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:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Persona 4: Golden137,076NewPSVAtlus
02.02.Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D66,434662,9463DSSquare Enix
New03.Lollipop Chainsaw53,347NewPS3Kadokawa Games
02.04.Tokyo Jungle35,989146,298PS3Sony
New05.Akiba’s Trip Plus29,505NewPSPAcquire
04.06.Dragon’s Dogma18,039437,248PS3Capcom
05.07.Mario Tennis Open17,856185,0113DSNintendo
06.08.Mario Party 916,143433,787WiiNintendo
New09.Lollipop Chainsaw14,422New360Kadokawa Games
07.10.Super Mario 3D Land9,2441,623,7493DSNintendo
03.11.Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Battle Destiny8,82649,122PSVNamco Bandai
10.12.Mario Kart 76,6641,741,7453DSNintendo
09.13.Fire Emblem: Awakening5,758413,7873DSNintendo
11.14.Monster Hunter Tri G5,5691,477,3743DSCapcom
New15.Root Double: Before Crime * After Days5,450New360Yeti
14.16.Wii Sports Resort4,052961,427WiiNintendo
15.17.Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games3,580183,8243DSNintendo
New18.Gon’s Chomp Chomp Adventure3,208NewPSPNamco Bandai
13.19.Jissen Pachi-Slot Hisshouhou! Hokuto no Ken F3,16321,801PS3Sega
16.20.Wii Party3,0712,365,018WiiNintendo


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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.