This Week In Sales: Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden Makes Its Debut


Period: The week of June 8th  – June 14th (2015)

Top-seller: Rhythm Heaven The Best+ (3DS) – 157,591

Nintendo 3DS sales: 943 | Tot. sales: 9,840,614

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 880 | Tot. sales: 6,906,886

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 4,329 | Tot. sales: 568,967

New Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 19,620 | Tot. sales: 1,393,342

PlayStation Vita sales: 10,797 | Tot. sales: 3,822,815

Vita TV sales: 566 | Tot. sales: 165,625

Wii U sales: 16,413 | Tot. sales: 2,393,172

PlayStation 4 sales: 10,822 | Tot. sales: 1,523,471

Xbox One sales: 100 | Tot. sales: 52,443

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Note: This column is a couple of days late due to the E3 flood. Next week, we’ll be back to our usual Wednesday schedule. On the bright side, we have some sell-through data due to the delay this week.


Last week, Nintendo released Rhythm Heaven The Best+ in Japan. This is a 3DS game that re-uses content from previous Rhythm Heaven titles, but that didn’t stop it from selling incredibly well. The game sold 157,591 copies in its first week, and Japanese sales tracker Media Create reports it saw a sell-through of 81.56%.


While Rhythm Heaven topped the software sales charts, the #2 spot went to Bandai Namco and Arc System Works’ Dragon Ball Z fighting game, Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden, for the Nintendo 3DS. The game sold 74,660 copies at launch, which is very impressive, considering Dragon Ball Xenoverse sold about the same amount at launch and likely cost a whole lot more to develop.


Of course, Xenoverse did manage to ship 2 million copies worldwide, since it’s the first major console Dragon Ball game in a while. That said, Bandai Namco have smartly chosen to release Extreme Butoden a month prior to the new Dragon Ball Super anime, so one wouldn’t be too surprised if the game were to make a comeback in July.


Finally, at #3 was Splatoon, which is still going fairly strong in its third week. Splatoon sold 53,198 copies last week, and it’s holding Wii U sales up much higher than usual as well. We’re curious to see just how long this lasts, since the Wii U lineup looks rather sparse over the next few months. Something else that should be interesting to see is if Nintendo decide to try something with Splatoon on 3DS to expose the franchise to a larger userbase.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Rhythm Heaven The Best+ 157,591 New 3DS Nintendo
New 02. Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden 74,660 New 3DS Bandai Namco
01. 03. Splatoon 53,198 266,929 WiiU Nintendo
New 04. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky FC Evolution 20,484 New PSV Kadokawa
06. 05. Mario Kart 8 9,661 1,029,263 WiiU Nintendo
07. 06. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition 9,657 199,989 PSV Sony
05. 07. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 8,723 111,834 PS4 Spike Chunsoft
New 08. Alien: Isolation 6,227 New PS4 Sega
02. 09. Shiren the Wanderer 5 Plus 6,060 22,295 PSV Spike Chunsoft
12. 10. Style Savvy 3 4,891 151,194 3DS Nintendo
11. 11. Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition 4,698 263,127 3DS GungHo
New 12. Moujuutsukai to Oujisama Flower & Snow 4,054 New PSV Idea Factory
14. 13. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire 3,914 2,639,104 3DS Pokémon Co.
04. 14. Stella Glow 3,306 16,638 3DS Sega
13. 15. Assassination Classroom: Koro-sensei the Great Siege!! 3,277 83,774 3DS Bandai Namco
09. 16. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX 3,175 51,484 3DS Sega
16. 17. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 2,999 2,243,532 3DS Nintendo
19. 18. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 2,517 3,982,813 3DS Nintendo
03. 19. Natsuiro High School 2,148 8,920 PS4 D3 Publisher
23. 20. Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner 2,122 2,615,158 3DS Level 5


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.