This Week In Sales: Persona 4: Golden To The Rescue


Period: The week of June 11th – June 17th (2012)

Top-seller: Persona 4: Golden – 137,076

Nintendo 3DS sales: 61,793 | Total sales: 6,284,541

PlayStation Vita sales: 34,459 | Total sales: 765,514


Persona 4: Golden released on the PlayStation Vita in Japan last week, marking the system’s first major high-profile game since its launch in December 2011. Golden took the #1 spot on the software sales chart and sold over 137,000 copies, but unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to provide much of a boost to PlayStation Vita sales.


While Vita hardware sales increased greatly from weeks prior where they were hovering around the 10k level, Persona 4: Golden’s release merely drove them up to 35,000 for the week. In the larger scheme of things, that isn’t much of a difference at all, especially considering that the boost won’t last long (although, the upcoming Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and Crystal White Vita should help).


Meanwhile, consistent sales of Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D lend credence to the theory that the game was in short supply for the first two weeks after its release, and is continuing to sell as more and more people are able to find it in stores. Terry’s Wonderland sold another 66,000 copies for the week, bringing total sales close to 663,000 copies.


The top-20 software sales chart for the week is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Persona 4: Golden 137,076 New PSV Atlus
02. 02. Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D 66,434 662,946 3DS Square Enix
New 03. Lollipop Chainsaw 53,347 New PS3 Kadokawa Games
02. 04. Tokyo Jungle 35,989 146,298 PS3 Sony
New 05. Akiba’s Trip Plus 29,505 New PSP Acquire
04. 06. Dragon’s Dogma 18,039 437,248 PS3 Capcom
05. 07. Mario Tennis Open 17,856 185,011 3DS Nintendo
06. 08. Mario Party 9 16,143 433,787 Wii Nintendo
New 09. Lollipop Chainsaw 14,422 New 360 Kadokawa Games
07. 10. Super Mario 3D Land 9,244 1,623,749 3DS Nintendo
03. 11. Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Battle Destiny 8,826 49,122 PSV Namco Bandai
10. 12. Mario Kart 7 6,664 1,741,745 3DS Nintendo
09. 13. Fire Emblem: Awakening 5,758 413,787 3DS Nintendo
11. 14. Monster Hunter Tri G 5,569 1,477,374 3DS Capcom
New 15. Root Double: Before Crime * After Days 5,450 New 360 Yeti
14. 16. Wii Sports Resort 4,052 961,427 Wii Nintendo
15. 17. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games 3,580 183,824 3DS Nintendo
New 18. Gon’s Chomp Chomp Adventure 3,208 New PSP Namco Bandai
13. 19. Jissen Pachi-Slot Hisshouhou! Hokuto no Ken F 3,163 21,801 PS3 Sega
16. 20. Wii Party 3,071 2,365,018 Wii Nintendo


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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.