This Week In Sales: Yo-kai Bustin’ Makes Me Feel Good


    Period: The week of July 6th – July 12th (2015)

    Top-seller: Yo-kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Troupe / White Dog Unit (3DS) – 693,538

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 1,184 | Tot. sales: 9,845,714

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 899 | Tot. sales: 6,910,283

    New Nintendo 3DS sales: 5,551 | Tot. sales: 592,824

    New Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 21,069 | Tot. sales: 1,473,346

    PlayStation Vita sales: 13,632 | Tot. sales: 3,885,396

    Vita TV sales: 613 | Tot. sales: 168,339

    Wii U sales: 10,780 | Tot. sales: 2,444,515

    PlayStation 4 sales: 15,779 | Tot. sales: 1,585,753

    Xbox One sales: 149 | Tot. sales: 53,271

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    Last week, Level 5 released Yo-kai Watch Busters, a multiplayer action RPG spin-off of the Yo-kai Watch series, for the Nintendo 3DS. Busters was released in two versions, and between the two it sold a combined total of 693,538 units. That isn’t as much as the last numbered Yo-kai Watch game, but for a spin-off it’s still an incredible figure.


    Another major 3DS release last week was The Great Ace Attorney, which is the start of a brand new Ace Attorney series. The Great Ace Attorney sold 135,690 copies in its first week. Here’s how that compares to the debuts of the last two Ace Attorney games in the main series:


    • (2013) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies – 250,216
    • (2007) Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney – 250,186


    While The Great Ace Attorney didn’t sell as much as as either Apollo Justice or Dual Destinies, it makes sense for it to have done lower numbers, given that it introduces a brand new cast of characters and a completely new storyline that existing fans are unfamiliar with. The Ace Attorney games sell due to the love their fans have for the series’ characters, and one would assume Capcom that The Great Ace Attorney will serve as an entry point for new and lapsed fans.


    It should be interesting to see how the game does over the next few months, and how a sequel—should there ever be one—does as well. Until then, here’s some more Ace Attorney sales data if you’re curious.


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


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.Yo-kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Troupe / White Dog Unit693,538New3DSLevel 5
    New02.The Great Ace Attorney135,690New3DSCapcom
    New03.Taiko Drum Master V Version46,101NewPSVBandai Namco
    01.04.Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright / Conquest29,682345,2533DSNintendo
    02.06.Rhythm Heaven The Best+24,650325,8443DSNintendo
    New07.Super Tousouchuu Gather! The Ultimate Escapees13,571New3DSBandai Namco
    05.08.Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition10,898243,428PSVSony
    06.09.Mario Kart 86,7081,060,442WiiUNintendo
    07.10.Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden4,642110,0873DSNintendo
    10.11.Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire4,6082,657,6613DSPokémon Co.
    03.12.Persona 4: Dancing All Night4,449111,513PSVAtlus
    11.13.Animal Crossing: New Leaf4,2323,996,9603DSNintendo
    14.14.Style Savvy 32,891164,4363DSNintendo
    12.15.The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt2,847128,414PS4Spike Chunsoft
    09.16.Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition2,77250,017PS4Capcom
    08.17.Popolocrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale2,75763,5243DSMarvelous
    13.18.Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS2,7462,256,3263DSNintendo
    18.19.Super Smash Bros. for Wii U2,218653,783WiiUNintendo
    16.20.Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition1,901274,6783DSGungHo


    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at 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.

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