This Week In Sales: A Link Between Worlds


Period: The week of December 23rd – December 29th (2013)

Top-seller: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – 224,143

Nintendo 3DS sales: 61,836 | Total sales: 9,236,034

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 139,867 | Total sales: 5,425,886

PlayStation Vita sales: 81,111 | Total sales: 2,279,113

Vita TV sales: 6,031 | 76,244

Wii U sales: 73,178 | Total sales: 1,525,430

<< Last week’s software sales chart


On December 26th, 2013, Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds in Japan. In its first week on store shelves, the Nintendo 3DS game sold 224,143 copies. Here’s a look at how that stacks up against other recent portable Zeldas:


(2011) Ocarina of Time 3D – 164,110

(2009) Spirit Tracks – 291,496

(2007) Phantom Hourglass – 302,887


Not too shabby. A Link Between Worlds outsold Ocarina of Time 3D, but unfortunately, didn’t manage to reach out to the outlying audience that Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks commanded. This is one of those games that should be interesting to look back on six months from now, to see how it held up on a weekly basis.


Meanwhile, Square Enix released Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster. The PlayStation 3 version of the game sold 185,918 copies, while the Vita version sold 149,132 copies, including sales of the PS Vita bundle that included the game. Finally, Final Fantasy X HD (without X-2) sold an additional 25,443 copies on Vita.


Great sales for an HD Remaster, but I must admit to some disappointment, given that Final Fantasy X is considered to be one of the more popular Final Fantasy games in Japan. I was personally expecting to see a higher opening week from the game, given that Final Fantasy III’s remake on the Nintendo DS debuted with over 500,000 copies sold back in 2006, but naturally, the market has changed since then.


Additionally, a number of other popular titles continued to sell consistently throughout the holidays. Most impressive in my eyes are Namco Bandai’s Nintendo 3DS games, all of which are well on their way to crossing the 200,000 mark in the weeks to come. It looks like Namco have found their new home for titles developed on a conservative budget.


Finally, Puzzle & Dragons Z has crossed the 1 million mark in actual sales to customers, surpassing GungHo’s expectations (1 million by the end of the holidays) ahead of time.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds224,143New3DSNintendo
01.02.Puzzle & Dragons Z205,6541,005,6583DSGungHo
New03.Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster185,918NewPS3Square Enix
02.04.Pokémon X and Y153,7673,726,5963DSPokémon Co.
New05.Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Twin Pack)149,132NewPSVSquare Enix
05.06.Super Mario 3D World64,573392,087WiiUNintendo
09.07.Monster Hunter 442,9273,110,2403DSCapcom
03.08.Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam37,626163,645PS3Namco Bandai
07.09.Animal Crossing: New Leaf33,8753,597,9993DSNintendo
10.10.Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy: Big Bang and Supernova30,383185,8713DSLevel 5
08.11.Tomodachi Collection: New Life27,9151,612,0373DSNintendo
New12.Final Fantasy X HD Remaster25,443NewPSVSquare Enix
14.13.One Piece Unlimited World: RED23,793193,1813DSNamco Bandai
04.14.Drakengard 322,472136,496PS3Square Enix
18.15.Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas21,923180,1633DSNamco Bandai
06.16.Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam21,54374,210PSVNamco Bandai
17.17.Mario Kart 721,0982,226,9053DSNintendo
12.18.Aikatsu! Futari no My Princess21,012167,9103DSNamco Bandai
19.19.New Super Mario Bros. 220,9402,203,3473DSNintendo
20.20.Wii U Party20,633139,733WiiUNintendo


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.