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

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

    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:

     

    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    01.01.Pokémon X and Y473,1512,339,7213DSPokémon Co.
    03.02.Monster Hunter 4104,3942,757,2173DSCapcom
    02.03.Grand Theft Auto V88,219448,334PS3Take 2
    New04.Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas 44,565New3DSNamco Bandai
    New05.Saint Seiya Brave Soldiers29,314NewPS3Namco Bandai
    New06.FIFA 1426,170NewPS3Electronic Arts
    New07.Beyond: Two Souls22,481NewPS3Sony
    06.08.Sakatsuku: Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou!11,81985,515PS3Sega
    04.09.Tales of Symphonia Chronicles11,22188,450PS3Namco Bandai
    05.10.Danganronpa 1 & 2 Reload9,53285,704PSVSpike Chunsoft
    11.11.Tomodachi Collection: New Life
    7,9281,474,0963DSNintendo
    New12.J-League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 8 Euro Plus7,024NewPSPSega
    13.13.Animal Crossing: New Leaf6,9373,445,3113DSNintendo
    07.14.Fairy Fencer F6,16746,833PS3Compile Heart
    08.15.Sakatsuku: Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou!5,87939,778PSVSega
    10.16.Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate5,600121,655PS3Tecmo Koei
    17.17.Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life5,451296,1783DSNamco Bandai
    16.18.Youkai Watch4,552204,8923DSLevel 5
    19.19.Mario & Luigi: Dream Team4,020332,8843DSNintendo
    22.20.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon3,896918,7673DSNintendo

     

    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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