This Week In Sales: Chronicling The Wii Party Under The Harvest Moon

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Apologies for the terrible headline. Unsurprisingly, Wii Party led the latest round of sales upon its release in the Japanese market, coming in at nearly 235,000 units. Behind it was Level 5’s White Knight Chronicles sequel at 175,632 units.

 

For reference, the original White Knight Chronicles sold in the range of 200,000 units in its first week. WKC2 includes the first game and actually requires that you either have a completed save from the original or that you play through the included updated edition, before it will allow you to begin playing the sequel.

 

More commentary after the chart. The top-ten for the week of July 5th – 11th was as follows:

 

LwTwTitleTw. SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Wii Party234,892WiiNintendo
New02.White Knight Chronicles: Awakening of Light and Darkness175,632PS3Sony
01.03.Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World! Spark / Bomber97,727DSLevel 5
New04.Harvest Moon: Twin’s Village63,610DSMarvelous
New05.Taiko no Tatsujin DS Dororon! The Great Yokai Battle30,689DSNamco Bandai
04.06.Super Mario Galaxy 226,217WiiNintendo
New07.Crackdown 214,839360Microsoft
13.08.Tomodachi Collection12,932DSNintendo
08.09.World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen12,189PSPKonami
10.10.World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen12,125PSPKonami

 

Our next obvious point of interest — Inazuma 3’s trademark resilience notwithstanding — is Harvest Moon: Twin’s Village. For reference, Rune Factory 3 sold in the range of 40 – 45k in its opening week. Furthermore, both game’s sales were well over those of Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar.

 

Just off the top-ten were Art Academy, LovePlus + and Tokimeki 3, all for DS, at #11, #12 and #13 respectively. Following at #17 and #18 were BlazBlue: Continuum Shift (PS3) and Atelier Totori.

 

And finally, with no Idea Factory stealth releases this week, we turn our attention to Toy Story 3, exclusive to the DS in Japan, which landed way down the chart at #30. By contrast, it appeared in the NPD top-ten in North America for the month of June.

 

Sales information sourced from Media-Create and Enterbrain data.

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.