This Week In Sales: Everything Sold Badly


Period: The week of May 6th – May 12th (2013)

Top-seller: Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 103,479

Nintendo 3DS sales: 16,412 | Total sales: 8,283,208

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 33,351 | Total sales: 3,116,235

PlayStation Vita sales: 12,331 | Total sales: 1,571,116

Wii U sales: 7,974 | Total sales: 917,221

<< Last week’s software sales chart


This year’s Golden Week holiday was rather unimpressive in Japan, with the Nintendo 3DS being the only videogame console to benefit from the week-long holiday in terms of sales. Last week, which was the week following Golden Week, was even worse.


Typically, sales across the board—including both hardware and software—drop the week after a major holiday like Golden Week. While the 3DS managed to sell another 50,000 units for the week, the Wii U dropped to an alarmingly low 8,000 units. Meanwhile, the PlayStation Vita dropped back down to 12,000 units, marking the end of the short-lived boost it enjoyed as a result of its recent price cut and software releases.


Namco Bandai and Nintendo were, once again, the top publishers for the week, filling up the majority of the top-20 software sales chart.


Thankfully, the Summer ahead looks to be more exciting. May 23rd will see the release of Shin Megami Tensei IV and Kamen Rader: Battride War, which should make for some interesting discussion in the weeks following their release. Soon after, we’ll see Square Enix’s mecha 3DS RPG, Gyrozetter, followed by Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies and Youkai Watch in July.


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 103,479 862,054 3DS Nintendo
02. 02. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 31,345 691,921 3DS Nintendo
03. 03. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 25,460 3,200,859 3DS Nintendo
04. 04. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen 13,314 169,996 PS3 Capcom
05. 05. Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 7,359 184,516 3DS Namco Bandai
06. 06. Tomb Raider 5,972 54,121 PS3 Square Enix
New 07. Kud Wafter: Converted Edition 5,733 New PSP Prototype
08. 08. New Super Mario Bros. 2 5,443 2,024,812 3DS Nintendo
07. 09. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 5,382 122,975 PS3 Namco Bandai
11. 10. Run for Money Tousouchuu 4,914 483,005 3DS Namco Bandai
13. 11. Mario Kart 7 4,631 2,047,847 3DS Nintendo
12. 12. Photo Kano Kiss 4,556 43,360 PSV Kadokawa
10. 13. 7th Dragon 2020-II 4,287 102,149 PSP Sega
09. 14. Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition 3,952 473,389 Wii Namco Bandai
14. 15. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 3,812 483,415 3DS Namco Bandai
17. 16. Pro Baseball Spirits 2013 3,755 143,558 PSP Konami
15. 17. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) 3,517 304,939 3DS Capcom
18. 18. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 3,193 393,183 PS3 Namco Bandai
16. 19. Detective Conan: Marionette Symphony 3,190 18,516 3DS Namco Bandai
20. 20. Pro Baseball Spirits 2013 3,134 167,520 PS3 Konami


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.