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, 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|