This Week In Sales: At Last… Drakengard 3


Period: The week of December 16th – December 22nd (2013)

Top-seller: Puzzle & Dragons Z – 256,373

Nintendo 3DS sales: 68,522 | Total sales: 9,174,198

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 164,078 | Total sales: 5,286,019

PlayStation Vita sales: 50,087 | Total sales: 2,198,002

Vita TV sales: 5,504 | 70,213

Wii U sales: 109,113 | Total sales: 1,452,252

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week, Square Enix released Drakengard 3 for the PlayStation 3 in Japan, and the game sold 114,024 copies in its first week on store shelves.


Now, Media-Create, the Japanese sales tracking firm whose data we use for this column, doesn’t have any publicly listed data on the sales of the original Drakengard and Drakengard 2. However, we do know that 2010’s Nier—a spiritual successor to the series—sold 71,554 copies in its first week. Nier was released on both Xbox 360 and PS3, so that’s a combined figure for both versions.


By that measure, Drakengard 3 has done relatively well, although it would have been nice to see the game debut a little higher, given that new (or resurrected, in this case) properties out of Square Enix on non-phone platforms are a rare occurrence nowadays. Perhaps Square could have built up a little more excitement for the series by doing HD remakes of the first two Drakengard games first, and then closing the event out with Drakengard 3’s release.


Meanwhile, the #1 selling game last week was, once again, Puzzle & Dragons Z for the Nintendo 3DS. Total sales of the game are now at 800,000 copies. As of December 20th, Gung Ho had shipped 1 million copies of the game to stores, so that leaves 200,000 copies out in the wild. The game has already met Gung Ho’s expectations.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.Puzzle & Dragons Z256,373800,0033DSGung Ho
02.02.Pokémon X and Y212,6663,572,8293DSPokémon Co.
New03.Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam126,019NewPS3Namco Bandai
New04.Drakengard 3114,024NewPS3Square Enix
03.05.Super Mario 3D World86,408327,514WiiUNintendo
New06.Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam52,667NewPSVNamco Bandai
10.07.Animal Crossing: New Leaf41,1373,564,1243DSNintendo
11.08.Tomodachi Collection: New Life38,4051,584,1223DSNintendo
09.09.Monster Hunter 437,0343,067,3133DSCapcom
08.10.Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy: Big Bang and Supernova33,328155,4883DSLevel 5
05.11.Attack on Titan30,363166,1453DSSpike Chunsoft
12.12.Aikatsu! Futari no My Princess29,223146,8983DSNamco Bandai
14.13.Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life28,562378,5843DSNamco Bandai
13.14.One Piece Unlimited World: RED28,108169,3883DSNamco Bandai
17.15.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon26,931985,4423DSNintendo
New16.Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram26,363NewPSVNamco Bandai
21.17.Mario Kart 725,0822,205,8073DSNintendo
22.18.Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas24,842158,2393DSNamco Bandai
15.19.New Super Mario Bros. 224,1542,182,4083DSNintendo
23.20.Wii U Party23,972119,100WiiUNintendo


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.