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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Armored Core V 163,906 New PS3 From Software
New 02. Resident Evil: Revelations 146,559 New 3DS Capcom
New 03. Tales of Innocence R 54,853 New PSV Namco Bandai
01. 04. Mario Kart 7 29,237 1,433,958 3DS Nintendo
03. 05. Monster Hunter 3G 27,032 1,186,898 3DS Capcom
New 06. Armored Core V 24,719 New 360 From Software
04. 07. Super Mario 3D Land 23,003 1,288,495 3DS Nintendo
New 08. The [email protected] Anime & G4U: Vol. 4 18,179 New PS3 Namco Bandai
02. 09. Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure 14,928 46,526 3DS Sega
07. 10. Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine/Dark 10,479
3DS Level 5
New 11. Mobile Suit Gundam: Trails of the Wooden Horse 9,121 New PSP Namco Bandai
12. 12. Just Dance Wii 7,837 519,199 Wii Nintendo
10. 13. Warriors Orochi 3* 7,419 355,033 PS3 Tecmo Koei
13. 14. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP the Best) 7,072 178,978 PSP Capcom
11. 15. Final Fantasy XIII-2 6,405 769,079 PS3 Square Enix
14. 16. Wii Party 6,280 2,279,598 Wii Nintendo
15. 17. Wii Sports Resort 6,056 856,483 Wii Nintendo
19. 18. Nintendogs + cats 5,397 487,201 3DS Nintendo
17. 19. Mario Kart Wii 5,326 3,495,100 Wii Nintendo
16. 20. Kirby’s Return to Dreamland 4,837 590,133 Wii Nintendo
*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.