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

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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:

 

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Akiba’s Trip 58,150 New PSP Acquire
New 02. Dead or Alive: Dimensions 23,078 New 3DS Tecmo Koei
01. 03. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional 19,290 494,793 DS Square Enix
New 04. Gungnir 16,355 New PSP Atlus
05. 05. Patapon 3 11,458 95,341 PSP Sony
New 06. Portal 2 8,942 New PS3 Electronic Arts
06. 07. Professional Baseball Spirits 2011 8,032 160,066 PSP Konami
11. 08. Wii Party 5,043 1,891,324 Wii Nintendo
14. 09. Pokémon Black/White 4,767 5,181,982 DS Nintendo
03. 10. Steel Diver 4,583 21,991 3DS Nintendo
09. 11. Professional Baseball Spirits 2011 4,401 151,465 PS3 Konami
10. 12. The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z 4,100 403,064 PSP Namco Bandai
12. 13. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 3,902 4,474,713 PSP Capcom
04. 14. Reminiscences of Haruhi Suzumiya
3,758 18,711 PSP Namco Bandai
New 15. Eliminage Original 3,625 New PSP Starfish SD
18. 16. Mario Kart Wii 3,562 3,228,399 Wii Nintendo
02. 17. Reminiscences of Haruhi Suzumiya
3,529 22,360 PS3 Namco Bandai
08. 18. Tale of the Last Promise 3,518 89,054 PSP Imageepoch
New 19. Portal 2 3,468 New 360 Electronic Arts
16. 20. Nintendogs + cats 3,192 221,708 3DS Nintendo

 

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and Geimin.net.

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.