This Week In Sales: Coming Out Of The Holidays


The week of December 27th, 2010 – January 2nd, 2011 saw no new releases in Japan in the top-20 sales chart. Instead, you’re seeing sales start to cool off, coming out of the holidays, giving us a better idea of what to expect from some of the games on the chart.


Donkey Kong Country Returns (#2), for example, is still going strong, and sits proudly at over 600,000 units. Meanwhile, Ni no Kuni (#7) could be beginning to hint at its limits, as it’s still nowhere close to selling out its initial shipment. It remains to be seen if it can maintain steady sales over the next few weeks.


Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, of course, is still going strong. Showing signs of outpacing Dragon Quest IX, and due for a brand new PSP bundle, it’s going to be interesting to watch over the next few weeks. In contrast, The 3rd Birthday is still being overshadowed by Monster Hunter and its holiday cohorts.


And finally, a quick mention of Pokémon Black/White, well on their way to surpass 5 million with ease. Will we see these games receive a boost when the Nintendo 3DS releases? We’ll find out in a few months.


The top-20 for the week of December 27th, 2010 – January 2nd, 2011 is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Monster Hunter Portable  3rd 283,931 3,849,907 PSP Capcom
03. 02. Donkey Kong Country Returns 107,487 638,305 Wii Nintendo
05. 03. Wii Party 102,933 1,676,891 Wii Nintendo
02. 04. AKB 1/48 Fall In Love With An Idol 63,513 299,794 PSP Namco Bandai
07. 05. Mario Sports Mix 58,109 493,938 Wii Nintendo
04. 06. Pokémon Black/White 57,576 4,966,738 DS Nintendo
09. 07. Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer 53,295 382,287 DS Level 5
08. 08. Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World – The Ogre 45,306 338,413 DS Level 5
06. 09. The 3rd Birthday 45,105 185,582 PSP Square Enix
14. 10. Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 43,283 288,750 PS3 Namco Bandai
13. 11. Wii Sports Resort (w/ MotionPlus) 38,464 223,754 Wii Nintendo
11. 12. Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem 29,818 261,600 DS Nintendo
10. 13. Magician’s Quest: The Merchant’s Store of Sorcery 28,049 277,499 DS Konami
16. 14. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 26,220 4,177,584 Wii Nintendo
18. 15. Mario Kart Wii 25,356 3,109,566 Wii Nintendo
19. 16. Super Mario All-Stars Collector’s Edition 22,945 803,453 Wii Nintendo
18. 17. Momotarou Dentetsu World 21,326 127,236 DS Hudson
15. 18. Super Fossil Fighters 20,096 238,726 DS Nintendo
17. 19. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Everyone’s Party Sandaime 18,118 140,288 Wii Namco Bandai
36. 20. Gran Turismo 5 16,863 563,378 PS3 Sony


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media-Create.

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.