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:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Dark Souls279,567NewPS3From Software
New02.Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection Limited Box91,902NewPS3Sony
New03.Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Tag Force 664,350NewPSPKonami
New04.Gears of War 356,113New360Microsoft
01.05.Dragon Quest Anniversary Collection54,775318,174WiiSquare Enix
New06.Senran Kagura: Portrait of Girls52,206New3DSMarvelous
New07.Busou Shinki: Battle Masters Mk. 232,318NewPSPKonami
New08.To Heart 2 DX Plus24,429NewPS3Konami
02.09.Tales of Xillia22,484595,386PS3Namco Bandai
New10.Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer18,281NewPS3Tecmo Koei
05.11.Rhythm Heaven17,354469,914WiiNintendo
New12.Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP the Best)14,924NewPSPCapcom
04.13.Wii Sports Resort14,876566,992WiiNintendo
New14.Shadow of the Colossus13,420NewPS3Sony
07.15.Kirby: Mass Attack12,658231,815DSNintendo
08.16.The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D11,596391,7343DSNintendo
06.17.Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver.9,263383,276PS3Capcom
New18.Shadows of the Damned9,145NewPS3Electronic Arts
12.19.Pokémon Rumble Blast8,722170,3673DSPokémon Co.


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.