless a popular Rpg or Nintendo game in the West.

    • zuuum

      The same for me. Sometimes I even have problems finding a game besides Call of duty and Fifa in a local store. Thank god online buying exist…

      • Masa

        same here, i dont even bother buying games from the stores anymore, get all mine online.

  • MaximDualBlade

    A very active sales week. I’m glad of those Drakengard 3 numbers, I’m sure the game deserves it

  • Matenshi

    HD remakes of the first two Drakengard games would actually be much appreciated, especially if we actually got uncut English versions this time.

    • landlock

      You’ll never get a uncut version of the first game it’s way way to taboo by all accounts.

      • César H. Sandoval

        Only played Nier, what did they cut from the first?

        • boink

          Some conversations were cut. In the Japanese version it’s made clear that Leonard is a pedophile, Arioch likes eating children and Furiae has an incestious relation with her brother. In the western version this is only implied.

          • Ash_Riot

            Well, Cavia also cut out Kaine’s story a bit in Nier…since she has rather… disturbing tendencies.

          • César H. Sandoval

            I guess censoring is unavoidable then, too bad.

          • Göran Isacson

            Actually kind of interested here: is it spelled out that Furiae actually HAD a relationship with Caim, or was it just that she WANTED to have that kind of relationship?

          • Rayhan PromisedGallery

            she want his D, it was one-sided relationship from Furiae. Caim feel disgusted and then Furiae commit suicide.

            English version censor the conversation which makes her death scene confusing

          • Göran Isacson

            Aah, so it is as I thought then. The English translation was kind of wishywashy about that. Drakengard, everybody!

          • César H. Sandoval

            Wow, that’s really heavy stuff,

            I hope D3 doesn’t get censored as much.

        • Rayhan PromisedGallery

          Btw, NieR also cut direct statement about Kaine being hermaphrodite. English version gives a hint in one sentence, but people could easily mistakes it as something else

          • César H. Sandoval

            Heh, reminds me of the Poison debacle and the in-jokes about it in SFxTekken

  • landlock

    Oh! There’s a new Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3. Don’t remember that being announced. Hopefully they’ll come across.

  • Emsa

    #5. Super Mario 3D World is listed for 3DS. Has there been a 3ds version released in japan or is it supposed to be WiiU?

    • AkuLord3

      No 3DS version, so this is a mistake

    • Grape Monet

      It’s also published by Spike-Chunsoft, apparently, according to the chart.

  • Emsa

    Super Mario 3D World is listed for 3DS, but it’s supposed to be WiiU right?

    • brian

      Spike Chunsoft apparently also published it.

  • Herok♞

    Pokemon passed Animal Crossing is that beast unstoppable or what

  • Ash_Riot

    I’d say if Drakengard 3/Drag-On Dragoon 3 manages to stay in the top 5 next week, it will have exceeded expectations. I very much doubt that Square-Enix, even with some of their ridiculous sales predictions are really expecting the world from this game. They know it has its niche/cult status. Over 100k in Japan alone is pretty darn good, tbh.

    • Servant BerserCAR

      SE understands their customers well. I think it is because of the dragon.

      • PreyMantis

        SE understands their customers well? I wish that were true; then, we’d have Type-O, Dragon Quest X, DQM: Terry’s Wonderland, etc. and not iOS games.

        • Servant BerserCAR

          I think you miss the joke, man. :

          • Anesia Hunter

            Don’t worry we got the joke, but still…

          • PreyMantis

            I get it, but I’m just sayin’…

        • Anesia Hunter

          Don’t remind us of Type-0 please, since a lot of us still want that game or some PS Vita spin-off/sequel. D:

        • Ash_Riot

          Did I say anything about those? No. I was talking specifically about the Drag-On Dragoon cult fanbase.

          • PreyMantis

            I never even replied to you, but like I said to Servant BerserCAR which is the one I was actually responding to, I’m just saying…

        • 永次

          What happens with these games? One is in PSP, another in Wii/U and both DQM Remake in 3DS.

          • PreyMantis

            The fanbase wants those games to be localize outside of Japan, but alas…

          • 永次

            That’s your problem, not S-E problem.

          • PreyMantis

            You’re right, it’s my problem, but a problem that alienates the fanbase that provides them the money.

          • 永次

            Are you sure? I can see a lot of games without west release and can survive perfectly, like Drag-on Dragoon, DQ, and FF.

          • PreyMantis

            True, but does that make the people wanting the games be localized happy?

          • 永次

            Again, that are your problem, not S-E problem.

          • PreyMantis

            Really? According to those upvotes I received and many others who commented before me, it isn’t only mine.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Enough the both of ya. Go to separate corners, please.

          • PreyMantis

            I know it shouldn’t have come this far, but we apologize. Done and done.

  • malek86

    Everything is down across the board, which is actually kind of worrying. Except the PSV, but that’s a result of the much increased software output compared to last year, I guess.

    And look at AC getting above MH4. I wonder if Nintendo will ever find another game to compete with AC in terms of hardware selling power – for now, it looks like a difficult task, one that not even Pokemon or MH4 could match.

    • Monster Hunter does seem to have lost part of its audience, but we can only make guesses as to why this is.

      Is it that the hunting games “trend” died with the PSP and what we’re seeing now is stabilization? Or is it that the market for hunting games is getting oversaturated due to all the Vita hunting games being put out one after the other, with short gaps in between?

      Or perhaps it’s just that Monster Hunter has never had a year where it’s faced so much competition from other games aimed at the same mainstream audience.

      • malek86

        MH4 is not really a problem in itself though, it did as well as it could hav done. As you said, the hunting market is not in an almost-monopoly situation as it was in 2010, and the genre has likely lost some of its trend power to social games.

        I was more thinking about how it doesn’t seem to have had much effect on hardware sales. Coupled with Pokemon (and P&DZ if we will), that’s kinda unexpected.

        I’m not sure if Nintendo will ever find anything as big as Animal Crossing again. While Pokemon is likely going to outsell it easily, it seems AC just had the biggest holiday effect ever on 3DS sales.

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          It is not only Animal Crossing though.

          XL also release last year.^_^

          • malek86

            Mmh, yes, but it was released in summer, so I don’t think it gave a big boost for Christmas.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            You should underestimate the power double dipper there though.^_^

            I even own 4 3DS here now lol.^_^

        • And once again, we’re back to my Final Fantasy theory. They need to start reaching out to more kinds of audiences than they are right now. FF, Tales, Persona… that’s the audience that’s missing from 3DS.

          All it would take is one strategic exclusive game to get that audience to buy a 3DS, so if they want to maintain growth in Japan and the West, they’re going to need to start thinking about that.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            I don’t really agree here Ishaan. I am more inclined on Nintendo attracting those smartphone market there.

            We already see how Puzzle Dora sales here.(Great even if you asked as it is already climbing into 10 best sales software this year here.)

            If Nintendo of Japan and America do their proper move, i can see how 3DS market and smartphone can overlap here.

            Imagine, NoJ targetting Dragon Collection, Sega’s mobile game, other Gree famous mobile game here and NoA targetting Candy Crush, Clash of Clans(This one is big one too.), Fruit Ninja, Plant of Zombies.

            I don’t think getting FF and Tales is good for 3DS for long term period of time here as we already how Tales perform on Vita here and how FF is not really performing well here.T_T

            If they are capable of getting the smartphone market there, i am quite sure there will be more smartphone developer would try to develop more game on 3DS here.

          • malek86

            Would getting smartphone games on the 3DS really help? A big part of their appeal is that you can play them from your phone, meaning you don’t need to bring any other device in your pockets. Also, the capacitive touchscreen makes them easy to play with just one finger, whereas on the 3DS you’d need to use the pen or suffer terrible lag. The price is a big problem too. People are used to seeing mobile games being either free or no more than a buck.

            Japan is one thing, and only because the 3DS is wildly popular over there. In the USA/EU, I still haven’t seen a success story for a mobile game moving to portables.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            In my opinion, i believe it certainly will. Especially with the current gaming environment where many young children is more exposed towards mobile games rather than Nintendo games itself.

            For Example here. More parents are buying tablet for their children right? Those children are not going to get exposed to most of Nintendo IP’s except maybe Pokemon?(Due to Anime, Cartoon, Comics, merchandise and etc.)

            Those children will not really know Mario,Zelda,DK,Pikmin,etc except for the name.(If their parents is a gamer here.)

            These kind of children would loved Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Temple Run, etc more that Mario for sure.

            Which is why i believe if Nintendo is able to pull those mobile games to their ecosystem and even helping them to develop those games into a much better version.(Like we see that Puzzle Dora there becoming a proper Jrpg, maybe making Clash of Clans also a proper kind of Srpg?)

            They can easily market to the children that these is the PERFECT Version of their favorite games and this moves will bring many mobile developers coming to 3DS.

            Not to forget, these children will also now be exposed to all Nintendo great IP’s which is of course very important to sustain their gamer generation for the long term future.^_^

          • malek86

            There’s a problem here. Parents aren’t buying tablets for their children because of Angry Birds, Candy Crush, etc. They are doing it for other reasons (which I can’t say for sure, but maybe it’s because they can be found cheaper, or because they can be used for more stuff, etc.)

            Even if you got Angry Birds and Temple Run on the 3DS, would there really be any incentive for children to want the 3DS instead of a tablet? Just saying that the game is the “perfect version” won’t matter much, especially once parents see the price tag (and let’s not forget about the controls issue, again).

            In other words, the mobile enivronment right now doesn’t really work on the strength of one or two popular games, but it’s a constantly changing trend of whatever is popular at the moment. I don’t think it would fit the 3DS retail market well. The alternative would be to use the eShop, but awareness about that is obviously gonna be lower than a Play Store or App Store (since those devices are literally built around that concept).

            I don’t know, maybe you are right, but I have yet to see a successful mobile-to-3DS port in the west. And there have been a few attempts already.

          • @boundries_san:disqus @malek86:disqus Great arguments all around, and I actually don’t disagree with either of you. Maybe what they need is a combination of both—popular retail games that appeal to different niches as well as incentive for mobile game developers to come aboard 3DS and whatever handhelds they have planned for the future.

            Boundaries-san is right in saying that trying to get a Final Fantasy or Tales onto the 3DS now is good for short-term sales, but not necessarily long-term sales. However, I feel like those short-term sales are very much needed in order to maintain momentum. Like malek said, Candy Crush won’t sell 3DSes. Games of that sort are the kind that you pick up and play because they’re cheap and readily available on the device you already own.

            Additionally, how many games are there, that are as big as Puzzle & Dragons? We have Angry Birds in the west. And maybe Dragon Collection is still popular in Japan. But beyond that, I think you start to see diminishing returns.

            But again, it is important to have those games on their platform. They have mobile and HTML5 development tools in place for Wii U, but since that platform isn’t doing well, they need to start thinking about bringing those services over to 3DS, which is doing well. At the same time, they need to keep appealing to people like us because, frankly, we’re helping them fend off the threat of a mobile-only portable industry. Gamers like us are what stands between portables and smartphone domination.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            Forget to add example of succesful story there.T_T

            Angry Birds is the best selling third party title outside of Japan.^_^

  • Pdugna

    wasn’t FFX-X2 supposed to come out now?

    • malek86

      Comes out this week, so it won’t appear in the charts until next week.

      • Pdugna

        oo ok yeah its dec 26….was pretty close.

      • We probably won’t get a chart next week, due to holidays. But the week after, we’ll get two charts at once. One for next week and one for the week after.

  • elementalknight

    Nintendo dominated for sure.

  • Suriel Cruz

    To be honest, it sold VERY WELL. Since when we haven’t seen a proper Drakengard?! So for it to sell that many copies and without counting the NA release. Maybe Drakengard 4, is not that far. ^ ^

    • I wouldn’t say it sold “VERY WELL”. To put things in perspective, Bravely Default sold more in its first week, and continued to sell over a long period of time, which I don’t see Drakengard doing. Also, BD probably cost less to develop than Drakengard did.

      To be entirely certain, I’m not sure just how Square feel about Drakengard 3’s sales. Yes, it’s a niche property, but those are rather low sales for a large-scale console game.

      • Suriel Cruz

        Bravely Default is a 3DS(Game) and I’m pretty sure THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH 3DS and much more in Japan, than with a PS3, so let’s not compare a game from another system, also the price for a PS3 game is more expensive, than one for 3DS. Let’s add the fact that ‘Drakengard 3’ is a HARDCORE game and is not casual, so for it to sold that many copies, which means, there’s a BIG fanbase out there, IT SOLD VERY WELL.

        • Bravely Default is a 3DS(Game) and I’m pretty sure THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH 3DS and much more in Japan, than with a PS3, so let’s not compare a game from another system, also the price for a PS3 game is more expensive, than one for 3DS.

          There aren’t that many more 3DSes in Japan than PS3s. In this particular case, it has little to do with the size of the userbase, since they’re both mainstream platforms at this point.

          Let’s add the fact that ‘Drakengard 3’ is a HARDCORE game and is not casual, so for it to sold that many copies, which means, there’s a BIG fanbase out there, IT SOLD VERY WELL.

          I wouldn’t say one is hardcore while the other is casual. Let’s not forget that Bravely Default largely builds on what began with Final Fantasy III and V, both of which are still the most “hardcore” FF games to date. That having been said, Drakengard is a more niche property, and one that isn’t quite as approachable as Bravely Default, due to its themes.

          I also wouldn’t say that 100k is a “BIG” fanbase. In fact, 100k is very niche. Now, if Drakengard 3 can break the 250k barrier, that would be respectable, but unfortunately, I don’t see that happening.

          I honestly do think Square could have done a better job resurrecting this series, and made it a bit more of an event, especially with Nier having received such great word of mouth. They had a chance to build upon that, and they didn’t take it, for whatever reason.

  • AkuLord3

    Happy to see Drakengard doing well…hopefully that continues for a bit more but still glad either way. Now i must play the waiting game more until it reaches here. I’m TOO WEAK

    • boink

      I’d give anything for a release date. Atleast then i’d know how long the agony of waiting will last.

      • Rayhan PromisedGallery

        the JP release date being moved from october to december alone already makes my head hurts. Wonder how it will be with the western release date now

  • Guest

    We have a Santa Pacman this week! :)

    I think everything is up this week save Vita TV. Truly this month is a magical moment (for sales :p)

    So, Wii U is selling well right now, but the software drought plus the inevitable sales decline on January puts an expiration date on this trend.

    Wonder what would be the 2014 line-up? Maybe they have some ace up their sleeve, some projects yet to be revealed? In a really optimistic schedule we’d have:
    Jan: –
    Feb: Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze
    Mar: Mario Kart 8
    Apr: Bayonetta 2
    May: –
    Jun: Zelda Musou
    Jul: –
    Aug: Fire Emblem x Shin Megami Tensei
    Sep: Yoshi’s new game
    Oct: Super Smash Bros for Wii U
    Nov: Monolith Soft’s “X”
    Dec: –

    • tubers

      Can’t wait X!

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      Wii Fit U comes January

    • ishyg

      But…but…the Black Friday equivalent in Japan is January 1…

      • Guest

        Oh, I knew nothing about it, January should interesting then! :D

        Are there promos and low prices that day?

        • ishyg

          I’m not sure about electronic stuff actually, but usually we go out that day shopping for stuff, usually clothing for the first half of the year. But deals and low prices are rampant, as well as the famous “lucky bags”, bags that you can buy for cheap, and contains random stuff from the store offering it. I think the next two weeks will probably show higher sales. But that’s just my speculation.

          Hopefully the release of FFXHD today will have an impact on the sales figure of Vita (and probably PS3, but not by much).

    • Ferrick

      wakka wakka wakka wakka

  • Monterossa

    Next week, FFX|X-2 HD will be on the throne.

  • InfinityAge11

    Regarding Drakengard 3’s NA release, will it be on released on the PSN or is it SE’s store only or whats the deal with it?

    • DesmaX

      Should be a digital exclusive, but with a limited physical run on SE’s store.

      But, it is too soon to say

  • Anesia Hunter

    Only a little over 20,000 for Madoka Magica? I expected it to be a bit more than that.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      maybe bcos it’s on Vita or maybe ppl had been disappointed with madoka game lately

    • fyi1191

      Madoka fans already blew their wallet in the movies.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    Why have the Wii U sales went up that much considering no new software for it? Did they start selling bundles or made a price cut in Japan~?

    • Guest

      No new bundles nor price cut, just the power of the holidays sales, pretty much everything increased considerably.

      • Link

        While everything did rise the WiiU was the only really significant one(aside from 3DS which is just bonkers as per usual). It was literally 28k -> 48k -> 74k -> 109k the past four weeks. Vita went 25k -> 29k -> 35k -> 55k. PS3 has stayed around the 25k mark.

        Yeah the holiday sales helped everyone but considering how handheld dominant Japan is seeing this big a rise in WiiU sales is unexpected. This month alone helped it out perform GCube and PS3 second year Holiday sales which many people didn’t expect it to do.

    • Eder García

      Zelda Musou announcement?

      • 하세요

        Nah, Japan isn’t nearly as Zelda loving as the West. Certainly not enough to go out and buy an entire system for it.

    • Holidays always have that effect.

      • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

        Holidays in JP have always helped all systems, sure. But in the Wii U’s case the spike is really huge which is why I wondered, this is a system that last month was averaging 20k, for not having anything new for it, selling 100k seemed like more than just Holiday’s magic~.

        • Guest

          There were some attractive game releases recently, and the target audience for Wii U is getting a console at this point of time.


    Now I just need a SE report about DoD3 sales to see if i can still maintain my happiness of it having the double of the Nier sales

  • Göran Isacson

    Man, I gotta be honest: that was WAY more copies sold than I was expecting of them. I hope the title has some legs to stand on too, would be nice to see it at least approach 200 K sales. Come on little fella, beat those terrible Cavia odds!

  • Eder García

    Nintendo had a good week… lets see how it goes this week, when FFX HD comes out, i heard the Japanese are tired of remakes but we are talking about Final Fantasy here.

    • nothuzad

      FF13-3 has dropped of FAST after the first Week – Mario 3D World seems to be outselling it next week. (Total Sold, not Units moved per Week. It is allready having way more in that regard)

  • Pekola

    But didn’t Drakengard 3 release on the 19th? That means it only got tracked for 4 days and not the full week.

    I also get the distinct impression that someone from the internal team had to move a lot of things to get this project going. Square Enix alone probably wouldn’t have bothered to create this with their current ethics. So it was probably pushed very quietly and with little hype.

    Also, I think Dengeki or Famitsu (I forget) listed the percentage of sales being between 60-80%. Meaning that their initial shipment was something between 150,000-200,000.

    It’s very possible that Drakengard 3 will sell through it’s initial shipment in Japan completely. But beyond that, I don’t know if it’ll sell more.

    As for it’s Western release. Let’s hope it sells well but it’s already bottlenecked by being Digital Only and Physical through Square Enix’s online store.

    • Almost all games are released on a Thursday in Japan and only have four days counted in their first week. Media Create’s week is Mon – Sun.

      • Pekola

        Aww shucks ;(

        And here I was hoping for a bigger turnover for the week >:L

  • Excellent job Drakengard 3 =^_^=

  • Tom

    I have mine pre-ordered :)

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    Just picked up Nier for a steal at Best Buy (like 13 bucks after tax). Going to play through it in preparation for drakengard 3.

  • Abriane Enairba

    wtf, santa is absent here :<

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