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


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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone – Neppuu/Raimei 168,179 New 3DS Level 5
05. 02. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 151,920 1,453,427 3DS Nintendo
03. 03. Paper Mario: Sticker Star 92,363 221,416 3DS Nintendo
01. 04. Yakuza 5 82,941 439,698 PS3 Sega
02. 05. New Super Mario Bros. U 71,011 234,539 WiiU Nintendo
08. 06. New Super Mario Bros. 2 70,076 1,571,161 3DS Nintendo
07. 07. Taiko Drum Master: Super Splendid Edition 69,307 243,917 Wii Namco Bandai
09. 08. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth 53,529 266,053 3DS Pokémon Co.
New 09. Toriko: Gourmet Monsters 43,146 New 3DS Namco Bandai
06. 10. Nintendo Land 41,497 113,618 WiiU Nintendo
10. 11. Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney 23,402 181,529 3DS Level 5
04. 12. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate 23,213 129,601 WiiU Capcom
12. 13. Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational 20,419 181,800 PS3 Sony
16. 14. Run for Money Tousouchuu 19,221 282,623 3DS Namco Bandai
13. 15. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) 19,184 73,251 3DS Capcom
17. 16. Pokémon Black/White 2 17,426 2,876,166 DS Pokémon Co.
18. 17. Style Savvy: Trendsetters 17,179 216,470 3DS Nintendo
New 18. Romance of the Three Kingdoms 12 17,013 New PS3 Tecmo Koei
New 19. Power Pro Baseball 2012 15,030 New PS3 Konami
19. 20. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 14,604 296,784 3DS Namco Bandai


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.