This Week In Sales: The Soul Isn’t Burning Anymore…


Period: The week of January 30th – February 5th (2012)

Top-seller: Resident Evil: Revelations – 43,575

Nintendo 3DS sales: 75,018 | Total sales: 4,864,396

PlayStation Vita sales: 17,141 | Total sales: 552,564


Namco Bandai may want to rethink the old Soulcalibur tagline, at least in Japan. Soulcalibur V was released in the region last week, and sold just 43,500 copies on PlayStation 3 and another 7,500 on Xbox 360.


In comparison, Soulcalibur IV sold 74,607 copies on PlayStation and 34,786 copies on Xbox 360 in its opening week in 2008. A sorry state of affairs for the franchise.


Soulcalibur V only debuted at the #2 spot on the top-20 chart. The #1 spot was stolen by Resident Evil: Revelations, almost at 200,000 copies sold in its second week on the market. Meanwhile, Tales of Innnocence R on the PlayStation Vita dropped all the way from #3 to #14, with 63,250 copies sold so far.


Speaking of the Vita, this week’s new Vita release was Ragnarok Odyssey, selling 33,500 copies in its first week.


The full top-20 software sales list for the week was as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
02.01.Resident Evil: Revelations43,575190,1343DSCapcom
New02.Soulcalibur V34,328NewPS3Namco Bandai
New03.Photo Kano34,095NewPSPKadokawa
New04.Ragnarok Odyssey33,496NewPSVGungHo
01.05.Armored Core V30,775194,681PS3From Software
04.06.Mario Kart 726,7911,460,7493DSNintendo
05.07.Monster Hunter 3G24,1281,211,0263DSCapcom
07.08.Super Mario 3D Land22,8171,311,3123DSNintendo
New09.Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition21,416NewPS3Sony
New10.Dragon Age II19,928
09.11.Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure9,51156,0373DSSega
New12.Monster Hunter Frontier Online: Forward .3 Premium Package9,047New360Capcom
10.13.Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine/Dark8,960379,7643DSLevel 5
03.14.Tales of Innocence R8,39763,250PSVNamco Bandai
12.15.Just Dance Wii7,851527,050WiiNintendo
New16.Soulcalibur V7,679New360Namco Bandai
14.17.Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP the Best)6,875185,853PSPCapcom
17.18.Wii Sports Resort5,635862,118WiiNintendo
15.19.Final Fantasy XIII-25,336774,415PS3Square Enix
19.20.Mario Kart Wii5,0683,500,168WiiNintendo


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.