Nintendo 3DS

This Week In Sales: Love Is In The Air


Period: The week of February 13th – February 19th (2012)

Top-seller: New LovePlus – 104,969

Nintendo 3DS sales: 94,667 | Total sales: 5,026,621

PlayStation Vita sales: 12,309 | Total sales: 578,812


New LovePlus was the big release in Japan last week, and the Nintendo 3DS game sold close to 105,000 copies at launch, stealing the #1 spot on the software sales chart. That’s a lot of love, and is higher than first-week sales of LovePlus+ on Nintendo DSi in 2010 (84,364 first week).


At the #3 spot was another new Nintendo 3DS release, Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy. This one’s a little more complicated.


Theatrhythm only sold 67,000 copies in its first week, but multiple reports have indicated that the game has sold out at stores, and is even sold out on This means that Square Enix underestimated demand and didn’t ship enough copies to stores. A second shipment isn’t expected until February 25th, so it should be interesting to see what Theatrhythm numbers look like next week.


Together, New LovePlus and Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy drove Nintendo 3DS hardware sales to over 94,000 units for the week. Additionally, despite the numerous new releases during the week, Resident Evil: Revelations continues to hang on in the top-ten (now at 232,000 copies sold), which is nice to see.


Another 3DS title for the week was a multiplatform release. Chunsoft published Extreme Escape Adventure: Good People Die for both the 3DS and PlayStation Vita. The 3DS version sold 9,300 copies while the Vita version sold 6,500 copies.


Finally, Tekken 3D Prime Edition was released on the 3DS as well, and sold a mere 9,400 copies. This isn’t surprising, as portable Tekken games have been in decline since Tekken: Dark Resurrection in 2006. Take a look at these first-week numbers for the PSP Tekken games for comparison:

Tekken: Dark Resurrection (2006) – 49,426

Tekken 6 (2010) – 25,131


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. New LovePlus 104,969 New 3DS Konami
New 02. Binary Domain 73,683 New PS3 Sega
New 03. Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy 67,206 New 3DS Square Enix
04. 04. Mario Kart 7 22,015 1,506,522 3DS Nintendo
06. 05. Super Mario 3D Land 17,791 1,348,776 3DS Nintendo
05. 06. Monster Hunter 3G 17,490 1,249,833 3DS Capcom
New 07. Samurai Warriors 3Z Special 17,125 New PSP Tecmo Koei
03. 08. Resident Evil: Revelations 15,666 231,907 3DS Capcom
01. 09. Suikoden: The Woven Web of a Century 13,695 75,479 PSP Konami
02. 10. Gravity Rush 10,219
PSV Sony
New 11. Tekken 3D Prime Edition 9,421 New 3DS Namco Bandai
New 12. Extreme Escape Adventure: Good People Die 9,307 New 3DS Chunsoft
07. 13. Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition 8,169 42,198 PS3 Sony
10. 14. Just Dance Wii 7,643 542,589 Wii Nintendo
New 15. Extreme Escape Adventure: Good People Die 6,538 New PSV Chunsoft
08. 16. Armored Core V 6,430 212,784 PS3 From Software
13. 17. Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine/Dark 6,268 393,130 3DS Level 5
14. 18. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP the Best) 5,223 197,031 PSP Capcom
16. 19. Wii Sports Resort
5,135 873,120 Wii Nintendo
22. 20. Nintendogs + cats 4,839 501,169 3DS Nintendo


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.