This Week In Sales: The Dissidia Of Duodecim

Period: The week of February 28th – March 6thThe game analyses your music, then generates patterns in sync to the beats with complexity to reflect the rhythm. (2011)

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Top-seller: Dissidia 012[duodecim]: Final Fantasy – 286,117

Nintendo 3DS sales: 209,623 | Total sales: 584,387


The Dissidia of Duodecim:

The week of February 28th – March 6th saw the release of what one assumed would be a significant game: Dissidia 012[duodecim]: Final Fantasy, the sequel (or chronological prequel) to 2008’s Dissidia: Final Fantasy on the PSP. Unfortunately, the game didn’t make quite as big a splash as one would have hoped.


Dissidia 012 debuted with 286,117 units sold in its first week on the Japanese market — not a bad number by any means, but a far cry from the 489,126 unit debut of its predecessor, which is disappointing given that Dissidia 012 appears to be the richer game. One possible reason for this is competition; Dissidia 012’s release was immediately after that of Phantasy Star Portable 2: Infinity and the Nintendo 3DS launch.


Nintendo 3DS Week 2:

The Nintendo 3DS is now at a total of 584,387 units sold by its second week in Japan. Nintendo have stated that they believe inbuilt 3DS software such as the Augmented Reality games will be a significant factor in driving people to buy the system early on through word of mouth, and this could very well be the case, although it’s simply too early to make any sort of judgement regarding the 3DS launch.


Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle maintained its position as the best-selling piece of 3DS software at 178,728 units by its second week . Nintendo’s only retail 3DS game, Nintendogs + cats is still in second place as far as 3DS software goes with 108,912 copies sold so far across all three versions of the game. Other 3DS releases such as Samurai Warriors: Chronicles and Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition can be found below in the top-20 chart.


The top-20 software sales chart for the week is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Dissidia 012[duodecim]: Final Fantasy 286,117 New PSP Square Enix
New 02. Way of the Samurai 4 70,380 New PS3 Spike
03. 03. Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle 59,138 178,728 3DS Level 5
02. 04. SD Gundam G Generation World 45,989 238,969 PSP Namco Bandai
05. 05. Nintendogs + cats (all three versions) 44,699 108,912 3DS Nintendo
01. 06. Phantasy Star Portable 2: Infinity 43,302 248,955 PSP Sega
New 07. Digimon Story: Super Xros Wars Red/Blue 35,752 New DS Namco Bandai
06. 08. Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 30,112 79,438 3DS Tecmo Koei
09. 09. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 26,210 4,351,882 PSP Capcom
New 10. Star Driver: Takuto’s Radiance – Legend of the Most Handsome Boy in the Galaxy 21,353 New PSP Namco Bandai
07. 11. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition 16,974 61,624 3DS Capcom
08. 12. Ridge Racer 3D 15,810 54,036 3DS Namco Bandai
15. 13. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D 15,301 39,857 3DS Konami
04. 14. Disgaea 4 12,461 91,886 PS3 Nippon Ichi
16. 15. Samurai Warriors 3Z 12,251 302,963 PS3 Tecmo Koei
21. 16. Pokémon Black/White 9,639 5,101,102 DS Nintendo
22. 17. Donkey Kong Country Returns 8,836 835,930 Wii Nintendo
13. 18. Killzone 3 7,507 34,224 PS3 Sony
17. 19. Catherine 7,131 170,139 PS3 Atlus
24. 20. Ace Attorney Investigations 2 6,527 192,440 DS Capcom


Sales data obtained from 4Gamer and Media-Create.

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