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

<< Last week’s software sales chart


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 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.