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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
02. 01. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 356,817 1,810,244 3DS Nintendo
New 02. One Piece: Romance Dawn 167,103 New PSP Namco Bandai
New 03. AKB1/149 Love Election 143,774 New PSP Namco Bandai
03. 04. Paper Mario: Sticker Star 122,118 343,535 3DS Nintendo
New 05. Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 116,431 New PS3 Tecmo Koei
06. 06. New Super Mario Bros. 2 107,156 1,678,317 3DS Nintendo
01. 07. Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone – Neppuu/Raimei 94,907 263,086 3DS Level 5
05. 08. New Super Mario Bros. U 77,749 312,288 3DS Nintendo
08. 09. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth 75,628 341,681 3DS Pokémon Co.
07. 10. Taiko Drum Master: Super Splendid Edition 51,713 295,631 Wii Namco Bandai
New 11. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (dubbed version) 51,662 New PS3 Square Enix
New 12. Magician’s Quest: Town of Magic 51,396 New 3DS Konami
10. 13. Nintendo Land 51,373 164,991 WiiU Nintendo
04. 14. Yakuza 5 40,187 479,885 PS3 Sega
New 15. Inazuma Eleven Go Strikers 2013 35,868 New Wii Level 5
New 16. AKB1/149 Love Election 35,372 New PSV Namco Bandai
14. 17. Run for Money Tousouchuu 34,101 316,724 3DS Namco Bandai
09. 18. Toriko: Gourmet Monsters 31,970 75,116 3DS Namco Bandai
16. 19. Pokémon Black/White 2 29,642 2,905,808 DS Pokémon Co.
21. 20. Kobitozukan Kobito Kansatsu Set 29,356 188,960 3DS Nippon 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.