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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Monster Hunter Portable  3rd 404,175 3,565,976 PSP Capcom
New 02. AKB 1/48 Fall In Love With An Idol 236,282 New PSP Namco Bandai
04. 03. Donkey Kong Country Returns 214,518 530,818 Wii Nintendo
05. 04. Pokémon Black/White 164,950 4,909,161 DS Nintendo
07. 05. Wii Party 162,135 1,573,959 Wii Nintendo
New 06. The 3rd Birthday 140,476 New PSP Square Enix
08. 07. Mario Sports Mix 136,295 435,829 Wii Nintendo
03. 08. Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World – The Ogre 117,504 293,108 DS Level 5
09. 09. Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer 84,115 328,992 DS Level 5
08. 10. Magician’s Quest: The Merchant’s Store of Sorcery 74,255 249,540 DS Konami
10. 11. Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem 67,852 231,781 DS Nintendo
11. 12. Kirby’s Epic Yarn 65,587 370,187 Wii Nintendo
14. 13. Wii Sports Resort (w/ MotionPlus) 61,942 185,290 Wii Nintendo
02. 14. Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 37,239 245,467 PS3 Namco Bandai
12. 15. Super Fossil Fighters 56,883 218,631 DS Nintendo
16. 16. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 45,344 4,151,363 Wii Nintendo
18. 17. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Everyone’s Party Sandaime 44,661 122,170 Wii Namco Bandai
20. 18. Mario Kart Wii 39,785 3,084,210 Wii Nintendo
15. 19. Super Mario All-Stars Collector’s Edition 37,647 780,508 Wii Nintendo
21. 20. Tamagotchi no Narikiri Challenge 33,144 DS Namco 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 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.