This Week In Sales: Bakemonogatari Portable And NIS’ Special Report Division


Period: The week of August 20th – August 26th (2012)

Top-seller: New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 68,547

Nintendo 3DS sales: 29,472 | Total sales: 6,760,098

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 41,901 | Total sales: 442,699

PlayStation Vita sales: 10,880 | Total sales: 895,364

<< Last week’s software sales chart


While last week did see the release of a fair few games, sales were relatively slow following the end of the Obon festival and holiday period. Namco Bandai’s Bakemonogatari Portable was the best-selling new release, with 34,500 copies sold on the PSP.


The other notable release for the week was Nippon Ichi Software’s Special Report Division for the PlayStation Vita. This game sold just 7,425 copies.


Meanwhile, New Super Mario Bros. 2 is still in the process of reaching a million copies sold, and should manage the feat by the time we see next week’s sales chart. Sales of the game, however, are lower than those of the original New Super Mario Bros. on Nintendo DS at this point in its life. In a way, this makes sense, given that the DS game was a resurrection of 2D Mario after nearly a decade, but there could be more to it.


Regardless, New Super Mario Bros. 2’s success will be measured over time, as these games tend to sell and sell and sell for years. It will no doubt be a big-seller come this holiday season.


In other 3DS news, Rune Factory 4 and The Little Battlers: Explosive Boost continue to impress with consistent sales. Taiko Drum Master, too, is holding up rather nicely.


Next week’s software sales chart promises to be far more interesting. We’ll get to see how Hatsune Miku Project Diva fDevil Summoner: Soul Hackers, and Senran Kagura Burst: Crimson Girls did in their first week on the market.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. New Super Mario Bros. 2 68,547 981,144 3DS Nintendo
New 02. Bakemonogatari Portable 34,500 New PSP Namco Bandai
02. 03. Pokémon Black/White 2 33,955 2,678,414 DS Pokémon Co.
03. 04. Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online 22,457 510,374 Wii Square Enix
05. 05. Demon Training 12,427 128,121 3DS Nintendo
04. 06. Just Dance Wii 2 11,702 149,126 Wii Nintendo
06. 07. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 11,140 177,728 3DS Namco Bandai
10. 08. Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set 8,588 68,783 3DS Nippon Columbia
07. 09. Wii Sports Resort 8,569 1,051,876 Wii Nintendo
New 10. Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2 7,842 New PSP BushiRoad
New 11. Special Report Division 7,425 New PSV Nippon Ichi
09. 12. Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition 7,026 186,959 Wii Nintendo
11. 13. Kuroko’s Basketball: Miracle Match 6,908 56,434 PSP Namco Bandai
New 14. Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne: Kamogawa Days Game & OVA Hybrid Disc 6,563 New PS3 Namco Bandai
14. 15. Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D 6,164 874,431 3DS Square Enix
15. 16. Rune Factory 4 5,263 140,639 3DS Marvelous AQL
13. 17. Mario Party 9 5,180 534,890 Wii Nintendo
12. 18. Persona 4: Arena 5,102 181,578 PS3 Atlus
New 19. The Witcher: Assassins of Kings 4,924 New 360 Spike Chunsoft
17. 20. The Little Battlers: Explosive Boost 4,784 119,350 3DS Level 5


Sales data acquired from 4GamerMedia 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.