This Week In Sales: Slowing To A Crawl


Period: The week of April 9th – April 15th (2012)

Top-seller: The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z: Regeneration Chapter – 34,403

Nintendo 3DS sales: 63,796 | Total sales: 5,658,499

PlayStation Vita sales: 8,250 | Total sales: 659,671


Last week was a slow one in Japan, with no real high-profile releases to speak of. There were only two new games from Idea Factory in the top-20—Atelier Elkrone at #11 and Armen Noir Portable at #20, both for the PSP.


The rest of the top-20 consisted primarily of popular titles that have been showing an impressive ability to stand their ground as the go-to videogame products that more and more casual buyers continue to purchase week after week. For instance, Konami’s Pro Baseball Spirits titles on PSP and PS3 are still in the top-10, while Monster Hunter Portable 3rd continues to sell to PSP owners.


On the Nintendo 3DS front, Super Mario 3D Land, Monster Hunter Tri G and Mario Kart 7 continue to perform admirably, while newer releases such as Kid Icarus: Uprising, Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin and Hatsune Miku and Future Stars still remain on the charts. Expect to see some of these receive a boost from Golden Week holiday, which is coming up soon in Japan, as well.


The top-20 software sales chart for the week is as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z: Regeneration Chapter34,403299,842PSPNamco Bandai
02.02.Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance20,907276,7883DSSquare Enix
06.03.Super Mario 3D Land18,1191,504,8123DSNintendo
03.04.Pro Baseball Spirits 201217,037104,086PSPKonami
05.05.Kid Icarus: Uprising15,228220,6433DSNintendo
08.06.Monster Hunter Tri G15,0471,390,2263DSCapcom
04.07.Pro Baseball Spirits 201214,485131,804PS3Konami
09.08.Mario Kart 712,2121,649,8673DSNintendo
07.09.Pokémon Conquest10,377295,974DSPokémon Co.
10.10.Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games8,254131,2223DSNintendo
New11.Atelier Elkrone: Dear for Otomate8,012NewPSPIdea Factory
11.12.Black Panther 2: Yakuza Asura Chapter5,882147,829PSPSega
14.13.Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin4,574165,1823DSMarvelous AQL
16.14.Wii Sports Resort4,243914,691WiiNintendo
19.15.Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP the Best)3,658236,467PSPCapcom
13.16.Devil May Cry HD Collection3,64165,245PS3Capcom
18.17.Mario Kart Wii3,5053,546,938WiiNintendo
22.18.Wii Party3,4462,328,169WiiNintendo
17.19.Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai3,392132,6893DSSega
New20.Armen Noir Portable3,254NewPSPIdea Factory


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.