This Week In Sales: Kirby Makes His Nintendo 3DS Debut


Period: The week of January 6th – January 12th (2014)

Top-seller: Kirby Triple Deluxe – 214,208

Nintendo 3DS sales: 20,116 | Total sales: 9,318,549

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 40,038 | Total sales: 5,580,080

PlayStation Vita sales: 29,494 | Total sales: 2,378,694

Vita TV sales: 2,522 | 84,079

Wii U sales: 14,020 | Total sales: 1,590,721

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week, Nintendo released Kirby Triple Deluxe in Japan, and the game sold an admirable 214,208 copies in its first week on store shelves. That’s the highest opening for a brand new Kirby game in quite a few years.


For reference, here are opening-week sales of the last three Kirby games in Japan:


(2010) Kirby’s Epic Yarn (Wii) – 92,280

(2011) Kirby: Mass Attack (DS) – 74,915

(2012) Kirby’s Return to Dreamland (Wii) – 136,811


While Kirby took the #1 spot on the software sales chart last week, Puzzle & Dragons Z was at #2, with 1.2 million copies sold thus far. Pokémon X and Y took #3, while Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Monster Hunter 4 closed out the top 5.


Meanwhile, it bears mentioning that Grand Theft Auto V, which popped back into the top-20, is now at a whopping 674,835 copies sold. Very, very impressive.


Finally, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is still in the top-20 as well. Both versions of the game appear to have done reasonably well, although the game isn’t having quite the effect one would have hoped for on PlayStation Vita hardware sales.


Hardware sales dropped all around, but Vita and Wii U in particular took a nasty hit. Vita sales dropped to around 32,000 for the week, while Wii U sales were even lower at 14,000. Both platforms need to find a way to expand their reach to a broader audience.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Kirby: Triple Deluxe214,208New3DSNintendo
01.02.Puzzle & Dragons Z52,8801,216,4213DSGungHo
02.03.Pokémon X and Y34,1793,870,1253DSPokémon Co.
07.04.The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds26,286323,5023DSNintendo
04.05.Monster Hunter 419,4973,179,5513DSCapcom
06.06.Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster16,286241,733PS3Square Enix
19.07.Youkai Watch14,195308,9463DSLevel 5
09.08.Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas13,665224,8693DSNamco Bandai
05.09.Super Mario 3D World13,079452,521WiiUNintendo
07.10.Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Twin Pack)12,237194,407PSVSquare Enix
08.11.Animal Crossing: New Leaf10,9293,641,3213DSNintendo
30. 12.Attack on Titan9,310202,0293DSSpike Chunsoft
22.13.Grand Theft Auto V9,299674,835PS3Take 2
10.14.Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam9,266201,529PS3Namco Bandai
13.15.Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy: Big Bang and Supernova7,369216,9643DSLevel 5
11.16.Tomodachi Collection: New Life7,3231,645,6973DSNintendo
12.17.Mario Kart 77,2762,258,3193DSNintendo
21.18.Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam6,94897,882PSVNamco Bandai
25.19.Pro Evolution Soccer 20146,948291,010PS3Konami
24.20.Gran Turismo 66,099297,352PS3Sony


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.