This Week In Sales: Yoshi’s New Island Arrives In Time For A Corpse Party


Period: The week of July 22nd – July 27th (2014)

Top-seller: Yo-kai Watch 2 (3DS) – 180,880

Nintendo 3DS sales: 6,656 | Total sales: 9,551,714

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 31,789 | Total sales: 6,340,161

PlayStation Vita sales: 21,875 | Total sales: 2,987,351

Vita TV sales: 1,767 | 129,111

Wii U sales: 9,429 | Total sales: 1,848,506

PlayStation 4 sales: 5,581 | 647,682

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On July 24th, Nintendo released Yoshi’s New Island for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. The game sold just 58,285 copies in its first week. By comparison, 2007’s Yoshi’s Island DS sold 303,114 copies at launch. That’s quite the difference.


So, did the new game flop? I’m not sure. Yoshi’s New Island is actually part of Nintendo’s “Monthly Recommended Software Campaign” for the 3DS. Anyone that buys a brand new 3DS between July 24th and August 31st can download the game for free. Naturally, that affected sales to some extent, but without a shipment number, it’s hard to say just how much.


Meanwhile, 5pb published Corpse Party: Blood Drive for the PS Vita. The game sold 13,688 copies, which is in line with the launch sales of previous games in the series. Below is a look at how those games—all of which were on PSP—performed:


(2010) Corpse Party – 13,566

(2011) Corpse Party: Book of Shadows – 15,249

(2012) Sachiko’s Game of Love – Hysteric Birthday 2U – 7,301


(That last one is something of a spin-off, hence the lower sales.)


Also released last week was Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late for PlayStation 3. Arc System Works published the game, and it sold 9,171 copes in its first week.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.Yo-kai Watch 2: Head/Founder180,8801,829,5333DSLevel 5
New02.Yoshi’s New Island58,285New3DSNintendo
05.03.Mario Kart 818,129560,487WiiUNintendo
02.04.Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines17,690111,465PSVSony
New05.Tokyo New World Record: Operation Abyss15,242NewPSV5pb.
New06.Corpse Party: Blood Drive13,688NewPSV5pb.
06.07.Yo-kai Watch10,6201,218,6983DSLevel 5
New08.Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late9,171NewPS3Arc System Works
08.09.Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Great Space-Time Adventure9,080110,5583DSBandai Namco
03.10.Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea7,43251,177PS3Gust
04.11.Gundam TriAge SP7,11028,6343DSBandai Namco
09.12.Pokémon Art Academy5,76875,4043DSNintendo
07.13.Freedom Wars5,344267,771PSVSony
12.14.Pokémon X and Y5,0894,112,0003DSPokémon Co.
11.15.Grand Theft Auto V (Bargain Edition)5,02628,685PS3Take Two
15.16.Monster Hunter 44,5913,316,1963DSCapcom
10.17.Watch Dogs3,68463,269PS3Ubisoft
14.18.FIFA 14: World Class Soccer3,58771,128PS4Electronic Arts
22.19.Mario Kart 73,3462,355,6473DSNintendo
23.20.Animal Crossing: New Leaf3,0683,764,0423DSNintendo


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.