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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend 184,673 New PSP Sega
New 02. Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes Party 124,197 New PS3 Capcom
New 03. Over My Dead Body 94,085 New PSP Sony
01. 04. Super Mario 3D Land 93,441 436,933 3DS Nintendo
04. 05. Final Fantasy Type-0 57,091 651,630 PSP Square Enix
New 06. Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes Party 50,747 New Wii Capcom
New 07. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition 39,743 New PS3 Konami
New 08. PokéPark 2: Beyond the World 35,785 New Wii Nintendo
05. 09. Kirby’s Return to Dreamland 24,778 217,368 Wii Nintendo
03. 10. Battlefield 3 18,792 142,171 PS3 Electronic Arts
02. 11. Uncharted 2: Drake’s Deception 16,150 141,139 PS3 Sony
09. 12. Just Dance Wii 14,662 203,779 Wii Nintendo
06. 13. Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 14,182 59,620 PSP Konami
07. 14. Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3
11,303 50,163 3DS Square Enix
New 15. Tamagotchi Collection
9,324 New DS Namco Bandai
12. 16. Wii Sports Resort 7,862 645,953 Wii Nintendo
10. 17. Go Vacation 7,021 96,484 Wii Namco Bandai
14. 18. Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 6,798 387,954 PS3 Konami
13. 19. The [email protected] 2 6,186 82,419 PS3 Namco Bandai
New 20. Labyrinth Cross Blood: Reloaded 6,178 New 360 Kadokawa


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.