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.

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