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:

 

LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Subtitled)180,372NewPS3Square Enix
New02.One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 New World116,062NewDSNamco Bandai
New03.Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch67,032NewPS3Level 5
04.04.Super Mario 3D Land62,318499,2503DSNintendo
New05.Saints Row: The Third36,222NewPS3THQ
05.06.Final Fantasy Type-030,543682,173PSPSquare Enix
New07.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Subtitled)30,467New360Square Enix
01.08.Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend30,042214,715PSPSega
02.09.Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes Party25,771149,968PS3Capcom
New10.Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 322,436NewPS3Capcom
03.11.Over My Dead Body21,497115,582PSPSony
08.12.PokéPark 2: Beyond the World19,24655,031WiiNintendo
06.13.Kirby’s Return to Dreamland18,671236,039WiiNintendo
New14.Saints Row: The Third15,380New360THQ
New15.Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary13,106New360Microsoft
07.16.Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition12,72152,464PS3Konami
12.17.Just Dance Wii12,477216,255WiiNintendo
13.18.Pro Evolution Soccer 20129,74269,362PSPKonami
21.19.Wii Party8,5592,022,866WiiNintendo
10.20.Battlefield 36,178150,265PS3Electronic Arts

 

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and Geimin.net.

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