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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 224,143 New 3DS Nintendo
01. 02. Puzzle & Dragons Z 205,654 1,005,658 3DS GungHo
New 03. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster 185,918 New PS3 Square Enix
02. 04. Pokémon X and Y 153,767 3,726,596 3DS Pokémon Co.
New 05. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Twin Pack) 149,132 New PSV Square Enix
05. 06. Super Mario 3D World 64,573 392,087 WiiU Nintendo
09. 07. Monster Hunter 4 42,927 3,110,240 3DS Capcom
03. 08. Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam 37,626 163,645 PS3 Namco Bandai
07. 09. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 33,875 3,597,999 3DS Nintendo
10. 10. Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy: Big Bang and Supernova 30,383 185,871 3DS Level 5
08. 11. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 27,915 1,612,037 3DS Nintendo
New 12. Final Fantasy X HD Remaster 25,443 New PSV Square Enix
14. 13. One Piece Unlimited World: RED 23,793 193,181 3DS Namco Bandai
04. 14. Drakengard 3 22,472 136,496 PS3 Square Enix
18. 15. Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas 21,923 180,163 3DS Namco Bandai
06. 16. Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam 21,543 74,210 PSV Namco Bandai
17. 17. Mario Kart 7 21,098 2,226,905 3DS Nintendo
12. 18. Aikatsu! Futari no My Princess 21,012 167,910 3DS Namco Bandai
19. 19. New Super Mario Bros. 2 20,940 2,203,347 3DS Nintendo
20. 20. Wii U Party 20,633 139,733 WiiU Nintendo


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.