This Week In Sales: The Debut Of Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai


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
3DS Capcom
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
New 15. Unit 13 8,089 New PSV Sony
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


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.