This Week In Sales: Imageepoch Tell The Tale of the Last Promise


Period: The week of April 25th – May 1st (2011)

Top-seller: Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional – 73,729 | Total sales: 410,895

Nintendo 3DS sales: 28,413 | Total sales: 948,546


Golden Week ended today in Japan. Since Golden Week kicks off on April 29th every year, this week’s sales chart for the week of April 25th – May 1st included three of the seven days days of the Japanese holiday.


To kick things off, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 saw a rather significant boost in sales from last week, jumping back to the top of the sales chart.


At the #2 position was Tale of the Last Promise, Imageepoch’s dungeon crawler RPG, and also their very first self-published game. Imageepoch president, Ryoei Mikage, hopes to ultimately sell 150,000 copies of the game. Following very closely behind it was El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron on PlayStation 3. Not far behind El Shaddai was Patapon 3 for the PSP.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
02.01.Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional73,729410,895DSSquare Enix
New02.Tale of the Last Promise60,435NewPSPImageepoch
New03.El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron58,105NewPS3Ignition
New04.Patapon 349,378NewPSPSony
01.05.Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS32,62391,986DSThe Pokémon Co.
03.06.The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z27,012379,004PSPNamco Bandai
04.07.Professional Baseball Spirits 201122,584121,778PSPKonami
05.08.Professional Baseball Spirits 201116,873127,724PS3Konami
New09.Starry☆ Sky: In Winter Portable15,389NewPSPAsgard
13.10.Monster Hunter Portable 3rd10,7214,457,226PSPCapcom
19.11.Wii Party9,0331,869,166WiiNintendo
20.12.Nintendogs + cats8,953205,1953DSNintendo
09.13.Pilotwings Resort8,91946,1473DSNintendo
New14.El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron8,823New360Ignition
06.15.Detective Conan: Rondo of the Blue Jewel
8,70928,496DSNamco Bandai
17.16.Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection8,141179,451PSPSquare Enix
New17.Otome wa Oanesama ni Koi Shiteru Portable: 2-Jin no Elder7,848NewPSPAlchemist
07.18.Gachitora: The Roughneck Teacher in High School7,80121,361PSPSpike
New19.Hakuouki: Yuugi Roku DS7,507NewDSIdea Factory
23.20.Pokémon: Black/White7,4695,162,962DSNintendo


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.