This Week In Sales: Metal Gear Rises With A Revengeance


    Period: The week of February 18th – February 24th (2013)

    Top-seller: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance – 308,681

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 25,412 | Total sales: 8,028,523

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 49,317 | Total sales: 2,658,333

    PlayStation Vita sales: 11,456 | Total sales: 1,231,864

    Wii U sales: 9,633 | Total sales: 791,006

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    Metal Gear isn’t known for being a stylish action game, but that didn’t stop a lot of people from picking up Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance in Japan. The game sold 308,681 copies in its first week, and that’s actually a better debut than any other game in the stylish-action genre of late.


    Here’s how Metal Gear Rising’s first-week sales on the PlayStation 3 compare to first-week sales of other recently released stylish-action games on the same platform:


    (2008) Devil May Cry 4 – 205,390

    (2009) Bayonetta – 135,242

    (2012) DmC Devil May Cry – 110,429


    Not being a traditional Metal Gear Solid game did take away from Rising’s sales, though. Back in 2008, Metal Gear Solid 4 sold nearly 465,000 copies in its first week—quite a bit ahead of Rising’s 308,681 copies.


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


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance308,681NewPS3Konami
    01.02.Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden75,4261,088,3413DSSquare Enix
    02.03.Animal Crossing: New Leaf74,4382,666,0403DSNintendo
    New04.Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic29,402New3DSNamco Bandai
    New05.A Certain Magical and Scientific Ensemble13,894NewPSPNamco Bandai
    04.06.Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition9,825406,050WiiNamco Bandai
    03.07.New Super Mario Bros. 29,6641,932,1563DSNintendo
    05.08.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)8,230235,4653DSCapcom
    06.09.Fantasy Life5,870236,3413DSLevel 5
    07.10.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb5,799429,1633DSNamco Bandai
    08.11.Paper Mario: Sticker Star5,157530,1003DSNintendo
    10.12.Mario Kart 74,8921,983,1483DSNintendo
    New13.Tank! Tank! Tank!4,714NewWiiUNamco Bandai
    09.14.Run for Money Tousouchuu4,682432,1113DSNamco Bandai
    13.15.Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone – Neppuu/Raimei 4,443423,9983DSLevel 5
    11.16.New Super Mario Bros. U4,333470,790WiiUNintendo
    15.17.Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Dubbed Version)3,703132,643PS3Square Enix
    New18.Grisaia no Kajitsu: Le Fruit De La Grisaia Read3,700NewPSPPrototype
    18.19.Pokémon Black/White 23,6392,969,695DSPokémon Co.
    New20.Desert Kingdom Portable3,194NewPSPIdea Factory


    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 a contributing writer at 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.