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 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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