This Week In Sales: Kirby Makes His Nintendo 3DS Debut

By Ishaan . January 15, 2014 . 1:01pm

Period: The week of January 6th – January 12th (2014)

Top-seller: Kirby Triple Deluxe – 214,208

Nintendo 3DS sales: 20,116 | Total sales: 9,318,549

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 40,038 | Total sales: 5,580,080

PlayStation Vita sales: 29,494 | Total sales: 2,378,694

Vita TV sales: 2,522 | 84,079

Wii U sales: 14,020 | Total sales: 1,590,721

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week, Nintendo released Kirby Triple Deluxe in Japan, and the game sold an admirable 214,208 copies in its first week on store shelves. That’s the highest opening for a brand new Kirby game in quite a few years.


For reference, here are opening-week sales of the last three Kirby games in Japan:


(2010) Kirby’s Epic Yarn (Wii) – 92,280

(2011) Kirby: Mass Attack (DS) – 74,915

(2012) Kirby’s Return to Dreamland (Wii) – 136,811


While Kirby took the #1 spot on the software sales chart last week, Puzzle & Dragons Z was at #2, with 1.2 million copies sold thus far. Pokémon X and Y took #3, while Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Monster Hunter 4 closed out the top 5.


Meanwhile, it bears mentioning that Grand Theft Auto V, which popped back into the top-20, is now at a whopping 674,835 copies sold. Very, very impressive.


Finally, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is still in the top-20 as well. Both versions of the game appear to have done reasonably well, although the game isn’t having quite the effect one would have hoped for on PlayStation Vita hardware sales.


Hardware sales dropped all around, but Vita and Wii U in particular took a nasty hit. Vita sales dropped to around 32,000 for the week, while Wii U sales were even lower at 14,000. Both platforms need to find a way to expand their reach to a broader audience.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Kirby: Triple Deluxe 214,208 New 3DS Nintendo
01. 02. Puzzle & Dragons Z 52,880 1,216,421 3DS GungHo
02. 03. Pokémon X and Y 34,179 3,870,125 3DS Pokémon Co.
07. 04. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 26,286 323,502 3DS Nintendo
04. 05. Monster Hunter 4 19,497 3,179,551 3DS Capcom
06. 06. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster 16,286 241,733 PS3 Square Enix
19. 07. Youkai Watch 14,195 308,946 3DS Level 5
09. 08. Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas 13,665 224,869 3DS Namco Bandai
05. 09. Super Mario 3D World 13,079 452,521 WiiU Nintendo
07. 10. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Twin Pack) 12,237 194,407 PSV Square Enix
08. 11. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 10,929 3,641,321 3DS Nintendo
30.  12. Attack on Titan 9,310 202,029 3DS Spike Chunsoft
22. 13. Grand Theft Auto V 9,299 674,835 PS3 Take 2
10. 14. Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam 9,266 201,529 PS3 Namco Bandai
13. 15. Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy: Big Bang and Supernova 7,369 216,964 3DS Level 5
11. 16. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 7,323 1,645,697 3DS Nintendo
12. 17. Mario Kart 7 7,276 2,258,319 3DS Nintendo
21. 18. Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam 6,948 97,882 PSV Namco Bandai
25. 19. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 6,948 291,010 PS3 Konami
24. 20. Gran Turismo 6 6,099 297,352 PS3 Sony


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

  • And we still don’t know when it will be here besides ‘maybe sometime in 2014’?

    • Slickyslacker

      I would hope for late March or April. I don’t want to have to wait until August, or something. Nintendo is usually good about localizations, though.

  • subsamuel01

    The last few Kirby games were not traditional Kirby games so it makes sense that this one which goes back to its roots is more successful.

    • Return to Dream Land is not a traditional Kirby game?

      • subsamuel01

        It was which is probably why it was the only other game to make it over 100k.

    • Suicunesol

      I think it’s more to do with the fact that Triple Deluxe more or less follows a similar format to Kirby Superstar in that there are different modes of play (which is what made that game appeal), and a lot of Japanese consider Kirby Superstar the quintessential Kirby game.
      Kirby Superstar is known as Kirby Super Deluxe in Japan. So I guess Nintendo followed up with a spiritual sequel to Superstar, and it paid off.

      • ronin4life

        Super Star *is absolutely* the quintessential Kirby game. Such greatness…^v^ b
        ^ ,^;;;

        • GH56734

          It had challenge and clever level design, with each power being actually needed at some points to get some extras.

  • Guest

    Slow week but a couple of things…

    Kirby did fantastic! The only one with great numbers this week!
    Youkai Watch, L5 strategy for this one worked well, let’s hope a localization is coming! And Monster Hunter 4 probably sold beyond 3.5 million copies already including digital sales.

    3DS is a spectacular gaming device, this week’s HW drop is just a stumbling block on the way to an amazing life! I’d say it’s about time to release 2DS in Japan.

    On the other hand, Inazuma Eleven diminishing sales were expected, just like the Wii U losing momentum…

    • British_Otaku

      Kirby is one of the few new games in the week so it isn’t odd that the others which have been out since July 2013 (Youkai Watch) or almost the beginning of 2013 aren’t hitting it big. Christmas and New Years already passed.

      I’m not sure about Inazuma Eleven’s future next to Yokai Watch but it is hanging on better than One Piece this week and it has a higher total currently than the Attack on Titan game (which resurfaced this week, but probably sold well last week).

      Every system sold half or a third of what they sold in prior weeks, they will all pick up again in time.

      Here is hoping they localise Yokai Watch soon, they waited for six main installments, numerous spinoffs, movies and anime on top of a game generation to plan one of them for North America. >_>

  • Guest

    Makes sense that this game is more successful since its more of a traditional Kirby game.

    • British_Otaku

      I don’t know dude.

      (Touch!) Kirby Canvas Curse/Power Paintbrush sold 75,365 in the first week, when the DS was still on shaky footing in 2005 while Mass Attack which seems pretty traditional sold less but similar numbers in the first week as well when the DS was a monster (2011).

      Marketing must have been very well done for this one on top of the nice extra modes they have.


      EDIT: Made an error which ronin4life corrected me on… Leaving the post as is though.

      • Guest

        Also, Kirby’s Return to Dreamland was a traditional Kirby game too in a console with a larger installed base and it sold less the opening week.

        So yeah, a well done marketing for the game and, as you said, this being one of the few new games in the week!

      • KAABII DESU!

        BIG MAN BIG MAN…

        • Tarkovsky

          It’s actually Big Bang not Big Man. It’s the name of his super sucking ability in the Japanese version of the game. It has been changed to Hypernova in the English versions of the game.

      • ronin4life

        Mass attack was not at all a traditional Kirby actually: it was a touch controlled action/tactics game.

        Also, this 3ds game was announced only a month or so ago; leaving very little time to advertise at all. I wonder how these marketing attempts stack up to previous entries.

        • British_Otaku

          Excuse me, too many Kirby games… I meant Squeak Squad (which apparently sold but mixed them up as only one of the two were listed). I still need to play Mass Attack. >_>

          I even forgot that Superstar went on the DS as well. It would be nice to have the time to look at the time periods, sales, the amount of time to market and what type of marketing used.

  • Nana

    This article perfectly summarizes a problem with 3DS articles.

    On Zelda: “The game sold 224,143 copies in its first week,”. Article had a negative slant, acting as if Zelda was in a horrible crisis.

    And the game sold an admirable 214,208 copies in its first week on store shelves.

    Guys. Yes, some Zeldas sold more, some less, but the overall numbers really are still good.

    As this shows. Again.

    • Enzo

      It’s all about how it does in a relative sense. Zelda is a huge franchise. It has seen better days recently. Kirby, on the other hand, hasn’t been selling like crazy recently. Since this one did so well, of course it will be positive in comparison.

    • malek86

      That’s like seeing Call of Duty open with 3 million copies in a day. Which sounds awesome. Until you remember that the other games usually opened with 5-6 million copies. And then you ask yourself “what happened here?”.

      I don’t think Zelda is that bad off, however. I’m thinking the lower numbers are due to the fact that PH and ST could reach more casual audiences, which the 3DS doesn’t quite have.

  • otakumike

    Overall i’d say Vita is starting off much better than it was last year, seems like the handheld will be a slow burn but will ultimately make a reasonable profit by the end of it’s lifecycle.

  • Kayseur

    Well the drop in Vita’s sales isn’t that big actually. And in regard to the previous week’s figures, it’s not that it dropped, it’s that last week’s numbers were pretty high. Plus for a hardware with no new games released (or at least, in the top-20 chart) it’s doing alright to me.

    If it can keep going at this pace, I do think we’ll keep getting our (niche or not) games as well, and that’s all I’m asking for.

    • ronin4life

      Both Vita and WiiU have titles in the top 20, And Vita didn’t have as long a holiday rise as the other hardware.
      That said, it is a relatively small decline, especially compared to WiiU. Though for some reason, I feel like it will fall further next week and the week after.

      • Kayseur

        Yes, it does have games in the top 20, but I was referring to *new* games actually. I don’t think there is any. Because while there are FF and SGM, their sales can’t be as high as a new (good/popular) release since they’ve been out for a few weeks. And so can hardly induce lots of hardware sales.
        That’s what I meant.

    • KoRLumen

      Holy upvotes, Batman!

      • Guest

        Holy Upvote Script! :P

  • malek86

    PSV seems to be actually doing decently now. It was the only console to increase its sales from last year (even though last year was pretty bad…)

    • Serge

      Someone need to do something about the guy using the upvote/downvote bot. Is really stupid that some comments get the first position just for say good things about the Vita.

      • Guest

        Kinda fun seeing the votes going up live though, but I still wonder about the downvotes, wouldn’t that require ~240 fake Disqus accounts or something?

        • Actually, it would require no accounts because guest upvotes/downvotes are a thing. All you would have to do is have a bot look like it’s 240 different ISPs, probably with something like a proxy that acts as a fast DHCP, constantly giving numbers out.

          Or it may very well be some exploit in Disqus’s comment system that it uses to bowl right through that anyways.

      • Herok♞

        Meh you should be sorting comments by newest or oldest anyway

      • malek86

        On the plus side, it’s the first time that bot actually upvotes me. I’m usually much more critical toward the PSV.

  • Oh no, my Aikatsu!. ;u;
    It hung in there valiantly though~.

    Yay for Kirby! Great numbers; can’t wait to play it myself. ♥q♥

    • Serge

      After last week’s talk i watched a couple of episodes of the anime, and it was interesting. I was expecting a totally girly anime, with love triangles, little pets, silly characters, school drama and divas, but it was so relaxing and fun that it made me feel weird.
      Those girls did it great~ Cheers for their success : )

      • Haha, that’s so cool to hear~! It’s definitely a show that takes one by surprise. After the other idol stuff, I was definitely expecting to roll my eyes at it, but it definitely follows a magical girl format which is a help and has a good team of writers behind it apparently. Cheers indeed! ^u^

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    I hope that Waddle Dee goes to Dream Land heaven ;_;

  • idrawrobots

    Not bad Super Mario 3D World,. Keep it up, you deserve it.

  • Jettythesunfish

    I hope they reveal a release date soon!

  • Eder García

    all set for Japanese PS4 launch next month with all these Vita good sales

  • If you compare, this is a really big sales slump. January is a literal cool down period for game sales. That may explain why fewer games are releasing this month as well.

  • Max

    The huge dive on sales of both Vita and WiiU is pretty dissapointing.
    I was hoping both could keep up that boost a little longer.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Can’t wait til Kirby hits the US… whenever that is. Actually, have they even said? I needs mah Kirby :V

  • im a little sad for the drop in sales but its post holiday its to be expected, hurray for kirby!! though :D

  • Quick note: I really appreciate folks taking the time out to explain things to each other in the comments. The more perspective everyone has, the better it will be for future discussions.

  • Göran Isacson

    Kirby selling like hotcakes is a no-brainer, but I’m kind of intrigued by how Yokai Watch and Attack on Titan of all games shot up like woah. There actually seems to be a lot of climbers on this weeks list: anyone who might have an idea as to why that is?

    • Paulette

      Well Yokai Watch is a typical long seller, it’s almost always somewhere in the top 30, and the anime started last week. I think (hope) it could be the beginning of a huge franchise !

    • It’s because everything dropped. If you look at the sales figures for YW and Titan, they’re lower than the week prior, but they dropped less compared to other games, which is why they’re still in the top 20. It’s why GTAV climbed up the charts, too.

      Also, I’m not certain if this is true of the entirety of Japan, but a couple of retail blogs have reported that Attack of Titan was completely sold out these past couple of weeks, so it could be that Spike finally managed to get a new shipment out, too.

      • Göran Isacson

        I see. So it’s more like the other titles were in high demand during the spending weeks, and now that those are over the titles who had slow but steady sales beat the rising/shooting stars? How… almost fabulous.

        Kind of interesting that AOT and YW aren’t that different from the games that got dumped. I look at the titles that are gone from last week and it’s stuff like Aikatsu, One Piece RED, Super Mario 3D Land, one of those drum games, a variety of both niche titles and mainstream appeal games. Wonder what’s given YW and AOT their legs considering one is from a strong brand but in a genre that has a whole lotta saturation going on, and one is a totally new IP.

        • Ack, I missed a word in my previous post. It was supposed to be “everything else dropped,” but you got the point anyway. :P

          It’s more like… all of these games were in high demand during the holidays, but some of those other games (like Mario Kart, Mario 3D Land, NSMB2, One Piece etc.) were more in demand than these titles during the hols.

          Once the spending period ended, those dropped off harder–partly because a lot of them were older games–while these didn’t see as big of a drop. In AoT’s case, I’m almost certain now that it’s been consistently sold out, since I’m seeing quite a few retailers echoing that on their websites.

          • Göran Isacson

            I see. So you can say that the games that saw a rise were the ones people wanted to buy as presents, perhaps for their kids or for a friend… something of a slightly more “widespread appeal” that perhaps the hardcore crowd that buys day one would go for.

            The kind of games that sell to the kind of people who would wait for birthdays and holidays to buy them, rather than titles that are sustained by hardcore fans buying them erryday they can, that kinda situation?

  • Paulette

    Yokai Watch is back for good ! I’m so excited about that ! Hope it crosses over with the anime/manga/whatever product !

  • s07195

    Sentouchuu is back on again!

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