This Week In Sales: Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Shoots E.X. Troopers Down


Period: The week of November 19th – November 25th (2012)

Top-seller: Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 213,414

Nintendo 3DS sales: 60,410 | Total sales: 7,182,733

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 101,667 | Total sales: 1,237,738

PlayStation Vita sales: 9,712 | Total sales: 1,052,516

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week’s big release in Japan was—wait for it—Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Square Enix took on publishing duties for Activision once again, and the subtitled version of the game (dubbed versions are released later) sold 197,350 copies on the PlayStation. Meanwhile, it sold an additional 22,177 copies on the Xbox 360.


That’s a high debut for Call of Duty. For comparison, last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sold 180,372 copies on the PlayStation 3 in its first week. On the Xbox 360, it sold 30,467 copies. Tallying up total sales, Black Ops 2 wins out by around 10,000 copies, and was also the highest-selling new release of the week.


Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s success may have come at the cost of Capcom’s E.X. Troopers, which was released last week as well. E.X. Troopers sold a mere 17,402 copies on the Nintendo 3DS and an even lesser 8,717 copies on the PlayStation 3. Perhaps sending it out alongside the most popular shooter in the world wasn’t such a hot idea.


In other news, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth saw its release last week, too, and so did the PlayStation 3 port of Hot Shots: World Invitational. The latter outsold its PlayStation Vita counterpart.


Finally, one last point of interest—Bravely Default: Flying Fairy looks like it’s about to slip out of the top-20, and we may or may not see it come back up during the upcoming holidays. That having been said, at the rate it’s selling, it should easily cross 300,000 copies sold at retail in January, if not sooner. That’s an admirable achievement for a brand new role-playing franchise.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.Animal Crossing: New Leaf213,4141,106,7583DSNintendo
New02.Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (subtitled)197,350NewPS3Square Enix
New03.Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth121,480New3DSPokémon Co.
New04.Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational100,862NewPS3Sony
03.05.New Super Mario Bros. 234,9711,420,1843DSNintendo
New06.Call of Duty: Black Ops 222,177New360Square Enix
New07.E.X. Troopers17,402New3DSCapcom
02.08.Assassin’s Creed III16,37988,883PS3Ubisoft
09.09.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)11,36924,6043DSCapcom
New10.Dangerous Ji-San to 1000-nin no Otomodachi Yokoshima 10,452New3DSNamco Bandai
New11.E.X. Troopers8,717NewPS3Capcom
New12.Ouchi Mainichi Tamagotchi8,643New3DSNamco Bandai
New13.Wand of Fortune 2 FD: Kimi ni Sasageru Epilogue8,023NewPSPIdea Factory
17.14.Run for Money Tousouchuu7,627244,3633DSNamco Bandai
07.15.Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires7,46292,474PS3Tecmo Koei
04.16.Summon Night 47,40547,516PSPNamco Bandai
18.17.Style Savvy: Trendsetters7,364180,4763DSNintendo
New18.Kokoro Connect: Yochi Random7,163NewPSPNamco Bandai
13.19.Bravely Default: Flying Fairy7,017264,9013DSSquare Enix
15.20.Pro Evolution Soccer 20136,967362,952PS3Konami


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.