This Week In Sales: Congratulations, Namco And Level 5

By Ishaan . January 9, 2014 . 1:00pm

Period: The week of December 30th (2013) – January 5th (2014)

Top-seller: Puzzle & Dragons Z – 157,883

Nintendo 3DS sales: 62,399 | Total sales: 9,298,433

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 114,156 | Total sales: 5,540,042

PlayStation Vita sales: 70,087 | Total sales: 2,349,200

Vita TV sales: 5,313 | 81,557

Wii U sales: 51,271 | Total sales: 1,576,701

<< Last week’s software sales chart


The first week of the year tends to be a time for spending in Japan. A Japanese tradition takes place on New Year’s day that involves adults giving money to children to spend. This tends to be reflected in the software sales charts, as a large number of children spend their otoshidama on videogames. Last week was no different.


Puzzle & Dragons Z reclaimed the #1 spot on the top-20 sales chart last week, selling another 158,000 copies. Total sales of the game are now well over 1 million at retail.


At #2 were Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, both at 3.8 million copies sold at retail thus far. Following them at #3 was The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, which sold another 73,000 copies in its second week, reaching nearly 300,000 sold.


Meanwhile, a number of popular older games have held up fairly well over the course of the holidays as well. Monster Hunter 4, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Tomodachi Collection: new Life haven’t left the top-20 since release, but what’s more impressive is the strength of Namco Bandai and Level 5’s Nintendo 3DS games, some of which can be found in the chart below. In particular, Disney Magic Castle by Namco and Youkai Watch by Level 5 have performed remarkably well for new IPs.


Next week should be interesting to see. The second week of a new year is when everything sees a drastic drop in sales, once the holiday effect and otoshidama effect has worn off. Vita and Wii U sales in particular should be interesting to observe over the course of the next few weeks, as both platforms face unique challenges.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
02. 01. Puzzle & Dragons Z 157,883 1,163,541 3DS GungHo
04. 02. Pokémon X and Y 109,350 3,835,946 3DS Pokémon Co.
01. 03. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 73,072 297,216 3DS Nintendo
07. 04. Monster Hunter 4 49,814 3,160,054 3DS Capcom
06. 05. Super Mario 3D World 47,354 439,442 WiiU Nintendo
03. 06. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster 39,529 225,448 PS3 Square Enix
05. 07. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Twin Pack) 33,038 182,170 PSV Square Enix
09. 08. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 32,393 3,630,392 3DS Nintendo
15. 09. Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas 31,041 211,204 3DS Namco Bandai
08. 10. Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam 28,619 192,263 PS3 Namco Bandai
11. 11. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 26,336 1,638,374 3DS Nintendo
17.  12. Mario Kart 7 24,138 2,251,043 3DS Nintendo
14. 13. Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy: Big Bang and Supernova 23,724 209,594 3DS Level 5
19. 14. New Super Mario Bros. 2 22,039 2,225,386 3DS Nintendo
13. 15. One Piece Unlimited World: RED 20,092 213,273 3DS Namco Bandai
??? 16. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life 19,562 418,735 3DS Namco Bandai
18. 17. Aikatsu! Futari no My Princess 19,417 187,326 3DS Namco Bandai
??? 18. Taiko Drum Master: Wii U Version 19,387 112,880 WiiU Namco Bandai
??? 19. Youkai Watch 18,449 294,751 3DS Level 5
??? 20. Super Mario 3D Land 18,177 1,973,715 3DS Nintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

  • MaximDualBlade

    FFX/X-2 surpassed 400k, not bad for a hd remaster(I never played X nor X-2 so I’m excited for this game) and Zelda is still selling good. Nice week

    • PS360HD2

      Your in Luck, FFX is one of the Top 3 Final Fantasy games of all time

      • MaximDualBlade

        10 and 7 get so much praise and I haven’t played any of them, so my curiosity is high, even when X’s story has been spoiled in lots of aspects, also I know the mixed reactions with X-2 story but a great deal of internet people agree that the gameplay is really fun, so that’s more than enough for me to be hyped for this collection.

        What are the other 2 top FF for you? My favorite is FF6.

        • PS360HD2

          Final Fantasy 7, 8 and 10 are my top 3

          • MaximDualBlade

            Ohhhh thanks for the info. I have not played any of them

        • taekk

          X is nothing special and X-2 had an awful ending. 7 was truly amazing for its time but the graphics are dated now.

          I would say 6 still holds up well today though I personally didn’t care for the large cast of characters.

          • MaximDualBlade


            That’s a really personal point of view you have there. I ask: What are your 3 favorite FF? if you have any that is.

            FF7 story has been spoiled so but so much to me that the only way I could play it is by having a real remake. But a real real remake, and that is highly unlikely.

            I have played Crisis Core and as far as I’m concerned, Zack is superior to Cloud as a character to me. He has a beautiful death

            As for FF6, I liked the vast cast of characters, the music, the setting , the villain actually ruined the world for a change and they are left to rebuild it after defeating him. The fact that there is no obligatory main character and the game tricked me into thinking Terra was the main character but that’s really debatable. And last but not least the fact that Shadow would slit his momma’s throat for a nickel was awesome XD

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            Much praise for you on the FF6 love. 7 and 10 are not nearly as amazing as people paint them to be. While X has an amazing battle system, and the best minigame ever(Blitzball), its story is rather weak, and character development lackluster when compared to others. The major plot twist isn’t shocking, and actually made me give even less fucks that day, Though gameplay is part of what makes a game, and that it excels in beautifully. Despite hating the story, I pumped 238 hours into it back in High School. I like 7 a lot, but its not a favorite, but still a well done game. Follows the screwed up mentality that Kefka left me with, but not to the same caliber. I’m looking forward to Blitzball on my Vita later this year.

          • taekk

            I personally liked FF4 the best but I haven’t beaten all of them to really rank them. FF7 also really was amazing when it came out, you just kind of had to be there at the time as it hasn’t aged well. I can’t say much about Crisis Core as I didn’t really get the whole slot machine thing.

            As for FF10, I don’t get why FF13 gets so much flak for being linear when FF10 is just as linear. I mean besides a cave or side mission here and there, it’s pretty much a straight line through all the regions. I liked both games, I just didn’t think one was particularly worse than the other.

          • MaximDualBlade

            I like the slot machines of Crisis Core because it imitated real life slot machines in the sense that I sometimes won and I had no idea why jajajaja XD “Luck” I guess. And I don’t think you have to play all games in a franchise to have favorites becuause each main entry is a separate story. I have not beaten all of them either.

            As for FFX linearity, maybe the setting, characters and battle systems were a factor in its praise. We cannot discard nostalgia value for me, and the fact that there were absolutely no NPCs, even the store clerks were replaced by a floating machine. It’s those little details that make a JRPG a JRPG, but that’s my opinion

          • Ric Vazquez

            True that, no NPC was a letdown and and a machiane for store clerk made it not feel like an FF game as it should have.

          • almostautumn

            Disagree on 7 being dated. Played it again not too long ago, and as far as I’m aware the obscure character design was put in play to prevent the game looking underpar, and has that cartoonish charm to it instead. It still works fine, and as the actual gameplay of FF7 is to-this-day leaps and bounds above most other JRPG’s, including S-E’s own titles, I’d say FF7 remains as pristine and timeless now as when it first released.

            But I agree on not caring for X: it’s a quality entry but it just never ‘stuck’ for me. Personally, my list goes FF12 as #1, FF7 as #2, and FF4 as #3. FF9 gets the honorable mention, but really I’d tie it with 4: both are excellent.

          • MaximDualBlade

            then let’s praise the sun for a HD remaster of FFXII. Another gem that I regret not finishing because I didn’t fully appreciate the gambit system(I never even got to the ship part, and my cousin lost my copy).

            I know people tend to dislike HD collections, but it gives the people who never played them, a legit chance to play them. Without HD collection I would have never played the MGS franchise, FFX/X-2(in a few months), Zone of the Enders.

        • Demeanor

          6, 7, and 10 are the best imo, although 5 and 9 are good too.
          I also liked XIII-2 quite a bit (flame shield up! lol XD) after somehow being able to stomach XIII-1 to the end.

          • MaximDualBlade

            oh not at all. I liked 13-2 more than 13, I loved the music and I liked the fact that SE admitted to me in that game that they trew to the trash the story. And that’s me being honest, I liked the game because it didn’t take itself seriously.

  • niko

    16 of the 20 are 3DS games.

    • Anewme…Again

      15 of the 20 you mean

  • Serge

    Vita has sold 70k almost five weeks in a row. Hurray for Vita’s Owners!
    Also, why is nobody talking about Aikatsu, a game for little kids, doing what Capcom’s Gaist Crusher couldn’t do?

    • niko

      Yeah, my daughter likes that cartoon. That, the Precure games, in general the niche girl games in Japan are quality products that deserve to do well.

    • niko

      Gaist Crusher is fun though, it’s a nice game, has a ton of content. It’s a shame it did poorly.

    • J_Joestar

      Gaist Crusher was mainly directed at young kids, Aikatsu is split between young kids and creepy old men.

      • Serge

        In their defense, those creepy old men are the reason we have otaku’s games like Senran Kagura… Ok, you win this argument.

        • idrawrobots


      • No, Aikatsu! is entirely directed at little girls; it really doesn’t target anyone else. It does have older fans (and some are certainly creepers) but the series as a whole knows its core audience well and targets them accordingly.

        If anything, I think another flaw of Gaist Crusher is looking too much like Saint Seiya, which isn’t bad but would mainly draw in older guys and certain fujoshi. Makes me wonder who most of its buyers did end up being.

        • Nightstar1994

          Makes you wonder?

          It was me. Me, the only person in whole Poland to import Gaist Crusher week one :P

          • Aha! That explains it all then. And Poland, huh? I see now!

        • J_Joestar

          Maybe i worded it wrong, but it is not that Aikatsu directly targets the pedotaku crowd, it is just that the genre itself is something they frequently look into and take an interest in, and i doubt the creators are naive enough to think those people don’t watch and may be more willing to adjust material to appease them.

          GC’s predominantly male cast doesn’t leave as much for the perverted crowd to latch on to so it only really has it’s young male audience to put it’s hopes on. Even the the more recent Saint Seiya anime has a female integrated into it’s main cast.

          • I understood what you meant, but I do mean that Aikatsu! (and similar series) are entirely tailored to and aimed at little girls in Japan. A lot of the merchandise and everything says as much, and the creators often cite it themselves. The creators of course know those people will watch, but they know that’s not where their market is, and trying to market to them would probably be more damaging (costly, etc) than anything.

            Hehe. Wellll. I was thinking, the same would apply to IE as well, wouldn’t it? But you get just as much if not more IE adult content online than of PreCure. But IE and the magical girl stuff have that in common. They do attract a lot of skeevy people (and some other adults that aren’t at all skeevy), but it’s still the children making most of the buys (including the most expensive ones) and the companies know that and thus stick to the audience they know is bringing in their revenue; which is good of course~!

    • idrawrobots

      I wonder what game all those new Vita owners are buying?

    • In Aikatsu’s favor, it does have the arcade game, anime and other things to help raise the hype and awareness. But it does to me bring to the forefront a problem with what Capcom decided; to target only boys. There’s quite the market of little girls (which Aikatsu!, PreCure and similar series prove) that will support what they love and it’s not as though it would have hurt to throw one girl in the background and just hype the heck out of her the way Toei does its stuff.

      But I am very proud of Aikatsu! and glad to see it doing well. It deserves the sales~.

      • Serge

        IMHO, i don’t think we should talk about Aikatsu or Precure as a market for little girls only, i think that in Japan those shows aim to little boys & girls. Just like Super Sentai or Kamen Raider.

        • Well, in Japan, Aikatsu! and PreCure are targeted exclusively at little girls; they don’t go out of their way to exclude boys necessarily, but the creators of each say that their shows are made for little girls and the merchandise is created solely with girls in mind.

          But with SS and KR? Well, I think KR is something that mostly tries to appeal to its core audience (male) but definitely acknowledges the periphery. For SS, I think it tends to be more open; but that kind of works.

          Keep in mind, Aikatsu! is essentially a magical girl series and PreCure def. is. So for Toei, they can reach male audiences with KR, female audiences with PreCure (and BSSM) and have some overlap with SS.

    • ronin4life


      Pretty sure Vita was 70,000+ only two weeks in a row.

  • kylehyde

    It appears that SM 3D world is going to have some good legs.

  • British_Otaku

    Youkai Watch is running as if it didn’t release in July 11th 2013… Inazuma Eleven better watch it’s back.

    • IxisNaugus

      I’m quite certain Youkai Watch will sell more than this newest iteration of Inazuma Eleven when all is said and done. IE is definitely on its way out. Iirc the games have been on a noticeable downward trend with the more recent successive entries on 3DS, similar to what’s happened with the Layton series.

  • I’m sad that Drakengard 3 isn’t on the list anymore, but I hope Aikatsu! hangs in there a while longer~.

    Also, I hope the next game has graphics closer to that of the show’s 3D. x’D

  • s07195

    Sentouchuu, hanging on still after all this time! Well, over here it’s Chinese New Year in half a month, where we will get our own iteration of otoshidama, so I wonder how sales in HK will be?

  • Earthjolly

    Go Vita!!!

  • Namuro

    Well! Will ya look at that! Monster Hunter 4 has gone back up to number 4!

    Can’t wait to meet all the new recruits!

  • Kalis Konig

    Hope puzzle and dragons comes stateside. I try to avoid any news concerning l5’s handheld division until they find better management and representation for their franchises over here. Still waiting for the lax anime and game so no telling how long it will be before we get youkai watch :-(

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Gung Ho is planning to make it stateside anw

  • Göran Isacson

    Sadface that Drakengard left the charts, hope it can at least reach 150 K sold before the suits stop counting what they earned from it… and maybe think there’s a reason to maybe continue giving Taro jobs. That too would be nice. As for the rest of the list, eh. Not a lot to comment on here, save maybe Yokai Watch climbing from the depths of obscurity even if it’s just a 19th place.

    Also did time and space warp somehow, or did we get two “this week in sales” post two days in a row?

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