This Week In Sales: Divas Fall And Lost Heroes Rise


Period: The week of September 3rd – September 9th (2012)

Top-seller: New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 39,708

Nintendo 3DS sales: 25,246 | Total sales: 6,814,686

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 38,913 | Total sales: 526,563

PlayStation Vita sales: 14,106 | Total sales: 959,540

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week didn’t see any real high-profile releases in Japan. Lost Heroes, Namco Bandai’s Gundam + Kamen Rider + Ultra Man crossover dungeon-crawler, was the best-selling new game for the week. The Nintendo 3DS version took the #2 spot at 32,504 copies, while the PSP version came in at #6 with 15,650 copies sold.


New Super Mario Bros. 2 returned to the top of the chart as the #1 seller.


Meanwhile, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f fell from its #1 spot last week to #5 this week, dropping 88.4% in sales. For comparison, last year’s Project Diva Extend dropped 83.7% and 2010’s Project Diva 2nd dropped 85% in their second weeks.


PlayStation Vita sales dropped by a large margin, too. Last week, the Vita sold 50,070 units, whereas this week, the system’s sales dropped to 14,106 . This actually makes sense, as Media Create reported that 23,000 of last week’s Vita hardware sales came from a Hatsune Miku: Project f Crystal White Vita bundle.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
04.01.New Super Mario Bros. 239,7081,076,9123DSNintendo
New02.Lost Heroes32,504New3DSNamco Bandai
New03.Max Payne 324,264NewPS3Take 2
08.04.Pokémon Black/White 221,5922,729,192DSPokémon Co.
01.05.Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f18,428178,020PSVSega
New06.Lost Heroes15,650NewPSPNamco Bandai
New07.Gekiatsu!! Pachigame Soul MAX Evangelion 7 x Pulse of Life14,094NewPS3Fields
11.08.Run For Money Tousouchuu13,060122,9993DSNamco Bandai
02.09.Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers12,58981,9543DSAtlus
10.10.Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online11,812538,547WiiSquare Enix
03.11.Senran Kagura Burst: Crimson Girls9,51378,5973DSMarvelous AQL
13.12.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb8,800197,8063DSNamco Bandai
15.13.Demon Training7,973146,6633DSNintendo
06.14.Mobile Suit Gundam AGE7,30943,212PSPNamco Bandai
16.15.Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set6,65985,2673DSNippon Columbia
New16.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Dubbed) (Bargain Edition)6,353NewPS3Square Enix
17.17.Wii Sports Resort6,3521,066,458WiiNintendo
07.18.Sengoku Basara HD Collection6,33942,029PS3Capcom
14.19.Just Dance Wii 26,329166,041WiiNintendo
New20.Ratchet & Clank Collection6,195NewPS3Sony


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.