This Week In Sales: At Last… Drakengard 3

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

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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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Puzzle & Dragons Z 256,373 800,003 3DS Gung Ho
02. 02. Pokémon X and Y 212,666 3,572,829 3DS Pokémon Co.
New 03. Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam 126,019 New PS3 Namco Bandai
New 04. Drakengard 3 114,024 New PS3 Square Enix
03. 05. Super Mario 3D World 86,408 327,514 WiiU Nintendo
New 06. Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam 52,667 New PSV Namco Bandai
10. 07. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 41,137 3,564,124 3DS Nintendo
11. 08. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 38,405 1,584,122 3DS Nintendo
09. 09. Monster Hunter 4 37,034 3,067,313 3DS Capcom
08. 10. Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy: Big Bang and Supernova 33,328 155,488 3DS Level 5
05. 11. Attack on Titan 30,363 166,145 3DS Spike Chunsoft
12. 12. Aikatsu! Futari no My Princess 29,223 146,898 3DS Namco Bandai
14. 13. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life 28,562 378,584 3DS Namco Bandai
13. 14. One Piece Unlimited World: RED 28,108 169,388 3DS Namco Bandai
17. 15. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 26,931 985,442 3DS Nintendo
New 16. Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram 26,363 New PSV Namco Bandai
21. 17. Mario Kart 7 25,082 2,205,807 3DS Nintendo
22. 18. Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas 24,842 158,239 3DS Namco Bandai
15. 19. New Super Mario Bros. 2 24,154 2,182,408 3DS Nintendo
23. 20. Wii U Party 23,972 119,100 WiiU Nintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

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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.