Period: The week of December 30th (2013) – January 5th (2014)
Top-seller: Puzzle & Dragons Z – 157,883
Nintendo 3DS sales: 62,399 | Total sales: 9,298,433
Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 114,156 | Total sales: 5,540,042
PlayStation Vita sales: 70,087 | Total sales: 2,349,200
Vita TV sales: 5,313 | 81,557
Wii U sales: 51,271 | Total sales: 1,576,701
The first week of the year tends to be a time for spending in Japan. A Japanese tradition takes place on New Year’s day that involves adults giving money to children to spend. This tends to be reflected in the software sales charts, as a large number of children spend their otoshidama on videogames. Last week was no different.
Puzzle & Dragons Z reclaimed the #1 spot on the top-20 sales chart last week, selling another 158,000 copies. Total sales of the game are now well over 1 million at retail.
At #2 were Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, both at 3.8 million copies sold at retail thus far. Following them at #3 was The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, which sold another 73,000 copies in its second week, reaching nearly 300,000 sold.
Meanwhile, a number of popular older games have held up fairly well over the course of the holidays as well. Monster Hunter 4, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Tomodachi Collection: new Life haven’t left the top-20 since release, but what’s more impressive is the strength of Namco Bandai and Level 5’s Nintendo 3DS games, some of which can be found in the chart below. In particular, Disney Magic Castle by Namco and Youkai Watch by Level 5 have performed remarkably well for new IPs.
Next week should be interesting to see. The second week of a new year is when everything sees a drastic drop in sales, once the holiday effect and otoshidama effect has worn off. Vita and Wii U sales in particular should be interesting to observe over the course of the next few weeks, as both platforms face unique challenges.
The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:
|Lw||Tw||Title||Weekly Sales||Total Sales||Sys.||Publisher|
|02.||01.||Puzzle & Dragons Z||157,883||1,163,541||3DS||GungHo|
|04.||02.||Pokémon X and Y||109,350||3,835,946||3DS||Pokémon Co.|
|01.||03.||The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds||73,072||297,216||3DS||Nintendo|
|07.||04.||Monster Hunter 4||49,814||3,160,054||3DS||Capcom|
|06.||05.||Super Mario 3D World||47,354||439,442||WiiU||Nintendo|
|03.||06.||Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster||39,529||225,448||PS3||Square Enix|
|05.||07.||Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Twin Pack)||33,038||182,170||PSV||Square Enix|
|09.||08.||Animal Crossing: New Leaf||32,393||3,630,392||3DS||Nintendo|
|15.||09.||Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas||31,041||211,204||3DS||Namco Bandai|
|08.||10.||Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam||28,619||192,263||PS3||Namco Bandai|
|11.||11.||Tomodachi Collection: New Life||26,336||1,638,374||3DS||Nintendo|
|17.||12.||Mario Kart 7||24,138||2,251,043||3DS||Nintendo|
|14.||13.||Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy: Big Bang and Supernova||23,724||209,594||3DS||Level 5|
|19.||14.||New Super Mario Bros. 2||22,039||2,225,386||3DS||Nintendo|
|13.||15.||One Piece Unlimited World: RED||20,092||213,273||3DS||Namco Bandai|
|???||16.||Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life||19,562||418,735||3DS||Namco Bandai|
|18.||17.||Aikatsu! Futari no My Princess||19,417||187,326||3DS||Namco Bandai|
|???||18.||Taiko Drum Master: Wii U Version||19,387||112,880||WiiU||Namco Bandai|
|???||19.||Youkai Watch||18,449||294,751||3DS||Level 5|
|???||20.||Super Mario 3D Land||18,177||1,973,715||3DS||Nintendo|