This Week In Sales: Animal Crossing Hits 1 Million; 3DS XL Outsells Vita


Period: The week of November 12th – November 18th (2012)

Top-seller: Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 290,280

Nintendo 3DS sales: 51,441 | Total sales: 7,122,323

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 117,435 | Total sales: 1,136,071

PlayStation Vita sales: 13,091 | Total sales: 1,042,804

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week’s biggest release in Japan wasn’t a piece of software, it was this:

That’s a Nintendo 3DS XL bundle with New Super Mario Bros. 2 pre-installed. It pushed 3DS XL sales hard, and brought them to 1.13 million. The 3DS XL has now outsold the PlayStation Vita’s lifetime sales. Meanwhile, New Super Mario Bros. 2 sales are now at 1.38 million (including sales from the bundle).


Animal Crossing: New Leaf crossed the 1 million mark last week, too. Retail sales of the game are at about 890,000 copies sold, but counting even just the initial download sales, the game is comfortably over the 1 million mark.


Last week also saw the  release of new red and blue colours for the PlayStation Vita, which gave the system’s hardware sales a temporary boost for the week. Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation was released last week as well, and sold around 24,000 copies on the Vita. Meanwhile, Assassin’s Creed III on consoles sold 72,500 copies on PS3 and close to 9,300 copies on the Xbox 360.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.Animal Crossing: New Leaf290,280893,3443DSNintendo
New02.Assassin’s Creed III72,504NewPS3Ubisoft
05.03.New Super Mario Bros. 241,6581,385,2123DSNintendo
New04.Summon Night 440,111NewPSPNamco Bandai
New05.Medal of Honor: Warfighter25,097NewPS3Electronic Arts
New06.Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation24,304NewPSVUbisoft
02.07.Dynasty Warrriors 7: Empires14,91185,012PS3Tecmo Koei
New08.Need for Speed: Most Wanted13,383NewPS3Electronic Arts
New09.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)13,236New3DSCapcom
04.10.Tales of Xillia 212,337411,565PS3Namco Bandai
New11.Assassin’s Creed III9,261New360Ubisoft
New12.Aikatsu! Cinderella Lesson8,725New3DSNamco Bandai
06.13.Bravely Default: Flying Fairy8,624257,8843DSSquare Enix
08.14.Pro Evolution Soccer 20138,45459,176PSPKonami
11.15.Pro Evolution Soccer 20137,492355,985PS3Konami
09.16.Okami HD7,14186,797PS3Capcom
13.17.Run for Money Tousouchuu7,102236,7373DSNamco Bandai
12.18.Style Savvy: Trendsetters6,696173,1133DSNintendo
15.19.Pokémon Black/White 25,7362,834,685DSPokémon Co.
10.20.Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition5,48773,697PS3Sega


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.