This Week In Sales: The Last Alchemist of Arland


Period: The week of Jun 20th – Jun 26th (2011)

Top-seller: Atelier Meruru – 82,585

Nintendo 3DS sales: 27,905 | Total sales: 1,158,102


Last week saw the release of the last game in the Alchemist of Arland trilogy from Gust, Atelier Meruru. The game sold 82,585 copies in its first week and debuted at the #1 spot. While that may not seem like much, it’s a significant improvement over Atelier Totori: Alchemist of Arland 2.


Atelier Totori was released in June last year, and sold 53,871 in its first week. It was handily beaten by Monster Hunter Frontier Online and Love Plus + on the software charts. The year before that, Atelier Rorona released with 43,243 copies sold at launch. This year, Gust’s Atelier game faced relatively little competition, and marks a pretty good upward trend for the Atelier games in general.


Following behind Atelier Meruru was Steins;Gate for the PSP at #2. This sold 63,558 copies in week 1, which in no small part contributed to 5pb’s rejoicing yesterday.


Other games on this week’s top-20 sales chart included Gundam Memories: Memories of Battle, Mass Effect 2, Bleach: Soul Resurrección and Earth Seeker. You can see how they did in the full top-20 chart below:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Atelier Meruru 82,585 New PS3 Gust
New 02. Steins;Gate 63,558 New PSP Kadokawa
New 03. Gundam Memories: Memories of Battle 52,067 New PSP Namco Bandai
01. 04. The Little Battlers 38,326 204,513 PSP Level 5
02. 05. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D 37,452 201,563 3DS Nintendo
New 06. Prince of Tennis Tightly! Doki Doki Survival Love Passion of the Sea and Mountains
30,234 New DS Konami
03. 07. Yakuza: Of the End 24,247 376,738 PS3 Sega
New 08. Bleach: Soul Resurrección 23,516 New PS3 Sony
11. 09. Wii Sports Resort 9,874 362,957 Wii Nintendo
New 10. Gloria Union 8,933 New PSP Atlus
12. 11. Pokémon Black/White 7,086 5,211,443 DS Nintendo
09. 12. Wii Party 5,980 1,923,731 Wii Nintendo
New 13. Mass Effect 2 5,885 New PS3 Electronic Arts
07. 14. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional 5,814 543,834 DS Square Enix
06. 15. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
5,633 89,038 3DS Capcom
New 16. Mother Goose’s Secret of the House 5,295 New PSP QuinRose
New 17. Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition
4,629 New PS3 Take Two
10. 18. One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP 4,289 116,463 3DS Namco Bandai
15. 19. Mario Kart Wii 4,154 3,249,050 Wii Nintendo
New 20. Earth Seeker 4,055 New Wii Kadokawa


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.