This Week In Sales: Everything Sold Badly

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    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:

     

    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    01.01.Tomodachi Collection: New Life103,479862,0543DSNintendo
    02.02.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon31,345691,9213DSNintendo
    03.03.Animal Crossing: New Leaf25,4603,200,8593DSNintendo
    04.04.Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen13,314169,996PS3Capcom
    05.05.Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission7,359184,5163DSNamco Bandai
    06.06.Tomb Raider5,97254,121PS3Square Enix
    New07.Kud Wafter: Converted Edition5,733NewPSPPrototype
    08.08.New Super Mario Bros. 25,4432,024,8123DSNintendo
    07.09.Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 35,382122,975PS3Namco Bandai
    11.10.Run for Money Tousouchuu4,914483,0053DSNamco Bandai
    13.11.Mario Kart 74,6312,047,8473DSNintendo
    12.12.Photo Kano Kiss4,55643,360PSVKadokawa
    10.13.7th Dragon 2020-II4,287102,149PSPSega
    09.14.Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition3,952473,389WiiNamco Bandai
    14.15.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb3,812483,4153DSNamco Bandai
    17.16.Pro Baseball Spirits 20133,755143,558PSPKonami
    15.17.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)3,517304,9393DSCapcom
    18.18.One Piece: Pirate Warriors 23,193393,183PS3Namco Bandai
    16.19.Detective Conan: Marionette Symphony3,19018,5163DSNamco Bandai
    20.20.Pro Baseball Spirits 20133,134167,520PS3Konami

     

    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and Geimin.net.

     

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. 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.




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