This Week In Sales: Animal Crossing Reclaims The Throne, One Piece At #2


Period: The week of December 17th – December 23rd (2012)

Top-seller: Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 356,817

Nintendo 3DS sales: 159,323 | Total sales: 7,589,885

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 251,949 | Total sales: 1,939,790

PlayStation Vita sales: 21,266 | Total sales: 1,110,333

Wii U sales: 122,843 | Total sales: 557,901

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week’s top-seller was Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which returned to the #1 spot after a brief absence. Animal Crossing: New Leaf has sold 1.8 million copies at retail and over 2 million copies including download sales thus far.


Meanwhile, Namco Bandai released One Piece: Romance Dawn on the PSP, selling 167,103 copies of the game. Namco also released AKB1/149 Love Election on both the PSP and PlayStation Vita. The game sold 143,774 copies on the PSP and 35,372 copies on the Vita.


Finally, Konami released Magician’s Quest: Town of Magic for the Nintendo 3DS. That game sold 51,396 copies in its first week. That may seem like a low figure, but it’s in line with the last couple of games, and we’ll have a separate report on the series this week.


On the hardware front, 3DS sales led the pack, while Wii U sold another 122,843 copies in its third week on the market. The system appears to be selling consistently during the holidays, but we fully expect to see sales drop next month, and to remain that way until new high-profile games are released in Spring.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
02.01.Animal Crossing: New Leaf356,8171,810,2443DSNintendo
New02.One Piece: Romance Dawn167,103NewPSPNamco Bandai
New03.AKB1/149 Love Election143,774NewPSPNamco Bandai
03.04.Paper Mario: Sticker Star122,118343,5353DSNintendo
New05.Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2116,431NewPS3Tecmo Koei
06.06.New Super Mario Bros. 2107,1561,678,3173DSNintendo
01.07.Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone – Neppuu/Raimei94,907263,0863DSLevel 5
05.08.New Super Mario Bros. U77,749312,2883DSNintendo
08.09.Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth75,628341,6813DSPokémon Co.
07.10.Taiko Drum Master: Super Splendid Edition51,713295,631WiiNamco Bandai
New11.Call of Duty: Black Ops II (dubbed version)51,662NewPS3Square Enix
New12.Magician’s Quest: Town of Magic51,396New3DSKonami
10.13.Nintendo Land51,373164,991WiiUNintendo
04.14.Yakuza 540,187479,885PS3Sega
New15.Inazuma Eleven Go Strikers 201335,868NewWiiLevel 5
New16.AKB1/149 Love Election35,372NewPSVNamco Bandai
14.17.Run for Money Tousouchuu34,101316,7243DSNamco Bandai
09.18.Toriko: Gourmet Monsters31,97075,1163DSNamco Bandai
16.19.Pokémon Black/White 229,6422,905,808DSPokémon Co.
21.20.Kobitozukan Kobito Kansatsu Set29,356188,9603DSNippon Columbia


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.