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:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life119,154New3DSNamco Bandai
01.02.Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies40,2013290,4193DSCapcom
05.03.Mario & Luigi: Dream Team32,537176,2303DSNintendo
06.04.Tomodachi Collection: New Life21,3131,330,7803DSNintendo
New05.Killer is Dead17,709NewPS3Kadokawa
04.06.The Witch and the Hundred Knights16,13165,340PS3Nippon Ichi
07.08.Youkai Watch13,819115,1193DSLevel 5
03.09.Dragon’s Crown13,77284,855PSVAtlus
02.10.Dragon’s Crown13,714118,074PS3Atlus
08.11.Fantasy Life Link!10,48728,7213DSLevel 5
10.12.Pikmin 310,342145,735WiiUNintendo
13.13.Animal Crossing: New Leaf9,6203,354,7843DSNintendo
14.14.Donkey Kong Country Returns8,481235,1763DSNintendo
09.15.LEGO City Undercover7,77225,971WiiUNintendo
18.16.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon7,595850,1343DSNintendo
011.17.Earth Defense Force 20257,445230,292PS3D3 Publisher
12.18.The Little Battlers Super Custom7,28745,3253DSLevel 5
New19.Shiratsuyu no Kai6,187NewPSPIdea Factory
16.20.Hoppe-chan Tsukutte Asonde Puni Puni Town!!6,01614,8533DSNippon 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.