This Week In Sales: Dark Souls II Takes The Throne

By Ishaan . March 19, 2014 . 8:30am

Period: The week of March 10th – March 16th (2014)

Top-seller: Dark Souls II (PS3) – 255,197

Nintendo 3DS sales: 10,772 | Total sales: 9,424,359

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 23,372 | Total sales: 5,824,799

PlayStation Vita sales: 28,270 | Total sales: 2,577,469

Vita TV sales: 1,447 | 98,801

Wii U sales: 7,654 | Total sales: 1,666,726

PlayStation 4 sales: 29,677 | 439,810

<< Last week’s software sales chart

<< How to read and understand sales


Oh, Dark Souls, what a long way you’ve come. Back when the Souls franchise first debuted in the form of Demon’s Souls back in 2009, the game sold a mere 39,689 copies in its first week on store shelves on PlayStation 3.


Cut to five years later, and Dark Souls II has sold a combined total of 261,147 copies between its PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions (this is the first multiplatform Souls game in Japan). It sold 255,197 copies on PS3 and another 5,950 copies on the 360.


Dark Souls II’s opening week sales fell just short of the opening sales of its predecessor, Dark Souls, which was released in 2011. That game sold 279,567 copies at launch, which puts it slightly higher than Dark Souls II. With that said, these are still very, very respectable figures for Dark Souls II’s debut.


The top-20 software sales chart for last week is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Dark Souls II 255,197 New PS3 From Software
02. 02. Yo-kai Watch 37,247 569,720 3DS Level 5
03. 03. Dragon Quest Monsters 2 18,728 737,593 3DS Square Enix
01. 04. Soul Sacrifice Delta 17,357 66,143 PSV Sony
04. 05. Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land 15,883 176,180 3DS Marvelous AQL
06. 06. Fossil Fighters: Infinite Gear 13,362 93,900 3DS Nintendo
09. 07. Kirby Triple Deluxe 12,225 501,835 3DS Nintendo
10. 08. Pokémon X and Y 10,106 3,994,938 3DS Pokémon Co.
07. 09. Yakuza Restoration 10,034 222,147 PS3 Sega
14. 10. Grand Theft Auto V 7,910 736,810 PS3 Take 2
11. 11. Puzzle & Dragons Z 7,755 1,407,075 3DS Gung Ho
12. 12. Battlefield 4 7,539 55,286 PS4 Electronic Arts
05. 13. Ar noSurge 6,751 33,787 PS3 Gust
New 14. Dark Souls II 5,950 New 360 From Software
13. 15. Yakuza Restoration 5,451 119,722 PS4 Sega
21. 16. Monster Hunter 4 5,132 3,239,571 3DS Capcom
15. 17. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 5,117 72,401 WiiU Nintendo
23. 18. Doraemon: New Nobita’s Great Demon Peko and the Exploration Party of Five 4,813 9,665 3DS FuRyu
22. 19. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 4,759 3,692,937 3DS Nintendo
17. 20. Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Full Boost 4,395 338,323 PS3 Namco Bandai


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

  • Michael Richardson

    Glad a series as hardcore as this can still do very well commercially. I am anxiously awaiting the PC release.

  • Earthjolly

    Vita sold more than 3DS XL??! HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG

    • shuyai

      isnt that a bit unfair? pretty sure if you split vita and vita slim they both sold less than 3ds XL separately

      • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

        The 2k replaces the 1k on the shelves. The XL does not replace the OG 3DS.

      • tubers

        Not exactly, price disparity is too small between 1K and 2K (~ 1,000 Yen AFAIK) and the 2K will soon effectively replace 1K.

        Maybe if you count VTV to be more parallel (price difference) to 3DS OG but that’s still not exactly “parallel”.

        Anyway, someone said there was a new bundle? I doubt SS:D’s the primary reason the VITA dropped only a few K from last week’s and there’s really no bigger hit software on it.

    • tubers

      Combined, I think the 3DS still sold more Ks compared to PSV but it’s the difference aren’t that huge like most months.

  • Warukyure

    PS Vita is showing that it hasn’t given up! Come on Japan, throw some more 3rd party love at it. At least there’s less competition and hungry/eager Vita fans vs a slightly more saturated 3DS market.

    • DanielGearSolid

      Are we gettin those colorful Vitas here too?

      • darke

        Probably not. Only the black one was released in Europe from memory. I’m guessing the colourful ones will stay in Japan like usual. :(

        Ah well, guess that’s how sites like play-asia make their $.

        • EinMugenTenshin

          At my store there was black, white and pink Vitas. They are the biggest game store in the country though, and they import stuff no one else does. They even have final fantasy health potions, and Arthas’ sword (it was heavy as **** for the record, and it cost like 1 000€ or something).

  • Roberto

    Vita sold more than 3DS
    this is a big surprise

    • 하세요

      If you combined regular and XL sales, then no. Same system, just size preference.

    • xavier axol

      no I’m pretty sure the 3ds sold more. :P

  • Glad that Ar No Surge is still on the list =)

    • darke

      Was just thinking it was a shame it wasn’t doing so great at only 34k total. It does have a downloadable version on the PSN, but given Japan’s predilection for not buying downloadable games, I wouldn’t expect more then a 10% numeric boost.

      • Sadly yes. Japan loves physical copies more than anything. As do I so I can understand where they’re coming from, but that doesn’t usually stop me even if the game is digital only lol =P

    • EinMugenTenshin

      I actually didn’t figure out about that series before last week. I am going to pick up Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel or “Ar tonelico 3” soon (just going to finish some Atelier game first). I bought my Vita like 3 days ago, so I have a lot of catching up in general.

      I’m basically looking through all of Tecmo Koei’s games, and I pretty much like it all (well, not counting Ninja Gaiden and Dynasty Warrior, which ironic enough is their flagship games (Warrior’s Orochi is fine though, because “Dead or Alive” cast and not being the same story EVERY SINGLE TIME).

      • Nice. I actually need to finish ArT3 myself as well. My backlog is hella long lol. I’m still hoping that we get something from the Ar no Surge series localized too though.

        • darke

          Yeah, I got distracted from it on the first run through with the final Arkane ‘duel’ for the items you can only get from her to do the final weapon upgrade for the characters. :( Got to get back to it and finish the first and second run through to get all the endings.

          Shame it’s ‘stripping’ mechanic makes it a bit difficult to recommend to people; it has the best depiction of depression I’ve encountered in a video game. :(

          • I love the game, and I’d still recommend it to people. I say let them decide if they like it or not lol =)

          • darke

            Yes, but recommending it to those of the female persuasion is… difficult. :P

            Though I must admit I do laugh a little too much whenever I do the ‘overdrive’ attack that strips Aoto/Gojou, so it’s at least equitable with it’s stripping people. :)

          • EinMugenTenshin

            Best depiction of depression? There is a sad Romeo and Juliet ending I take it then? Rats, I hate those, they always ruin my week. I like the happily ever after stuff! :P

          • darke

            Not that I can recall, though I haven’t seen them all.

            I’m more thinking of Finnel’s dive-sphere storyline. The whole thing just reminded me strongly of my long, bullying induced depression I had as a kid. (Granted I didn’t have an entire civilisation wishing I was dead, it just felt like that. :P ) The whole trapped in yourself thing, your world getting smaller; just very evocative and… nostalgic? Anyway, not something I’ve had to worry about for nearly 20 years now. :P

            It just felt like the author of that part of the storyline had been though something similar so it was coming out in their writing.

  • Suzaku Kururugi

    Rest in peace Ninja Blade.

    Gone and forgotten.

    • Oh man, that was From Software, wasn’t it. Hahaha.

    • Shippoyasha

      Incredible game. It had its share of ardent fanatics praising it up and down on /v/ in 4chan a while ago. A true hidden gem on 360.

    • Göran Isacson

      I’m still a bit sore that so few are talking about Otogi, which I freaking adored back in the day… but I guess that Ninja Blade IS a lot more recent. Still, I know people who are huge fans of it too, so I guess it’s not ENTIRELY forgotten… just mostly.

  • NeptuniasBeard

    So are we gonna talk about the elephant in the room? What the glob is up with the PS4 sales?

    • M’iau M’iaut

      The seemingly short legs was talked about in a previous sales thread discussion as I remember.

    • I don’t know that there’s much to talk about, to be honest. No games = no sales. We saw the same happen with 3DS, Vita and Wii U after they launched.

      • NeptuniasBeard

        True. I guess what I meant to say is, I didn’t expect such a drop so soon after launch

      • Mr_SP

        Yeah, at the moment, there is a whole 2 games I want for PS4. One comes out tomorrow, the other has only just been announced.

        I think I can wait until next year, when prices are more competitive.

    • ReMeDyIII

      My main elephant in the room is the article title, nor first several paragraphs, mention this pertains to JAPAN sales.

    • Tinye

      obviously they’re just sold out >.>

      • darke

        Yeah, wouldn’t surprise me. Only just managed to buy one off the shelf in Australia, 5 months after launch. :(

        • Tinye

          Ya took me 3 months in the US

  • Kornelious

    You idiot! don’t run AWAY from the chariot!

  • Minos

    I thought Soul Sacrifice was more popular.

    Another “Don’t believe the Internet” moment I suppoce.

    • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

      SS sold well enough for the time it came out and Delta is just a G version of the game. Maybe a little more than that but it’s largely still the same game.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    Considering the lack of new software vs the barrage the 3DS has, I think people give the PSV way too little credit at the sale numbers it’s putting this year~.

    • idrawrobots

      It’s selling quite well considering 3DS games are dominating the sales charts.

    • There’s a couple of ways to look at it. The Vita is indeed doing much better than it has in the past, but relative to what is considered a healthy platform, it’s not there yet. I can’t imagine Sony are happy with hardware or software sales relative to the rest of the global market.

      Meanwhile, 3DS has the opposite problem, in that it already seems to have achieved its peak, and is now having trouble breaking beyond that ceiling to attract even more users. And we know for a fact that Nintendo are certainly not happy with that.

      I’m very interested in seeing where the peak for PSV lies, actually. It took the 3DS a great deal of effort to turn things around from 2011 and get to where it is now. The Monster Hunters, the Marios, the Yokai Watches, the Bravely Defaults, the Dragon Quests, the Pokémon games… it hasn’t been an easy ride in the slightest.

      Considering Vita has very little software that’s nearly as popular as most of those 3DS titles, it should be very interesting to see at what point it peaks. Right now, the concern is that the games being developed for Vita more or less target the anime market, the otaku market, and the super-hardcore hunting game players that are interested in hunting games beyond Monster Hunter.

      As a short-term solution, this seems to be working, but in the long term, they need to figure out what the next step for Vita is. Hopefully, someone within SCEJ is working on that front now, because it is immensely important for the system’s long-term health.

      • tubers

        I doubt the PSV would do much better.. probably just slow gliding til the end.

        Like you implied, they’re not effective with the larger market that consumes and prefers games like Yokai, BD, AC, Pokemon, Mario, etc.

        I just don’t think the Hunting-Action market for PSV would have substantial growth.

        • Yeah… at some point, that hunting games market is going reach saturation. Maybe it’ll happen with Freedom Wars or maybe it’ll happen with Phantasy Star Nova. But after a point, those games will stop selling hardware. And that’s what they need to prepare for.

  • idrawrobots

    Donkey Kong is holding on, I wonder what will happen next week.

  • rubin

    Pokemon is going to break 4 million copies next week. Go Gamefreak!

  • SerendipityX

    Animal Crossing is a wonderful little beast for Ninty popping in out of the top 20 like it does.

    • Heh, both New Leaf and Monster Hunter keep trucking on.

  • Ferrick

    What’s amazing about this is that in that many sales dark souls 2 sold, it managed to go beyond 50 million deaths worldwide lol

  • Tinye

    Those Vita sales, woooo

  • Wrathful

    I’ll be interested in International Sales Chart.

  • Göran Isacson

    Rock on, Dark Souls. Also hang in there Donkey Kong Counry, Soul Sacrifice Delta and Ar no Surge, for I have a feeling you’re going to need it. Unlike Yo-Kai Watch which simply continues on reigning supreme no matter what comes its way…

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    Wonder how well DSII is doing worldwide?

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