This Week In Sales: The 3rd Birthday Overdives Into #6


    The week of December 20th – 26th demonstrated the holiday effect in full force, causing a bunch of long-tailed sellers to actually increase in sales over the previous week. Konami’s Magician’s Quest: The Merchant’s Store of Sorcery was one such title, which nearly doubled its sales over the week prior.


    We’ve been pointing Magician’s Quest out in every recent sales chart because, in a month dominated by popular games, it’s managed to hold its own and seek out its target audience, which is no mean feat, considering its competition. Incidentally, the game was developed by the newly-established LovePlus Productions.


    One game that didn’t do as well as one might have hoped, however, was The 3rd Birthday. Beaten soundly by Namco Bandai’s AKB 1/48 Fall In Love With An Idol and Nintendo’s dominant holiday sellers, Aya overdove right down into sixth place upon debut. Square clearly understood the risks associated with the title, but that doesn’t change how it did.


    Speaking of tears…Capcom are probably shedding tears of joy right about now. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, in less than a month, has nearly achieved its target sales of 3.6 million, and doesn’t look like it’s going to stop selling anytime soon.


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


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    01.01.Monster Hunter Portable  3rd404,1753,565,976PSPCapcom
    New02.AKB 1/48 Fall In Love With An Idol236,282NewPSPNamco Bandai
    04.03.Donkey Kong Country Returns214,518530,818WiiNintendo
    05.04.Pokémon Black/White164,9504,909,161DSNintendo
    07.05.Wii Party162,1351,573,959WiiNintendo
    New06.The 3rd Birthday140,476NewPSPSquare Enix
    08.07.Mario Sports Mix136,295435,829WiiNintendo
    03.08.Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World – The Ogre117,504293,108DSLevel 5
    09.09.Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer84,115328,992DSLevel 5
    08.10.Magician’s Quest: The Merchant’s Store of Sorcery74,255249,540DSKonami
    10.11.Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem67,852231,781DSNintendo
    11.12.Kirby’s Epic Yarn65,587370,187WiiNintendo
    14.13.Wii Sports Resort (w/ MotionPlus)61,942185,290WiiNintendo
    02.14.Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 337,239245,467PS3Namco Bandai
    12.15.Super Fossil Fighters56,883218,631DSNintendo
    16.16.New Super Mario Bros. Wii45,3444,151,363WiiNintendo
    18.17.Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Everyone’s Party Sandaime44,661122,170WiiNamco Bandai
    20.18.Mario Kart Wii39,7853,084,210WiiNintendo
    15.19.Super Mario All-Stars Collector’s Edition37,647780,508WiiNintendo
    21.20.Tamagotchi no Narikiri Challenge33,144DSNamco Bandai


    Sales data acquired from Japanese sales tracker Media-Create.

    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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