This Week In Sales: Shin Megami Tensei IV Did Really, Really Well


Period: The week of May 20th – May 26th (2013)

Top-seller: Shin Megami Tensei IV – 188,562

Nintendo 3DS sales: 14,059 | Total sales: 8,310,268

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 40,651 | Total sales: 3,181,009

PlayStation Vita sales: 12,171 | Total sales: 1,594,218

Wii U sales: 5,648 | Total sales: 928,906

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Shin Megami Tensei IV got off to a whopper of a start when it released in Japan last week. The 3DS RPG sold 188,562 copies in its first week, making it one of Atlus’ best-debuting games of the last few years.


In fact, the only recent Atlus game that has had a better launch was 2008’s Persona 4, which outsold Shin Megami Tensei IV by a very slight margin of about 4,000 copies. Persona 4 on the PS2 sold 192,812 copies in its first week.


Also released last week was Resident Evil: Revelations on consoles. Here’s a quick look at how the console versions sold in comparison to the original Nintendo 3DS version of the game:


Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS) – 146,559

Resident Evil: Revelations (PS3) – 102,673

Resident Evil: Revelations (Wii U) – 8,398

Resident Evil: Revelations (360) – 7,053


Finally, Namco Bandai’s Kamen Rider: Battride War got off to decent start as well, selling 128,659 copies in its first week.


The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Shin Megami Tensei IV 188,562 New 3DS Atlus
New 02. Kamen Rider: Battride War 128,659 New PS3 Namco Bandai
New 03. Resident Evil: Revelations 102,673 New PS3 Capcom
02. 04. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 59,876 984,984 3DS Nintendo
New 05. Valhalla Knights 3 40,357 New PSV Marvelous AQL
New 06. Terraria 19,861 New PS3 Spike Chunsoft
03. 07. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 19,079 731,304 3DS Nintendo
04. 08. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 15,489 3,232,840 3DS Nintendo
01. 09. Summon Night 5 13,624 119,135 PSP Namco Bandai
New 10. Resident Evil: Revelations 8,398 New WiiU Capcom
New 11. Resident Evil: Revelations 7,053 New 360 Capcom
06. 12. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen 5,334 184,088 PS3 Capcom
08. 13. Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition 5,190 482,930 Wii Namco Bandai
New 14. Zillions of Enemy X 5,019 New PS3 Nippon Ichi
07. 15. Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 4,105 193,160 3DS Namco Bandai
New 16. Tamagotchi no Dokidoki * Dream Omisetchi 3,961 New 3DS Namco Bandai
09. 17. New Super Mario Bros. 2 3,517 2,032,180 3DS Nintendo
05. 18. Muv-Luv Alternative 3,138 15,511 PS3 5pb.
10. 19. Mario Kart 7 3,045 2,054,247 3DS Nintendo
16. 20. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) 2,612 310,085 3DS Capcom


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.