This Week In Sales: Dragons, Dragons Everywhere!


Period: The week of May 28th – June 3rd (2012)

Top-seller: Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D – 513,183

Nintendo 3DS sales: 101,075 | Total sales: 6,157,873

PlayStation Vita sales: 7,551 | Total sales: 717,672


Dragons everywhere! Last week, Square Enix released Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D, a Nintendo 3DS remake of the very first Dragon Quest Monsters game for Game Boy Color. Unsurprisingly, it slaughtered every other game in the top-20 chart for the week, selling 513,183 copies in its first week alone.


How does that compare to the recent Dragon Quest Monsters games on the Nintendo DS? Here’s a quick look at the first week sales for those:


(2006) Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker – 593,994

(2010) Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 – 623,643

(2011) Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional – 163,008


Not too shabby for Terry’s Wonderland 3D, considering that it was released this early in the Nintendo 3DS’ life. Boosted by the game and a hardware bundle, Nintendo 3DS sales shot up to over 100,000 for the week.


Meanwhile, Level 5’s Guild 01 didn’t fare as well. That game debuted at the #5 spot, and sold 14,790 copies for the week, failing to beat continued sales of Dragon’s Dogma, Mario Tennis Open and Mario Party 9.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D513,183New3DSSquare Enix
01.02.Dragon’s Dogma82,985385,025PS3Capcom
02.03.Mario Tennis Open41,479143,1243DSNintendo
05.04.Mario Party 919,627400,390WiiNintendo
New05.Guild 0114,790New3DSLevel 5
New06.Jissen Pachi-Slot Hisshouhou! Hokuto no Ken F13,758NewPS3Sega
10.07.Super Mario 3D Land10,0181,605,1143DSNintendo
New08.Soukoku no Kusabi: Hiiro no Kakera 3 Ashita he no Tobira10,008NewPSPIdea Factory
07.09.Fire Emblem: Awakening9,658400,9993DSNintendo
14.10.Mario Kart 77,7711,728,3383DSNintendo
New11.Abunai Koi no Sousashitsu7,349NewPSPQuinRose
13.12.Monster Hunter Tri G7,0011,465,6593DSCapcom
03.13.Uta no ☆ Prince-Sama: Debut5,44566,821PSPBroccoli
07.14.Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games4,374176,3563DSNintendo
04.15.Dragon’s Dogma4,37233,397360Capcom
22.16.Wii Sports Resort4,201953,286WiiNintendo
New17.BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend3,982NewPSPArc System Works
21.18.Kid Icarus: Uprising3,974284,5523DSNintendo
New19.Tsuyo Kiss 3-Gakki Portable3,376NewPSPNetRevo
15.20.My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute Portable Can’t Possibly Continue3,21663,144PSPNamco Bandai


<< Last week’s software sales chart

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and
Note: We usually publish our sales column on Wednesdays. This year, due to E3, we were forced to delay it a day. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
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.