This Week In Sales: Birth by Sleep Finally Mixes It Up


The week of January 17th – 23rd saw the release of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix, finally ending the Birth by Sleep chapter of the series. (Then again…) Birth by Sleep Final Mix moved 77,000 copies, taking the place of Another Century’s Episode Portable at #1, above Monster Hunter Portable 3rd at #2.


Another Century’s Episode, in the mean time, saw itself bumped down all the way to #11 in the span of a single week. Two new Namco Bandai releases in the form of Kaiju Busters Powered and Venus & Braves, along with consistent top-ten regulars like Donkey Kong Country Returns and Pokémon Black/White dominated the first half of the week’s sales chart.


Also in the top-ten was Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World – The Ogre, which shot up all the way from #28 to #7. A new shipment, perhaps? Also making its return from beyond the top-20 was Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Everyone’s Party Sandaime.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix 77,317 New PSP Square Enix
02. 02. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 43,196 4,094,939 PSP Capcom
03. 03. Donkey Kong Country Returns 20,411 754,679 Wii Nintendo
New 04. Kaiju Busters Powered 17,989 New DS Namco Bandai
05. 05. AKB 1/48 Fall In Love With An Idol 12,765 351,943 PSP Namco Bandai
04. 06. Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer 12,608 451,152 DS Level 5
28. 07. Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World – The Ogre 12,386 377,913 DS Level 5
08. 08. Pokémon Black/White 12,115 5,039,984 DS Nintendo
07. 09. Wii Party 10,625 1,756,646 Wii Nintendo
New 10. Venus & Braves 10,563 New PSP Namco Bandai
01. 11. Another Century’s Episode Portable 9,071 79,288 PSP Namco Bandai
New 12. Momotaro Electric Railway: The Great Gathering of Heroes – Sengoku ・ Meiji 8,925 New Wii Hudson
12. 13. Magician’s Quest: The Merchant’s Store of Sorcery 7,495 314,612 DS Konami
10. 14. Mario Sports Mix 7,238 553,472 Wii Nintendo
18. 15. Wii Sports Resort (w/ MotionPlus) 6,987 261,814 Wii Nintendo
19. 16. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 6,904 145,751 PSP Konami
23. 17. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Everyone’s Party Sandaime 6,484 169,299 Wii Namco Bandai
16. 18. Mario Kart Wii 6,273 3,145,579 Wii Nintendo
New 19. Loveable Zombie 6,187 New DS Chunsoft
New 20. Little Charo travels in English! 6,076 New DS Nintendo


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.