This Week In Sales: Hatsune Miku Returns In Project Mirai 2


Period: The week of November 25th – December 1st (2013)

Top-seller: Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 – 88,708

Nintendo 3DS sales: 25,964 | Total sales: 9,021,936

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 82,409 | Total sales: 4,898,856

PlayStation Vita sales: 20,202 | Total sales: 2,091,881

Vita TV sales: 5,391 | 55,431

Wii U sales: 28,518 | Total sales: 1,219,474

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week, Sega released rhythm game Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 in Japan. Project Mirai, unlike its more well known counterpart, Project Diva, uses super-deformed versions of the fictional Vocaloid characters, based on figurines called Nendoroids.


In its first week on store shelves, Project Mirai 2 sold 88,708 copies. In comparison, the original Project Mirai, released in 2012, sold 86,676 copies at launch, so both games’ launch figures are near identical.


Personally, I expected to see Project Mirai 2 sell a little more at launch for a variety of reasons, and while it’s too early to say why the game hasn’t seen a significant increase in sales from its predecessor, one theory is that the audience for these games is waiting for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd instead, which is slated for release next year. Hopefully, we’ll receive more data on this front soon.


Meanwhile, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII sold 60,000 copies in its second week on store shelves, while Super Mario 3D World sold another 40,000 copies. Wii U sales for the week saw an increase despite no new releases, which could indicate that the holiday effect is starting to work its magic on the Japanese market. The rest of this month should be extremely interesting for sales observers as the holiday season kicks in.


The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 288,708New3DSSega
04.02.Pokémon X and Y86,3913,089,1293DSPokémon Co.
01.03.Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII60,073337,155PS3Square Enix
02.04.Super Mario 3D World39,812139,400WiiUNintendo
New05.Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends35,472NewPS3Tecmo Koei
New06.Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag35,348NewPS3Ubisoft
07.07.Pro Evolution Soccer 201425,166212,844PS3Konami
03.08.One Piece Unlimited World: RED24,623108,2283DSNamco Bandai
New09.Super Robot Taisen OG Infinite Battle22,833NewPS3Namco Bandai
09.10.Monster Hunter 421,9692,981,7583DSCapcom
08.11.Call of Duty: Ghosts (Subtitled Version)21,217241,100PS3Square Enix
06.12.God Eater 220,556325,933PSVNamco Bandai
10.13.God Eater 218,071150,602PSPNamco Bandai
New14.Criminal Girls Invitation16,415NewPSVNippon Ichi
New15.Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live Kira Kira My☆Design15,882New3DSTakara Tomy
New16.Dynasty Warriors 8 with Xtreme Legends15,094NewPSVTecmo Koei
05.17.Aikatsu! Futari no My Princess14,43686,5243DSNamco Bandai
New18.Kamen Rider Travelers Record12,031New3DSNamco Bandai
New19.Dynasty Warriors 8 with Xtreme Legends
11,870NewPSVTecmo Koei
15.20.Grand Theft Auto V11,676605,046PS3Take 2


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.