This Week In Sales: A Slow Week That Even Ninjas Couldn’t Save


Period: The week of April 1st – April 7th (2013)

Top-seller: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 68,423

Nintendo 3DS sales: 22,684 | Total sales: 8,185,209

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 34,180 | Total sales: 2,909,930

PlayStation Vita sales: 19,328 | Total sales: 1,486,212

Wii U sales: 14,783 | Total sales: 869,030

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week was slow on new releases, so the only new game in the top-20 was Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge… which sold 9,659 copies at launch.


Topping the charts again was Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, which appears to be developing quite the long tail. The game has proven to be a very strong seller and pushed another 70,000 copies last week. Behind it at #2 was Animal Crossing: New Leaf, with another 50,000 copies sold.


Namco Bandai’s games are doing well, too. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 has moved close to 360,000 copies on the PlayStation 3 and an additional 85,000 on the Vita.


Meanwhile, despite a relatively slow start, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission continues to sell week after week, and has reached 152,000 copies sold. This is likely due to its release being timed with the new Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods animated movie, and it isn’t Namco’s first 3DS game to show strong sales over a long period of time. Readers may recall Run for Money Tousouchuu and Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb doing very well, too.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon68,423459,4133DSNintendo
03.02.Animal Crossing: New Leaf49,1403,025,3683DSNintendo
04.03.One Piece: Pirate Warriors 226,878357,959PS3Namco Bandai
08.04.Pro Baseball Spirits 201315,411141,665PS3Konami
09.05.Pro Baseball Spirits 201314,086117,839PSPKonami
19.06.Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission11,674151,8813DSNamco Bandai
38.07.Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition11,533442,322WiiNamco Bandai
05.08.Muramasa Rebirth11,13556,795PSVMarvelous AQL
02.09.Fate/Extra CCC11,12884,011PSPMarvelous AQL
10.10.Game & Wario11,06433,555WiiUNintendo
15.11.Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment10,611180,009PSPNamco Bandai
06.12.Dragon Quest X9,90043,202WiiUSquare Enix
13.13.Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix9,801183,176PS3Square Enix
17.14.New Super Mario Bros. 29,6691,990,0573DSNintendo
New15.Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge9,659NewPS3Tecmo Koei
11.16.One Piece: Pirate Warriors 28,08585,579PSVNamco Bandai
07.17.Dungeon Travelers 27,56639,305PSPAquaPlus
16.18.Soul Sacrifice7,032155,614PSVSony
27.19.Mario Kart 76,9232,020,3513DSNintendo
26.20.Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies6,389199,2463DSLevel 5


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.