This Week In Sales: Some New, But A Lot Of Old



    The second-to-last sales post of the year! …and half of it is dominated by Nintendo titles, owing to the holiday season. Points of interest on the sales chart for December 13th – 19th are as follows:


    • You already know all about how well Monster Hunter Portable 3rd is doing. It’s now the fastest-selling PSP game of all time in Japan. You can read this update for the latest on the game’s performance.

    • Ni no Kuni would appear to be out of luck in its second week. It remains to be seen if Christmas and New Year Sales, and word-of-mouth of its most accepting audience will help it bounce back on its feet. We’ll keep a close eye on it.

    • Donkey Kong Country Returns is doing fabulously. Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Mario Sports Mix are holding up reasonably well, too, but DKCR is in another league. However, none of the three can hold a candle to Super Mario All-Stars, which is the real star of Nintendo’s Wii holiday line-up.

    • Yet another nod to Magician’s Quest: The Merchant’s Store of Sorcery, valiantly keeping up with the competition. Konami have probably taken notice.

    • Umineko no Naku Koro ni also released in Japan during the same week, but failed to show up on the top-20 chart. One wonders if we’ll ever know what Alchemist’s expectations of the game really were.

    • Poor Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.

    • Tales of Graces: F is nowhere to be seen.


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


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    01.01.Monster Hunter Portable  3rd581,5433,161,801PSPCapcom
    New02.Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3185,908NewPS3Namco Bandai
    New03.Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World – The Ogre175,604NewDSLevel 5
    03.04.Donkey Kong Country Returns152,990316,300WiiNintendo
    04.05.Pokémon Black/White115,4384,744,211DSNintendo
    New06.Shining Hearts106,733NewPSPSega
    06.07.Wii Party92,9491,411,824WiiNintendo
    05.08.Mario Sports Mix87,114299,534WiiNintendo
    02.09.Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer74,329244,877DSLevel 5
    08.10.Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem54,628163,929DSNintendo
    13.11.Kirby’s Epic Yarn46,392304,600WiiNintendo
    11.12.Super Fossil Fighters41,103161,748DSNintendo
    12.13.Magician’s Quest: The Merchant’s Store of Sorcery38,140175,195DSKonami
    15.14.Wii Sports Resort (w/ MotionPlus)37,239123,348WiiNintendo
    07.15.Super Mario All-Stars Collector’s Edition29,872742,861WiiNintendo
    17.16.New Super Mario Bros. Wii27,5434,106,019WiiNintendo
    New17.Castlevania: Lords of Shadow27,155NewPS3Konami
    18.18.Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Everyone’s Party Sandaime26,97077,509WiiNamco Bandai
    New19.Call of Duty: Black Ops (dubbed version)23,253NewPS3Square Enix
    19.20.Mario Kart Wii22,5793,044,425WiiNintendo


    Sales data sourced from 4Gamer and Media-Create.

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at 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.