This Week In Sales: The Wonderful 101 Isn’t Doing So Wonderfully


Period: The week of August 19th – August 25th (2013)

Top-seller: Masou Kishin III: Pride of Justice – 39,255

Nintendo 3DS sales: 16,053| Total sales: 8,526,471

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 35,044 | Total sales: 3,643,867

PlayStation Vita sales: 11,507 | Total sales: 1,807,998

Wii U sales: 7,030 | Total sales: 1,055,456

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week’s highest-selling game in Japan was Namco Bandai’s Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin III – Pride of Justice for the PlayStation 3. The game sold about 40,000 copies at launch on that platform.


Meanwhile, another “high profile” release was PlatinumGames and Nintendo’s The Wonderful 101, which didn’t even manage to crack the top 10. The Wii U exclusive sold a mere 5,000 copies, with Wii U sales dropping for the week as the Obon holiday effect from the week prior wore off.


As previously reported, Nintendo shipped very few copies of the game to retailers in the first place, so either the publisher or retailers themselves (likely both) probably expected low sales of the title, and they weren’t wrong.


Finally, Conception II for the PlayStation Vita and 3DS launched in Japan last week as well. The game sold about 20,000 copies on Vita and an additional 5,000 copies on 3DS. Spike have primarily been marketing the Vita version of the game, and shipped more copies of that version, too, so the sales divide isn’t surprising.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin III – Pride of Justice39,255NewPS3Namco Bandai
01.02.Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life20,881227,5083DSNamco Bandai
02.03.Mario & Luigi: Dream Team20,339264,9773DSNintendo
New04.Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin III – Pride of Justice18,929NewPSVNamco Bandai
New05.Conception II18,878NewPSVSpike Chunsoft
03.06.Tomodachi Collection: New Life15,5851,394,7633DSNintendo
New07.Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara14,480NewPS3Capcom
06.08.Animal Crossing: New Leaf8,4483,386,3863DSNintendo
07.09.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon7,639878,3843DSNintendo
08.10.Youkai Watch7,084143,7963DSLevel 5
04.11.One Piece: Romance Dawn6,71247,2103DSNamco Bandai
09.12.Pikmin 35,741171,4013DSNintendo
14.13.Mario Kart 75,2622,106,5223DSNintendo
New14.The Wonderful 1015,258NewWiiUNintendo
05.15.Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies5,232327,9963DSCapcom
New16.Conception II5,072New3DSSpike Chunsoft
10.17.Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D5,003258,4573DSNintendo
13.18.Fantasy Life Link!4,48148,8743DSLevel 5
12.19.Hoppe-chan Tsukutte Asonde Puni Puni Town!!4,28033,8573DSNippon Columbia
15.20.Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition4,280549,364WiiNamco 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.