This Week In Sales: Killer Is Really Dead


Period: The week of July 29th – August 4th (2013)

Top-seller: Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 119,154

Nintendo 3DS sales: 17,747 | Total sales: 8,467,477

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 57,940 | Total sales: 3,522,996

PlayStation Vita sales: 17,702 | Total sales: 1,759,489

Wii U sales: 10,038 | Total sales: 1,026,429

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week’s best-seller in Japan was a game that slipped under everyone’s radar—Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life by Namco Bandai. This is a game where you play as a Mii and get to interact with a number of Disney characters. Check out the trailer below for an idea of what it’s like:



Meanwhile, the previous week’s best-seller, Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, has reached the very impressive milestone of 300,000 copies sold by its second week—and that’s actual copies sold, not just shipped to retailers. It should be interesting to compare sales with those of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney at the end of the year.


Finally, this week’s other major release, Killer is Dead, the latest game from Grasshopper’s Suda51, didn’t fare nearly as well. The game sold a meagre 17,709 copies on PlayStation 3—that’s a lower debut than Lollipop Chainsaw and even No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life 119,154 New 3DS Namco Bandai
01. 02. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies 40,2013 290,419 3DS Capcom
05. 03. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 32,537 176,230 3DS Nintendo
06. 04. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 21,313 1,330,780 3DS Nintendo
New 05. Killer is Dead 17,709 New PS3 Kadokawa
04. 06. The Witch and the Hundred Knights 16,131 65,340 PS3 Nippon Ichi
New 07. MIND≒0 15,575 New PSV Acquire
07. 08. Youkai Watch 13,819 115,119 3DS Level 5
03. 09. Dragon’s Crown 13,772 84,855 PSV Atlus
02. 10. Dragon’s Crown 13,714 118,074 PS3 Atlus
08. 11. Fantasy Life Link! 10,487 28,721 3DS Level 5
10. 12. Pikmin 3 10,342 145,735 WiiU Nintendo
13. 13. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 9,620 3,354,784 3DS Nintendo
14. 14. Donkey Kong Country Returns 8,481 235,176 3DS Nintendo
09. 15. LEGO City Undercover 7,772 25,971 WiiU Nintendo
18. 16. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 7,595 850,134 3DS Nintendo
011. 17. Earth Defense Force 2025 7,445 230,292 PS3 D3 Publisher
12. 18. The Little Battlers Super Custom 7,287 45,325 3DS Level 5
New 19. Shiratsuyu no Kai 6,187 New PSP Idea Factory
16. 20. Hoppe-chan Tsukutte Asonde Puni Puni Town!! 6,016 14,853 3DS Nippon Columbia


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.