This Week In Sales: One Piece: Pirate Warriors Steals The Top Spot


Period: The week of February 27th – March 4th (2012)

Top-seller: One Piece: Pirate Warriors – 655,774

Nintendo 3DS sales: 70,744 | Total sales: 5,173,688

PlayStation Vita sales: 10,023 | Total sales: 600,021


As indicated by retailers, One Piece: Pirate Warriors was the star of last week’s releases, with a whopping 655,774 copies sold in its first week alone. That’s across two shipments of the game to our knowledge, as the first shipment consisted of just 650,000 units.


Seeing whether Pirate Warriors has the ability to stay on in the charts in the weeks to come is going to be very interesting to watch, and I look forward to seeing if it benefits from the occasional holiday periods the way so many other popular games tend to do.


At #2 was Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games with 43,000 copies sold. While Sega are the ones who publish the Mario & Sonic games in North America and Europe, Nintendo handle Japanese publishing duties.


At #3 was Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin, with another 27,000 copies sold in its second week. Harvest Moon’s second week sales are in sharp contrast to those of Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave, which outsold the Harvest Moon when they both launched two weeks ago, but has dropped from its #1 spot to #10 on this week’s chart.


My personal highlight of the week is Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, which finally looks like it’s finally back in stock, making it shoot up from #15 to #5. Theatrhythm sold 21,540 copies last week, which is almost double what it sold the week before that.


The complete top-20 software sales chart is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 655,774 New PS3 Namco Bandai
New 02. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games 43,155 New 3DS Nintendo
02. 03. Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin 27,378 108,509 3DS Marvelous AQL
New 04. Great Battle Full Blast 24,289 New PSP Namco Bandai
15. 05. Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy 21,540 99,532 3DS Square Enix
08. 06. Mario Kart 7 18,945 1,546,212 3DS Nintendo
03. 07. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations 17,917 83,675 PS3 Namco Bandai
07. 08. Super Mario 3D Land 16,142 1,386,318 3DS Nintendo
05. 09. Monster Hunter Tri G 15,836 1,283,511 3DS Capcom
01. 10. Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave 12,358
PSP Namco Bandai
New 11. Doraemon: Nobita no Kiseki no Shima 12,228 New 3DS Furyuu
05. 12. Asura’s Wrath 7,795 38,103 PS3 Capcom
13. 13. Resident Evil: Revelations 7,444 251,560 3DS Capcom
11. 14. Binary Domain 6,775 95,364 PS3 Sega
New 15. UFC Undisputed 3 6,198 New PS3 Konami
21. 16. Just Dance Wii 6,043 555,149 Wii Nintendo
18. 17. Samurai Warriors 3Z Special 5,224 30,527 PSP Tecmo Koei
25. 18. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP the Best) 5,156 207,523 PSP Capcom
04. 19. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Portable 5,142 62,111 PSP Namco Bandai
22. 20. Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition 4,922 53,096 PS3 Sony


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.