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:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.L.A. Noire58,436NewPS3Take Two
New02.Infamous 233,474NewPS3Sony
New03.Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon30,189NewPS3D3 Publisher
New04.Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon17,817New360D3 Publisher
New05.Wii Play: Motion17,008NewWiiNintendo
05.06.The Little Battlers15,807244,790PSPLevel 5
06.07.The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time14,985240,7383DSNintendo
04.09.GoldenEye 00713,21649,390WiiNintendo
13.10.Wii Sports Resort12,877388,074WiiNintendo
New11.L.A. Noire12,621New360Take Two
02.12.Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition10,51265,436PS3Capcom
07.13.Atelier Meruru10,421116,762PS3Gust
01.14.Tales of the Abyss10,03484,2073DSNamco Bandai
03.15.To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers
New16.Class of Heroes 3D
20.17.Pokémon Black/White
11.18.Gundam Memories: Memories of Battle6,55972,327PSPNamco Bandai
14.19.Yakuza: Of the End6,297394,902PS3Sega
New20.Haruhi Suzumiya’s Mahjong


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.