This Week In Sales: Project Diva Extends Into Japan Along With Peace Walker HD


Period: The week of November 7th – November 13th (2011)

Top-seller: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend – 184,673

Nintendo 3DS sales: 103,962 | Total sales: 2,460,877


Last week’s top-seller in Japan was Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend. No surprises there, whatsoever. Project Diva Extend sold 184,673 copies in its first week, putting it in between both its PSP predecessors. First week sales for those games were as follows:


Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (2009) – 101,414

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd (2010) – 241,467


Keep in mind that Extend was once called “Project Diva 2.5,” and is more of a “best hits” expansion than an actual third game, so comparing it to a brand new game like Project Diva 2nd — which had a load of new songs and features — wouldn’t be fair.


Meanwhile, Super Mario 3D Land slipped from #1 to the #4 spot last week. I was a little alarmed by the large drop in sales from the week prior when it was released, so I looked up data for Super Mario Galaxy 2, in order to have something to compare it to.


Super Mario Galaxy – Week 1: 339,901 | Week 2: 105,149 (69% drop)

Super Mario 3D Land – Week 1: 343,492 | Week 2: 93,441 (73% drop)


While 3D Land has in fact suffered a larger drop in its second week, two things to keep in mind are that total 3DS sales are nowhere near those of the Wii in 2010, and that the holiday season is right around the corner, which bodes well for popular titles like Mario and for the 3DS itself. We’ll probably be seeing this game on the charts for many weeks to come.


Finally, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition came and went without many people noticing. We suspect the HD versions of Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 will do better. PokéPark 2: Beyond the World didn’t make much of a splash either, but again, Pokémon is one of those things that could benefit greatly from the holidays.


Finally, Cave’s Instant Brain was released last week as well, and failed to chart in the top 20. The full top 20 list for last week is as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend184,673NewPSPSega
New02.Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes Party124,197NewPS3Capcom
New03.Over My Dead Body94,085NewPSPSony
01.04.Super Mario 3D Land93,441436,9333DSNintendo
04.05.Final Fantasy Type-057,091651,630PSPSquare Enix
New06.Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes Party50,747NewWiiCapcom
New07.Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition39,743NewPS3Konami
New08.PokéPark 2: Beyond the World35,785NewWiiNintendo
05.09.Kirby’s Return to Dreamland24,778217,368WiiNintendo
03.10.Battlefield 318,792142,171PS3Electronic Arts
02.11.Uncharted 2: Drake’s Deception16,150141,139PS3Sony
09.12.Just Dance Wii14,662203,779WiiNintendo
06.13.Pro Evolution Soccer 201214,18259,620PSPKonami
07.14.Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3
11,30350,1633DSSquare Enix
New15.Tamagotchi Collection
9,324NewDSNamco Bandai
12.16.Wii Sports Resort7,862645,953WiiNintendo
10.17.Go Vacation7,02196,484WiiNamco Bandai
14.18.Pro Evolution Soccer 20126,798387,954PS3Konami
13.19.The Idolm@ster 26,18682,419PS3Namco Bandai
New20.Labyrinth Cross Blood: Reloaded6,178New360Kadokawa


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.