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This Week In Sales: Inazuma Eleven Go 2 Kicks Off To A Decent Start

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    Period: The week of December 10th – December 16th (2012)

    Top-seller: Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone – 168,179

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 112,052 | Total sales: 7,430,562

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 206,973 | Total sales: 1,687,841

    PlayStation Vita sales: 14,446 | Total sales: 1,089,067

    Wii U sales: 126,916 | Total sales: 435,058

    << Last week’s software sales chart

     

    Last week, Level 5 released Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone. The game sold 168,179 copies in its first week across its Neppuu and Raimei versions. How does that compare to past games?

     

    On the bright side, Inazuma Eleven Go 2 outsold the first Inazuma Eleven Go game’s first-week sales, which were at 135,259 copies sold. However, it’s nowhere near the figures of the original Inazuma Eleven games on the Nintendo DS. That having been said, outperforming its immediate predecessor is a start.

     

    Meanwhile, on the hardware front, the Nintendo 3DS sold over 300,000 units combined across the 3DS and 3DS XL models. The Wii U, on the other hand, saw a drop in sales during its second week on the market, coming down to 126,916 units sold.

     

    Wii U’s launch is still difficult to assess, since consoles aren’t nearly as popular in the Japanese market as portable systems are, and market conditions have changed since 2006, which is when the Wii and PlayStation 3 launched. That said, the Wii U is slightly ahead of the PlayStation Vita’s sales in its second week, and has a Mario game that is likely to help sales over a long period of time.

     

    Sales were strong across the board for software and Nintendo 3DS hardware this week, and will likely be higher next week, going into the holidays. Next week will also see the release of One Piece: Romance Dawn, AKB1/149 Love Election, and Magician’s Quest: Town of Magic.

     

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

     

    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone – Neppuu/Raimei168,179New3DSLevel 5
    05.02.Animal Crossing: New Leaf151,9201,453,4273DSNintendo
    03.03.Paper Mario: Sticker Star92,363221,4163DSNintendo
    01.04.Yakuza 582,941439,698PS3Sega
    02.05.New Super Mario Bros. U71,011234,539WiiUNintendo
    08.06.New Super Mario Bros. 270,0761,571,1613DSNintendo
    07.07.Taiko Drum Master: Super Splendid Edition69,307243,917WiiNamco Bandai
    09.08.Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth53,529266,0533DSPokémon Co.
    New09.Toriko: Gourmet Monsters43,146New3DSNamco Bandai
    06.10.Nintendo Land41,497113,618WiiUNintendo
    10.11.Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney23,402181,5293DSLevel 5
    04.12.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate23,213129,601WiiUCapcom
    12.13.Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational20,419181,800PS3Sony
    16.14.Run for Money Tousouchuu19,221282,6233DSNamco Bandai
    13.15.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)19,18473,2513DSCapcom
    17.16.Pokémon Black/White 217,4262,876,166DSPokémon Co.
    18.17.Style Savvy: Trendsetters17,179216,4703DSNintendo
    New18.Romance of the Three Kingdoms 1217,013NewPS3Tecmo Koei
    New19.Power Pro Baseball 201215,030NewPS3Konami
    19.20.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb14,604296,7843DSNamco Bandai

     

    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and Geimin.net.

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. 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.




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