This Week In Sales: The Calm Before The Storm


Period: The week of April 8th – April 14th (2013)

Top-seller: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 56,562

Nintendo 3DS sales: 18,584 | Total sales: 8,203,793

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 28,139 | Total sales: 2,938,069

PlayStation Vita sales: 14,112 | Total sales: 1,500,324

Wii U sales: 9,984 | Total sales: 879,014

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week was another slow week for new releases in Japan, with hardware sales dropping across the board. A strong line-up managed to keep Nintendo 3DS sales healthy at close to 47,000 units, but everything else dropped below the 15k mark.


Meanwhile, the top-20 software chart was comprised primarily of a mix of popular sellers and recent releases. The only new game in the top-20 was FuRyu’s Cardfight!! Vanguard: Ride to Victory, which sold 44,538 copies in its first week.


Next week’s sales chart should be a little more exciting. We’ll see first-week sales for Nintendo’s Tomodachi Collection: New Life, Capcom’s Monster Hunter Frontier G, Sega’s 7th Dragon 2020-II and Namco Bandai’s Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon56,562515,9753DSNintendo
New02.Cardfight!! Vanguard: Ride to Victory44,538New3DSFuRyu
02.03.Animal Crossing: New Leaf36,7093,062,0773DSNintendo
03.04.One Piece: Pirate Warriors 212,799370,758PS3Namco Bandai
05.05.Pro Baseball Spirits 20138,059149,725PS3Konami
07.06.Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition6,983449,3053DSNamco Bandai
08.07.Muramasa Rebirth6,49263,287PSVMarvelous AQL
05.08.Pro Baseball Spirits 20136,487124,326PSPKonami
14.09.New Super Mario Bros. 26,4731,996,5303DSNintendo
11.10.Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment6,435186,444PSPNamco Bandai
13.11.Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix5,993189,169PS3Square Enix
18.12.Soul Sacrifice5,049160,663PSVSony
12.13.Dragon Quest X4,96948,171WiiUSquare Enix
09.14.Fate/Extra CCC4,87888,889PSPMarvelous AQL
19.15.Mario Kart 74,7752,025,1273DSNintendo
21.16.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)4,768284,8243DSCapcom
10.17.Game & Wario4,71938,274WiiUNintendo
16.18.One Piece: Pirate Warriors 24,62090,199PSVNamco Bandai
20.19.Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy4,356203,6023DSLevel 5
22.20.Taiko: Drum Master The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb4,110466,1893DSNamco Bandai


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.