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:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.Tomodachi Collection: New Life144,903549,7613DSNintendo
New02.Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen125,363NewPS3Capcom
04.03.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon38,884596,1553DSNintendo
New04.Tomb Raider35,250NewPS3Square Enix
New05.Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram34,292NewPS35pb
05.06.Animal Crossing: New Leaf31,7113,128,2703DSNintendo
New07.Photo Kano Kiss30,172NewPSVKadokawa
New08.Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Portable26,030NewPSPKadokawa
02.09.Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 317,836105,496PS3Namco Bandai
New10.Bioshock Infinite15,747NewPS3Take Two
03.11.7th Dragon 2020-II15,18088,877PSPSega
New12.Mugen Souls Z13,121NewPS3Compile Heart
New13.Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen9,483New360Capcom
New14.Detective Conan: Marionette Symphony9,265New3DSNamco Bandai
New15.Labyrinth Cross Blood: Infinity9,006NewPSVCyberfront
New16.Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram8,821New3605pb
New17.Bioshock Infinite7,838New360Take Two
New18.The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Second Chapter Kai HD Edition6,847NewPS3Falcom
20.19.Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition6,197459,453WiiNamco Bandai
11.20.New Super Mario Bros. 26,0982,008,4943DSNintendo


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.