This Week In Sales: We All Live In A Pokémon World


Period: The week of June 18th – June 24th (2012)

Top-seller: Pokémon Black/White 2 – 1,561,738

Nintendo 3DS sales: 68,056 | Total sales: 6,352,597

PlayStation Vita sales: 13,589 | Total sales: 779,103


Who would ever have guessed it—Pokémon Black/White 2 were the best-selling games in Japan last week. The two companion games were released on Saturday, as is usually the case with Pokémon titles, meaning that only two days of sales are represented in this week’s chart. Despite this, Black/White 2 topped the sales chart at a nice 1.56 million copies sold.


For comparison, here are the opening sales of the previous Pokémon games on the Nintendo DS:


Pokémon Black/White (2010) – 2.55 million

Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver (2009) – 1.44 million

Pokémon Platinum (2008) – 963,273

Pokémon Diamond/Pearl (2006) – 1.58 million


All said and done, Pokémon Black/White 2 sold about on par with Diamond/Pearl in their opening weekend. Not too shabby at all, and based on past trends, they should continue to sell for quite some time.


Meanwhile, Persona 4: Golden dropped from its top spot to the #3 position on the chart. PlayStation Vita sales plummeted as well, now back to 13,600 units for the week, following the brief boost the system received from Persona’s release. Perhaps next week’s Crystal White-coloured Vita and Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will provide some brief respite, but following that, the system will be devoid of high-profile games until Hatsune Miku Project Diva f releases in late August.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Pokémon Black/White 21,561,738NewDSPokémon Co.
02.02.Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D58,228721,1743DSSquare Enix
01.03.Persona 4: Golden29,293166,369PSVAtlus
New04.Kenka Bancho Bros.21,797NewPS3Spike Chunsoft
04.05.Tokyo Jungle18,715165,013PS3Sony
New06.K-On! After School Live HD Ver.13,581NewPS3Sega
08.07.Mario Party 913,339447,126WiiNintendo
07.08.Mario Tennis Open13,036198,0473DSNintendo
06.09.Dragon’s Dogma9,162446,410PS3Capcom
09.10.Lollipop Chainsaw7,89861,246PS3Kadokawa Games
10.11.Super Mario 3D Land7,6091,631,3583DSNintendo
12.12.Mario Kart 75,0911,746,8363DSNintendo
05.13.Akiba’s Trip Plus5,03434,539PSPAcquire
New14.Steel Batallion: Heavy Armor4,889New360Capcom
New15.Arcana Famiglia: Yuureisen No Majutsushi4,854NewPSPComfort
16.16.Wii Sports Resort4,287965,713WiiNintendo
14.17.Monster Hunter Tri G4,2691,481,6433DSCapcom
13.18.Fire Emblem: Awakening3,972417,7603DSNintendo
11.19.Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Battle Destiny3,66852,790PSVNamco Bandai
17.20.Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games2,965186,7893DSNintendo


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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.