This Week In Sales: Ni no Kuni Reaches Our World, Nintendo Games See Holiday Bump



    You’ll find several points of interest on the sales chart for the week of December 6th – 12th. Since there’s so much to talk about, let’s do this bullet point-style, so it’s easier to read:


    • Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, still at the #1 spot at around 2.6 million, is about 1 million units away from Capcom’s 3.6 million expectations.

    • Monster Hunter Freedom Unite shipped 2.5 milliion copies in half a year. Portable 3rd has sold over that number in just two weeks.
    • Combined with sales of its “PSP the Best” budget re-release, Freedom Unite shipped 3 million units. Portable 3rd’s lifetime sales alone are expected to outdo that figure.


    • Ni no Kuni released during the week. Level 5 shipped 600,000 copies of the game. So far, it’s only sold through 170,548 of those. Given the game’s potentially mainstream appeal on account of Studio Ghibli’s involvement, we’ll have to see if word-of-mouth sustains the game’s sales in the coming weeks.

    • Gran Turismo 5 dropped precipitously from #5 to #18 on the charts, and currently sits at 510,319 units.

    • A number of Nintendo games actually saw a significant increase in sales over last week, owing to the effect the holidays traditionally have on Nintendo products. You can compare with last week’s chart if you like.

    • Likewise, seeing games like Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem, Super Fossil Fighters, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Mario Sports Mix breeze into the hundred thousands is rather impressive.

    • Konami’s Magician’s Quest: The Merchant’s Store of Sorcery, which is still hanging onto the charts, sold another 27,443 units during the week.

    • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood also released during the week, and debuted at 36,098 units, while Shiren 5 debuted at 25,192 units.


    The top-20 chart for the week of December 6th – 12th was as follows:


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    01.01.Monster Hunter Portable  3rd629,5412,580,258PSPCapcom
    New02.Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer170,548NewDSLevel 5
    New03.Donkey Kong Country Returns163,310NewWiiNintendo
    06.04.Pokémon Black/White79,8194,628,773DSNintendo
    03.05.Mario Sports Mix68,430212,420WiiNintendo
    05.06.Wii Party55,4121,318,875DSNintendo
    07.07.Super Mario All-Stars Collector’s Edition53,670712,989WiiNintendo
    04.08.Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem51,828109,302DSNintendo
    02.09.Tales of Graces: F39,640254,828PS3Namco Bandai
    New10.Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood36,098NewPS3Ubisoft
    13.11.Super Fossil Fighters29,110120,644DSNintendo
    14.12.Magician’s Quest: The Merchant’s Store of Sorcery27,443137,055DSKonami
    16.13.Kirby’s Epic Yarn26,435258,208WiiNintendo
    New14.Mystery Dungeon Shiren the Wanderer 5: Fortune Tower and the Dice of Fate25,192NewDSChunsoft
    17.15.Wii Sports Resort (w/ MotionPlus)24,45486,109WiiNintendo
    05.16.Gran Turismo 523,929510,319PS3Sony
    21.17.New Super Mario Bros. Wii21,3664,078,476WiiNintendo
    12.18.Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Everyone’s Party Sandaime21,21150,539WiiNamco Bandai
    19.19.Mario Kart Wii20,5203,021,846WiiNintendo
    08.20.Momotarou Dentetsu World20,48765,613DSHudson


    Sales data sourced from 4Gamer and Media-Create.

    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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