This Week In Sales: Role-playing Games For All!


It looks like everyone chose to release everything the week of January 24th – 30th. Okay, maybe not everything, but you’ll recognize a lot of names on this week’s top-20 software sales list. Naturally, some of these games fared better than others. Let’s take a look.


Mistwalker and Nintendo’s The Last Story led the new release charge at the #1 spot with 114,722 units sold in three days. The closest comparison we’d make is the PlayStation 3 version of Resonance of Fate — also an entirely new franchise — which debuted at 118,000 units back in Jan 2010.


Certainly not a bad number, but when you consider the talent associated with The Last Story, one would have hoped to see a bigger release. Thankfully, The Last Story’s debut numbers are a slight improvement over Nintendo’s last RPG, Xenoblade, which moved around 83,000 copies during its own launch. Next week’s numbers should give us a better idea of what to expect of the game.


At #2 was Sega’s Valkyria Chronicles 3 at 102,779 units. Something to note is that Valkyria 3 is exhibiting the best debut numbers in the series yet. The original Valkyria Chronicles opened at 77,000 units while Valkyria 2 debuted at 94,000 units.


Following Valkyria 3 were My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute, Kenka Bancho 5 and A Certain Magical Index, all on the PSP. #5 saw the release of another high-profile role-playing game, Bioware’s Dragon Age: Origins, published in Japan by Spike.


The next batch of new releases that caught our attention were Tsuku Monogatari and GalGun, at #12 and #13 respectively. Tsuku Monogatari, which is developed by Lux-Pain developer, Killaware, in particular seemed interesting to us, and we covered it on the day of its Japanese release.


Games that failed to crack the top-20 included: Mindjack, Scribblenauts and the Sly Cooper Collection. The top-20 software sales list for the week was as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.The Last Story114,722NewWiiNintendo
New02.Valkyria Chronicles 3102,779NewPSPSega
New03.My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute Portable88,493NewPSPNamco Bandai
New04.Kenka Bancho 558,977NewPSPSpike
New05.A Certain Magical Index56,017NewPSPASCII Media Works
New06.Dragon Age: Origins42,854NewPS3Spike
02.07.Monster Hunter Portable 3rd33,3384,128,278PSPCapcom
New08.Dream Club Zero21,734New360D3 Publisher
01.09.Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix20,52897,846PSPSquare Enix
03.10.Donkey Kong Country Returns19,214773,893WiiNintendo
New11.Dragon Age: Origins14,000New360Spike
New12.Tsuku Monogatari13,329NewPSPFuRyu
09.14.Wii Party10,7781,767,425WiiNintendo
New15.Chaos;Head Love Chu☆Chu!10,753NewPSPNamco Bandai
08.16.Pokémon Black/White10,6545,050,638DSNintendo
07.17.Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World – The Ogre10,437388,350DSLevel 5
06.18.Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer8,814459,967DSLevel 5
New19.Monster Hunter Frontier Online (Season 10 Premium Pack)8,055New360Capcom
05.20.AKB 1/48 Fall In Love With An Idol7,916359,859PSPNamco Bandai


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media-Create.

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.