Period: The week of March 5th – March 11th (2012)
Top-seller: One Piece: Pirate Warriors – 90,133
Nintendo 3DS sales: 68,951 | Total sales: 5,242,639
PlayStation Vita sales: 10,041 | Total sales: 610,062
Last week saw the release of Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai on the Nintendo 3DS, but despite being the strongest new release of the week, the game wasn’t strong enough to dethrone One Piece: Pirate Warriors, which — despite a massive drop in sales from its first week — hung on to the #1 spot for the second week in a row.
Sales of Project Mirai, however, weren’t as strong as one may have expected. The game sold 86,676 copies in its first week. Let’s compare that to the first week sales of the Project Diva series:
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (2009) – 101,414
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd (2010) – 241,467
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend (2011) – 184,673
Just why Project Mirai’s upfront sales are so much lower is hard to say, considering that the Vocaloid and Nendoroid brands themselves have been doing well. Perhaps it’s due to the lack of focus on certain features that were present in the Project Diva games, such as the Edit Mode, which would allow players to create and share their own customized performances. Unfortunately, it’s hard to say without any conclusive evidence.
Other 3DS games released during the week included Girls RPG: Cinderella Life, which did rather terribly at sub-10k in first-week sales. Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D did a little better at close to 40,000 sold, matching first week sales of Peace Walker HD.
Finally, Street Fighter X Tekken sold a mere 58,471 copies on the PlayStation 3 and 8,527 on the Xbox 360.
The complete top-20 software sales chart was as follows:
|Lw||Tw||Title||Weekly Sales||Total Sales||Sys.||Publisher|
|01.||01.||One Piece: Pirate Warriors||90,133||745,907||PS3||Namco Bandai|
|New||02.||Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai||86,676||New||3DS||Sega|
|New||03.||Street Fighter X Tekken||58,471||New||PS3||Capcom|
|New||04.||Mobile Suit Gundam UC||51,669||New||PS3||Namco Bandai|
|New||05.||Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D||38,374||New||3DS||Konami|
|02.||06.||Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games||23,587||66,741||3DS||Nintendo|
|06.||07.||Mario Kart 7||17,813||1,564,025||3DS||Nintendo|
|08.||08.||Super Mario 3D Land||17,336||1,403,654||3DS||Nintendo|
|03.||09.||Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin||16,378||124,886||3DS||Marvelous AQL|
|09.||10.||Monster Hunter Tri G||14,286||
|05.||11.||Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy||12,811||112,344||3DS||Square Enix|
|New||12.||Girls RPG: Cinderella Life||9,519||New||3DS||Level 5|
|07.||13.||Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations||8,591||92,266||PS3||Namco Bandai|
|New||14.||Street Fighter X Tekken||8,527||New||360||Capcom|
|11.||16.||Doraemon: Nobita no Kiseki no Shima||6,546||18,775||3DS||Furyuu|
|10.||17.||Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave||5,164||102,831||PSP||Namco Bandai|
|16.||18.||Just Dance Wii||5,152||560,301||Wii||Nintendo|
|18.||19.||Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP the Best)||5,104||212,627||PSP||Capcom|
|22.||20.||Wii Sports Resort||5,000||887,800||Wii||Nintendo|