This Week In Sales: 14,000 People Bought Tri-Ace’s New Game


Period: The week of January 16th – January 22nd (2012)

Top-seller: Mario Kart 7 – 35,105

Nintendo 3DS sales: 80,960 | Total sales: 4,704,589

PlayStation Vita sales: 15,219 | Total sales: 516,481


Mario Kart 7 remained the leader of the pack last week as new releases got off to a relatively slow start. Sega’s Rhythm Heaven and the Emperor’s Treasure on 3DS was the best-selling new game for the week, at 31,600 copies sold.


The next new release on the top-20 chart was Onechanbara Z: Kagura on the Xbox 360, with 22,000 copies sold. Meanwhile, Konami and Tri-Ace’s 3DS dungeon-crawler, Beyond the Labyrinth (above), sold about 14,000 copies.


Notable new releases that were missing from the chart entirely included Kiki Trick (Wii) and Wipeout 2048 (PlayStation Vita). Speaking of which, Vita sales dropped for another week in a row, with the device being outsold by the PSP again. Next week’s release of Tales of Innocence R may provide some brief respite for the Vita.


On the whole, next week’s chart will be more exciting with Resident Evil: Revelations, Armored Core V and Tales of Innocence R sales to look forward to.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.Mario Kart 735,1051,404,7283DSNintendo
New02.Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure31,598New3DSSega
03.03.Monster Hunter 3G31,3691,159,8663DSCapcom
04.04.Super Mario 3D Land26,0511,265,4913DSNintendo
New05.Onechanbara Z: Kagura22,013New360D3 Publisher
New06.Heroes Phantasia15,163NewPSPNamco Bandai
05.07.Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine/Dark14,190360,3253DSLevel 5
New08.Beyond the Labyrinth14,176New3DSKonami
01.09.Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin II11,59893,494PSPNamco Bandai
06.10.Warriors Orochi 3*10,690
PS3Tecmo Koei
08.11.Final Fantasy XIII-28,706762,674PS3Square Enix
10.12.Just Dance Wii8,315511,363WiiNintendo
13.13.Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP the Best)8,126171,906PSPCapcom
12.14.Wii Party7,1332,273,318WiiNintendo
11.15.Wii Sports Resort6,594850,426WiiNintendo
16.16.Kirby’s Return to Dreamland6,162585,260WiiNintendo
15.17.Mario Kart Wii6,1373,489,774WiiNintendo
19.18.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Dubbed version)5,94596,391PS3Square Enix
18.19.Nintendogs + cats5,932481,8043DSNintendo
17.20.Go Vacation5,460221,639WiiNamco Bandai
*Formerly referred to as Warriors Orochi 2. The game is titled Warriors Orochi 3 in North America and Europe.


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.