Nintendo 3DS

This Week In Sales: Animal Crossing: New Leaf Dethrones Mario, Monster Hunter


Period: The week of November 5th – November 11th (2012)

Top-seller: Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 603,064

Nintendo 3DS sales: 52,425 | Total sales: 7,070,882

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 134,652 | Total sales: 1,018,636

PlayStation Vita sales: 4,021 | Total sales: 1,029,713

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Nintendo released Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan last week, and the game saw fantastic first-week sales of 603,064 copies. That’s a higher debut than Animal Crossing: Wild World on the Nintendo DS (325,466 first week) and Animal Crossing: City Folk on the Wii (305,180 first week).


The interesting part is that sales tracker, Media Create, who we source for these sales figures, don’t give the complete picture when it comes to Animal Crossing: New Leaf sales. For instance, yesterday, Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, reported that Animal Crossing sold through 600,000 retail copies and was also purchased digitally as a download title over 200,000 times.


Even counting just retail sales, this makes Animal Crossing: New Leaf the Nintendo 3DS game with the highest first-week sales so far, beating out Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and New Super Mario Bros. 2. It looks like 3DS has its killer app in Japan.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Animal Crossing: New Leaf603,064New3DSNintendo
New02.Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires70,102NewPS3Tecmo Koei
New03.Halo 439,312New360Microsoft
01.04.Tales of Xillia 234,789399,228PS3Namco Bandai
05.05.New Super Mario Bros. 223,2241,343,5543DSNintendo
06.06.Bravely Default: Flying Fairy14,847249,2603DSSquare Enix
New07.Silent Hill: Downpour13,516NewPS3Konami
04.08.Pro Evolution Soccer 201312,33550,722PSPKonami
02.09.Okami HD11,01379,657PS3Capcom
03.10.Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition10,07368,211PS3Sega
08.11.Pro Evolution Soccer 20139,508348,494PS3Konami
13.12.Style Savvy: Trendsetters8,599166,4163DSNintendo
19.13.Run for Money Tousouchuu8,199229,6353DSNamco Bandai
09.14.Resident Evil 66,811814,850PS3Capcom
20.15.Pokémon Black/White 26,5332,828,949DSPokémon Co.
10.16.Dark Souls with Artorias of the Abyss Edition5,75485,919PS3From Software
18.17.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate5,3091,564,4013DSCapcom
New18.Nicola Kanshuu: Model ☆ Oshare Audition Platinum 5,295New3DSAlchemist
14.19.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb5,253257,1463DSNamco Bandai
0720.The [email protected] Shiny Festa: Funky Note/Groovy Tune/Honey Sound5,101138,669PSPNamco Bandai


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.