This Week In Sales: Level 5 Returns With The Little Battlers Wars


Period: The week of October 28th – November 3rd (2013)

Top-seller: Pokémon X and Y – 162,347

Nintendo 3DS sales: 29,749 | Total sales: 8,924,298

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 58,627 | Total sales: 4,651,696

PlayStation Vita sales: 27,618 | Total sales: 1,982,521

Wii U sales: 38,802 | Total sales: 1,136,311

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week, Level 5 released The Little Battlers Wars for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. The game sold 50,217 copies in its first week on shelves, which isn’t a fantastic figure and is relatively low when compared to previous releases in the series. Below are first-week sales for previous Little Battlers titles:


The Little Battlers – 166,187

The Little Battlers W – 77,457

The Little Battlers: Explosive Boost – 54,354

The Little Battlers W: Super Custom – 27,242


That said, something that bears mentioning is that The Little Battlers Wars is of a completely different genre than the games before it. While the previous games were more along the lines of RPGs, Wars is a real-time strategy game with third-person action elements. That’s quite the shift from what fans are used to.


It should be interesting to see how sales of the game hold up over time, as a lot of Level 5’s games tend to sell rather well over extended periods of time, with Fantasy Life and Youkai Watch being just two recent examples. Especially with the lucrative holiday season coming up, we expect that we haven’t seen the last of The Little Battlers Wars by a long shot.


Wii U sales saw a boost for the week as well, as Nintendo released Wii U Party in Japan, as well as a Wii U bundle containing both Wii U Party and New Super Mario Bros. U. While sales were up for the week, it’s too soon to say how things will look for Wii U in the long term. Just as with the Vita, Wii U sales will need to be observed over time to see how the two devices hold up.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.Pokémon X and Y162,3472,731,4703DSPokémon Co.
02.02.PowerPros Baseball 201352,826136,709PS3Konami
New03.The Little Battlers Wars50,217New3DSLevel 5
04.04.Monster Hunter 446,7292,872,1063DSCapcom
06.05.PowerPros Baseball 201338,17974,181PSPKonami
New06.Wii Party U37,371NewWiiUNintendo
New07.Gundam Breaker33,775NewPSVNamco Bandai
05.08.Grand Theft Auto V32,666531,266PS3Take 2
New09.Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 131,811NewPSVCompile Heart
New10.Tears to Tiara II24,422NewPS3Aquaplus
03.11.BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
14,30786,771PS3Arc System Works
08.12.Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas13,56375,1373DSNamco Bandai
07.13.PowerPros Baseball 201312,86637,197PSVKonami
10.14.Diabolik Lovers More, Blood5,92916,411PSPIdea Factory
15.15.Tomodachi Collection: New Life5,4211,485,0353DSNintendo
14.16.Animal Crossing: New Leaf5,2633,456,1163DSNintendo
New17.Heart no Kuni no Alice (New Version)4,811NewPSPQuinRose
11.18.Danganronpa 1 & 2 Reload4,412100,574PSVSpike Chunsoft
New19.Seishun Hajimemashita!4,352NewPSPHoney Bee
19.20.Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life4,156305,2033DSNamco Bandai


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.