This Week In Sales: The Post-Holiday Apocalypse


    Period: The week of January 7th – January 13th (2013)

    Top-seller: Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 83,220

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 36,284 | Total sales: 7,848,868

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 56,377 | Total sales: 2,302,932

    PlayStation Vita sales: 11,088 | Total sales: 1,175,222

    Wii U sales: 20,715 | Total sales: 715,085

    << Last week’s software sales chart


    The week after the holidays is when sales drop across the board, and that’s what happened in Japan last week. Everything—hardware and software—dropped, and the top-20 sales chart comprised primarily of the strongest recent releases.


    Being the current craze in Japan, Animal Crossing: New Leaf held on to its #1 spot, with another 83,000 copies sold. Following it was New Super Mario Bros. 2 at the #2 spot, with less then 22,000 copies moved during the week. Also worth noting are Yakuza 5 sales, which are at nearly 555,000 now.


    Meanwhile, Level 5’s Fantasy Life dropped out of the top-20 entirely, although Konami’s Magician’s Quest: Town of Magic managed to hang on at the #15 position. Finally, barely making it into the top-20 was Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney. This is probably the last time we’ll be seeing the game in the top-20 chart, so bid adieu to it while you can.


    Finally, it bears mentioning that Run for Money Tousouchuu has blasted past Namco Bandai’s expectations. Namco expected Run for Money to sell 300,000 copies by the end of March. It’s currently already at 387,000 copies sold.


    On the hardware front, Nintendo 3DS sales stabilized, while Wii U and Vita sales dropped. Wii U sales will likely remain low until Nintendo release more significant software for the system.


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


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    01.01.Animal Crossing: New Leaf83,2202,186,3093DSNintendo
    02.02.New Super Mario Bros. 221,7841,855,8403DSNintendo
    13.03.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)14,809170,4103DSCapcom
    10.04.Run for Money Tousouchuu14,602387,6983DSNamco Bandai
    03.05.Paper Mario: Sticker Star14,472484,8673DSNintendo
    04.06.Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone – Neppuu/Raimei13,834379,3693DSLevel 5
    16.07.Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 213,289207,446PS3Tecmo Koei
    05.08.New Super Mario Bros. U12,400432,110WiiUNintendo
    07.09.Nintendo Land11,703262,176WiiUNintendo
    12.10.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb10,014385,0763DSNamco Bandai
    18.11.Yakuza 59,725554,579PS3Sega
    08.12.One Piece Romance Dawn9,046273,785PSPNamco Bandai
    23.13.Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Dubbed Version)8,78899,474PS3Square Enix
    14.14.Mario Kart 78,1471,947,4043DSNintendo
    09.15.Magician’s Quest: Town of Magic8,065127,8013DSKonami
    27.16.AKB1/149 Love Election7,278187,714PSPNamco Bandai
    11.17.Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity7,119416,0083DSPokémon Co.
    21.18.Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational6,951247,322PS3Sony
    25.19.Pokémon Black/White 26,6192,943,072DSPokémon Co.
    15.20.Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney5,907255,5963DSLevel 5


    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 a contributing writer at 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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