This Week In Tales: Sales Of Zestiria


Period: The week of January 19th – January 25th (2015)

Top-seller: Tales of Zestiria (PS3) – 340,891

Nintendo 3DS sales: 3,287 | Tot. sales: 9,800,961

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 3,882 | Tot. sales: 6,866,685

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 8,028 | Tot. sales: 441,814

New Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 20,065 | Tot. sales: 1,019,316

PlayStation Vita sales: 14,991 | Tot. sales: 3,483,764

Vita TV sales: 589 | Tot. sales: 153,580

Wii U sales: 7,088 | Tot. sales: 2,200,396

PlayStation 4 sales: 13,793 | Tot. sales: 1,061,274

Xbox One sales: 259 | Tot. sales: 45,026

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Last week, Bandai Namco released Tales of Zestiria in Japan and the RPG sold 340,891 copies in its first week. Here’s a look at the first-week sales of the previous Tales games on PlayStation 3, so you can see how Tales of Zestiria compares to them:


  • (2009) Tales of Vesperia – 216,593
  • (2010) Tales of Graces f – 215,187
  • (2011) Tales of Xillia – 525,605
  • (2012) Tales of Xillia 2 – 364,439


In short: higher than Vesperia and Graces f, but lower than Xillia and Xillia 2. What’s important now is how Tales of Zestiria holds up in the weeks ahead.


When it comes to role-playing games in Japan, traditionally, the vast majority of sales occur within the first week. In order for sales to continue at a healthy pace after the first week, positive word-of-mouth is paramount. With that in mind, whether or not some of the issues players have highlighted will affect the game in the long run remains to be seen.


Additionally, Bandai Namco have not yet announced their sales forecast for Tales of Zestiria, so it might be hard to judge exactly how the game is doing relative to internal estimates. It is worth pointing out, though, that Tales of Xillia 2 failed to hit Namco’s sales forecast back when it was released. Namco expected the game to ship 650,000 copies by March 31st, 2013, but only managed to move 500,000 by that date.


Meanwhile, FuRyu’s The Legend of Legacy was another notable release this week, and it sold 53,974 copies at launch. You can expect a more detailed report on its performance in this report. Finally, Nintendo’s Kirby and the Rainbow Cruse failed to make much of a splash, selling just 32,137 copies at launch.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Tales of Zestiria 340,891 New PS3 Bandai Namco
New 02. The Legend of Legacy 53,974 New 3DS FuRyu
New 03. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse 32,137 New WiiU Nintendo
01. 04. Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner 31,875 2,404,246 3DS Level 5
02. 05. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire 17,035 2,474,658 3DS Pokémon Co.
New 06. Atelier Escha & Logy Plus 15,778 New PSV Gust
04. 07. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate 12,318 2,440,373 3DS Capcom
New 08. Stranger of the City of the Sword 11,559 New PSV Experience
05. 09. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 10,475 2,122,433 3DS Nintendo
03. 10. Kenka Bancho 6 8,794 33,068 3DS Spike Chunsoft
06. 11. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 8,728 569,714 WiiU Nintendo
07. 12. Yo-kai Watch 2: Head/Founder 5,979 3,088,387 3DS Level 5
16. 13. Mario Kart 8 5,386 901,365 WiiU Nintendo
12. 14. Final Fantasy Explorers 5,178 249,497 3DS Square Enix
New 15. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 5,052 New 3DS Warner Ent.
10. 16. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 5,006 3,904,259 3DS Nintendo
09. 17. Gundam Breaker 2 4,397 122,296 PSV Bandai Namco
New 18. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 4,207 New WiiU Warner Ent.
13. 19. Grand Theft Auto V (Budget Price) 4,133 116,633 PS3 Take 2
11. 20. Grand Theft Auto V 3,831 154,713 PS4 Take 2


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.