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

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    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 [email protected] 26,18682,419PS3Namco Bandai
    New20.Labyrinth Cross Blood: Reloaded6,178New360Kadokawa

     

    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and Geimin.net.

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. 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.

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