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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 290,280 893,344 3DS Nintendo
New 02. Assassin’s Creed III 72,504 New PS3 Ubisoft
05. 03. New Super Mario Bros. 2 41,658 1,385,212 3DS Nintendo
New 04. Summon Night 4 40,111 New PSP Namco Bandai
New 05. Medal of Honor: Warfighter 25,097 New PS3 Electronic Arts
New 06. Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation 24,304 New PSV Ubisoft
02. 07. Dynasty Warrriors 7: Empires 14,911 85,012 PS3 Tecmo Koei
New 08. Need for Speed: Most Wanted 13,383 New PS3 Electronic Arts
New 09. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) 13,236 New 3DS Capcom
04. 10. Tales of Xillia 2 12,337 411,565 PS3 Namco Bandai
New 11. Assassin’s Creed III 9,261 New 360 Ubisoft
New 12. Aikatsu! Cinderella Lesson 8,725 New 3DS Namco Bandai
06. 13. Bravely Default: Flying Fairy 8,624 257,884 3DS Square Enix
08. 14. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 8,454 59,176 PSP Konami
11. 15. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 7,492 355,985 PS3 Konami
09. 16. Okami HD 7,141 86,797 PS3 Capcom
13. 17. Run for Money Tousouchuu 7,102 236,737 3DS Namco Bandai
12. 18. Style Savvy: Trendsetters 6,696 173,113 3DS Nintendo
15. 19. Pokémon Black/White 2 5,736 2,834,685 DS Pokémon Co.
10. 20. Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition 5,487 73,697 PS3 Sega


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.