This Week In Sales: Tomodachi Collection Sees Big Launch Sales


Period: The week of April 15th – April 22nd (2013)

Top-seller: Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 404,858

Nintendo 3DS sales: 18,833 | Total sales: 8,222,626

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 57,089 | Total sales: 2,995,158

PlayStation Vita sales: 15,011 | Total sales: 1,515,335

Wii U sales: 8,798 | Total sales: 887,812

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week, Nintendo released Tomodachi Collection: New Life in Japan, which was the best-selling game for the week. In case you don’t know what the Tomodachi Collection games are about, looking through this explanation before you read any further might help.


Tomodachi Collection: New Life sold close to 405,000 copies in its first week on store shelves. That’s a significant improvement over the original Tomodachi Collection on Nintendo DS, which sold around 102,000 copies at launch.


The increase in launch sales can be attributed to fans that liked the first game putting their money down early for the new one. Even with its slower start, the first Tomodachi Collection eventually reached sales of over 3.7 million in Japan, so the second game can draw from a large audience that is now familiar with the series. Additionally, games with a social element tend to do particularly well on the 3DS, so it should be interesting to see how sales hold up going forward.


At #2 was Namco Bandai’s Naruto Shippudden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. The game sold 87,661 copies in its first week and was followed at #3 by 7th Dragon 2020-II, developed by Imageepoch and published by Sega for the PSP.


7th Dragon 2020-II sold nearly 74,000 copies in its first week. Unfortunately, that’s a lower debut than its predecessor, 7th Dragon 2020, which was released in November 2011 and sold 122,498 copies at launch. Furthermore, sales of 2020-II were even lower than those of the original 7th Dragon game on Nintendo DS. That game sold nearly 80,000 copies in its first week.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Tomodachi Collection: New Life404,858New3DSNintendo
New02.Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 387,661NewPS3Namco Bandai
New03.7th Dragon 2020-II73,697NewPSPSega
01.04.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon41,296557,2713DSNintendo
03.05.Animal Crossing: New Leaf34,4823,096,5593DSNintendo
New06.Amnesia Crowd24,780NewPSPIdea Factory
02.07.Cardfight!! Vanguard: Ride to Victory9,16153,6983DSFuRyu
04.08.One Piece: Pirate Warriors 27,887378,645PS3Namco Bandai
25.09.Run for Money Tousouchuu6,294464,5733DSNamco Bandai
New10.Monster Hunter Frontier G1 Premium Package6,042New360Capcom
09.11.New Super Mario Bros. 25,8662,002,3963DSNintendo
05.12.Pro Baseball Spirits 20135,571155,296PS3Konami
16.13.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)5,180290,0043DSCapcom
08.14.Pro Baseball Spirits 20135,097129,423PSPKonami
10.15.Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment5,001191,444PSPNamco Bandai
07.16.Muramasa Rebirth4,55567,842PSVSony
15.17.Mario Kart 74,5182,029,6453DSNintendo
11.18.Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix4,270193,439PS3Square Enix
12.19.Soul Sacrifice4,162164,825PSVSony
06.20.Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition3,950453,256WiiNamco 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.