Period: The week of June 10th – June 16th (2013)
Top-seller: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 104,569
Nintendo 3DS sales: 17,602 | Total sales: 8,354,627
Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 29,533 | Total sales: 3266521
PlayStation Vita sales: 10,664 | Total sales: 1,626,398
Wii U sales: 5,983 | Total sales: 947,899
Square Enix have been attempting to turn their transforming car franchise, Gyrozetter, into an established multimedia brand, but things may not be going according to plan.
Last December, former Square Enix president Yoichi Wada explained that the Gyrozetter arcade game wasn’t doing as well as the company would have liked, and explained why he felt this was the case. Now, half a year later, it looks the Gyrozetter RPG on Nintendo 3DS might not have much more luck than the arcade game did either.
Gyrozetter: Wings of the Albatross was released in Japan last week, and sold a mere 18,000 copies in its first week. Ouch. Not quite the start you’d expect from a game that already has an arcade game, an anime tie-in, and merchandising behind it.
Back in December, Wada said that he felt it was a mistake to release the Gyrozetter arcade game before the anime began to air, and that doing so robbed Square Enix of the opportunity to properly explain the appeal of the game. Perhaps Gyrozetter just got off to a bad start from the get-go, and it’s proving harder to undo the damage at this point.
Or perhaps there just aren’t enough features in the 3DS game to make it a must-buy for the school boys’ market. After all, between publishers like Level 5, Nintendo, Namco and Capcom all competing for a piece of that audience, competition is now tougher than ever.
The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:
|Lw||Tw||Title||Weekly Sales||Total Sales||Sys.||Publisher|
|New||01.||Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D||104,569||New||3DS||Nintendo|
|01.||02.||Tomodachi Collection: New Life||42,372||1,133,246||3DS||Nintendo|
|New||03.||Gyrozetter: Wings of the Albatross||17,925||New||3DS||Square Enix|
|03.||04.||Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon||14,949||781,660||3DS||Nintendo|
|05.||05.||Animal Crossing: New Leaf||14,693||3,278,356||3DS||Nintendo|
|04.||06.||Resident Evil: Revelations||9,759||160,120||PS3||Capcom|
|06.||07.||Shin Megami Tensei IV||9,034||241,670||3DS||Atlus|
|02.||09.||Kamen Rider: Battride War||6,152||172,946||PS3||Namco Bandai|
|09.||10.||Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission||4,707||208,316||3DS||Namco Bandai|
|10.||11.||Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition||4,634||497,427||Wii||Namco Bandai|
|13.||12.||New Super Mario Bros. 2||3,595||2,043,072||3DS||Nintendo|
|12.||13.||Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate||3,485||319,972||3DS||Capcom|
|15.||14.||Mario Kart 7||3,392||2,064,091||3DS||Nintendo|
|08.||15.||Valhalla Knights 3||3,375||60,570||PSV||Marvelous AQL|
|17.||16.||Run for Money Tousouchuu||2,568||496,786||3DS||Namco Bandai|
|23.||17.||Gods Eater Burst (PSP the Best Reprint Edition)||2,463||4,376||PSP||Namco Bandai|
|21.||18.||Pokémon Black/White 2||2,453||3,014,537||DS||Pokémon Co.|
|19.||19.||Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb||2,391||495,981||3DS||Namco Bandai|
|20.||20.||New Super Mario Bros. U||2,224||521,251||WiiU||Nintendo|