This Week In Sales: Dark Souls Sees Demon Sales, Ninjas Infiltrate 3DS


Period: The week of Sep 19th – Sep 25th (2011)

Top-seller: Dark Souls – 279,567

Nintendo 3DS sales: 70,159 | Total sales: 1,905,601


Following the very slow week after TGS, last week was packed with new releases in Japan. Leading the way was Dark Souls, which sold 279,567 in its first week on the market and easily grabbed the #1 spot on the software sales chart for the week.


From Software must be grinning from ear to ear. Dark Souls’ first week sales are far, far ahead of those of Demon’s Souls, which only managed to sell close to 40,000 units in its first week. Congratulations, From Software.


Following at #2 was the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection Limited Box. That sold close to 92,000 units, although both games also charted as regular standalone releases in the top-20, further down the sales chart.


At #4 was — surprise! — Gears of War 3. Here’s a quick look at how all the Gears of War games released so far have performed in their first week:


Gears of War – 33,212

Gears of War 2 – 48,656

Gears of War 3 56,113


Finally, at #6 was Senran Kagura: Portrait of Girls, which performed rather well, too, all things considered. Senran Kagura sold 52,000 copies in its first week, and Nintendo 3DS hardware sales for the week saw yet another increase. For now, we’re going to chalk that trend up to a combination of boobs and anticipation for upcoming software such as Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 and Monster Hunter 3G.


The complete top-20 software sales chart for the week is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Dark Souls 279,567 New PS3 From Software
New 02. Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection Limited Box 91,902 New PS3 Sony
New 03. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Tag Force 6 64,350 New PSP Konami
New 04. Gears of War 3 56,113 New 360 Microsoft
01. 05. Dragon Quest Anniversary Collection 54,775 318,174 Wii Square Enix
New 06. Senran Kagura: Portrait of Girls 52,206 New 3DS Marvelous
New 07. Busou Shinki: Battle Masters Mk. 2 32,318 New PSP Konami
New 08. To Heart 2 DX Plus 24,429 New PS3 Konami
02. 09. Tales of Xillia 22,484 595,386 PS3 Namco Bandai
New 10. Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer 18,281 New PS3 Tecmo Koei
05. 11. Rhythm Heaven 17,354 469,914 Wii Nintendo
New 12. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP the Best) 14,924 New PSP Capcom
04. 13. Wii Sports Resort 14,876 566,992 Wii Nintendo
New 14. Shadow of the Colossus 13,420 New PS3 Sony
07. 15. Kirby: Mass Attack 12,658 231,815 DS Nintendo
08. 16. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D 11,596 391,734 3DS Nintendo
06. 17. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver. 9,263 383,276 PS3 Capcom
New 18. Shadows of the Damned 9,145 New PS3 Electronic Arts
12. 19. Pokémon Rumble Blast 8,722 170,367 3DS Pokémon Co.
New 20. Ico 7,941 New PS3 Sony


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.