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


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.



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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. The Little Battlers 166,187 New PSP Level 5
New 02. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D 164,110 New 3DS Nintendo
01. 03. Yakuza: Of the End 53,775 352,492 PS3 Sega
New 04. Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling 31,666 New 360 5pb
New 05. Steins;Gate Double Pack 11,041 New 360 5pb
02. 06. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D 9,062 83,405 3DS Capcom
04. 07. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional 7,997 538,020 DS Square Enix
03. 08. Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS 6,609 137,421 DS The Pokémon Co.
07. 09. Wii Party 6,556 1,917,752 Wii Nintendo
05. 10. One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP 6,549 112,174 3DS Namco Bandai
14. 11. Wii Sports Resort 6,476 353,082 Wii Nintendo
12. 12. Pokémon Black/White 6,434 5,204,356 DS Nintendo
11. 13. Professional Baseball Spirits 4,232 184,299 PSP Konami
09. 14. Patapon 3 4,136 120,934 PSP Sony
16. 15. Mario Kart Wii 3,939 3,244,896 Wii Nintendo
New 16. Stein’s Gate (Xbox 360 Platinum Collection) 3,914 New 360 5pb
New 17. Sangoku Koi Senki: Otome no Heihou
3,872 New PS2 Prototype
18. 18. Wii Fit Plus 3,844 2,328,388 Wii Nintendo
19. 19. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 3,758 4,490,749 PSP Capcom
08. 20. Akiba’s Trip 3,601 93,078 PSP Acquire

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.