This Week In Sales: PlayStation Vita Price Cut And Dynasty Warriors 8


Period: The week of February 25th – March 3rd (2013)

Top-seller: Dynasty Warriors 8 – 203,224

Nintendo 3DS sales: 27,174 | Total sales: 8,055,697

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 50,265 | Total sales: 2,708,598

PlayStation Vita sales: 62,543 | Total sales: 1,294,407

Wii U sales: 10,021 | Total sales: 801,027

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week was a busy one for game releases in Japan. Tecmo Koei released Dynasty Warriors 8, which led the software sales charts with 203,224 copies sold in its first week on store shelves. Behind it at #2 was another new release, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies, supposedly Layton’s final adventure, with 130,686 copies sold.


At #3 was Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus, a spin-off of Marvelous AQL’s Senran Kagura series of games starring factions of female ninjas engaged in war with one other. At retail, Shinovi Versus sold 94,324 copies, but earlier in the week, Marvelous reported that total sales—including download sales—are at 120,000.


Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus released in tandem with a price cut on Sony’s PlayStation Vita device. The price cut, which reduced the system’s price from 25,000 yen to 20,000 yen, spurred Vita sales for the week, moving 62,543 Vita devices. Sony are hoping to keep momentum up with the release of Soul Sacrifice, a multiplayer action game, this week.


Also released last week was the PlayStation Vita version of Phantasy Star Online 2. While the online multiplayer game is both free to download and play, Sega also released a retail version with added in-game benefits that people could buy. The retail version sold 61,227 copies, although downloads were obviously likely much higher.


The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Dynasty Warriors 8203,224NewPS3Tecmo Koei
New02.Professor Layton and The Azran Legacies130,686New3DSLevel 5
New03.Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus94,324NewPSVMarvelous AQL
New04.Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission88,386New3DSNamco Bandai
03.05.Animal Crossing: New Leaf73,6152,739,6543DSNintendo
New06.Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy63,089NewPS3Namco Bandai
New07.Phantasy Star Online 2 Special Package61,227NewPSVSega
01.08.Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance60,394369,075PS3Konami
New09.Shining Ark54,837NewPSPSega
02.10.Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden46,8781,135,2203DSSquare Enix
New11.Touch Detective: Funghi’s Big Breed28,367New3DSSuccess
New12.D.C. III Plus: Da Capo III Plus12,444NewPSPKadokawa
07.13.New Super Mario Bros. 210,2081,942,3643DSNintendo
08.14.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)9,177244,6423DSCapcom
06.15.Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition7,737413,787WiiNamco Bandai
39.16.Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational7,616184,192PSVSony
10.17.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb5,983435,1463DSNamco Bandai
04.18.Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic5,81535,2173DSNamco Bandai
12.19.Mario Kart 75,3071,988,4553DSNintendo
09.20.Fantasy Life5,236241,5763DSLevel 5


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.