This Week In Sales: Rhythm Heavens And Red Zones


Period: The week of Jul 18th – Jul 24th (2011)

Top-seller: Rhythm Heaven – 118,173

Nintendo 3DS sales: 31,826 | Total sales: 1,289,741


Last week saw the release of Rhythm Heaven for the Wii in Japan, which grabbed the top spot on the software sales chart with 118,000 copies sold. Following at #2 was Sengoku Basara: Chronicle Heroes for the PSP, and at #3 was No More Heroes: Red Zone Edition.


Red Zone Edition — the second re-release of No More Heroes in Japan after Heroes’ Paradise — greatly outsold its predecessor, at least on a single console. Heroes’ Paradise, released in April 2010, sold around 15,000 units on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (each) in its first week of release. Red Zone Edition is based off the enhanced overseas version of Heroes’ Paradise and contains new features, such as cut levels from the original Wii version.


Other notable releases during the week were Nora and the Time Studio, which is a game developed in collaboration by Gust and Atlus. Nora debuted at #8, followed by Alice: Madness Returns at #9.


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Rhythm Heaven118,173NewWiiNintendo
New02.Sengoku Basara: Chronicle Heroes82,798NewPSPCapcom
New03.No More Heroes: Red Zone Edition40,313NewPS3Marvelous
03.04.Inazuma Eleven Strikers36,555110,782WiiLevel 5
01.05.Power Pro Baseball 201135,739153,498PS3Konami
02.06.Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX
35,694115,910PSPNamco Bandai
04.07.Power Pro Baseball 2011
New08.Nora and the Time Studio: The Witch of the Foggy Forest24,481NewDSAtlus
New09.Alice: Madness Returns19,994NewPS3Electronic Arts
09.10.Wii Sports Resort18,666421,465WiiNintendo
05.11.Puyo Puyo!!14,87749,780DSSega
10.12.The Little Battlers
12,098268,973PSPLevel 5
12.13.Wii Play: Motion
08.14.The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
11.15.Pokémon Black/White
New16.Sniper: Ghost Warrior
New17.Alice: Madness Returns9,093New360Electronic Arts
15.18.GoldenEye 0078,92067,783WiiNintendo
06.19.Star Fox 64 3D8,62641,1023DSNintendo


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.