This Week In Sales: Kid Icarus: Uprising Rises To #1


Period: The week of March 19th – March 25th (2012)

Top-seller: Kid Icarus: Uprising – 132,526

Nintendo 3DS sales: 94,011 | Total sales: 5,400,667

PlayStation Vita sales: 10,302 | Total sales: 630,385


Kid Icarus: Uprising’s release last week marked the rebirth of Kid Icarus worldwide, and that includes Japan as well. In its first week, the game sold over 132,00 copies, coming it at the #1 spot. While those are decent first-week sales, they aren’t extraordinary. The next few weeks will tell the real story, as we observe whether or not Uprising can stand its ground in the top-20.


Right behind Uprising at #2 was Black Panther: Yakuza Asura Chapter for the PSP with 105,000 copies. At #4 was Capcom’s Devil May Cry HD Collection, followed by Ninja Gaiden 3 at #5. Compile Heart managed to squeeze into the top-10 as well, with Mugen Souls for the PS3.


Last week also saw the release of the Cobalt Blue Nintendo 3DS, and this bumped up sales of Monster Hunter Tri G, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land, all of which saw an increase of 20-30% over the prior week. On that note, next week’s chart is going to be one to look out for, as we’ll find out sales for Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.


The full top-20 list for the week is as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Kid Icarus: Uprising132,526New3DSNintendo
New02.Black Panther 2: Yakuza Asura Chapter104,937NewPSPSega
01.03.Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition65,046237,073DSPokémon Co.
New04.Devil May Cry HD Collection43,791NewPS3Capcom
New05.Ninja Gaiden 329,797NewPS3Tecmo Koei
New06.Mugen Souls23,004NewPS3Compile Heart
09.07.Monster Hunter Tri G22,4021,337,1223DSCapcom
08.08.Mario Kart 7
11.09.Super Mario 3D Land
11.10.Shining Blade
New11.Hakuoki: Bakumatsu Musou Roku
17,817NewPSPIdea Factory
10.12.Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
04.13.One Piece: Pirate Warriors16,243796,751PS3Namco Bandai
New14.Fairy Tail: Zeref Awakens15,377NewPSPKonami
06.15.Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai11,334116,3513DSSega
12.16.Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin9,889147,1063DSMarvelous AQL
New17.Little Busters! Converted Edition8,372NewPSVPrototype
03.18.Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable8,13870,546PSPNamco Bandai
New19.Hanaoni: Yume no Tsudzuki8,023NewPSPIdea Factory
New20.Shinken de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! R6,834NewPS3Minato Station


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.