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:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.New Super Mario Bros. 268,547981,1443DSNintendo
New02.Bakemonogatari Portable34,500NewPSPNamco Bandai
02.03.Pokémon Black/White 233,9552,678,414DSPokémon Co.
03.04.Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online22,457510,374WiiSquare Enix
05.05.Demon Training12,427128,1213DSNintendo
04.06.Just Dance Wii 211,702149,126WiiNintendo
06.07.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb11,140177,7283DSNamco Bandai
10.08.Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set8,58868,7833DSNippon Columbia
07.09.Wii Sports Resort8,5691,051,876WiiNintendo
New10.Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 27,842NewPSPBushiRoad
New11.Special Report Division7,425NewPSVNippon Ichi
09.12.Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition7,026186,959WiiNintendo
11.13.Kuroko’s Basketball: Miracle Match6,90856,434PSPNamco Bandai
New14.Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne: Kamogawa Days Game & OVA Hybrid Disc6,563NewPS3Namco Bandai
14.15.Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D6,164874,4313DSSquare Enix
15.16.Rune Factory 45,263140,6393DSMarvelous AQL
13.17.Mario Party 95,180534,890WiiNintendo
12.18.Persona 4: Arena5,102181,578PS3Atlus
New19.The Witcher: Assassins of Kings4,924New360Spike Chunsoft
17.20.The Little Battlers: Explosive Boost4,784119,3503DSLevel 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.