This Week In Sales: Monsters, Monsters Everywhere!


    Period: The week of January 2nd – January 8th (2012)

    Top-seller: Mario Kart 7 – 157,188

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 240,819 | Total sales: 4,522,961

    PlayStation Vita sales: 42,915 | Total sales: 482,901


    “Otoshidama” is a Japanese New Year tradition where children receive money from relatives after the new year begins. Last week’s software sales benefitted from this tradition, illustrated by sales of several popular games receiving a boost.


    Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and Monster Hunter 3G ruled the top 3 spots for the week, with Inazuma Eleven Go coming in at #4 and Warriors Orochi 2 at #5. No new games were released during the week.


    There were two Monster Hunter titles on the chart last week: Monster Hunter 3G, which has crossed the 1 million mark, and Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP the Best), the budget re-release of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd. Given that Portable 3rd is close to 5 million sold by this point (and still selling), there’s going to be a very large potential consumer base in place for Monster Hunter 4 in the long term by the time that game is released.


    Continued strong sales of Portable 3rd and Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2012, along with Nintendo DS games such as One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 and Magician’s Quest: The Stylish Wizard, show that there’s still a fairly lucrative market on cheaper, older platforms like the DS and PSP, provided you have a game with wide enough appeal. In fact, the PSP outsold the PlayStation Vita once again this week, with 71,000 devices sold.


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


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    01.01.Mario Kart 7157,1881,317,3573DSNintendo
    04.02.Super Mario 3D Land119,0931,199,2853DSNintendo
    02.03.Monster Hunter 3G98,3551,083,8533DSCapcom
    06.04.Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine/Dark56,134325,3583DSLevel 5
    03.05.Warriors Orochi 242,464316,516PS3Tecmo Koei
    07.06.Just Dance Wii37,266490,677WiiNintendo
    05.07.Final Fantasy XIII-235,325739,561PS3Square Enix
    09.08.Wii Party33,1742,256,803WiiNintendo
    08.09.Kirby’s Return to Dreamland33,040570,168WiiNintendo
    11.10.Wii Sports Resort30,783
    13.11.Go Vacation26,852208,017WiiNamco Bandai
    12.12.Mario Kart Wii26,3463,474,659WiiNintendo
    23.13.Nintendogs + cats24,514467,9143DSNintendo
    15.14.Inazuma Eleven Strikers Xtreme 201223,521127,410WiiNintendo
    16.15.Taiko no Tatsujin: Definitive Edition23,422197,003WiiNamco Bandai
    22.16.Magician’s Quest: The Stylish Wizard19,574165,962DSKonami
    24.17.One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 New World18,789290,002DSNamco Bandai
    26.18.Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP the Best)18,293154,438PSPCapcom
    21.19.Rhythm Heaven15,903670,305WiiNintendo
    17.20.Pro Evolution Soccer 201215,689173,093PSPKonami


    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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