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:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Shin Megami Tensei IV188,562New3DSAtlus
New02.Kamen Rider: Battride War128,659NewPS3Namco Bandai
New03.Resident Evil: Revelations102,673NewPS3Capcom
02.04.Tomodachi Collection: New Life59,876984,9843DSNintendo
New05.Valhalla Knights 340,357NewPSVMarvelous AQL
New06.Terraria19,861NewPS3Spike Chunsoft
03.07.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon19,079731,3043DSNintendo
04.08.Animal Crossing: New Leaf15,4893,232,8403DSNintendo
01.09.Summon Night 513,624119,135PSPNamco Bandai
New10.Resident Evil: Revelations8,398NewWiiUCapcom
New11.Resident Evil: Revelations7,053New360Capcom
06.12.Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen5,334184,088PS3Capcom
08.13.Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition5,190482,930WiiNamco Bandai
New14.Zillions of Enemy X5,019NewPS3Nippon Ichi
07.15.Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission4,105193,1603DSNamco Bandai
New16.Tamagotchi no Dokidoki * Dream Omisetchi3,961New3DSNamco Bandai
09.17.New Super Mario Bros. 23,5172,032,1803DSNintendo
05.18.Muv-Luv Alternative3,13815,511PS35pb.
10.19.Mario Kart 73,0452,054,2473DSNintendo
16.20.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)2,612310,0853DSCapcom


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.