This Week In Sales: Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D Is Nintendo 3DS’ Epona

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    Period: The week of Jun 13th – Jun 19th (2011)

    Top-seller: The Little Battlers – 166,187

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 40,649 | Total sales: 1,130,197

     

    This week’s sales chart is an exciting one, and there’s a lot to cover, so let’s jump right in. Last week saw the release of two very high-profile games: The Little Battlers (PSP) from Level 5 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (3DS) from Nintendo. The former took the top spot in the sales chart, coming in at 166,187 units.

     

    Level 5 included a do-it-yourself model of the AX-00 Achilles, a robot in the game, with every copy of The Little Battlers. For a new franchise, that’s a rather impressive first week number. We’ll see how The Little Battlers holds up in the weeks to come, but Level 5 already have grand plans for the franchise that include a manga, an anime and more plastic model toys.

     

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    Ocarina of Time 3D was extremely close behind The Little Battlers at 164,110 units, and the game gave the Nintendo 3DS system a significant sales boost, making it the top-selling hardware for the week.

     

    For comparison, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks released on the Nintendo DS in 2009 — well after the system had established itself and amassed a large install base in Japan — and in its first week, Spirit Tracks sold 291,496 units. While that’s an admirable number, it was less than half of the game’s generous first shipment. This resulted in Spirit Tracks quickly being slashed in price due to an overabundance of copies in the market. To put it simply, supply outweighed demand.

     

    The new lower price enabled Spirit Tracks to remained on the sales chart for a surprisingly long time, but clearly, Nintendo were keen to avoid a similar situation this time around, as Ocarina of Time 3D has reportedly received a relatively lower shipment in Japan. It should be interesting to see how the game holds up in the weeks ahead.

     

    Now, we come to Steins;Gate, which saw not one, but three separate releases on the Xbox 360 this week. Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling is a different take on the game, with Play-Asia describing it as more of a “love comedy” than the grabbing sci-fi adventure it’s known to be. Hiyoku Renri no Darling sold 31,666 units.

     

    Following it at 11,000 units was a Steins;Gate Double Pack, which contains both an Xbox 360 “Platinum Collection” re-release of the original Steins;Gate as well as Hiyoku Renri no Darling. Finally, the standalone Platinum Collection re-release of Steins;Gate was also released the same week.

     

    That doesn’t mark the end for Steins;Gate though. This week, the game will be released on the PSP, and sometime this summer, 5pb will follow up with an iTunes release for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. That’s a lot of Steins;Gate.

     

    Finally, the top-20 sales chart for the week is as follows:

     

    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.The Little Battlers166,187NewPSPLevel 5
    New02.The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D164,110New3DSNintendo
    01.03.Yakuza: Of the End53,775352,492PS3Sega
    New04.Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling31,666New3605pb
    New05.Steins;Gate Double Pack11,041New3605pb
    02.06.Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D9,06283,4053DSCapcom
    04.07.Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional7,997538,020DSSquare Enix
    03.08.Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS6,609137,421DSThe Pokémon Co.
    07.09.Wii Party6,5561,917,752WiiNintendo
    05.10.One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP6,549112,1743DSNamco Bandai
    14.11.Wii Sports Resort6,476353,082WiiNintendo
    12.12.Pokémon Black/White6,4345,204,356DSNintendo
    11.13.Professional Baseball Spirits4,232184,299PSPKonami
    09.14.Patapon 34,136120,934PSPSony
    16.15.Mario Kart Wii3,9393,244,896WiiNintendo
    New16.Stein’s Gate (Xbox 360 Platinum Collection)3,914New3605pb
    New17.Sangoku Koi Senki: Otome no Heihou
    3,872NewPS2Prototype
    18.18.Wii Fit Plus3,8442,328,388WiiNintendo
    19.19.Monster Hunter Portable 3rd3,7584,490,749PSPCapcom
    08.20.Akiba’s Trip3,60193,078PSPAcquire

    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and Geimin.net.

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