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:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Monster Hunter 3G521,959New3DSCapcom
01.02.Mario Kart 7183,834607,4533DSNintendo
03.03.Super Mario 3D Land89,743724,6113DSNintendo
New04.The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim75,865NewPS3Bethesda Softworks
02.05.Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.56,584406,340PS3Namco Bandai
New06.Magician’s Quest: The Stylish Wizard46,042NewDSKonami
New07.Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi44,593282,917PS3Namco Bandai
07.08.Kirby’s Return to Dreamland44,570327,487WiiNintendo
New09.The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
37,037New360Bethesda Softworks
14.10.Just Dance Wii30,935
13.11.Wii Party30,8262,086,603WiiNintendo
12.12.PokéPark 2: Beyond the World30,512120,189WiiNintendo
New13.Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games30,222NewWiiNintendo
New14.A Certain Scientific Railgun29,016NewPSPASCII Media Works
New15.Metal Max 2: Reloaded24,233NewDSKadokawa
19.16.Wii Sports Resort23,163703,242WiiNintendo
17.17.Taiko no Tatsujin: Definitive Edition21,47170,237WiiNamco Bandai
05.18.The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword19,947247,116WiiNintendo
16.19.One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 New World18,696179,052DSNamco Bandai
06.20.Fortune Street16,58044,220WiiSquare 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.