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)

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:

 

LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Dissidia 012[duodecim]: Final Fantasy286,117NewPSPSquare Enix
New02.Way of the Samurai 470,380NewPS3Spike
03.03.Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle59,138178,7283DSLevel 5
02.04.SD Gundam G Generation World45,989238,969PSPNamco Bandai
05.05.Nintendogs + cats (all three versions)44,699108,9123DSNintendo
01.06.Phantasy Star Portable 2: Infinity43,302248,955PSPSega
New07.Digimon Story: Super Xros Wars Red/Blue35,752NewDSNamco Bandai
06.08.Samurai Warriors: Chronicles30,11279,4383DSTecmo Koei
09.09.Monster Hunter Portable 3rd26,2104,351,882PSPCapcom
New10.Star Driver: Takuto’s Radiance – Legend of the Most Handsome Boy in the Galaxy21,353NewPSPNamco Bandai
07.11.Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition16,97461,6243DSCapcom
08.12.Ridge Racer 3D15,81054,0363DSNamco Bandai
15.13.Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D15,30139,8573DSKonami
04.14.Disgaea 412,46191,886PS3Nippon Ichi
16.15.Samurai Warriors 3Z12,251302,963PS3Tecmo Koei
21.16.Pokémon Black/White9,6395,101,102DSNintendo
22.17.Donkey Kong Country Returns8,836835,930WiiNintendo
13.18.Killzone 37,50734,224PS3Sony
17.19.Catherine7,131170,139PS3Atlus
24.20.Ace Attorney Investigations 26,527192,440DSCapcom

 

Sales data obtained from 4Gamer and Media-Create.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. 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.

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