This Week In Sales: Dragon’s Dogma Returns


Period: The week of April 22nd – April 28th (2013)

Top-seller: Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 144,903

Nintendo 3DS sales: 17,897 | Total sales: 8,240,523

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 37,536 | Total sales: 3,032,694

PlayStation Vita sales: 21,399 | Total sales: 1,536,734

Wii U sales: 8,262 | Total sales: 896,074

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week, Capcom released Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen in Japan. The game debuted at the #2 spot on the top-20 software sales chart, with 125,363 copies sold.


Meanwhile, Tomodachi Collection: New Life maintained its #1 spot with an additional 145,000 copies sold, bringing total retail sales to nearly 550,000 copies. Total sales, including download copies, however, are higher.


In a financial results Q&A, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata stated that download sales of Tomodachi Collection: New Life were at about 10% after its launch week. Iwata also shared that Nintendo are noticing a trend where 3DS users that purchase a game via download choose to do the same again with their next purchase. This trend is noticeable in the case of Animal Crossing: New Leaf. A number of consumers that purchased New Leaf as a download went on to do the same with Tomodachi Collection.


Also released last week in Japan was the new Tomb Raider. That game sold 35,250 copies and was very closely followed by Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram, which sold 34,292 copies.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 144,903 549,761 3DS Nintendo
New 02. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen 125,363 New PS3 Capcom
04. 03. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 38,884 596,155 3DS Nintendo
New 04. Tomb Raider 35,250 New PS3 Square Enix
New 05. Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram 34,292 New PS3 5pb
05. 06. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 31,711 3,128,270 3DS Nintendo
New 07. Photo Kano Kiss 30,172 New PSV Kadokawa
New 08. Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Portable 26,030 New PSP Kadokawa
02. 09. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 17,836 105,496 PS3 Namco Bandai
New 10. Bioshock Infinite 15,747 New PS3 Take Two
03. 11. 7th Dragon 2020-II 15,180 88,877 PSP Sega
New 12. Mugen Souls Z 13,121 New PS3 Compile Heart
New 13. Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen 9,483 New 360 Capcom
New 14. Detective Conan: Marionette Symphony 9,265 New 3DS Namco Bandai
New 15. Labyrinth Cross Blood: Infinity 9,006 New PSV Cyberfront
New 16. Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram 8,821 New 360 5pb
New 17. Bioshock Infinite 7,838 New 360 Take Two
New 18. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Second Chapter Kai HD Edition 6,847 New PS3 Falcom
20. 19. Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition 6,197 459,453 Wii Namco Bandai
11. 20. New Super Mario Bros. 2 6,098 2,008,494 3DS Nintendo


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.