This Week In Sales: Namco Bandai Battles For Money With Ninjas

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Period: The week of October 14th – October 20th (2013)

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Top-seller: Pokémon X and Y – 473,151

Nintendo 3DS sales: 59,590 | Total sales: 8,854,042

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 94,988 | Total sales: 4,524,068

PlayStation Vita sales: 25,763 | Total sales: 1,930,390

Wii U sales: 2,999 | Total sales: 1,094,911

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week in Japan, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y occupied the #1 spot on the software sales chart once again, collectively selling another 470,000 copies. Behind them at #2 was Monster Hunter 4, with another 100,000 copies sold.


At #3 was Grand Theft Auto V, selling a very respectable 90,000 copies in its second week on store shelves, bringing total sales to 450,000 copies. As reported this past weekend, GTAV had the best debut of any GTA title in Japan.


At #4 was a new release, and this one is rather noteworthy, even if first week sales were on the low side. Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas is a sequel to Namco Bandai’s Run For Money Tousouchuu, a videogame based on a popular TV show. Readers that keep up with our sales reports might recall Run For Money as the surprise hit that went on to sell over 450,000 copies in Japan over a period of several months.


Here’s the kicker—Run For Money Tousouchuu sold just 30,000 copies in its first week. Sentouchuu is already off to a stronger start with 45,000 copies sold. Now, it remains to be seen if the game can do as well as its predecessor in the long run.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Pokémon X and Y 473,151 2,339,721 3DS Pokémon Co.
03. 02. Monster Hunter 4 104,394 2,757,217 3DS Capcom
02. 03. Grand Theft Auto V 88,219 448,334 PS3 Take 2
New 04. Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas 44,565 New 3DS Namco Bandai
New 05. Saint Seiya Brave Soldiers 29,314 New PS3 Namco Bandai
New 06. FIFA 14 26,170 New PS3 Electronic Arts
New 07. Beyond: Two Souls 22,481 New PS3 Sony
06. 08. Sakatsuku: Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 11,819 85,515 PS3 Sega
04. 09. Tales of Symphonia Chronicles 11,221 88,450 PS3 Namco Bandai
05. 10. Danganronpa 1 & 2 Reload 9,532 85,704 PSV Spike Chunsoft
11. 11. Tomodachi Collection: New Life
7,928 1,474,096 3DS Nintendo
New 12. J-League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 8 Euro Plus 7,024 New PSP Sega
13. 13. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 6,937 3,445,311 3DS Nintendo
07. 14. Fairy Fencer F 6,167 46,833 PS3 Compile Heart
08. 15. Sakatsuku: Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 5,879 39,778 PSV Sega
10. 16. Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate 5,600 121,655 PS3 Tecmo Koei
17. 17. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life 5,451 296,178 3DS Namco Bandai
16. 18. Youkai Watch 4,552 204,892 3DS Level 5
19. 19. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 4,020 332,884 3DS Nintendo
22. 20. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 3,896 918,767 3DS Nintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

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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.