This Week In Sales: Snake Returns In Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes


Period: The week of March 17th – March 23rd (2014)

Top-seller: Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS) – 132,668

Nintendo 3DS sales: 11,985 | Total sales: 9,436,344

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 28,291 | Total sales: 5,853,090

PlayStation Vita sales: 35,374 | Total sales: 2,612,843

Vita TV sales: 1,754 | 100,555

Wii U sales: 9,982 | Total sales: 1,676,708

PlayStation 4 sales: 30,201 | 470,011

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Last week saw a large number of new games released in Japan, with Mario Party: Island Tour leading the pack. The game sold 132,668 copies in its first week.


At #2 was the PlayStation 3 version of Samurai Warriors 4, with 120,452 copies sold. Hot on its heels was the PS3 version of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, with 119,615 copies sold.


Also released last week was J-Stars Victory Vs., a game that Namco Bandai have been playing up for many months. J-Stars brings a number of popular manga characters from Shounen Jump magazine together in an arena fighting game, and performed reasonably well in its first week. The game sold 118,240 copies on PS3 and 97,821 copies on PS Vita.


Meanwhile, PlayStation 4 also saw a game released for it last week—the PS4 version of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. This version of the game sold 91,903 copies.


Several other releases made it out last week as well, and can be found in the chart below. Since there’s so much information to digest here, we’re going to hold off on any analysis until we’ve laid our eyes on sales tracker Media Create’s supplementary report, where they will likely share sell-through figures for some of these games.


The top-20 software sales chart for last week is as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Mario Party: Island Tour132,668New3DSNintendo
New02.Samurai Warriors 4120,452NewPS3Tecmo Koei
New03.Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes119,615NewPS3Konami
New04.J-Stars Victory Vs.118,240NewPS3Namco Bandai
New05.J-Stars Victory Vs.97,821NewPSVNamco Bandai
New06.Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes91,903NewPS4Konami
New07.Pro Baseball Spirits 201463,898NewPS3Konami
02.08.Yo-kai Watch44,659614,3793DSLevel 5
New09.Samurai Warriors 439,597NewPSVTecmo Koei
01.10.Dark Souls II37,285292,482PS3From Software
New11.Game Center CX 333,618New3DSNamco Bandai
New12.Pro Baseball Spirits 201430,261NewPSVKonami
New13.Pro Baseball Spirits 201427,823NewPSPKonami
New14.Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation26,845NewPSVCompile Heart
New15.Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode 216,152NewPSVSega
New16.Hero Bank15,060New3DSSega
07.17.Kirby Triple Deluxe14,060515,8953DSNintendo
06.18.Fossil Fighters: Infinity Gear13,512107,4133DSNintendo
03.19.Dragon Quest Monsters 213,283750,8763DSSquare Enix
05.20.Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land10,293186,4733DSMarvelous AQL


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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.