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:

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    • 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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Monster Hunter Portable  3rd 629,541 2,580,258 PSP Capcom
New 02. Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer 170,548 New DS Level 5
New 03. Donkey Kong Country Returns 163,310 New Wii Nintendo
06. 04. Pokémon Black/White 79,819 4,628,773 DS Nintendo
03. 05. Mario Sports Mix 68,430 212,420 Wii Nintendo
05. 06. Wii Party 55,412 1,318,875 DS Nintendo
07. 07. Super Mario All-Stars Collector’s Edition 53,670 712,989 Wii Nintendo
04. 08. Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem 51,828 109,302 DS Nintendo
02. 09. Tales of Graces: F 39,640 254,828 PS3 Namco Bandai
New 10. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood 36,098 New PS3 Ubisoft
13. 11. Super Fossil Fighters 29,110 120,644 DS Nintendo
14. 12. Magician’s Quest: The Merchant’s Store of Sorcery 27,443 137,055 DS Konami
16. 13. Kirby’s Epic Yarn 26,435 258,208 Wii Nintendo
New 14. Mystery Dungeon Shiren the Wanderer 5: Fortune Tower and the Dice of Fate 25,192 New DS Chunsoft
17. 15. Wii Sports Resort (w/ MotionPlus) 24,454 86,109 Wii Nintendo
05. 16. Gran Turismo 5 23,929 510,319 PS3 Sony
21. 17. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 21,366 4,078,476 Wii Nintendo
12. 18. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Everyone’s Party Sandaime 21,211 50,539 Wii Namco Bandai
19. 19. Mario Kart Wii 20,520 3,021,846 Wii Nintendo
08. 20. Momotarou Dentetsu World 20,487 65,613 DS Hudson


Sales data sourced from 4Gamer and Media-Create.

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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.