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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Bravely Default: Flying Fairy 141,529 New 3DS Square Enix
01. 02. Resident Evil 6 92,921 727,854 PS3 Capcom
New 03. Project X Zone 85,539 New 3DS Namco Bandai
02. 04. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 50,144 274,028 PS3 Konami
New 05. Time and Eternity: Toki Towa 32,215 New PS3 Namco Bandai
07. 06. New Super Mario Bros. 2 29,651 1,246,707 3DS Nintendo
06. 07. Style Savvy: Trendsetters 22,195 122,391 3DS Nintendo
11. 08. Run for Money Tousouchuu 18,458 190,370 3DS Namco Bandai
New 09. Rocksmith 13,964 New PS3 Ubisoft
New 10. Diabolik Lovers 13,173 New PSP Idea Factory
08. 11. SD Gundam G Generation Overworld 10,788 249,333 PSP Namco Bandai
04. 12. Sol Trigger 10,197 52,234 PSP Imageepoch
10. 13. Pokémon Black/White 2 10,100 2,799,467 DS Pokémon Co.
New 14. Dishonored 9,984 New PS3 Bethesda
18. 15. Summon Night 3 8,823 60,276 PSP Namco Bandai
12. 16. Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! 7,255 86,014 3DS Nintendo
15. 17. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 6,410 235,676 3DS Namco Bandai
14. 18. Final Fantasy III 5,048 74,118 PSP Square Enix
19. 19. Demon Training 4,639 178,791 3DS Nintendo
22. 20. Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set 4,536 110,398 3DS Nippon 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 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.