This Week In Sales: A Dark Moon And A Brighter Darkness


Period: The week of March 18th – March 24th (2013)

Top-seller: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 280,151

Nintendo 3DS sales: 35,629 | Total sales: 8,133,987

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 40,924 | Total sales: 2,837,308

PlayStation Vita sales: 41,073 | Total sales: 1,435,089

Wii U sales: 11,398 | Total sales: 831,418

<< Last week’s software sales chart

(Note: Apologies for the sales column being a day late. GDC week has been busy.)


Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon was last week’s top-seller in Japan, with over 280,000 copies sold in it first week on shelves. Following close behind at #2 was One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 on the PlayStation 3, at over 274,000 copies.


Both games—and hardware sales, to an extent—saw a boost owing to a public holiday last Wednesday. Additionally, last week’s new releases were released on Wednesday as opposed to the usual Thursday, which meant five days of sales were recorded as opposed to the usual four.


Also released last week was Disgaea Dimension 2: Brighter Darkness by Nippon Ichi Software. The game sold 55,443 copies in its first week, which is in line with some of the more recent Disgaea games. Here’s a look at first-week sales of Disgaea 3 and Disgaea 4 for comparison:


(2008) Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice – 54,596

(2011) Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten – 79,425


Finally, last week also saw the release of a slate of PlayStation Vita ports. One Piece Pirate Warriors 2, Atelier Meruru Plus and Dead or Alive 5 Plus were all released last week and, combined with the holiday, helped the system keep its weekly number up.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon280,151New3DSNintendo
New02.One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2274,625NewPS3Namco Bandai
New03.Pro Baseball Spirits 2013101,389NewPS3Konami
New04.Pro Baseball Spirits 201380,618NewPSPKonami
New05.One Piece: Pirate Warriors 260,315NewPSVNamco Bandai
04.06.Animal Crossing: New Leaf56,8762,918,3943DSNintendo
New07.Disgaea Dimension 2: Brighter Darkness55,443NewPS3Nippon Ichi
New08.Pretty Rhythm: My☆Deco Rainbow Wedding33,466New3DSTakara Tomy
02.09.Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix29,401157,815PS3Square Enix
New10.Atelier Meruru Plus25,095NewPSVGust
New11.Pro Baseball Spirits 201323,621NewPSVKonami
New12.Gears of War: Judgment23,345New360Microsoft
03.13.Super Robot Taisen UX18,818134,2023DSNamco Bandai
01.14.Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment18,002156,182PSPNamco Bandai
05.15.Soul Sacrifice15,488137,006PSVSony
New16.Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate14,138New3DSKonami
New17.Dead or Alive 5 Plus13,291NewPSVTecmo Koei
07.18.Dynasty Warriors 811,523283,734PS3Tecmo Koei
06.19.Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F11,482147,959PS3Sega
14.20.New Super Mario Bros. 210,4971,970,0613DSNintendo


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.