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

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

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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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Mario Party: Island Tour 132,668 New 3DS Nintendo
New 02. Samurai Warriors 4 120,452 New PS3 Tecmo Koei
New 03. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 119,615 New PS3 Konami
New 04. J-Stars Victory Vs. 118,240 New PS3 Namco Bandai
New 05. J-Stars Victory Vs. 97,821 New PSV Namco Bandai
New 06. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 91,903 New PS4 Konami
New 07. Pro Baseball Spirits 2014 63,898 New PS3 Konami
02. 08. Yo-kai Watch 44,659 614,379 3DS Level 5
New 09. Samurai Warriors 4 39,597 New PSV Tecmo Koei
01. 10. Dark Souls II 37,285 292,482 PS3 From Software
New 11. Game Center CX 3 33,618 New 3DS Namco Bandai
New 12. Pro Baseball Spirits 2014 30,261 New PSV Konami
New 13. Pro Baseball Spirits 2014 27,823 New PSP Konami
New 14. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation 26,845 New PSV Compile Heart
New 15. Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode 2 16,152 New PSV Sega
New 16. Hero Bank 15,060 New 3DS Sega
07. 17. Kirby Triple Deluxe 14,060 515,895 3DS Nintendo
06. 18. Fossil Fighters: Infinity Gear 13,512 107,413 3DS Nintendo
03. 19. Dragon Quest Monsters 2 13,283 750,876 3DS Square Enix
05. 20. Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land 10,293 186,473 3DS Marvelous AQL


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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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.