This Week In Sales: Fatal Frame Poses For The Camera, .hack Gets Infected


Period: The week of June 25th – July 1st (2012)

Top-seller: Pokémon Black/White 2 – 420,780

Nintendo 3DS sales: 66,391 | Total sales: 6,418,988

PlayStation Vita sales: 25,636 | Total sales: 804,739


This week, Japanese sales are serving up a doze of surprises, some pleasant and some…not so pleasant. Let’s take these in order, one by one:


Culdcept for Nintendo 3DS sold 55,469 copies in its first week. That’s great for such a niche game, and for comparison, Culdcept on the DS in 2008 debuted at 50,374 copies sold.


Robotics;Notes opened at 54,753. The game looks like its riding off of Steins;Gate’s reputation, as they’re both by the same developer. For perspective, 5pb’s president said that retailers ordered 100,000 copies of Robotics;Notes.


Metal Gear Solid HD Collection on the Vita sold about half of Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D on the 3DS. Of course, HD Collectionwas already released on the PlayStation 3 prior to this, so that would explain the low Vita version sales.


Project Zero 2: Wii Edition (25,280) outsold the .hack Hybrid Pack (17,446). At this point, I believe the only way to make .hackrelevant again is to release a high-quality RPG on the PlayStation 3, which is where Namco’s anime audience is. Whether or not Namco Bandai will think it’s worth the risk remains to be seen.


Unsurprisingly, Project Zero 2: Wii Edition (a remake of Fatal Frame 2) didn’t manage to outsell 2008’s Fatal Frame 4 (also on the Wii), which sold 33,456 copies in its first week.


Tokyo Jungle could eventually reach close to 200,000 sold. That’s pretty great for a quirky game where you play as a bunch of animals in a post-apocalyptic world.


In other news, Sony released the Crystal White PlayStation Vita model last week, which accounts for the increase in Vita sales. Next week, we should see its numbers go back to normal. Next week’s sales chart will also tell us how Anarchy ReignsEtrian Odyssey IV, and The Little Battlers: Explosive Boost sold.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Pokémon Black/White 2 420,780 1,982,518 DS Pokémon Co.
New 02. Atelier Ayesha 60,548 New PS3 Gust
New 03. Culdcept 55,469 New 3DS Nintendo
New 04. Robotics;Notes 54,753 New PS3 5pb
04. 05. Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D 45,207 766,381 3DS Square Enix
New 06. Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection 33,393 New PS3 Capcom
New 07. Project Zero 2: Wii Edition 25,280 New Wii Nintendo
New 08. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection 20,139 New PSV Konami
New 09. .hack Hybrid Pack 17,446 New PS3 Namco Bandai
New 10. The [email protected]: Anime & G4U! vol. 9 16,139 New PS3 Namco Bandai
10. 11. Persona 4: Golden 15,497 181,866 PSV Atlus
New 12. Robotics;Notes 14,908 New 360 5pb
07. 13. Mario Party 9 14,049 461,175 Wii Nintendo
05. 14. Tokyo Jungle 12,391 177,404 PS3 Sony
08. 15. Mario Tennis Open 11,500 209,548 3DS Nintendo
04. 16. Kenka Bancho Bros. 11,298 33,095 PSP Spike Chunsoft
New 17. Jake Hunter: Rondo of Revenge 6,834 New 3DS Arc System Works
New 18. Strike Witches: Wings of Silver 6,698 New PSP Kadokawa Games
11. 19. Super Mario 3D Land 6,423 1,637,781 3DS Nintendo
New 20. Dies irae ~Amantes amentes~ 5,669 New PSP Fuse


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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.