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
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|