This Week In Sales: Golden Week Fails To Impress Again


Period: The week of April 28th – May 4th (2014)

Top-seller: Yo-kai Watch (3DS) – 62,777

Nintendo 3DS sales: 7,644 | Total sales: 9,483,851

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 31,979 | Total sales: 6,019,368

PlayStation Vita sales: 23,030 | Total sales: 2,765,019

Vita TV sales: 1,687 | 109,629

Wii U sales: 8,079 | Total sales: 1,722,201

PlayStation 4 sales: 11,486 | 558,367

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Last week was Japan’s Golden Week holiday, and as such, popular software saw a slight increase in sales, alongside a boost in hardware sales for the Nintendo 3DS. Unfortunately, the 3DS was also the only platform that saw any kind of meaningful boost in sales during Golden Week.


The game that benefited most from the holiday was Yo-kai Watch, selling 62,777 copies during the week. Close behind it was Mario Golf: World Tour, which was a new release for the week. Mario Golf sold 49,889 copies.


Other recent popular releases such as Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call also managed to stay in the top 5 for the week, but sales took a dive following the #6 spot on the software sales chart. Everything below #6 sold less than 10,000 copies.


This is an alarming state of affairs, but unfortunately, it isn’t unexpected. Golden Week sales weren’t particularly impressive last year either.  Here’s a look back at the top-20 software sales chart during Golden Week for the past four years:


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
03.01.Yo-kai Watch62,777860,8243DSLevel 5
New02.Mario Golf: World Tour49,889New3DSNintendo
01.03.Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment32,512177,541PSVBandai Namco
02.04.Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call24,908105,4313DSSquare Enix
04.05.Mario Party: Island Tour22,581343,0713DSNintendo
11.06.Kirby Triple Deluxe10,046569,9493DSNintendo
12.07.Pokémon X and Y8,5124,049,1423DSPokémon Co.
06.08.NES Remix 1+28,21619,295WiiUNintendo
New09.Touch Detective Rising 38,190New3DSSuccess
New10.Child of Light7,807NewPS4Ubisoft
13.11.Style Savvy: Trendsetters – Tokimeki UP!7,70825,9493DSNintendo
05.12.The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z7,000193,396PS3Bandai Namco
10.13.Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes6,964211,462PS3Konami
08.14.The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z6,173160,842PSVBandai Namco
27.15.Fossil Fighters: Infinite Gear5,905149,7033DSNintendo
20.16.Just Dance Wii U5,24639,180WiiUUbisoft
14.17.Samurai Warriors 44,963222,974PS3Tecmo Koei
23.18.Animal Crossing: New Leaf4,9253,726,6953DSNintendo
40.19.Super Mario 3D World4,851537,274WiiUNintendo
22.20.Monster Hunter 44,5963,268,9633DSCapcom


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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.