This Week In Sales: Pokémon And Japanese Warlords Conquer The Land


Period: The week of March 12th – March 18th (2012)

Top-seller: Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition – 172,027

Nintendo 3DS sales: 64,017 | Total sales: 5,306,656

PlayStation Vita sales: 10,021 | Total sales: 620,083


Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition! How did it do? A little over 170,000 copies in its first two days on the market last week. The game was released on a Saturday as opposed to the usual Thursday, Media-Create could only track two days of sales until the week ended. Not too shabby at all. For more on who’s buying it, see this story.


Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition was at the #1 spot for the week on the software sales chart. At #2 was Shining Blade, which also sold a very respectable 120,000 copies on the PSP. At #3 was another PSP game, Madoka Magica Portable, yet another of Namco Bandai’s many anime-licensed titles, which are really proving to be their bread and butter.


Nippon Ichi had a game released last week, too: Labyrinth Tower Legacista, which sold close to 10,000 copies.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition 172,027 New DS Pokemon Co.
New 02. Shining Blade 122,257 New PSP Sega
New 03. Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable 62,408 New PSP Namco Bandai
01. 04. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 34,600 780,508 PS3 Namco Bandai
New 05. Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side Premium: 3rd Story 27,717 New PSP Konami
01. 06. Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai 18,341 105,017 3DS Sega
New 07. Onna no Ko to Misshitsu ni Itara **shichau Kamoshirenai 18,291 New 3DS D3 Publisher
07. 08. Mario Kart 7 17,064 1,581,089 3DS Nintendo
10. 09. Monster Hunter Tri G 16,924 1,314,720 3DS Capcom
06. 10. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games 16,183
3DS Nintendo
08. 11. Super Mario 3D Land 15,801 1,419,455 3DS Nintendo
09. 12. Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin 12,331 137,217 3DS Marvelous AQL
03. 13. Street Fighter X Tekken 11,611 70,082 PS3 Capcom
New 14. Winning Post 7 2012 11,524 New PS3 Tecmo Koei
New 15. Amnesia Later 10,936 New PSP Idea Factory
New 16. Labyrinth Tower Legacista 9,820 New PS3 Nippon Ichi
05. 17. Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D 9,027 47,401 3DS Konami
04. 18. Mobile Suit Gundam UC 8,871 60,540 PS3 Namco Bandai
New 19. Winning Post 7 2012 8,455 New PSP Tecmo Koei
New 20. Mass Effect 3 8,142 New PS3 Electronic Arts


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.