This Week In Sales: Bravely Default Flies High


    Period: The week of October 8th – October 14th (2012)

    Top-seller: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy – 141,529

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 27,221 | Total sales: 6,942,561

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 52,079 | Total sales: 744,117

    PlayStation Vita sales: 6,134 | Total sales: 1,008,253

    << Last week’s software sales chart


    Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, Square Enix’s new Nintendo 3DS RPG, was last week’s big release in Japan, and it came out the gate with 141,529 copies sold in its first week. That’s a great debut for a new franchise, and it’s even better when you compare it to first-week sales of Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light.


    Released in 2009 for the Nintendo DS, Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light sold 114,714 copies in its first week. Bravely Default, which looks like something of a spiritual successor, outselling it without the help of the Final Fantasy brand is quite something. Congratulations to producer, Tomoya Asano, and writer, Naotaka Hayashi, on a brand new game!


    The other Nintendo 3DS role-playing game that released last week was Namco Bandai’s Project X Zone, the strategy RPG that features characters from Capcom, Namco Bandai and Sega franchises. Project X Zone sold 85,539 copies in its first week.


    Things didn’t go quite as well for Time and Eternity: Toki Towa, however. That game sold a mere 32,000 copies, joining Sol Trigger as another recent Imageepoch-developed game with sales on the low side.


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


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.Bravely Default: Flying Fairy141,529New3DSSquare Enix
    01.02.Resident Evil 692,921727,854PS3Capcom
    New03.Project X Zone85,539New3DSNamco Bandai
    02.04.Pro Evolution Soccer 201350,144274,028PS3Konami
    New05.Time and Eternity: Toki Towa32,215NewPS3Namco Bandai
    07.06.New Super Mario Bros. 229,6511,246,7073DSNintendo
    06.07.Style Savvy: Trendsetters22,195122,3913DSNintendo
    11.08.Run for Money Tousouchuu18,458190,3703DSNamco Bandai
    New10.Diabolik Lovers13,173NewPSPIdea Factory
    08.11.SD Gundam G Generation Overworld10,788249,333PSPNamco Bandai
    04.12.Sol Trigger10,19752,234PSPImageepoch
    10.13.Pokémon Black/White 210,1002,799,467DSPokémon Co.
    18.15.Summon Night 38,82360,276PSPNamco Bandai
    12.16.Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!7,25586,0143DSNintendo
    15.17.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb6,410235,6763DSNamco Bandai
    14.18.Final Fantasy III5,04874,118PSPSquare Enix
    19.19.Demon Training4,639178,7913DSNintendo
    22.20.Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set4,536110,3983DSNippon Columbia


    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at 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.

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