This Week In Sales: A Gentleman Holds The Door Open For Nintendo 3DS

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The week of February 21st – 27th saw a flood of new releases, with 16 of the 20 slots on the weekly software sales chart occupied by new games. The most prominent, in the top-ten, were new Nintendo 3DS games, which launched alongside the system on February 26th. We’ll get to these in a moment.


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The #1 game on the software sales chart for the week was Phantasy Star Portable 2: Infinity by Sega, which debuted at 206,654 units. Infinity is an upgraded version of Phantasy Star Portable 2, which released in Japan last year, and sold 286,896 units.


Meanwhile, Marvelous Entertainment also had new releases for the week in the form of Rune Factory Oceans, a Wii/PS3 title. Oceans’ on the PlayStation 3 sold close to 30,000 units, while the Wii version moved a little over 10,000 units. For reference, Rune Factory 3 on the Nintendo DS sold around the same amount in its first week as both versions of Oceans combined, at 40 – 45,000 units.


Finally, Disgaea 4 also saw its release during the week, and moved close to 80,000 units. For the sake of comparison, Disgaea 3 released in 2008 at 54,596 units sold in its first week.


The Nintendo 3DS Launch:


The 3DS launched in Japan on February 26th, so all figures pertaining to the 3DS in this week’s sales chart only account for the system’s first two days on the market. In its opening weekend, the Nintendo 3DS sold 374,764 units of its initial shipment of 400,000.


Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle was the system’s highest-selling launch title by a rather wide margin at 119,591 units. For reference, Professor Layton and the Curious Village debuted on the Nintendo DS well into its life in 2007 at 136,736 units, while the most recent (and last) DS Layton game, Professor Layton and the Specter’s Flute, moved 347,360 units in its own first week in November 2009.


Following Layton at close to 65,000 units were the three versions of Nintendogs + cats, which in turn were followed by Samurai Warriors: Chronicles, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition and Ridge Racer 3D, all three of which were in the week’s top-10 selling games. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D, however, didn’t make it into the top-ten and debuted at #15.


The top-20 chart for the week of February 21st – 27th is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Phantasy Star Portable 2: Infinity 206,654 New PSP Sega
New 02. SD Gundam G Generation World 192,981 New PSP Namco Bandai
New 03. Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle 119,591 New 3DS Level 5
New 04. Disgaea 4 79,425 New PS3 Nippon Ichi
New 05. Nintendogs + cats (all three versions) 64,213 New 3DS Nintendo
New 06. Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 49,327 New 3DS Tecmo Koei
New 07. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition 44,649 New 3DS Capcom
New 08. Ridge Racer 3D 38,226 New 3DS Namco Bandai
04. 09. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 36,323 4,325,672 PSP Capcom
New 10. The Idolm@ster 2 34,621 New 360 Namco Bandai
New 11. Rune Factory Oceans 28,939 New PS3 Marvelous
New 12. SD Gundam G Generation World 28,119 New Wii Namco Bandai
New 13. Killzone 3 26,717 New PS3 Sony
New 14. Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 5 26,345 New PSP Tecmo Koei
New 15. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D 24,556 New 3DS Konami
03. 16. Samurai Warriors 3Z 24,075 290,712 PS3 Tecmo Koei
01. 17. Catherine 21,183 163,008 PS3 Atlus
New 18. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2011: Over the Nexus 21,002 New DS Konami
02. 19. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds 14,821 82,008 PSP Capcom
New 20. Rune Factory Oceans 10,495 New Wii Marvelous


Sales data obtained from 4Gamer and Media-Create.

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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.