This Week In Sales: Atlus vs. Capcom: Fate of Two Games


An Atlus game beating Marvel vs. Capcom 3? Yes, that’s exactly what happened last week when Catherine and Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds went head-to-head on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


Atlus’ platformer/puzzler/horror adventure game debuted at the top of last week’s sales chart at close to 142,000 units on the PlayStation 3, and nearly another 22,000 units on the Xbox 360 further down the chart. According to a post on Japanese site, Ketai Watch, Atlus’ initial expectations for the game were 150,000 units. How the game holds up in terms of numbers in next week’s chart should be interesting to see, as the Nintendo 3DS barrage hits Japan this Saturday.


Speaking of holding up, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd is doing just that, with yet another impressive lot of copies moved last week. Portable 3rd sold nearly 40,000 units during the week, and while it won’t reach Pokémon Black/White’s numbers any time soon, it most certainly is well on its way to being as significant a brand in Japan.


Finally, at the bottom of the chart is Ni no Kuni, clinging on in the top-20 for yet another week. While the game still isn’t close to selling out its 600,000 unit shipment, it does seem to be selling consistently at its lower price. The Last Story, unfortunately, didn’t make the week’s top-20.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Catherine 141,826 New PS3 Atlus
New 02. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds 67,187 New PS3 Capcom
02. 03. Samurai Warriors 3Z 58,089 266,637 PS3 Tecmo Koei
03. 04. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 39,727 4,289,349 PSP Capcom
01. 05. Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 26,504 248,572 PSP Namco Bandai
New 06. Two Worlds II 24,324 New PS3 Ubisoft
New 07. Catherine 21,936 New 360 Atlus
New 08. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds 13,779 New 360 Capcom
New 09. Hakuouki: Zuisouroku DS 13,373 New DS Idea Factory
04. 10. Ace Attorney Investigations 2 13,186 176,362 DS Capcom
08. 11. Donkey Kong Country Returns 10,824 817,181 Wii Nintendo
06. 12. Samurai Warriors 3: Xtreme Legends 9,638 32,236 Wii Tecmo Koei
11. 13. Pokémon Black/White 9,502 5,081,369 DS Nintendo
New 14. DJ Max Portable 3 8,990 New PSP CyberFront
New 15. Two Worlds II 8,225 New 360 Ubisoft
05. 16. Kenka Bancho 5 8,193 109,543 PSP Spike
07. 17. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare 7,861 29,580 PS3 Take Two
13. 18. Wii Party 7,472 1,794,813 Wii Nintendo
18. 19. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 6,312 176,788 PSP Konami
19. 20. Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer 6,174 481,003 DS Level 5


Sales data acquired 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.