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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave 85,309 New PSP Namco Bandai
New 02. Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin 81,131 New 3DS Marvelous AQL
New 03. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations 65,758 New PS3 Namco Bandai
New 04. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Portable 56,969 New PSP Namco Bandai
New 05. Asura’s Wrath 30,308 New PS3 Capcom
New 06. Nendoroid Generation 21,991 New PSP Namco Bandai
05. 07. Super Mario 3D Land 21,400 1,370,176 3DS Nintendo
03. 08. Mario Kart 7 20,744 1,527,266 3DS Nintendo
05. 09. Monster Hunter Tri G 17,841 1,267,675 3DS Capcom
New 10. The [email protected] Anime & G4U: Vol. 3 17,038
PS3 Namco Bandai
02. 11. Binary Domain 14,905 88,589 PS3 Sega
New 12. Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 5: Kazahanaki 12,630 New PSP Tecmo Koei
08. 13. Resident Evil: Revelations 12,210 244,116 3DS Capcom
New 14. Touch, Shot! Love Application 11,077 New PS3 Compile Heart
03. 15. Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy 10,786 77,993 3DS Square Enix
New 16. Galgun 9,002 New PS3 Alchemist
01. 17. New Love Plus 8,644 113,613 3DS Konami
07. 18. Samurai Warriors 3Z Special 8,178 25,303 PSP Tecmo Koei
New 19. Moujuutsukai to Oujisama: Snow Bride Portable 8,044 New PSP Idea Factory
09. 20. Suikoden: The Woven Web of a Century 7,607 83,086 PSP Konami


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.