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

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

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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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Final Fantasy III 44,872 New PSP Square Enix
03. 02. New Super Mario Bros. 2 37,313 1,150,471 3DS Nintendo
New 03. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning 20,695 New PS3 Spike Chunsoft
04. 04. Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! 18,760 54,670 3DS Nintendo
02. 05. Medabots 7: Kabuto/Kuwagata 17,659 67,177 3DS Rocket Company
01. 06. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 17,240 79,870 PS3 Namco Bandai
New 07. Tiger & Bunny: On-Air Jack! 16,550 New PSP Namco Bandai
06. 08. Pokémon Black/White 2 16,274 2,763,732 DS Pokémon Co.
09. 09. Run For Money Tousouchuu 14,537 151,461 3DS Namco Bandai
New 10. Hunter X Hunter: Wonder Adventure 12,007 New PSP Namco Bandai
05. 11. Samurai Warriors Chronicles 2nd 10,376 44,309 3DS Tecmo Koei
New 12. Eureka Seven AO: Flowers of Jungfrau 9,794 New PS3 Namco Bandai
11. 13. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 8,875 214,968 3DS Namco Bandai
New 14. Shirahana no Ori: Hiiro no Kakera 4 8,648 New PSP Idea Factory
13. 15. Demon Training 7,783 162,320 3DS Nintendo
10. 16. Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online 7,764 556,091 Wii Square Enix
New 17. LittleBigPlanet PS Vita 5,901 New PSV Sony
16. 18. Wii Sports Resort 5,788 1,078,304 Wii Nintendo
18. 19. Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set 5,433 96,496 3DS Nippon Columbia
20. 20. Just Dance Wii 2 5,238 176,389 Wii Nintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

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