This Week In Sales: L.A. Noire Takes The Lead


Period: The week of Jul 4th – Jul 10th (2011)

Top-seller: L.A. Noire – 58,436

Nintendo 3DS sales: 22,943 | Total sales: 1,211,278


The three best-selling games in Japan last week were all developed overseas. Team Bondi’s L.A. Noire made the top spot, coming in at 58,436 copies sold, and Infamous 2 followed at the #2 spot with 33,474 copies. It should be noted once again that GoldenEye 007, too, performed relatively well upon its release the week prior.


In the #3 and #4 spots were the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon respectively. While the game is published by D3 Publisher in Japan, it’s been developed by Vicious Cycle Software in North Carolina.


Meanwhile, The Little Battlers and Ocarina of Time 3D hung on in the top-ten for another week, along with Steins;Gate on the PSP, which is nearly at 100,000 units (5pb must be singing with joy). Tales of the Abyss, however, took a dip from its release the week prior. Abyss went from its 74,000 debut to barely over 10,000 units sold last week.


The top-20 software sales chart for the week is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. L.A. Noire 58,436 New PS3 Take Two
New 02. Infamous 2 33,474 New PS3 Sony
New 03. Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon 30,189 New PS3 D3 Publisher
New 04. Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon 17,817 New 360 D3 Publisher
New 05. Wii Play: Motion 17,008 New Wii Nintendo
05. 06. The Little Battlers 15,807 244,790 PSP Level 5
06. 07. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 14,985 240,738 3DS Nintendo
08. 08. Steins;Gate 13,700 99,088 PSP 5pb
04. 09. GoldenEye 007 13,216 49,390 Wii Nintendo
13. 10. Wii Sports Resort 12,877 388,074 Wii Nintendo
New 11. L.A. Noire 12,621 New 360 Take Two
02. 12. Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition 10,512 65,436 PS3 Capcom
07. 13. Atelier Meruru 10,421 116,762 PS3 Gust
01. 14. Tales of the Abyss 10,034 84,207 3DS Namco Bandai
03. 15. To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers
9,321 46,717 PSP Aquaplus
New 16. Class of Heroes 3D
8,353 New 3DS Acquire
20. 17. Pokémon Black/White
8,271 5,227,336 DS Nintendo
11. 18. Gundam Memories: Memories of Battle 6,559 72,327 PSP Namco Bandai
14. 19. Yakuza: Of the End 6,297 394,902 PS3 Sega
New 20. Haruhi Suzumiya’s Mahjong
5,285 New PSP Kadokawa


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.