This Week In Sales: A Link Between Worlds

By Ishaan . January 8, 2014 . 11:01am

Period: The week of December 23rd – December 29th (2013)

Top-seller: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – 224,143

Nintendo 3DS sales: 61,836 | Total sales: 9,236,034

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 139,867 | Total sales: 5,425,886

PlayStation Vita sales: 81,111 | Total sales: 2,279,113

Vita TV sales: 6,031 | 76,244

Wii U sales: 73,178 | Total sales: 1,525,430

<< Last week’s software sales chart


On December 26th, 2013, Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds in Japan. In its first week on store shelves, the Nintendo 3DS game sold 224,143 copies. Here’s a look at how that stacks up against other recent portable Zeldas:


(2011) Ocarina of Time 3D – 164,110

(2009) Spirit Tracks – 291,496

(2007) Phantom Hourglass – 302,887


Not too shabby. A Link Between Worlds outsold Ocarina of Time 3D, but unfortunately, didn’t manage to reach out to the outlying audience that Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks commanded. This is one of those games that should be interesting to look back on six months from now, to see how it held up on a weekly basis.


Meanwhile, Square Enix released Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster. The PlayStation 3 version of the game sold 185,918 copies, while the Vita version sold 149,132 copies, including sales of the PS Vita bundle that included the game. Finally, Final Fantasy X HD (without X-2) sold an additional 25,443 copies on Vita.


Great sales for an HD Remaster, but I must admit to some disappointment, given that Final Fantasy X is considered to be one of the more popular Final Fantasy games in Japan. I was personally expecting to see a higher opening week from the game, given that Final Fantasy III’s remake on the Nintendo DS debuted with over 500,000 copies sold back in 2006, but naturally, the market has changed since then.


Additionally, a number of other popular titles continued to sell consistently throughout the holidays. Most impressive in my eyes are Namco Bandai’s Nintendo 3DS games, all of which are well on their way to crossing the 200,000 mark in the weeks to come. It looks like Namco have found their new home for titles developed on a conservative budget.


Finally, Puzzle & Dragons Z has crossed the 1 million mark in actual sales to customers, surpassing GungHo’s expectations (1 million by the end of the holidays) ahead of time.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 224,143 New 3DS Nintendo
01. 02. Puzzle & Dragons Z 205,654 1,005,658 3DS GungHo
New 03. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster 185,918 New PS3 Square Enix
02. 04. Pokémon X and Y 153,767 3,726,596 3DS Pokémon Co.
New 05. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Twin Pack) 149,132 New PSV Square Enix
05. 06. Super Mario 3D World 64,573 392,087 WiiU Nintendo
09. 07. Monster Hunter 4 42,927 3,110,240 3DS Capcom
03. 08. Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam 37,626 163,645 PS3 Namco Bandai
07. 09. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 33,875 3,597,999 3DS Nintendo
10. 10. Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy: Big Bang and Supernova 30,383 185,871 3DS Level 5
08. 11. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 27,915 1,612,037 3DS Nintendo
New 12. Final Fantasy X HD Remaster 25,443 New PSV Square Enix
14. 13. One Piece Unlimited World: RED 23,793 193,181 3DS Namco Bandai
04. 14. Drakengard 3 22,472 136,496 PS3 Square Enix
18. 15. Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas 21,923 180,163 3DS Namco Bandai
06. 16. Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam 21,543 74,210 PSV Namco Bandai
17. 17. Mario Kart 7 21,098 2,226,905 3DS Nintendo
12. 18. Aikatsu! Futari no My Princess 21,012 167,910 3DS Namco Bandai
19. 19. New Super Mario Bros. 2 20,940 2,203,347 3DS Nintendo
20. 20. Wii U Party 20,633 139,733 WiiU Nintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

  • Earthjolly

    Vita finally sold more than the WiiU and the original 3DS?!? IT LIVES!!!

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      Media Create doesn’t track bundles I think. Famitsu reported more unit sold for Wii U.

      • Media Create does track bundles. Either way, they’re both close and they’re both going to see a big drop after January 6th.

        • MaximDualBlade

          Ishaan why aren’t there any news about Playstation Now?

          • ronin4life

            I saw an article yesterday. (on siliconera)
            If that isn’t enough, Destructoid had a hands on.
            Truth is though, they didn’t really seem to say much.

          • MaximDualBlade

            ok thanks

          • There is. Check page 2 of the site. Or click any of the PlayStation platforms’ tags at the top of the site. You’ll see it in the list of stories.

          • MaximDualBlade

            Ok thanks

        • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

          well that what I heard from someone else

      • ronin4life

        I saw those Famitsu sales, and WiiU was pretty much the same, but Vita sales were lower. Like, a lot lower…
        76,000~ Vita and TV combined.

        Link(at the bottom, the poster clarifies using Famitsu numbers):

        • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

          I see

    • mike dickson

      only japan buddy keep that in mind

      • Earthjolly

        Every battle counts :P

        and whats with all my upvotes and your downvotes ._.

        • mike dickson

          Earthjolly you raise a great point

      • holy f***ing downvotes, Batman

      • mike dickson

        so i got downvoted that much on my b day because i was right u khow what fuck this site as much as i like this site this is the biggest amount of bullshit ive ever seen

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Calm down please. It’s a disqus script bot someone has been running rampant with lately. And it is happening on multiple sites. Unfortunately, there is no way to track the wonderful person doing it. Note the number of guest votes you can see with Earthjolly.

          Disqus knows folks are scripting in things and that sites want the ability to end votes and know who is both up and downvoting — but well isn’t focused on that.

          Sorry for the experience. It is why we ask folks to ignore votes either way.

          • mike dickson

            Thanks for careing but I’m not anger I’m just upset and yeah I heard rumors that dick of a bot I’ll try to ignore it next time this ever happens thanks anyway M’iau M’iaut

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Don’t want folks to be unhappy with their time here. :P

    • I wish there were more (and good) vita games available in NA.

  • Yan Zhao

    Surprised Japan got the new Zelda so much later, and kinda disappointed by those numbers to be honest. It’s the best Zelda for a long time and it didnt even outdo Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks.

    Glad to see the PSV picking up in sales though.

    As far as FFX HD is concerned, a HD remake is still a HD remake no matter how much people loved the game. Going PS2 to PS3 is not that major of a leap in my eyes. Now if this was a full HD 3D remake of FF5, 6, 7, 8, or 9, THEN it’d be a big deal.

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      Japan aren’t heavy on Zelda

    • Anewme…Again

      Like Daniel said.

      Zelda sell decently in japan, but it isn’t anywhere near as popular as it’s in the west even on handheld.

    • 하세요

      I don’t think it was so much the fact that it was an HD Remake, but Japan already has had the International bonuses. For other regions, this HD remake is a big deal because of the content we’ve missed out on.

      If it (for whatever reason) added even MORE content, then it would’ve been more of a big deal to Japan. I won’t go into remakes of older FFs as that never ends well.

      • Yan Zhao

        My point was that the graphical leap from PS2 to PS3 isnt that big other than HD, the experience is still the same. But a full new HD remake of PS1/SNES games would be a major graphical advancement and playing them would be a whole new experience.

  • British_Otaku

    Glad to see Inazuma Eleven hanging on there, though I imagine Youkai Watch could be outselling it in the next two installments if they don’t find a way to make people jump the games for it as they did last generation.

    Attack on Titan isn’t charting at the moment so I guess the competitive Christmas charts mean it could be doing some solid numbers for the third or fourth week especially with the budget. Seeing as the game isn’t going to go over 20,000 (though may chart again as other games slow down) anytime soon, I hope they just fire out the free DLC so I can call it a complete game.

  • Minos

    Most of what FFX is is nothing but Hype and Internet Smoke, so those numbers were actually predictable.

    • FivePointedTheStar

      What you’re forgetting is that Japan has already gotten Final Fantasy X International and X-2 International/Last Mission. Why would many of these folks want to pay for the exact same game with enhanced graphics only?

      It’s different for the western market, which is what I’m assuming you’re saying is “nothing but Hype and Internet Smoke”. The West never got either of the enhanced versions of the both games. Quite a different market. Please think more carefully about context in the future.

      • Detrimont

        well PAL regions got the updated version of X…

    • Tom_Phoenix

      I actually kind of wonder what people generally think of FFX and how many agree with Spoony’s criticism of it.

  • Daniel Bui

    I don’t see what’s so disappointing or surprising about the sales for FFX HD. A majority of FF fans already own the game, and Japan got the international versions way back. This is actually great sales for the game, given how old it is.

  • Chim_era

    I liked a link between worlds a lot more than i ever did the phantom hourglass or spirit tracks. They were the weakest zelda games in my opinion but then my favorites where the oracles and a minish cap on the handhelds.

    I would really like them to release a minish cap on the 3ds store like they did the oracles. It was brilliant playing them again.

    • s07195

      The only games in Zelda I’ve managed to finish are Minish Cap and Phantom Hourglass, but I thought Phantom Hourglass was really fun, if a bit short. Though I guess PH is my first game…

  • MaximDualBlade

    I don’t know why people put the excuse that “Zelda games don’t sell that well in Japan”, it’s a poor excuse and the game sold well in it’s first week so stop complaining.

    FFX/X-2 sold better than I expected and it sold better than Lightning Returns FF.
    FFX-3 seems more plausible now, but only SE will tell XD
    I personally want FFXIIHD(I liked the game but could never finish it)

    I see Drakengard is still in the charts, that’s cool

    • I finished FFXII but I’d still be up for a remaster of that. I really enjoyed the battle system.

    • It’s mainly due to the fact that Zelda games sells well over time.

  • Carlos Escalante

    I wouldn’t compare FFX HD to FFIII, given that III is a remake of 20 year old, then not milked FF, and X/X-2 is only a remaster.

    • SMT

      Not to mention that III never got a remake before the DS version, unlike all the games from I to VI that got updated ports every few years… And the original was really liked in Japan and on top of it all, it was a full blown remake and not just some updated port.

      Really, the III remake just screamed “success”, whereas FFX HD, while it actually sold quite well, is still just a polished up version of a game that’s still somewhat “fresh” with fans.

    • True, but there’s also the fact that FFX is inherently a much more popular Final Fantasy than III was, and that Square Enix appear to have spent more time and money developing the HD Remaster than they did III.

  • brostar

    To those saying Japan are not that into Zelda have you thought that maybe because it’s a smaller country that the numbers would be less than the US? America is huge. It has a lot of people in it. So numbers are always going to be higher because there are more people to buy it.

  • Ethan_Twain

    Well hang on – wasn’t Zelda Spirit Tracks a disappointment? I remember Nintendo had issues with shipping more copies of that in Japan than they were able to sell. Now this new Zelda game is really hot stuff, everyone seems to love it. And it’s a sequel to an absolute classic. And it can’t even sell as well here in week one as Spirit Tracks?

    That seems bad!

    • Grape Monet

      They overestimated how well Spirit Tracks would do, plain and simple. They may have shipped fewer copies of A Link Between Worlds. Plus, there’s the lower install base of the 3DS to take into account, as well as digital sales of the new game, which Spirit Tracks did not have. That, and Zelda is, generally speaking, less popular in Japan than it is in the West, and the game still sold well.

      At any rate, it’s certainly doing better over there than Wind Waker HD did.

    • The problem with Spirit Tracks was that the prices were slashed very quickly because of the overabundance of unsold copies lying around. Since then, they’ve been more conservative with their shipments. How they handled Ocarina of Time’s release is one example of this:

  • Yay for Drakengard 3 and Aikatsu! for hanging in there~! It’s nice to see that ALBW did pretty good, but I hope it hangs in there even better! >u<

  • There’s certainly a fair amount of advertising put into the FFX/X-2 remaster. I swear the music is following me around shops (not to mention TV)…

    On a side note, I only normally get to see the results of the vote surges, not actually see it in action. It’s crazy seeing the votes shooting up or down by more than one a second.

  • popo123

    Oh wow so FFx/x-2 actually sold even more than what Famitsu released. Now Squeenix, Start on FFXII remaster! Let the studio who did the remaster for X/X-2 do it too since they did a wonderful job on both games!

  • Namuro

    Hey, look at that! Monster Hunter 4 bounced back up! Neat!

  • Lumi

    It’s kind of scary that a Zelda narrowly escaped being outdone by a match 3 game. Not that Puzzle Dragon isn’t fun, but do they really need it on both their phone AND 3DS? Apparently the sales figures say so… They really ARE obsessed….

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