Nintendo 3DS

This Week In Sales: Harvest Moon Is Still A Marvelous Cash Cow


Period: The week of February 20th – February 26th (2012)

Top-seller: Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave – 85,309

Nintendo 3DS sales: 76,322 | Total sales: 5,102,943

PlayStation Vita sales: 11,186 | Total sales: 589,998


Following its release in Japan, we tried to get an idea for how Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin was doing, by perusing the blogs of various Japanese retailers. Going by the impressions we read, we assumed The Land of Origin would have a pretty good first week, but it actually didn’t.


No, it had a spectacular first week, with a whopping 81,131 copies sold. That’s a higher debut than any of the Harvest Moon (or Rune Factory) games on the Nintendo DS, and we’ll have a separate feature to illustrate this tomorrow.


A few other notes regarding some of the other games on the top-20 chart:

  • Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave did well, but as one retailer pointed out, Tales games tend to burn out quickly.
  • Theatrhythm was supposedly restocked on Feb 25th, which might be why it only sold another 10k copies last week. The new shipment only had one day to chart.
  • New LovePlus dropped fast and hard, but that could be because there were so many new releases last week. Let’s see how it does in the weeks to come.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave85,309NewPSPNamco Bandai
New02.Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin81,131New3DSMarvelous AQL
New03.Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations65,758NewPS3Namco Bandai
New04.Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Portable56,969NewPSPNamco Bandai
New05.Asura’s Wrath30,308NewPS3Capcom
New06.Nendoroid Generation21,991NewPSPNamco Bandai
05.07.Super Mario 3D Land21,4001,370,1763DSNintendo
03.08.Mario Kart 720,7441,527,2663DSNintendo
05.09.Monster Hunter Tri G17,8411,267,6753DSCapcom
New10.The Idolm@ster Anime & G4U: Vol. 317,038
PS3Namco Bandai
02.11.Binary Domain14,90588,589PS3Sega
New12.Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 5: Kazahanaki12,630NewPSPTecmo Koei
08.13.Resident Evil: Revelations12,210244,1163DSCapcom
New14.Touch, Shot! Love Application11,077NewPS3Compile Heart
03.15.Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy10,78677,9933DSSquare Enix
01.17.New Love Plus8,644113,6133DSKonami
07.18.Samurai Warriors 3Z Special8,17825,303PSPTecmo Koei
New19.Moujuutsukai to Oujisama: Snow Bride Portable8,044NewPSPIdea Factory
09.20.Suikoden: The Woven Web of a Century7,60783,086PSPKonami


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.