This Week In Sales: That’s Enough Final Fantasy III, Thanks


Period: The week of September 17th – September 23rd (2012)

Top-seller: Final Fantasy III – 44,872

Nintendo 3DS sales: 26,176 | Total sales: 6,865,895

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 35,206 | Total sales: 597,639

PlayStation Vita sales: 9,295 | Total sales: 979,693

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Final Fantasy III on PSP didn’t sell very many copies at all, when it released in Japan last week. The updated PSP port of the Nintendo DS (and iOS) game sold close to 45,000 copies in its first week.


That’s an incredibly low number for any mainline Final Fantasy game—even an old one—but it isn’t very surprising, considering that the original version sold over 1 million copies on the DS, which means a lot of people already owned the game and likely had no interest in buying it again.


While Final Fantasy III took the #1 spot for the week, #3 went to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, published by Spike Chunsoft in Japan, with about 20,700 copies sold. The other notable release for the week was LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, which sold close to 6,000 copies.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Final Fantasy III44,872NewPSPSquare Enix
03.02.New Super Mario Bros. 237,3131,150,4713DSNintendo
New03.Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning20,695NewPS3Spike Chunsoft
04.04.Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!18,76054,6703DSNintendo
02.05.Medabots 7: Kabuto/Kuwagata17,65967,1773DSRocket Company
01.06.Tekken Tag Tournament 217,24079,870PS3Namco Bandai
New07.Tiger & Bunny: On-Air Jack!16,550NewPSPNamco Bandai
06.08.Pokémon Black/White 216,2742,763,732DSPokémon Co.
09.09.Run For Money Tousouchuu14,537151,4613DSNamco Bandai
New10.Hunter X Hunter: Wonder Adventure12,007NewPSPNamco Bandai
05.11.Samurai Warriors Chronicles 2nd10,37644,3093DSTecmo Koei
New12.Eureka Seven AO: Flowers of Jungfrau9,794NewPS3Namco Bandai
11.13.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb8,875214,9683DSNamco Bandai
New14.Shirahana no Ori: Hiiro no Kakera 48,648NewPSPIdea Factory
13.15.Demon Training7,783162,3203DSNintendo
10.16.Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online7,764556,091WiiSquare Enix
New17.LittleBigPlanet PS Vita5,901NewPSVSony
16.18.Wii Sports Resort5,7881,078,304WiiNintendo
18.19.Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set5,43396,4963DSNippon Columbia
20.20.Just Dance Wii 25,238176,389WiiNintendo


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.