Nintendo 3DS

This Week In Sales: Monster Hunter 4.


    Period: The week of September 9th – September 15th (2013)

    Top-seller: Monster Hunter 4 – 1,715,060

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 40,092 | Total sales: 8,603,550

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 236,700 | Total sales: 3,989,793

    PlayStation Vita sales: 6,020 | Total sales: 1,829,737

    Wii U sales: 5,003 | Total sales: 1,072,902

    << Last week’s software sales chart


    Last week, Capcom released the much-anticipated Monster Hunter 4 in Japan. The game was released on Saturday, September 14th, and sold a whopping 1,715,060 copies in its first two days on store shelves. Here’s how that stacks up against previous Monster Hunter games:


    (2005) Monster Hunter Freedom [PSP] – 233,783

    (2007) Monster Hunter Freedom 2 [PSP] – 705,281

    (2008) Monster Hunter Freedom Unite [PSP] – 880,468

    (2010) Monster Hunter Portable 3rd [PSP] – 1,950,717

    (2011) Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate [3DS] – 521,959


    As you can see, the highest-debuting Monster Hunter game to date is still Monster Hunter Portable 3rd. That said, it bears mentioning that Portable 3rd had five days of sales recorded at launch, whereas Monster Hunter 4 had just two.


    Additionally, Monster Hunter 4’s 1.7 million figure doesn’t take into account sales of the game through the Nintendo eShop as a download. We know for a fact that the game has sold a significant number of copies through downloads as it is currently ranked #3 on the Nintendo eShop’s lifetime software chart. Since Monster Hunter Portable 3rd had no download version at launch, its 1.95 million figure accounts for all copies sold, meaning that Monster Hunter 4’s total launch sales are likely very close, if not more than Portable 3rd’s within the same span of time.


    In the months ahead, we expect Monster Hunter 4 and the upcoming Pokémon X and Pokémon Y to help the growth of other Nintendo 3DS software, too, especially with the holiday season just a couple of months away. New buyers picking up the 3DS hardware will mean further opportunities for popular 3DS games to find new homes, and it should be interesting to see what sales look like between now and the end of the year.


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


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.Monster Hunter 41,715,060New3DSCapcom
    New02.AKB 1/149: Love Election27,052NewPS3Namco Bandai
    New03.Brothers Conflict Brilliant Blue15,297NewPSPIdea Factory
    06.04.Tomodachi Collection: New Life10,5301,431,5273DSNintendo
    01.05.Uta no ☆ Prince-Sama: Music 210,34378,758PSPBroccoli
    07.06.Mario & Luigi: Dream Team9,428302,5943DSNintendo
    03.07.JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle8,906454,343PS3Namco Bandai
    09.08.Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life8,822264,1313DSNamco Bandai
    02.09.Splinter Cell: Blacklist8,25230,677PS3Ubisoft
    10.10.Youkai Watch7,791172,0223DSLevel 5
    13.11.Animal Crossing: New Leaf7,3483,410,0903DSNintendo
    14.12.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon5,352896,6003DSNintendo
    08.13.Killzone Mercenary4,30415,356PSVSony
    19.14.Mario Kart 74,1952,120,2913DSNintendo
    11.15.Ragnarok Odyssey Ace3,96944,975PSVGungHo
    04.16.Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate3,56622,174PS3Tecmo Koei
    22.18.New Super Mario Bros. 23,4002,094,1523DSNintendo
    20.19.Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition3,390560,681WiiNamco Bandai
    21.20.Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies3,336339,0003DSCapcom


    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.

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