This Week In Sales: Persona Q Emerges From The Labyrinth

By Ishaan . June 13, 2014 . 1:31pm

Period: The week of June 2nd – June 8th (2014)

Top-seller: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS) – 186,856

Nintendo 3DS sales: 5,346 | Total sales: 9,506,533

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 30,924 | Total sales: 6,134,206

PlayStation Vita sales: 11,450 | Total sales: 2,833,351

Vita TV sales: 1,193 | 115,468

Wii U sales: 13,766 | Total sales: 1,778,632

PlayStation 4 sales: 9,466 | 597,156

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Last week, Atlus released Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth in Japan. The game is an RPG that combines the world and characters of Persona 3 and Persona 4 with the dungeon-crawling and battle mechanics of the Etrian Odyssey series.


In its first week on store shelves, Persona Q sold 186,856 copies. Since this is Atlus’ replacement for Etrian Oddysey in 2014, let’s see how it holds up against the first-week sales of the Etrian Oddysey games released up until now:


  • (2007) Etrian Odyssey – 32,511
  • (2008) Etrian Odyssey II – 68,913
  • (2010) Etrian Odyssey III – 87,765
  • (2012) Etrian Odyssey IV – 95,506
  • (2013) Etrian Odyssey Untold – 88,278


Needless to say, at 186,856 copies, that’s a huge win for Persona Q and Atlus. But instead of comparing the game to a niche franchise like the Etrian Odyssey series, let’s see how it stacks up against the franchise it’s part of—Persona.


When it was originally released back in 2008, Persona 4 sold 192,812 copies in its first week. The game sold through 89.67% of its first shipment. In comparison, Persona Q—which is a very different kind of game that you would expect to cater to a very different kind of audience—has sold 186,856 with a sell-through of 80.64%, according to Japanese sales tracker Media Create. That’s very impressive.


Media Create adds that a number of the same people that bought Persona 4: Golden for the PS Vita also bought Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, despite the fact that this is the very first Persona game on the Nintendo 3DS. P4: Golden has sold 294,000 copies in Japan so far, so it should be interesting to see how many copies Persona Q ends up selling in the long run.


At this rate, it wouldn’t be surprising in the slightest to see Atlus experiment with more Persona games on the Nintendo 3DS, but if they do, just what forms those games will take remains to be seen.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 186,856 New 3DS Atlus
01. 02. Mario Kart 8 73,051 398,943 WiiU Nintendo
03. 03. Yo-kai Watch 33,380 1,054,257 3DS Level 5
New 04. Cardfight!! Vanguard Lock On Victory!! 32,253 New 3DS FuRyu
05. 05. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Challenge of the Blue Samurai 19,941 83,003 PS3 Konami
02. 06. Mobile Suit Gundam: Side Stories 8,390 90,438 PS3 Bandai Namco
06. 07. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Challenge of the Blue Samurai 7,668 36,696 3DS Konami
New 08. Wolfenstein: The New Order 7,448 New PS4 Bethesda
??? 09. FIFA14: World Class Soccer 5,126 35,172 PS3 Electronic Arts
New 10. The Stranger of the Village of the Sword 5,060 New 360 Experience
10. 11. Mario Party: Island Tour 4,938 388,927 3DS Nintendo
17. 12. Mario Kart 7 4,699 2,331,642 3DS Nintendo
New 13. Rain 4,536 New PS3 Sony
15. 14. Pokémon X and Y 4,435 4,078,350 3DS Pokémon Co.
New 15. Wolfenstein: The New Order 4,341 New PS3 Bethesda
04. 16. Planet Destroyer Black Heart 4,249 32,646 PSV Compile Heart
21. 17. Monster Hunter 4 4,112 3,289,221 3DS Capcom
07. 18. Infamous: Second Son 3,973 47,396 PS4 Sony
20. 19. Kirby Triple Deluxe 3,709 596,131 3DS Nintendo
08. 20. [email protected]: One For All 3,598 106,391 PS3 Bandai Namco


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

  • JonathanisPrimus

    “In comparison, Persona Q—which is a very different kind of game that you would expect to cater to a very different kind of audience—”

    How is a fanservice crossover game appealing to any other audience than those that played the games being crossed over? The only difference here is that the game would appeal to Etrian Odyssey fans too.

    • Jorge

      That “only” difference is a pretty major difference

      • Tom_Phoenix

        I’m not so sure that it is. At the end of the day, both Persona and Etrian Odyssey are dungeon crawlers. There are differences between two, obviously, but they’re still belong to the same genre and the developers of PQ have implemented a lot of changes to bridge the gap and make the game more reminiscent to the Persona ones.

        Ultimately, I have to agree with Jonathanis. Persona Q was first and foremost intended for the P3/P4 crowd; if anything, its similarities to EO were intended to try to bring in the EO crowd as well.

        • Jorge

          I think the article meant that if you took away the Persona coat of paint it would cater to an entirely different set of players than the usual Persona fanfare would, which is why it makes sense that the Etrian Odyssey elements are a huge difference. Persona 3/4 may be dungeon crawlers, but it mostly used randomly generated dungeons with a slightly modified RPG battle system. Now with Persona Q you have pre-made dungeons and a very different battle system with rows and all that stuff.

          • Tom_Phoenix

            Except they didn’t just include a “coat of paint”. Persona Q also features mechanics from the Persona games, such as exploiting elemental weaknesses, attack assists, all-out attacks, Personas and Persona fusions. Then there is also the life sim elements and the narrative (I’m aware that Untold featured a plot, but classic EO tends to be light in that department). At most, you could argue that Persona Q is a mix of gameplay elements from both Persona and EO, but it’s certainly not just a straight up EO game with Persona characters in it.

            Ultimately, I think the sales of the game are as good as they are precisely because the differences between Persona Q and a regular Persona game aren’t as big as the article makes them out to be.

          • I think there’s a pretty major difference between a game where you have free control of your character (and the camera) and a game where you walk around one step at a time and can only see what’s in front of you. Not very many people have the patience for first-person dungeon-crawlers, which was my point.

        • AkuLord3

          Maybe its the other way around, get people to try and like the EO games if they make a game with elements from it.

    • Ying

      Like Jorge said that difference is pretty big. I don’t like the Etrian Odyssey series (well what I’ve played of it), so hearing that it would have the same battle mechanics was a turn off for me. For others it could have been what made them want to get it

      • Skye Johnson


        I’m in the same boat. The battle mechanics was (and still is) a turn-off for me (first person can make me feel sick playing it.). The only reason I’m getting it is because of the Persona bit, the part of the game I do like.

        • Ying

          I’m waiting for reviews and videos on it before I get it. I want to because of Persona, but I just really don’t like the battle mechanics of the EO series

          • AkuLord3

            If you didn’t like EO series that’s fine but i don’t understand what you mean by the battle mechanics you didn’t like. Its just normal rpg turn based! If its the first person thing ugh Persona Q is barely like that and has 7th Dragon element (see ur actions doing attack animations). Idk i just don’t understand.

  • AlphaSixNine

    This is great but if Atlus does try more Persona games on 3DS, I hope it remains spin-off titles and not major numbered ones. I prefer playing Persona on PlayStation for quality reasons. Just my own preference.

    • Jorge

      Your preference is my preference

      • AlphaSixNine

        *high fives*

    • Kudan

      I don’t see any logical “quality reasons” outside of you wanting P6 on PS4 and not Wii U, but you probably don’t even want it on Xbox One either. P5 could come out on Xbox 360 and Wii U and that would be great.

      • AlphaSixNine

        I only mean 3DS. I have no issue if Persona games go to WiiU or XBOne too. Though of course I prefer PS. This is just simple preference as I like playing on PS more.

        • Kudan

          I can understand that, the quality part is what confuses me, i’m sure P5 would turn out just as great if released on 360 and Wii U as well and everyone can just pick their platform of preference.

          • AlphaSixNine

            It mean as quality in the experience of playing the game. I just prefer my major numbered Persona game on home consoles on the big screen (or on Vita) and not in the tiny confines of the 3DS screen. Like I said before, I just enjoy playing on PS and prefer my favorite franchise there.

          • God

            Vita is extremely limited in comparision to the PS3/PS4, and if they make the game for both of them, odds are they are gonna make them as close to each other as they can, meaning that it wouldn’t be reaching it’s full potential due to the PS Vita’s limitations.

          • Mr_SP

            Japan isn’t precisely a major graphics hog. They can do it, but Vita isn’t holding them back quite that much.

            And this is going to sound ironic, but SMT 4 proved that handhelds don’t really limit them at all.

          • God

            SMT 4 is a 1st person RPG wich works with static artwork for battles, not heavy in any sense of the word, they could perfectly do if they wanted, something that far exceeds what the Ps Vita and 3DS can offer, that wasn’t the case beacuse SMT 4 was made FOR the 3DS, with the capabilities of the 3DS in mind.

          • Serge

            > Tiny screen of the 3DS.
            > Prefers big screens.
            > Implies Vita.

            I really hope you realize that the 3DS XL has two screens and EACH ONE is almost the same size of the Vita.


          • AlphaSixNine

            Eh.. It’s more of the display quality really on top of a bunch of other things the Vita(or home consoles) can do better.

            Besides… I said “or on Vita”. While I said I prefer ” bigger screen”, Vita screen looks great enough that I don’t mind its handheld size display.

          • Serge

            Ok :)

          • SerChief

            I prefer Vita over 3dsxl as well; graphics just look a lot nicer. Plus, 3dsxl makes my hands cramp (and I have small, delicate lady hands) while vita fits nicely in the palms.

      • MaximDualBlade

        He/she said “my own preference”. There is not much logic to preferences. Also quality most likely means graphics because Q certainly isn’t a game that will be praised for them.

        Also not everybody has the money or wants to spends the money on something they consider a given. Thus why people love and hate exclusives at the same time XD

    • NeptuniasBeard

      I am… curious as to what you mean by quality

      • i feel like he means graphically. there is not any reason why one should think that games developed on a nintendo system are lacking in quality.

        • AlphaSixNine

          Well that’s one part too. Note that I am only talking about 3DS here. If a major numbered Persona title comes to WiiU too then that’s not a problem. I want major numbered Persona title to remain on home consoles (or on Vita too) simply because that’s where I like to play them. Please don’t take this the wrong way, like I said, this is just my personal preference for my favorite franchise.

      • AlphaSixNine

        I don’t really want to come off as bashing the 3DS. I like my 3DS too. I just like playing on PS more, specifically Vita/PS3/PS4, for the better screen quality, audio output and overall performance. Perhaps I should have said “quality of experience”?

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      at least you can choose!!

      *waiting for a new mainline SMT game on home consoles*

      • Bio438

        I’m fine with SMT staying portable as i found strange journey and 4 outstanding.

    • Izzeltrioum

      Don’t mess your head that much guys. What he/she actually implied is that EXCLUSIVES give this “quality” vibe more than multi-platforms. Just like what happened to FF XIII when it was first announced for the 360 too. XIII-2 had to be dumbed down in the graphics//etc department because of 360’s use of Dual Layer Discs. (And to please the Dewrito fanbase as well. The series, that is). In other words–when giving your series the prostitute treat you know it loses its charm and uniqueness.

      Of course I’m not including the console/brand elitist attitude. Entitlement could lead to more theories. But when companies decide to scope big in terms of profits/”fanbases”–while screwing already-installed ones (Type-0…)–… well, I don’t know what to say honestly. It’s still beyond me why SE decided to not porting Type-0 to the PS3 at least.

  • colorblindnightmare

    I’m not terribly surprised to be honest. Regardless, well done Atlus!

  • Jorge

    I don’t understand why people are so miffed that Persona Q and Etrian Odyssey are being compared to each other. They’re owned by the same developer. It shouldn’t be a surprise that they would mix their IPs

  • Ying

    Considering how well the 3DS has done in Japan, I think it says more about the Persona fanbase that they were willing to spend the extra hundred and so to get a system for it.
    Those same people are the ones who this game seemed to be aiming for so I’m not surprised it sold a lot

  • NeptuniasBeard

    I’m surprised Ishaan didn’t say a single word on Mario Kart/Wii U sales. Like, I’m genuinely shocked. It seemed like an easy target.

    • JonathanisPrimus

      Those numbers do enough talking on their own.

      • God

        I hope the sales outside of japan make up for it.

        • ishyg

          Satan beat you to it in Europe, since it’s reported that sales went 666% up.

    • I don’t think there’s anything further to be said about MK, Wii U sales, Vita sales and PS4 sales. Like Jonathan said, the numbers do all the talking. I said everything I had to say last week, and there isn’t much to add. MK8 isn’t doing anything for Wii U sales in Japan.

      • NeptuniasBeard

        Hey man, whatever cuts down on the doom and gloom articles, is good enough for me ^_^

        • I don’t really want to discuss this, but I’m honestly rather offended that you would call these articles doom and gloom. A lot of time and effort goes into posting these, and unlike a lot of other places, we don’t simply copy/paste the numbers without providing any context.

          • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

            You seem to have a trend of being easily offended when it comes to topics regarding media create sales – especially when it comes down to interpretation of the numbers.
            Regarding copying and pasting, perhaps some of the staff on Siliconera ought to learn when to acknowledge the sources they either copied or paraphrased from – especially ones covering Persona titles.

          • It’s all right in the post. Media Create is credited. 4Gamer is credited, since they get access to the numbers early. We’ve also gone out of our way to establish a relationship with Media Create personally, so we can get additional data from them when required.

            So yes, I am rather proud of the sales column, and I don’t like it when people pass it off as “gloom and doom” without trying to understand the numbers.

          • Namuro

            Oh man… The things you have to put up with, Ishaan…

            Anyhow, many thanks for the info as always.

  • Smooosh

    Those are some pretty good numbers for PersonaQ! I’m looking forward to playing it myself, not just as a fan of anything MegaTen related, but also as a huge dungeon crawler addict. :P

    Also, Youkai Watch, do I even have to say anything?

  • landlock

    I wonder how censored Wolfenstein is in Japan?

  • raygunner659

    As an EO fan, I’m probably gonna get this (okay fine, definitely). I don’t know too much about Persona 3, but I’m really looking forward to see what changes they’ve made to accommodate such an increase in character focus, as well as Persona gameplay, and what that’ll mean towards the EO series. So excited.

  • Ethan_Twain

    Okay, this leads to some questions

    Question 1: Although Persona Q selling well might give Atlus reason to further explore the brand on that device, do we think that the 3DS has long enough left for many more large scale games to be released if they aren’t already in development? Then again, when has releasing on outdated hardware ever deterred Atlus from anything :/

    Question 2: Although Persona Q is branded Persona, it looks like it plays more like Etrian Odyssey. EO is a more focused, more niche sort of dungeon crawler than genre bending Persona games. So I can definitely see a lot of people who have liked Persona buying the game but not liking it much once they discover that beneath the branding it is a very different kind of game.

    Question 3: How has the critical reaction to the game been? Is it good?

    • I think #1 is fairly easy to answer, given past trends. Atlus have always been the kind of company that continues to make the most of older platforms with a large userbase. I think we’ll see Atlus continue to release 3DS games through all of 2015, and probably even 2016.

      I don’t know if being under Sega will have changed this habit of theirs, but I hope it hasn’t, since it has historically worked very well for Atlus and their games and their fans as well. It’s a win all around.

      #2 is something I was wondering myself. I actually debated bringing that up in the article, but there’s no way to know, and it would have just been a pointless tangent. It should be interesting to monitor sales over the next couple of weeks, though, and see how they do in comparison to P4.

  • ajneez

    someone can tell me what have this series for such a big succes, because i doný like it: i have PERSONA 4 and I left the game in the middle, it was boring me….

    • Ziggy Wish

      Try Persona 3, Persona 4 have a more light heart under tone than the other Persona games, so if you looking for a more serious story with bigger stakes on the line try out Persona 3. Persona 3 have the better story but Persona 4 have the better game-play, that how I typically view things.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Not to mention the special edition of Persona Q has secured that top spot on Amazon’s 3DS New and Popular list, and is fighting Tomodachi life on Gamestop’s list. Unreliable, I know, but great to see nonetheless.

  • Altsein

    It’s saddening to see how much the Japanese market has shrinked.

    • Skode

      Has it really shrunk or have the gamers just been spread too thin over too many platforms these days?

  • Solomon_Kano

    Impressive. I didn’t really have any expectations as to how it would perform one way or the other, but I certainly wouldn’t have thought it’d open to nearly 200k.

  • Göran Isacson

    Holy moly those are some strong sales. Better magic up a second printing quicklike if they want to keep the gravy-train rolling. Also, there seems to have been a small jump in 3DS sales too, so that’s neat. Mario Kart 8 keeps chugging along, and Rain makes an appearance. Huh. didn’t even know the game was out. Hope this modest position is still good, considering it’s small size and budget.

  • James Enk

    the EU announcement for SMT IV and Persona Q made me very happy

  • fyi1191

    Glad Vanguard made it top 10. It’s an awesome…game.

  • s07195

    Got a lot of Streetpasses with Persona Q as ‘last game played’ so not surprised.

  • Glad to see it has done well, let’s just hope there won’t be such a long wait for more Persona RPGs with original content…

  • transferstudentx

    guys if anyone wants the full persona card set here is a link for all 23 card on amazon for people only interested in persona q ce and dont want to preorder persona 4 arena

  • Man, almost 200k in the first week! Games no.4 through the rest here will take forever to catch up to this thing. Japanese sales make me sad.

    But I hope this eventually helps to grow the Etrian Odyssey brand in the future too. Anyone who enjoys this, I hope, will check out Etrian Odyssey 5 or Etrian Untold 2 or whatever’s next for that series.

  • Hexodious

    I hope this will be the last Persona game on a Nintendo system, I hate being left out due it’s stupid region lock.

    • AkuLord3

      I’m figuring that you want it in Europe well they just said that it and SMTIV is coming over there so…you’re not getting left out.

      • Hexodious

        Europe are already been left out whether SMT IV is coming or not. Thankfully Persona Q is coming right on time, thank heavens that NIS America exist.

    • Kevin Lima Ferreira

      Unless you can understand japanese I don’t think the region lock really matter. Even if it was region free I wouldn’t buy an RPG like Persona Q in a language I couldn’t understand.

  • AkuLord3

    Sigh yeah yeah it sold better than EO games in first week no duh no surprise :L. Eh its cool it did well so that’s a plus and heck could get people interested in EO games. Now just make a EO5 Atlus! Add that 7th Dragon chibi character style like this game and BOOM~

  • rubin

    Can the game be recommended to someone who never played any Persona game? I like Etrian Odyssey’s gameplay but I never played Persona.

    • Kenichitr

      Yes. Just look up how to fuse persona and its logic. It’ll make your playthrough easier and probably better.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    Those PSV numbers, it’s a shame they went back to almost sub 10k but I’m afraid after the lack of anything PSV related at E3, the PSV is pretty much with one foot on the after life~.

  • Roger

    I wonder if this game actually called some atention from Persona players to EO games. I really want EOV to happen next year.

  • wahyudil

    Wii U sales is still bigger than PS4 … wow

    I think Mario Kart 8 really has influenced in the sales … as this game is sold out everywhere in my country … not take long for this game to become more expensive

  • Good for Atlus!

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