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:


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    01.01.Monster Hunter Portable  3rd283,9313,849,907PSPCapcom
    03.02.Donkey Kong Country Returns107,487638,305WiiNintendo
    05.03.Wii Party102,9331,676,891WiiNintendo
    02.04.AKB 1/48 Fall In Love With An Idol63,513299,794PSPNamco Bandai
    07.05.Mario Sports Mix58,109493,938WiiNintendo
    04.06.Pokémon Black/White57,5764,966,738DSNintendo
    09.07.Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer53,295382,287DSLevel 5
    08.08.Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World – The Ogre45,306338,413DSLevel 5
    06.09.The 3rd Birthday45,105185,582PSPSquare Enix
    14.10.Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 343,283288,750PS3Namco Bandai
    13.11.Wii Sports Resort (w/ MotionPlus)38,464223,754WiiNintendo
    11.12.Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem29,818261,600DSNintendo
    10.13.Magician’s Quest: The Merchant’s Store of Sorcery28,049277,499DSKonami
    16.14.New Super Mario Bros. Wii26,2204,177,584WiiNintendo
    18.15.Mario Kart Wii25,3563,109,566WiiNintendo
    19.16.Super Mario All-Stars Collector’s Edition22,945803,453WiiNintendo
    18.17.Momotarou Dentetsu World21,326127,236DSHudson
    15.18.Super Fossil Fighters20,096238,726DSNintendo
    17.19.Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Everyone’s Party Sandaime18,118140,288WiiNamco Bandai
    36.20.Gran Turismo 516,863563,378PS3Sony


    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 a contributing writer at 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.