This Week In Sales: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Breaks Out In Japan

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Period: The week of May 30th – Jun 5th (2011)

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Top-seller: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D – 58,792

Nintendo 3DS sales: 27,357 | Total sales: 1,064,899

Ishaan’s note: This column usually goes up on Wednesdays, but had to be pushed back due to E3. Apologies for the delay; regular schedule will resume next week.


Last week saw the release of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D – find our recent playtest here — providing the Nintendo 3DS with another slight boost of about 3,000 units as compared to the week prior. The Mercenaries 3D held the top spot in the software sales chart at nearly 59,000 units, followed by One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP.


5pb’s all-gals fighter, Phantom Breaker, also made its debut during the week at 9,960 units, while several of the more popular usual contenders in the software chart (such as Pokémon and Monster Hunter) rose up in position due to it being a relatively slow week with few new releases.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D 58,792 New 3DS Capcom
01. 02. One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP 16,753 97,241 3DS Namco Bandai
12. 12. Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS 11,014 119,391 DS Nintendo
07. 04. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional 10,729 519,496 DS Square Enix
02. 05. Warriors: Legends of Troy 10,306 41,734 PS3 Tecmo Koei
New 06. Phantom Breaker 9,960 New 360 5pb
04. 07. Akiba’s Trip 9,222 83,954 PSP Acquire
03. 08. Pandora’s Tower: Until I Return to Your Side 8,436 29,881 Wii Nintendo
08. 09. Patapon 3 7,018 111,493 PSP Sony
05. 10. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Tendou with Power-Up Kit 6,390 21,846 PS3 Tecmo Koei
10. 11. Professional Baseball Spirits 6,305 174,765 PSP Konami
06. 12. Treasure Report 6,158 20,461 DS Namco Bandai
11. 13. Wii Party 5,703 1,904,952 Wii Nintendo
16. 14. Pokémon Black/White 5,513 5,192,693 DS Nintendo DS
21. 15. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 4,051 4,483,072 PSP Capcom
19. 16. Mario Kart Wii 3,991 3,236,908 Wii Nintendo
25. 17. Wii Fit Plus 3,365 2,320,606 Wii Nintendo
24. 18. Nintendogs + cats 3,349 228,803 3DS Nintendo
27. 19. Super Robot Taisen: The Second Z 3,235 409,847 PSP Namco Bandai
20. 20. Gungnir 3,228 24,098 PSP Atlus


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media-Create.

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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.