This Week In Sales: Time Travelers Tells Its Tale


Period: The week of July 9th – July 15th (2012)

Top-seller: Pokémon Black/White 2 – 122,242

Nintendo 3DS sales: 47,063 | Total sales: 6,518,472

PlayStation Vita sales: 13,427 | Total sales: 831,924

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Pokémon Black/White 2 still refuse to budge from the top spot on the weekly software sales chart in Japan. This means that last week’s best-selling new game, Taiko Drum Master for the 3DS, had to settle for the #2 spot. Taiko sold 65,462 copies in its first week.


At #3 was another new release—Pocket Soccer League: Calcio Bit from Nintendo, which sold 26,449 copies. While that number seems low, it probably isn’t. Here’s what Calcio Bit looks like.


Finally, Level 5’s sci-fi adventure, Time Travelers, was released last week as well, on the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. The Vita version slightly outsold its 3DS counterpart (by about 300 copies), probably owing to less competition on the Vita. The more interesting question is: Is this why the PSP version was delayed?


The top-20 software sales chart for the week is as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.Pokémon Black/White 2122,2422,289,408DSPokémon Co.
New02.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb65,462New3DSNamco Bandai
New03.Pocket Soccer League: Calcio Bit26,449New3DSNintendo
06.04.Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D18,245812,4523DSSquare Enix
03.05.The Little Battlers: Explosive Boost18,15272,5073DSLevel 5
04.06.Toriko: Gourmet Survival 215,18753,827PSPNamco Bandai
02.07.Etrian Odyssey IV14,639110,1453DSAtlus
New08.Time Travelers9,332NewPSVLevel 5
11.09.Mario Party 99,090481,414WiiNintendo
New10.Time Travelers9,054New3DSLevel 5
07.11.Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier8,67531,994PS3Ubisoft
09.12.Atelier Ayesha6,81381,147PS3Gust
12.13.Mario Tennis Open6,491224,7543DSNintendo
13.15.Persona 4: The Golden6,001195,750PSVAtlus
08.16.Anarchy Reigns5,71727,633PS3Sega
15.17.Tokyo Jungle5,332190,344PS3Sony
22.18.Wii Sports Resort5,225981,189WiiNintendo
18.19.Metal Gear Solid HD Collection5,19231,789PSVKonami
New20.Resistance: Burning Skies5,138NewPSVSony


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.