This Week In Sales: Call of Duty Outsells Ni no Kuni


Period: The week of November 14th – November 20th (2011)

Top-seller: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Subtitled) – 180,372

Nintendo 3DS sales: 96,219 | Total sales: 2,557,096


Last week was an interesting ones for video game sales in Japan. Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, published in Japan by Square Enix, topped the chart, with 180,000 copies sold in its first week on the PlayStation 3. Lower in the chart, the Xbox 360 version sold another 30,000 copies.


That’s a higher number than the previous game, Call of Duty: Black Ops, sold within the same timeframe. Black Ops sold 129,000 copies in its first week, back in November 2010.


At #2 was One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 for the Nintendo DS, pulling in some very impressive numbers of its own. Then, at #3, was Level 5’s Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. This game…didn’t do well, all things considered.


Wrath of the White Witch sold just 67,000 copies in its first week on the PlayStation 3. For the sake of comparison, the Nintendo DS version of Ni no Kuni, released in 2010, sold 170,548 copies in its first week. It eventually went on to sell over 500,000 copies in total, albeit after a few price cuts. This has probably given Level 5 a few things to think about.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Subtitled) 180,372 New PS3 Square Enix
New 02. One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 New World 116,062 New DS Namco Bandai
New 03. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch 67,032 New PS3 Level 5
04. 04. Super Mario 3D Land 62,318 499,250 3DS Nintendo
New 05. Saints Row: The Third 36,222 New PS3 THQ
05. 06. Final Fantasy Type-0 30,543 682,173 PSP Square Enix
New 07. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Subtitled) 30,467 New 360 Square Enix
01. 08. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend 30,042 214,715 PSP Sega
02. 09. Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes Party 25,771 149,968 PS3 Capcom
New 10. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 22,436 New PS3 Capcom
03. 11. Over My Dead Body 21,497 115,582 PSP Sony
08. 12. PokéPark 2: Beyond the World 19,246 55,031 Wii Nintendo
06. 13. Kirby’s Return to Dreamland 18,671 236,039 Wii Nintendo
New 14. Saints Row: The Third 15,380 New 360 THQ
New 15. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary 13,106 New 360 Microsoft
07. 16. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition 12,721 52,464 PS3 Konami
12. 17. Just Dance Wii 12,477 216,255 Wii Nintendo
13. 18. Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 9,742 69,362 PSP Konami
21. 19. Wii Party 8,559 2,022,866 Wii Nintendo
10. 20. Battlefield 3 6,178 150,265 PS3 Electronic Arts


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.