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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Monster Hunter 4 473,739 2,188,799 3DS Capcom
New 02. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU 16,469 New PSV 5pb
28. 03. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 10,648 209,291 PS3 Square Enix
04. 04. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 9,724 1,441,250 3DS Nintendo
06. 05. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 8,645 311,239 3DS Nintendo
08. 06. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life 7,853 271,984 3DS Namco Bandai
New 07. Nobunaga’s Ambition 7,587 New 3DS Tecmo Koei
11. 08. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 7,483 3,417,572 3DS Nintendo
10. 09. Youkai Watch 7,226 179,247 3DS Level 5
New 10. La Corda d’Oro 3: Full Voice Special 7,062 New PSP Tecmo Koei
03. 11. Brothers Conflict Brilliant Blue 6,865 22,162 PSP Idea Factory
07. 12. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle 5,101 459,444 PS3 Namco Bandai
12. 13. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 4,940 901,540 3DS Nintendo
09. 14. Splinter Cell: Blacklist 4,364 35,041 PS3 Ubisoft
14. 15. Mario Kart 7 4,285 2,124,576 3DS Nintendo
New 16. Romance of the Three Kingdoms 4,250 New 3DS Tecmo Koei
02. 17. AKB 1/149: Love Election 3,570 30,623 PS3 Namco Bandai
18. 18. New Super Mario Bros. 2 3,555 2,097,707 3DS Nintendo
New 19. Phantom Breaker: Extra 3,102 New PS3 5pb
New 20. Mushibugyo 3,055 New 3DS Namco 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.