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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 280,151 New 3DS Nintendo
New 02. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 274,625 New PS3 Namco Bandai
New 03. Pro Baseball Spirits 2013 101,389 New PS3 Konami
New 04. Pro Baseball Spirits 2013 80,618 New PSP Konami
New 05. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 60,315 New PSV Namco Bandai
04. 06. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 56,876 2,918,394 3DS Nintendo
New 07. Disgaea Dimension 2: Brighter Darkness 55,443 New PS3 Nippon Ichi
New 08. Pretty Rhythm: My☆Deco Rainbow Wedding 33,466 New 3DS Takara Tomy
02. 09. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix 29,401 157,815 PS3 Square Enix
New 10. Atelier Meruru Plus 25,095 New PSV Gust
New 11. Pro Baseball Spirits 2013 23,621 New PSV Konami
New 12. Gears of War: Judgment 23,345 New 360 Microsoft
03. 13. Super Robot Taisen UX 18,818 134,202 3DS Namco Bandai
01. 14. Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment 18,002 156,182 PSP Namco Bandai
05. 15. Soul Sacrifice 15,488 137,006 PSV Sony
New 16. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate 14,138 New 3DS Konami
New 17. Dead or Alive 5 Plus 13,291 New PSV Tecmo Koei
07. 18. Dynasty Warriors 8 11,523 283,734 PS3 Tecmo Koei
06. 19. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 11,482 147,959 PS3 Sega
14. 20. New Super Mario Bros. 2 10,497 1,970,061 3DS Nintendo


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.