This Week In Sales: Battles In Space And On The Soccer Field


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

Top-seller: Power Pro Baseball – 117,759

Nintendo 3DS sales: 46,637 | Total sales: 1,257,915


Last week saw a lot of big releases in Japan. Leading the charge was another of Konami’s immensely popular sports games, Power Pro Baseball for the PlayStation 3, at #1 with 117,759 copies sold. At #2 was Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX for the PSP at 80,000.


Following close behind at #3 was Level 5’s Inazuma Eleven Strikers, which released a little later than games usually do in Japan. Strikers was released on Saturday as opposed to Thursday, which gave it two days to chart instead of the usual four. In its opening weekend, Strikers sold 74,227 copies. Behind it was Power Pro again, this time on PSP.


All four of these games are from series that have a tendency to sell consistently over long periods of time, so it should be interesting to watch them in the weeks to come.


Meanwhile, debuting at #6 was Star Fox 64 3D. The Flare Red Nintendo 3DS also saw its release last week, giving 3DS system sales a significant boost. 3DS sales were over double the week prior. Following Star Fox at #7 was FuRyu’s UnchainBlades ReXX for the PSP.


Finally, in a twist, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D actually sold more units last week than it did the week prior, while The Little Battlers dropped. The latter was initially ahead of Ocarina 3D by about 4,000 units, but there’s barely a difference now. Perhaps a few people picked up Star Fox 64 3D and Ocarina of Time 3D together with a new 3DS?


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Power Pro Baseball 117,759 New PS3 Konami
New 02. Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX 80,215 New PSP Namco Bandai
New 03. Inazuma Eleven Strikers 74,227 New Wii Level 5
New 04. Power Pro Baseball 73,247 New PSP Konami
New 05. Puyo Puyo!! 34,903 New DS Sega
New 06. Star Fox 64 3D 32,475 New 3DS Nintendo
New 07. UnchainBlades ReXX
18,256 New PSP FuRyu
07. 08. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D 15,636 256,374 3DS Nintendo
10. 09. Wii Sports Resort 14,725 402,799 Wii Nintendo
06. 10. The Little Battlers 12,085 256,875 Wii Level 5
17. 11. Pokémon Black/White 10,951 5,238,287 DS Nintendo
05. 12. Wii Play: Motion 10,522 27,531 Wii Nintendo
01. 13. L.A. Noire 10,036 68,473 PS3 Take Two
08. 14. Steins;Gate 9,928 109,016 PSP 5pb
09. 15. GoldenEye 007 9,473 58,863 Wii Nintendo
12. 16. Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition
9,336 74,772 PS3 Capcom
02. 17. Infamous 2
8,324 41,798 PS3 Sony
15. 18. To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers 8,082 54,799 PSP Aquaplus
14. 19. Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon 7,864 38,053 PS3 D3 Publisher
New 20. UnchainBlades ReXX
5,592 New 3DS FuRyu


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and


Thanks to Tsunayoshi Sawada for reminding us of the Flare Red 3DS’ release!

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.