This Week In Sales: Anarchy Reigns In The Midst Of An Etrian Odyssey

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Period: The week of July 2nd – July 8th (2012)

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Top-seller: Pokémon Black/White 2 – 184,648

Nintendo 3DS sales: 52,421 | Total sales: 6,471,409

PlayStation Vita sales: 13,758 | Total sales: 818,497

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week’s biggest release in Japan was Etrian Odyssey IV, the latest in Atlus’ Wizardry-inspired dungeon-crawling series. Released for the Nintendo 3DS, Etrian Odyssey IV sold 95,506 copies in its first week, making this the game with the highest opening sales in the entire series. Here’s a look at the opening sales of the previous games for comparison:


(2007) Etrian Odyssey – 32,511

(2008) Etrian Odyssey II – 68,913

(2010) Etrian Odyssey III – 87,765


There could be several reasons as to why Etrian Odyssey IV showed higher first-week sales. For starters, the game has been made more accessible to the average player with a casual mode. Atlus also released a demo for the game on the Nintendo eShop, which could have been a catalyst for the improved sales as well.


Another game that did well (within reasonable limits) was The Little Battlers: Explosive Boost. Considering that this is the third version of the first Little Battlers game, 54,000 copies sold in its first week is quite the feat and implies that Level 5 had the right idea expanding the series to the 3DS.


At this rate, there’s little doubt that The Little Battlers W, the upcoming second game in the series, will make its way to the Nintendo 3DS at some point, too. That’s where the audience for games aimed at school kids is going to be in the future, owing to titles like Monster Hunter, Dragon Quest, Inazuma Eleven, and Nintendo’s own franchises.


Last week also saw the release of Anarchy Reigns in Japan. Unfortunately, that game was released with little fanfare, and was narrowly outsold by Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Anarchy Reigns sold 22,000 copies, while Ghost Recon sold 23,300 (both on PlayStation 3). Ghost Recon also sold an additional 6,500 copies on the Xbox 360.


On the hardware front, Nintendo 3DS sales took a dip from the week prior, possibly owing to the announcement of the Nintendo 3DS XL, which might have made some people want to wait for the larger model. PlayStation Vita sales, temporarily boosted by the Crystal White Vita model, also dropped.


The top-20 software sales chart for the week is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Pokémon Black/White 2 184,648 2,167,166 DS Pokémon Co.
New 02. Etrian Odyssey IV 95,506 New 3DS Atlus
New 03. The Little Battlers: Explosive Boost 54,354 New 3DS Level 5
New 04. Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2 38,640 New PSP Namco Bandai
New 05. Run for Money Tousouchuu 29,630 New 3DS Namco Bandai
05. 06. Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D 27,827 794,207 3DS Square Enix
New 07. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 23,319 New PS3 Ubisoft
New 08. Anarchy Reigns 21,916 New PS3 Sega
02. 09. Atelier Ayesha 13,785 74,333 PS3 Gust
03. 10. Culdcept 12,019 67,488 3DS Nintendo
13. 11. Mario Party 9 11,150 472,324 Wii Nintendo
15. 12. Mario Tennis Open 8,715 218,263 3DS Nintendo
11. 13. Persona 4: Golden 7,883 189,749 PSV Atlus
06. 14. Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection 7,728 41,121 PS3 Capcom
14. 15. Tokyo Jungle 7,609 185,013 PS3 Sony
04. 16. Robotics;Notes 7,511 62,264 PS3 5pb
New 17. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 6,489 New 360 Ubisoft
08. 18. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection 6,458 26,597 PSV Konami
19. 19. Super Mario 3D Land 5,783 1,643,564 3DS Nintendo
16. 20. Kenka Bancho Bros. 5,714 38,809 PSP Spike Chunsoft


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.