This Week In Sales: A Week Of Celebration For Level 5

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Period: The week of December 31st (2012) – January 6th (2013)

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Top-seller: Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 133,134

Nintendo 3DS sales: 123,075 | Total sales: 7,812,584

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 156,184 | Total sales: 2,246,555

PlayStation Vita sales: 33,309 | Total sales: 1,164,134

Wii U sales: 67,083 | Total sales: 694,370

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Note: Since Media-Create were on vacation last week, and no sales data was released, this week’s sales chart includes the missing data from last week as well. Thus, all hardware and software figures are fully up-to-date. Additionally, we will also be covering some of the missing week’s events in today’s sales report, such as the launch of Level 5’s Fantasy Life.


On December 27th, Level 5 released Fantasy Life for the Nintendo 3DS. The game sold 117,071 copies in its first week and another 42,291 copies in its second week. As previously reported, Fantasy Life is sold out in Japanese stores, which means the game sold better than Level 5 were expecting.


An interesting point to consider is that Fantasy Life actually had a higher debut than Marvelous AQL’s Rune Factory 4, an established series in a similar genre. Rune Factory 4 sold 85,955 copies in its first week, which was the highest debut in the series’ history. Fantasy Life’s 117,071 figure is quite a bit higher than that, though, and this bodes well for Level 5’s new series.


Meanwhile, Animal Crossing: New Leaf still rules the pack and is at over 2 million copies sold in Japan. Note that this figure doesn’t include download sales, which, in the case of New Leaf, have been rather significant. Close behind it is New Super Mario Bros. 2, which is now approaching the 2 million mark as well.


Not displayed on this week’s chart is Inazuma Eleven 123: The Legend of Mamoru Endou, which compiles the original Nintendo DS Inazuma Eleven titles on a single 3DS cartridge with enhanced features. The compilation sold just 26,052 copies in its first week, and was gone from the top-20 by its second week. However, Inazuma Eleven GO 2 is performing well, and is now at 365,536 copies sold.


On the other hand, some games came back into the top-20 after a brief absence. Most notably, Style Savvy: Trendsetters is now close to the 300,000 mark, while Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney showed up for the holiday party last week as well. Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney is now at 250,000 sold.


Finally, Yakuza 5 continues to perform well and is now at nearly 545,000 sold.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 133,134 2,103,089 3DS Nintendo
03. 02. New Super Mario Bros. 2 90,264 1,834,055 3DS Nintendo
04. 03. Paper Mario: Sticker Star 68,262 470,394 3DS Nintendo
07. 04. Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone – Neppuu/Raimei 51,519 365,536 3DS Level 5
06. 05. New Super Mario Bros. U 50,319 419,710 WiiU Nintendo
02. 06. Fantasy Life 42,291 159,361 3DS Level 5
09. 07. Nintendo Land 41,426 250,473 WiiU Nintendo
05. 08. One Piece Romance Dawn 40,137 264,739 PSP Namco Bandai
12. 09. Magician’s Quest: Town of Magic 39,986 119,735 3DS Konami
17. 10. Run for Money Tousouchuu 35,624 373,096 3DS Namco Bandai
11. 11. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity 35,190 408,889 3DS Pokémon Co.
??? 12. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 34,529 375,062 3DS Namco Bandai
15. 13. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) 32,007 155,601 3DS Capcom
20. 14. Mario Kart 7 30,291 1,939,257 3DS Nintendo
??? 15. Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney 30,235 249,689 3DS Level 5
08. 16. Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 29,180 194,157 PS3 Tecmo Koei
13. 17. Taiko Drum Master: Super Splendid Edition 28,001 349,960 Wii Namco Bandai
10. 18. Yakuza 5 26,631 544,855 PS3 Sega
??? 19. Style Savvy: Trendsetters 23,172 282,642 3DS Nintendo
??? 20. Kobitozukan Kobito Kansatsu Set 21,110 226,888 3DS Nippon Columbia


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

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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.