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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Kid Icarus: Uprising 132,526 New 3DS Nintendo
New 02. Black Panther 2: Yakuza Asura Chapter 104,937 New PSP Sega
01. 03. Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition 65,046 237,073 DS Pokémon Co.
New 04. Devil May Cry HD Collection 43,791 New PS3 Capcom
New 05. Ninja Gaiden 3 29,797 New PS3 Tecmo Koei
New 06. Mugen Souls 23,004 New PS3 Compile Heart
09. 07. Monster Hunter Tri G 22,402 1,337,122 3DS Capcom
08. 08. Mario Kart 7
20,890 1,601,979 3DS Nintendo
11. 09. Super Mario 3D Land
20,305 1,439,760 3DS Nintendo
11. 10. Shining Blade
19,302 141,289 PSP Sega
New 11. Hakuoki: Bakumatsu Musou Roku
17,817 New PSP Idea Factory
10. 12. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
16,731 99,656 3DS Nintendo
04. 13. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 16,243 796,751 PS3 Namco Bandai
New 14. Fairy Tail: Zeref Awakens 15,377 New PSP Konami
06. 15. Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai 11,334 116,351 3DS Sega
12. 16. Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin 9,889 147,106 3DS Marvelous AQL
New 17. Little Busters! Converted Edition 8,372 New PSV Prototype
03. 18. Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable 8,138 70,546 PSP Namco Bandai
New 19. Hanaoni: Yume no Tsudzuki 8,023 New PSP Idea Factory
New 20. Shinken de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! R 6,834 New PS3 Minato 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.