This Week In Sales: Strip-Combo Training Kicks Off With Akiba’s Trip


Period: The week of May 16th – May 22nd (2011)

Top-seller: Akiba’s Trip – 58,150

Nintendo 3DS sales: 17,240 | Total sales: 1,013,259


The week of May 16th – 22nd saw the Nintendo 3DS finally cross the 1 million mark. Weekly sales remained slow at 17,240 units, however, owing to the as yet unchanged lack of popular software to persuade consumers to invest in the system.


Software-wise, Akiba’s Trip occupied the top spot in the software sales chart, with 58,150 copies sold. That’s 58,150 people learning to protect Akihabara against a potential vampire threat…and learning to perform continuous strip combos.


At #2 was Dead or Alive: Dimensions for the Nintendo 3DS. The Team Ninja game sold 23,078 copies in its first week on store shelves. For comparison, Dead or Alive 4 for the Xbox 360 debuted at 44,853 copies at the end of 2005. It launched a month after the release of the Xbox 360 in Japan, and was an anticipated game for the system.


Following at #4 was Gungnir, while Portal 2 also charted at #6 (PS3) and #20 (360). The full top-20 chart for the week is as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Akiba’s Trip58,150NewPSPAcquire
New02.Dead or Alive: Dimensions23,078New3DSTecmo Koei
01.03.Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional19,290494,793DSSquare Enix
05.05.Patapon 311,45895,341PSPSony
New06.Portal 28,942NewPS3Electronic Arts
06.07.Professional Baseball Spirits 20118,032160,066PSPKonami
11.08.Wii Party5,0431,891,324WiiNintendo
14.09.Pokémon Black/White4,7675,181,982DSNintendo
03.10.Steel Diver4,58321,9913DSNintendo
09.11.Professional Baseball Spirits 20114,401151,465PS3Konami
10.12.The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z4,100403,064PSPNamco Bandai
12.13.Monster Hunter Portable 3rd3,9024,474,713PSPCapcom
04.14.Reminiscences of Haruhi Suzumiya
3,75818,711PSPNamco Bandai
New15.Eliminage Original3,625NewPSPStarfish SD
18.16.Mario Kart Wii3,5623,228,399WiiNintendo
02.17.Reminiscences of Haruhi Suzumiya
3,52922,360PS3Namco Bandai
08.18.Tale of the Last Promise3,51889,054PSPImageepoch
New19.Portal 23,468New360Electronic Arts
16.20.Nintendogs + cats3,192221,7083DSNintendo


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.