This Week In Sales: Square Enix Uses Phoenix Down On Final Fantasy XIV


Period: The week of September 16th – September 22nd (2013)

Top-seller: Monster Hunter 4 – 473,739

Nintendo 3DS sales: 40,988 | Total sales: 8,644,538

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 118,400 | Total sales: 4,108,193

PlayStation Vita sales: 5,155 | Total sales: 1,834,892

Wii U sales: 5,824 | Total sales: 1,078,726

<< Last week’s software sales chart


In its second week on store shelves, Monster Hunter 4 still ruled the sales charts in Japan. The game sold nearly another 474,000 copies in its second week, and one wonders what sales would look like if there weren’t shortages at retail. Of course, part of these shortages could be offset by download copies, just as they were at launch.


At #2 on the top-20 chart was a visual novel published by 5pb. Released on the Vita, the game sold around 16,500 copies.


Finally, the retail PS3 version Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn bounced back into the top-20 at the #3 spot. Last week, the game ranked at #28 on the software sales chart, indicating that there was probably a shortage at retail, which Square Enix addressed. Of course, the sales listed in the charts represent only part of the picture, as A Realm Reborn is also available digitally on both PC and PS3, and retail PC copies aren’t tracked here either.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.Monster Hunter 4473,7392,188,7993DSCapcom
New02.My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU16,469NewPSV5pb
28.03.Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn10,648209,291PS3Square Enix
04.04.Tomodachi Collection: New Life9,7241,441,2503DSNintendo
06.05.Mario & Luigi: Dream Team8,645311,2393DSNintendo
08.06.Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life7,853271,9843DSNamco Bandai
New07.Nobunaga’s Ambition7,587New3DSTecmo Koei
11.08.Animal Crossing: New Leaf7,4833,417,5723DSNintendo
10.09.Youkai Watch7,226179,2473DSLevel 5
New10.La Corda d’Oro 3: Full Voice Special7,062NewPSPTecmo Koei
03.11.Brothers Conflict Brilliant Blue6,86522,162PSPIdea Factory
07.12.JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle5,101459,444PS3Namco Bandai
12.13.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon4,940901,5403DSNintendo
09.14.Splinter Cell: Blacklist4,36435,041PS3Ubisoft
14.15.Mario Kart 74,2852,124,5763DSNintendo
New16.Romance of the Three Kingdoms4,250New3DSTecmo Koei
02.17.AKB 1/149: Love Election3,57030,623PS3Namco Bandai
18.18.New Super Mario Bros. 23,5552,097,7073DSNintendo
New19.Phantom Breaker: Extra3,102NewPS35pb
New20.Mushibugyo3,055New3DSNamco Bandai


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.