This Week In Sales: The Little Battlers W Has A Bit Of Growing Up To Do


Period: The week of October 15th – October 21st (2012)

Top-seller: The Little Battlers W (PSP) – 77,457

Nintendo 3DS sales: 22,447 | Total sales: 6,965,008

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 37,785 | Total sales: 781,902

PlayStation Vita sales: 6,791 | Total sales: 1,015,044

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week’s biggest release in Japan was The Little Battlers W, a sequel to the original game that started the series, The Little Battlers. Level 5 released The Little Battlers W on both the PSP an PlayStation Vita with cross-play functionality.


On PSP, The Little Battlers W sold 77,457 copies. On the PlayStation Vita, it sold just 16,842 copies. There are two important points to note in light of these sales:


  • Both PSP and Vita versions combined failed to sell anywhere near the launch week numbers of the original The Little Battlers game (166,187 copies).


  • The PSP version of W didn’t sell all that much more than The Little Battlers: Explosive Boost, an updated version of the first game, released earlier this year on the Nintendo 3DS.


Explosive Boost, which was the third version of the original The Little Battlers game, sold 54,354 copies on the Nintendo 3DS when it was released back in July. Given the sequel’s relatively weak performance, and Explosive Boost’s relatively strong performance on 3DS, it’s looking very likely than we’ll see an updated version of The Little Battlers W released for 3DS at some point in the future.


In other news, Resident Evil 6 is performing rather admirably, as it clung on to the #2 spot in the chart, beating out Bravely Default, which dropped to #3 in its second week. On the subject of Bravely Default, retailers have reported sell-outs and stock shortages, so it appears to be doing very well for itself.


The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.The Little Battlers W77,457NewPSPLevel 5
02.02.Resident Evil 642,234770,088PS3Capcom
01.03.Bravely Default: Flying Fairy41,430182,9593DSSquare Enix
New04.FIFA 1335,800NewPS3Electronic Arts
04.05.Pro Evolution Soccer 201332,320306,348PS3Konami
06.06.New Super Mario Bros. 224,9171,271,6253DSNintendo
New07.The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Zero Evolution21,518NewPSVKadokawa
New08.The Little Battlers W16,842NewPSVLevel 5
07.09.Style Savvy: Trendsetters14,282136,6723DSNintendo
08.10.Run for Money Tousouchuu13,267203,6373DSNamco Bandai
03.11.Project X Zone12,45097,9893DSNamco Bandai
13.12.Pokémon Black/White 28,3822,807,849DSPokémon Co.
New13.Monster Hunter Frontier Online Forward 5 Premium Package8,010New360Capcom
New14.Hakuoki Yuugi Roku Ni7,784NewPSPIdea Factory
New15.Shiren the Wanderer 4 Plus6,368NewPSPSpike Chunsoft
11.16.SD Gundam G Generation Overworld6,240255,573PSPNamco Bandai
17.17.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb5,381241,0573DSNamco Bandai
16.18.Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!5,18091,1943DSNintendo
10.19.Diabolik Lovers4,97018,143PSPIdea Factory
05.20.Time and Eternity: Toki Towa4,51936,734PS3Namco Bandai


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.