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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 213,414 1,106,758 3DS Nintendo
New 02. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (subtitled) 197,350 New PS3 Square Enix
New 03. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth 121,480 New 3DS Pokémon Co.
New 04. Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational 100,862 New PS3 Sony
03. 05. New Super Mario Bros. 2 34,971 1,420,184 3DS Nintendo
New 06. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 22,177 New 360 Square Enix
New 07. E.X. Troopers 17,402 New 3DS Capcom
02. 08. Assassin’s Creed III 16,379 88,883 PS3 Ubisoft
09. 09. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) 11,369 24,604 3DS Capcom
New 10. Dangerous Ji-San to 1000-nin no Otomodachi Yokoshima 10,452 New 3DS Namco Bandai
New 11. E.X. Troopers 8,717 New PS3 Capcom
New 12. Ouchi Mainichi Tamagotchi 8,643 New 3DS Namco Bandai
New 13. Wand of Fortune 2 FD: Kimi ni Sasageru Epilogue 8,023 New PSP Idea Factory
17. 14. Run for Money Tousouchuu 7,627 244,363 3DS Namco Bandai
07. 15. Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires 7,462 92,474 PS3 Tecmo Koei
04. 16. Summon Night 4 7,405 47,516 PSP Namco Bandai
18. 17. Style Savvy: Trendsetters 7,364 180,476 3DS Nintendo
New 18. Kokoro Connect: Yochi Random 7,163 New PSP Namco Bandai
13. 19. Bravely Default: Flying Fairy 7,017 264,901 3DS Square Enix
15. 20. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 6,967 362,952 PS3 Konami


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

Ishaan Sahdev
About The Author
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.