This Week In Sales: Pokémon And Monster Hunter Rule Space And Time


The week of January 3rd – 9th saw individual sales numbers on the top-20 chart drop even further than last week, as the holiday spirit cooled off and the market settled back into its familiar trend.


Pokémon Black/White are now past 5 million units sold as expected, and show no signs of coming to a standstill any time soon. We remain curious to see if the release of the Nintendo 3DS in February has any impact at all on the two games.


Meanwhile, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, still at the top spot, and almost at 4 million units, is now very much in Pokémon territory. The question of how the mainline Monster Hunter and Pokémon games will look in comparison to each other a year or so from now is suddenly very valid.


The only new release in the top-twenty for the week was SaGa 3: Ruler of Space-Time – Shadow or Light, debuting modestly at #8, with 27,000 units sold. The top-twenty chart in its entirety is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Monster Hunter Portable  3rd 133,562 3,983,469 PSP Capcom
03. 02. Donkey Kong Country Returns 66,551 704,856 Wii Nintendo
05. 03. Wii Party 53,144 1,730,035 Wii Nintendo
06. 04. Pokémon Black/White 45,590 5,012,327 DS Nintendo
05. 05. Mario Sports Mix 40,123 534,061 Wii Nintendo
07. 06. Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer 37,237 419,524 DS Level 5
10. 07. Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 30,128 318,878 PS3 Namco Bandai
New 08. SaGa 3: Ruler of Space-Time – Shadow or Light 27,344 New DS Square Enix
09. 09. The 3rd Birthday 22,279 212,861 PSP Square Enix
14. 10. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 24,888 4,202,472 Wii Nintendo
11. 11. Wii Sports Resort (w/ MotionPlus) 23,020 246,774 Wii Nintendo
15. 12. Mario Kart Wii 21,230 3,130,795 Wii Nintendo
08. 13. Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World – The Ogre 20,968 359,382 DS Level 5
04. 14. AKB 1/48 Fall In Love With An Idol 20,768 320,562 PSP Namco Bandai
12. 15. Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem 20,325 281,925 DS Nintendo
13. 16. Magician’s Quest: The Merchant’s Store of Sorcery 19,406 296,905 DS Konami
23. 17. Wii Fit Plus 17,128 2,222,943 Wii Nintendo
16. 18. Super Mario All-Stars Collector’s Edition 17,077 820,530 Wii Nintendo
18. 19. Super Fossil Fighters 16,551 255,277 DS Nintendo
19. 20. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Everyone’s Party Sandaime 15,381 155,670 Wii Namco Bandai


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media-Create.

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.