This Week In Sales: Congratulations, Namco And Level 5


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

<< Last week’s software sales chart


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:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
02.01.Puzzle & Dragons Z157,8831,163,5413DSGungHo
04.02.Pokémon X and Y109,3503,835,9463DSPokémon Co.
01.03.The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds73,072297,2163DSNintendo
07.04.Monster Hunter 449,8143,160,0543DSCapcom
06.05.Super Mario 3D World47,354439,442WiiUNintendo
03.06.Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster39,529225,448PS3Square Enix
05.07.Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Twin Pack)33,038182,170PSVSquare Enix
09.08.Animal Crossing: New Leaf32,3933,630,3923DSNintendo
15.09.Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas31,041211,2043DSNamco Bandai
08.10.Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam28,619192,263PS3Namco Bandai
11.11.Tomodachi Collection: New Life26,3361,638,3743DSNintendo
17. 12.Mario Kart 724,1382,251,0433DSNintendo
14.13.Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy: Big Bang and Supernova23,724209,5943DSLevel 5
19.14.New Super Mario Bros. 222,0392,225,3863DSNintendo
13.15.One Piece Unlimited World: RED20,092213,2733DSNamco Bandai
???16.Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life19,562418,7353DSNamco Bandai
18.17.Aikatsu! Futari no My Princess19,417187,3263DSNamco Bandai
???18.Taiko Drum Master: Wii U Version19,387112,880WiiUNamco Bandai
???19.Youkai Watch18,449294,7513DSLevel 5
???20.Super Mario 3D Land18,1771,973,7153DSNintendo


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.