This Week In Sales: At Last… Pokémon X And Pokémon Y

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    Period: The week of October 7th – October 13th (2013)

    Top-seller: Pokémon X and Y – 1,866,570

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 72,325 | Total sales: 8,794,452

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 141,245 | Total sales: 4,429,080

    PlayStation Vita sales: 60,166 | Total sales: 1,904,627

    Wii U sales: 3,276 | Total sales: 1,091,912

    << Last week’s software sales chart

     

    Last week, The Pokémon Company released Pokémon X and Pokémon Y for the Nintendo 3DS worldwide. Worldwide, the game sold 4 million copies in two days. Of those 4 million copies, 1.86 million were sold in Japan at retail.

     

    For the sake of comparison, 2010’s Pokémon Black/White sold 2.55 million in its opening week in Japan. Something to note, however, is that X and Y were released in four territories—U.S., Europe, Japan and Korea—all on the same day, which means Nintendo had to spread their shipments out. Had they shipped more copies of the games to Japan, Pokémon X and Y would likely have sold more than they did.

     

    (For those that were placing bets—yes, Pokémon outsold Monster Hunter 4’s launch sales of 1.71 million in Japan.)

     

    Other notable games released during the week included Grand Theft Auto V, which had a fantastic opening at 360,000 copies sold on PlayStation 3. Meanwhile, Namco Bandai’s Tales of Symphonia Chronicles sold 77,228 copies—more or the less the same amount that the Tales of the Abyss port sold on Nintendo 3DS in its first week.

     

    Also released last week was Compile Heart’s Fairy Fencer F, and despite suggestions from retail that the game was poised to perform well, Fairy Fencer F sold just 40,000 copies in its first week—not much higher than Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk-2’s opening of 33,000 sold at launch. It looks like Compile Heart still have some work to do.

     

    Finally, Sony released the PlayStation Vita 2000 model last week as well, in a multitude of new colours, which gave the system a boost for the week. Accompanying the new Vita revision was Danganronpa 1 & 2 Reload, with 76,000 copies sold.

     

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

     

    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.Pokémon X and Y1,866,570New3DSPokémon Co.
    New02.Grand Theft Auto V360,115NewPS3Take Two
    01.03.Monster Hunter 4110,2082,652,8243DSCapcom
    New04.Tales of Symphonia Chronicles77,228NewPS3Namco Bandai
    New05.Danganronpa 1 & 2 Reload76,172NewPSVSpike Chunsoft
    New06.Sakatsuku: Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou!73,696NewPS3Sega
    New07.Fairy Fencer F40,666NewPS3Compile Heart
    New08.Sakatsuku: Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou!33,89833,898PSVSega
    New09.Grand Theft Auto V 26,612New360Take Two
    09.10.Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate11,044116,054PS3Tecmo Koei
    06.11.Tomodachi Collection: New Life
    7,7271,466,1683DSNintendo
    New12.F1 20137,406NewPS3Codemasters
    08.13.Animal Crossing: New Leaf6,7853,438,3743DSNintendo
    03.14.Armored Core: Verdict Day6,61980,425PS3From Software
    04.15.The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash5,92098,633PSVNihon Falcom
    07.16.Youkai Watch5,551200,3403DSLevel 5
    11.17.Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life5,401290,7273DSNamco Bandai
    05.18.The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash5,22685,678PS3Nihon Falcom
    12.19.Mario & Luigi: Dream Team4,650328,8633DSNintendo
    New20.Getsuei Academy: Kou4,527NewPSVArc System Works

     

    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and Geimin.net.

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. 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.

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