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:
|Lw||Tw||Title||Weekly Sales||Total Sales||Sys.||Publisher|
|New||01.||The Last Story||114,722||New||Wii||Nintendo|
|New||02.||Valkyria Chronicles 3||102,779||New||PSP||Sega|
|New||03.||My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute Portable||88,493||New||PSP||Namco Bandai|
|New||04.||Kenka Bancho 5||58,977||New||PSP||Spike|
|New||05.||A Certain Magical Index||56,017||New||PSP||ASCII Media Works|
|New||06.||Dragon Age: Origins||42,854||New||PS3||Spike|
|02.||07.||Monster Hunter Portable 3rd||33,338||4,128,278||PSP||Capcom|
|New||08.||Dream Club Zero||21,734||New||360||D3 Publisher|
|01.||09.||Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix||20,528||97,846||PSP||Square Enix|
|03.||10.||Donkey Kong Country Returns||19,214||773,893||Wii||Nintendo|
|New||11.||Dragon Age: Origins||14,000||New||360||Spike|
|New||15.||Chaos;Head Love Chu☆Chu!||10,753||New||PSP||Namco Bandai|
|07.||17.||Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World – The Ogre||10,437||388,350||DS||Level 5|
|06.||18.||Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer||8,814||459,967||DS||Level 5|
|New||19.||Monster Hunter Frontier Online (Season 10 Premium Pack)||8,055||New||360||Capcom|
|05.||20.||AKB 1/48 Fall In Love With An Idol||7,916||359,859||PSP||Namco Bandai|