This Week In Sales: The Paradox Of Not Calling Your Game Disgaea


Period: The week of January 21st – January 27th (2013)

Top-seller: Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 82,370

Nintendo 3DS sales: 26,898 | Total sales: 7,906,606

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 48,226 | Total sales: 2,402,173

PlayStation Vita sales: 9,748 | Total sales: 1,194,006

Wii U sales: 13,746 | Total sales: 745,485

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week, Nippon Ichi released The God and Fate Revolution Paradox in Japan, and the game sold 23,417 copies in its first week. That’s less than Nippon Ichi’s last new I.P., Z.H.P Unlosing Ranger, which released in 2010 for the PSP, and sold 31,447 copies in its first week.


In general, it appears that Nippon Ichi games that aren’t Disgaea RPGs are unable to break out and reach a larger audience. Here’s a comparison of some of the games NIS have published in Japan in recent years, with first-week sales listed for each:


(2007) Soul Nomad & the World Eaters – 43,253

(2008) Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice – 54,596

(2008) Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?  16,240

(2010) Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! – 9,353

(2010) Last Rebellion – 3,565

(2010) Z.H.P Unlosing Ranger – 31,447

(2010) Disgaea Infinite – 2,656

(2011) Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten – 79,425


NIS recently opened a new studio in Osaka this past October, which they stated would get to work on its own independent projects, so it should be interesting to see what they put out. In the meantime, it’s a good thing for the company that there are two new Disgaea games in the pipeline to hold them over.


In other news, Level 5’s Fantasy Life is back in the top-20. Following reports of shortages and the game being unavailable at stores, it looks like Level 5 have managed to get more copies to retailers. The game wasn’t even listed in the top-50 for the week prior, so one can only assume it was completely sold out. Between Fantasy Life and Inazuma Eleven Go 2, things are starting to look up for Level 5, following disappointing sales of Girls RPG and The Little Battlers W.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.Animal Crossing: New Leaf82,3702,366,1263DSNintendo
02.02.DmC Devil May Cry31,627142,056PS3Capcom
New03.Gintama’s Sugoroku27,011NewPSPNamco Bandai
New04.Demon Gaze25,316NewPSVKadokawa
???05.Fantasy Life25,042187,7723DSLevel 5
New06.Monster Monpiece24,978NewPSVCompile Heart
New07.The God and Fate Revolution Paradox23,417NewPS3Nippon Ichi
New08.Hitman Absolution22,233NewPS3Square Enix
03.09.Digimon Adventure13,99161,798PSPNamco Bandai
04.10.New Super Mario Bros. 212,8341,886,4763DSNintendo
05.11.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)12,105196,2433DSCapcom
06.12.Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone – Neppuu/Raimei8,942400,3313DSLevel 5
08.13.Paper Mario: Sticker Star8,185504,1073DSNintendo
12.14.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb7,640401,1253DSNamco Bandai
09.15.New Super Mario Bros. U6,883448,591WiiUNintendo
19.16.Taiko Drum Master: Super Splendid Edition6,852367,165WiiNamco Bandai
07.17.Run for Money Tousouchuu6,761406,1433DSNamco Bandai
15.18.Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Dubbed Version)6,111112,964PS3Square Enix
10.19.Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 25,983222,794PS3Tecmo Koei
11.20.Nintendo Land5,914276,831WiiUNintendo


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.