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:


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 12. Tsuku Monogatari 13,329 New PSP FuRyu
New 13. Galgun 12,419 New 360 Alchemist
09. 14. Wii Party 10,778 1,767,425 Wii Nintendo
New 15. Chaos;Head Love Chu☆Chu! 10,753 New PSP Namco Bandai
08. 16. Pokémon Black/White 10,654 5,050,638 DS Nintendo
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


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.