This Week In Sales: Atlus Commit An Innocent Sin, Namco Go Super Again


Period: The week of April 11th – April 17th (2011)

Top-seller: The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z – 307,019

Nintendo 3DS sales: 28,252 | Total sales: 897,095


The week of April 11th – 17th saw a flood of rather high-profile releases across the PSP and 3DS. On the frontlines was The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z, which sold an impressive 307,000 units in its first week. Namco continue to find success on the PSP.


Following at #2 was Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 by Konami on the PlayStation 3 at 86,486 units. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 actually charted on three different platforms during the week: PlayStation 3, PSP and Nintendo 3DS. The PSP version wasn’t far behind the PS3 one at around 71,000 units.


Here’s a fun fact though: last year, Pro Baseball Spirits 2010 had a stronger debut on PlayStation 3 (just like this year), but ultimately, it was the PSP version that sold more units by quite a wide margin. It should be interesting to see if the same happens this year.


Meanwhile, for some reason, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional actually sold double the amount of units compared to the week prior. For a version update, it’s currently sitting rather pretty at close to 300,000 units. For reference, the original Joker 2 has sold over 1.2 million units, and Professional will probably keep charting for another few weeks.


On to more new games! Atlus released Persona 2: Innocent Sin on the PSP. How’d it do? Well, it moved 62,721 units in its first week, which is a little lower than the Persona remake’s debut, and significantly lower than that of Persona 3 Portable (94,287).


And finally, we come to Pilotwings Resort, with sales of 26,554 units. As suggested before, 3DS hardware (and software as a result) isn’t likely to really take off until a release like, say, Mario Kart later in the year; although perhaps it could benefit with a smaller boost from Ocarina of Time 3D and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D in the summer.


Here’s the full top-20 chart for the week:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z307,019NewPSPNamco Bandai
New02.Pro Baseball Spirits 201186,486NewPS3Konami
02.03.Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional86,364291,769DSSquare Enix
New04.Pro Baseball Spirits 201171,264NewPSPKonami
New05.Persona 2: Innocent Sin62,721NewPSPAtlus
New06.Pilotwings Resort26,554New3DSNintendo
01.08.Earth Defense Force 2 Portable16,89880,693PSPD3 Publisher
New09.Pro Baseball Spirits 201111,644New3DSKonami
10.10.Dynasty Warriors 710,369410,977PS3Tecmo Koei
04.12.Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection8,996163,942PSPSquare Enix
06.13.Monster Hunter Portable 3rd8,3714,437,948PSPCapcom
08.15.Nintendogs + cats7,421189,9393DSNintendo
11.16.Wii Party6,9501,853,384WiiNintendo
13.17.Pokémon Black/White5,8815,150,023DSNintendo
09.18.Dissidia 012[duodecim]: Final Fantasy5,706434,326PSPSquare Enix
10.19.Phantasty Star Portable 2: Infinity5,524326,765PSPSega
12.20.Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle4,921265,225PS2Level 5


Sales data obtained 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.