This Week In Sales: Monsters, Dragons And Magicians


Period: The week of December 5th – December 11th (2011)

Top-seller: Monster Hunter 3G – 521,959

Nintendo 3DS sales: 350,321 | Total sales: 3,234,299


Naturally, Monster Hunter 3G is the big sales story for this week. Released on December 10th in Japan, the game sold 521,959 copies in its first week. Together with Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land, the game gave 3DS sales a giant boost for the week, too.


That puts the 3DS at about 3.2 million units sold in Japan so far. The holiday week has yet to come, too, and will likely provide another boost to sales of the system and popular games across the board. Speaking of which, the effects of the holidays are already evident in the software sales chart for the week, with a lot of games like Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, PokéPark 2 and Wii Party benefitting from it.


Monster Hunter aside, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released in Japan last week as well. The PlayStation 3 version debuted at the #4 spot with 75,865 copies sold. Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 version sold another 37,000 copies. For comparison, here’s how The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion did in its first week, when it was published in Japan by Spike in 2007:


Xbox 360: 40,168

PlayStation 3: 26,563



Another game I’d like to draw attention to this week is Magician’s Quest: The Stylish Wizard for the Nintendo DS. Konami slipped this one out last week as well, and it sold about 46,000 copies in its first week. This is just a little bit higher than what Magician’s Quest: The Merchant’s Store of Sorcery, released in November 2010 for the DS, released at. That game opened with 40,208 copies sold in week 1.


Here’s the fun part, though. Merchant’s Store of Sorcery remained on the software chart for weeks on end (weekly sales actually increased significantly at one point), eventually going on to sell over 250,000 copies by the end of 2010.


It should be very interesting to see if The Stylish Wizard can repeat that same sort of success, or at least come close to it.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Monster Hunter 3G 521,959 New 3DS Capcom
01. 02. Mario Kart 7 183,834 607,453 3DS Nintendo
03. 03. Super Mario 3D Land 89,743 724,611 3DS Nintendo
New 04. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 75,865 New PS3 Bethesda Softworks
02. 05. Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. 56,584 406,340 PS3 Namco Bandai
New 06. Magician’s Quest: The Stylish Wizard 46,042 New DS Konami
New 07. Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi 44,593 282,917 PS3 Namco Bandai
07. 08. Kirby’s Return to Dreamland 44,570 327,487 Wii Nintendo
New 09. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
37,037 New 360 Bethesda Softworks
14. 10. Just Dance Wii 30,935
Wii Nintendo
13. 11. Wii Party 30,826 2,086,603 Wii Nintendo
12. 12. PokéPark 2: Beyond the World 30,512 120,189 Wii Nintendo
New 13. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games 30,222 New Wii Nintendo
New 14. A Certain Scientific Railgun 29,016 New PSP ASCII Media Works
New 15. Metal Max 2: Reloaded 24,233 New DS Kadokawa
19. 16. Wii Sports Resort 23,163 703,242 Wii Nintendo
17. 17. Taiko no Tatsujin: Definitive Edition 21,471 70,237 Wii Namco Bandai
05. 18. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword 19,947 247,116 Wii Nintendo
16. 19. One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 New World 18,696 179,052 DS Namco Bandai
06. 20. Fortune Street 16,580 44,220 Wii Square Enix


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.