This Week In Sales: Soul Sacrifice Takes One For The Team


    Period: The week of March 4th – March 10th (2013)

    Top-seller: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F – 110,229

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 21,207 | Total sales: 8,076,904

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 39,801 | Total sales: 2,748,399

    PlayStation Vita sales: 63,581 | Total sales: 1,357,988

    Wii U sales: 9,454 | Total sales: 810,481

    << Last week’s software sales chart


    Last week, Sega released an updated version of rhythm game, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F, on the PlayStation 3, featuring six new songs and new modules for the Vocaloid characters as well. The game sold 110,229 copies in its first week. That isn’t too shabby at all, considering that the original PlayStation Vita version of the game, released in September 2012, sold 159,592 copies in week 1.


    Following Project Diva F at the #2 spot on the software sales chart was Soul Sacrifice, Sony’s own take on the “hunting action” genre, following in the footsteps of games like Monster Hunter and God Eater. Sony have been building up to its release for over half a year now, with a variety of promotions and television commercials to help raise awareness of the game.


    For starters, every PlayStation Vita sold from January 23rd onwards came with a Soul Sacrifice demo installed on it. Additionally, Sony had Tsutaya, a large retail chain in Japan, rent out free physical copies of the demo as well. This was followed by an announcement that every copy of Soul Sacrifice would come with a free 30-day PlayStation Plus trial. Finally, Sony also announced a PlayStation Vita hardware bundle for Soul Sacrifice, and a double pack containing two copies of the game for a heavily discounted price.


    The effort has paid off, but only to an extent. The standard edition and hardware bundles for Soul Sacrifice sold 92,396, and Sony sold another 22,050 copies of the double pack, bringing total first-week retail sales to 114,446. No doubt the game also sold additional copies via download sales, although Sony haven’t announced a figure yet.


    Namco Bandai released a PlayStation Vita game last week, too—Tales of Hearts R, a remake of a Nintendo DS game with new 3D visuals and additional playable characters. Tales of Hearts R sold 55,258 copies in its first week. That’s a slight increase over Tales of Innocence R, also a Nintendo DS remake for Vita, which sold 54,853 copies in week 1 at launch.


    Meanwhile, PlayStation Vita sales for the week were more or less consistent with the week prior, when Sony dropped the price of the device at 63,581 units sold.


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


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F110,229NewPS3Sega
    New02.Soul Sacrifice92,396NewPSVSony
    New03.Uta no Prince-sama: All-Star67,217NewPSPBroccoli
    05.04.Animal Crossing: New Leaf63,2852,802,9403DSNintendo
    New05.Tales of Hearts R55,258NewPSVNamco Bandai
    01.06.Dynasty Warriors 846,866250,090PS3Tecmo Koei
    New07.Far Cry 333,281NewPS3Ubisoft
    02.08.Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies30,078160,7643DSLevel 5
    10.09.Dragon Quest VII24,0451,159,2653DSSquare Enix
    New10.Soul Sacrifice [Double Pack]22,050NewPSVSony
    04.11.Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission21,915110,3023DSNamco Bandai
    08.12.Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance17,833386,908PS3Konami
    03.13.Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus17,138111,461PSVMarvelous AQL
    New14.Doraemon: Nobita to Himitsu Dougu Hakubutsukan12,768New3DSFuRyu
    07.15.Phantasy Star Online 2 Special Package10,03171,258PSVSega
    New16.Crysis 39,602NewPS3Electronic Arts
    06.17.Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy9,29472,383PS3Namco Bandai
    09.18.Shining Ark9,16163,999PSPSega
    13.19.New Super Mario Bros. 28,4521,950,8163DSNintendo
    14.20.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)8,096252,7373DSCapcom


    Note: Next week’s sales data will be made available a day later than usual (March 21st) due to a national holiday, Shunbun no Hi, taking place in Japan on the 20th.


    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 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.

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