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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 88,708 New 3DS Sega
04. 02. Pokémon X and Y 86,391 3,089,129 3DS Pokémon Co.
01. 03. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 60,073 337,155 PS3 Square Enix
02. 04. Super Mario 3D World 39,812 139,400 WiiU Nintendo
New 05. Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends 35,472 New PS3 Tecmo Koei
New 06. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag 35,348 New PS3 Ubisoft
07. 07. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 25,166 212,844 PS3 Konami
03. 08. One Piece Unlimited World: RED 24,623 108,228 3DS Namco Bandai
New 09. Super Robot Taisen OG Infinite Battle 22,833 New PS3 Namco Bandai
09. 10. Monster Hunter 4 21,969 2,981,758 3DS Capcom
08. 11. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Subtitled Version) 21,217 241,100 PS3 Square Enix
06. 12. God Eater 2 20,556 325,933 PSV Namco Bandai
10. 13. God Eater 2 18,071 150,602 PSP Namco Bandai
New 14. Criminal Girls Invitation 16,415 New PSV Nippon Ichi
New 15. Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live Kira Kira My☆Design 15,882 New 3DS Takara Tomy
New 16. Dynasty Warriors 8 with Xtreme Legends 15,094 New PSV Tecmo Koei
05. 17. Aikatsu! Futari no My Princess 14,436 86,524 3DS Namco Bandai
New 18. Kamen Rider Travelers Record 12,031 New 3DS Namco Bandai
New 19. Dynasty Warriors 8 with Xtreme Legends
11,870 New PSV Tecmo Koei
15. 20. Grand Theft Auto V 11,676 605,046 PS3 Take 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.