This Week In Sales: Another Century’s Episode Portable Takes Point


The week of January 10th – January 16th saw Monster Hunter Portable 3rd removed from its #1 spot on the charts after more than a month…by Another Century’s Episode Portable. Namco’s mech game moved 70,000 units, narrowly beating out Portable 3rd’s sales for the week.


For those watching the Pokémon vs. Monster Hunter duel, an interesting point to note is that Portable 3rd’s 7th week sales are nearly identical to Pokémon Black/White’s. However, Black/White debuted at much higher numbers in their first week, so they’re still ahead by a million units.


Arcana Heart 3 (PS3) released the same week as well, and managed to move 17,000 units, debuting at #6 on the chart. The only other new release that made it into the top-20 was Mass Effect 2, published by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 at #15.


The rest of the chart shows long-tailed sellers like Nintendo’s line of older games tapering off gradually as the holiday effect continues to wear off. New releases such as Donkey Kong Country Returns, however, are still going relatively strong in comparison.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Another Century’s Episode Portable 70,217 New PSP Namco Bandai
01. 02. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 68,274 4,051,743 PSP Capcom
05. 03. Donkey Kong Country Returns 29,412 734,268 Wii Nintendo
06. 04. Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer 19,020 438,544 DS Level 5
14. 05. AKB 1/48 Fall In Love With An Idol 18,616 339,178 PSP Namco Bandai
New 06. Arcana Heart 3 17,219 New PS3 Arc System Works
03. 07. Wii Party 15,986 1,746,021 Wii Nintendo
04. 08. Pokémon Black/White 15,542 5,027,870 DS Nintendo
07. 09. Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 12,804 331,682 PS3 Namco Bandai
05. 10. Mario Sports Mix 12,173 546,234 Wii Nintendo
09. 11. The 3rd Birthday 10,572 223,433 PSP Square Enix
16. 12. Magician’s Quest: The Merchant’s Store of Sorcery 10,211 307,117 DS Konami
08. 13. SaGa 3: Ruler of Space-Time – Shadow or Light 9,772 37,116 DS Square Enix
07. 14. Wii Fit Plus 9,275 2,232,218 Wii Nintendo
New 15. Mass Effect 2 8,864 New 360 Microsoft
12. 16. Mario Kart Wii 8,511 3,139,306 Wii Nintendo
10. 17. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 8,114 4,210,586 Wii Nintendo
11. 18. Wii Sports Resort (w/ MotionPlus) 8,053 254,827 Wii Nintendo
27. 19. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 7,764 138,846 PSP Konami
29. 20. Call of Duty: Black Ops (dubbed version) 7,586 65,104 PS3 Square Enix


Sales data sourced from 4Gamer and Media-Create.

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.