This Week In Sales: Armored Core V Is Another Success Story For From Software


Period: The week of January 23rd – January 29th (2012)

Top-seller: Armored Core V – 163,906

Nintendo 3DS sales: 84,789 | Total sales: 4,789,378

PlayStation Vita sales: 18,942 | Total sales: 535,423


From Software have built a name for themselves in the last two years or so, and it shows. Armored Core V (PS3) was the best-selling new game in Japan last week. It sold close to 164,000 copies in its first week, outselling Armored Core IV by a wide margin.


For reference, Armored Core IV (PS3) sold 39,261 copies in its first week in 2006, so that’s a gigantic improvement. From Software are easily one of the more interesting success stories of late, and it should be interesting to see if they can maintain this success going forward.


At #2 was Resident Evil: Revelations with 146,559 copies sold. There’s no other past title one can directly compare the game to, but we’re curious to see how it holds up in the weeks to come.


The #3 game was Tales of Innocence R, with close to 55,000 copies sold. Considering the PlayStation Vita’s low userbase, that isn’t a bad number. What’s interesting, though, is that Innocence R’s release didn’t make too much of a difference to the Vita’s hardware sales for the week.


Next week will see the release of Ragnarok Odyssey on the Vita, followed by Gravity Rush the week after that. On February 14th, the 3DS will get its next major release in the form of New LovePlus.


The top-20 chart for last week is as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Armored Core V163,906NewPS3From Software
New02.Resident Evil: Revelations146,559New3DSCapcom
New03.Tales of Innocence R54,853NewPSVNamco Bandai
01.04.Mario Kart 729,2371,433,9583DSNintendo
03.05.Monster Hunter 3G27,0321,186,8983DSCapcom
New06.Armored Core V24,719New360From Software
04.07.Super Mario 3D Land23,0031,288,4953DSNintendo
New08.The Idolm@ster Anime & G4U: Vol. 418,179NewPS3Namco Bandai
02.09.Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure14,92846,5263DSSega
07.10.Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine/Dark10,479
3DSLevel 5
New11.Mobile Suit Gundam: Trails of the Wooden Horse9,121NewPSPNamco Bandai
12.12.Just Dance Wii7,837519,199WiiNintendo
10.13.Warriors Orochi 3*7,419355,033PS3Tecmo Koei
13.14.Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP the Best)7,072178,978PSPCapcom
11.15.Final Fantasy XIII-26,405769,079PS3Square Enix
14.16.Wii Party6,2802,279,598WiiNintendo
15.17.Wii Sports Resort6,056856,483WiiNintendo
19.18.Nintendogs + cats5,397487,2013DSNintendo
17.19.Mario Kart Wii5,3263,495,100WiiNintendo
16.20.Kirby’s Return to Dreamland4,837590,133WiiNintendo
*Formerly referred to as Warriors Orochi 2. The game is titled Warriors Orochi 3 in North America and Europe.


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.