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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Dynasty Warriors 8 203,224 New PS3 Tecmo Koei
New 02. Professor Layton and The Azran Legacies 130,686 New 3DS Level 5
New 03. Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus 94,324 New PSV Marvelous AQL
New 04. Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 88,386 New 3DS Namco Bandai
03. 05. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 73,615 2,739,654 3DS Nintendo
New 06. Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy 63,089 New PS3 Namco Bandai
New 07. Phantasy Star Online 2 Special Package 61,227 New PSV Sega
01. 08. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 60,394 369,075 PS3 Konami
New 09. Shining Ark 54,837 New PSP Sega
02. 10. Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden 46,878 1,135,220 3DS Square Enix
New 11. Touch Detective: Funghi’s Big Breed 28,367 New 3DS Success
New 12. D.C. III Plus: Da Capo III Plus 12,444 New PSP Kadokawa
07. 13. New Super Mario Bros. 2 10,208 1,942,364 3DS Nintendo
08. 14. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) 9,177 244,642 3DS Capcom
06. 15. Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition 7,737 413,787 Wii Namco Bandai
39. 16. Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational 7,616 184,192 PSV Sony
10. 17. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 5,983 435,146 3DS Namco Bandai
04. 18. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic 5,815 35,217 3DS Namco Bandai
12. 19. Mario Kart 7 5,307 1,988,455 3DS Nintendo
09. 20. Fantasy Life 5,236 241,576 3DS Level 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.