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Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon | Media Create

He may be #2 at Nintendo but he’s still #1 in Japan.

Software Sales

01./01. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon <ACT> (Nintendo) {2013.03.20} (¥4.800) – 110.840 / 390.991 (-60%)
02./00. [PSP] Fate/Extra CCC # <RPG> (Marvelous AQL) {2013.03.28} (¥6.279) – 72.883 / NEW
03./06. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2012.11.08} (¥4.800) – 57.835 / 2.976.228 (+2%)
04./02. [PS3] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 # <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.03.20} (¥8.190) – 56.457 / 331.082 (-79%)
05./00. [PSV] Muramasa: The Demon Blade <RPG> (Marvelous AQL) {2013.03.28} (¥4.980) – 45.660 / NEW
06./00. [WIU] Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2013.03.30} (¥6.980) – 33.302 / NEW
07./00. [PSP] Dungeon Travelers 2: Ouritsu Tokoshan to Mamono no Fuuin # <RPG> (Aqua Plus) {2013.03.28} (¥6.090) – 31.738 / NEW
08./03. [PS3] Pro Baseball Spirits 2013 <SPT> (Konami) {2013.03.20} (¥7.980) – 24.864 / 126.254 (-75%)
09./04. [PSP] Pro Baseball Spirits 2013 <SPT> (Konami) {2013.03.20} (¥3.980) – 23.135 / 103.753 (-71%)
10./00. [WIU] Game & Wario <ETC> (Nintendo) {2013.03.28} (¥4.935) – 22.491 / NEW
11./05. [PSV] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.03.20} (¥7.140) – 17.180 / 77.495 (-72%)
12./00. [PSV] Sei Madou Monogatari # <RPG> (Compile Heart) {2013.03.28} (¥7.140) – 16.050 / NEW
13./09. [PS3] Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX <RPG> (Square Enix) {2013.03.14} (¥6.980) – 15.560 / 173.375 (-47%)
14./00. [WII] PreCure All-Stars: Zenin Shuugou Let’s Dance! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.03.28} (¥6.090) – 15.373 / NEW
15./14. [PSP] Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment # <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.03.14} (¥6.280) – 13.215 / 169.397 (-27%)
16./15. [PSV] Soul Sacrifice # <ACT> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2013.03.07} (¥5.980) – 11.577 / 148.583 (-25%)
17./20. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2012.07.28} (¥4.800) – 10.328 / 1.980.388 (-2%)
18./13. [3DS] Super Robot Wars UX # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.03.14} (¥7.140) – 10.011 / 144.212 (-47%)
19./23. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission <TBL> (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.02.28} (¥5.800) – 9.414 / 140.208 (+3%)
20./00. [PSP] Katen no Hana # <ADV> (Koei Tecmo) {2013.03.28} (¥6.090) – 8.644 / NEW

Hardware Sales

3DS 66.980
PS Vita 31.795
Wii U 22.829
PS3 19.069
PSP 12.594
Wii 1.858
Xbox 360 598

Dragon Quest X | Media Create

The Wii U looked alive in this week’s Media Create charts, doubling its sales from last week. Actually, the Wii U sales seem to be up across the globe this past week. The UK apparently saw a 125% increase in Wii U sales. However, that seems to be the result of a price cut from retailer HMV and the release of two high-profile games in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and LEGO City Undercover. The Japanese spike seems to be from two new games, though with what I can only describe as humbling sales numbers.

The Wii U had two new games make the Top 20 in Dragon Quest X and Game & Wario, debuting at 33,302 and 22,491 respectively. While the numbers for Game & Wario are a bit disconcerting, it’s the Dragon Quest X numbers that have me the most puzzled. This is a series that is well-received in Japan. The last three new releases each saw sales of at least 3.5 million. Remakes and spin-offs sell well over a million.

There are three reasons why I think this might be happening. 1) Dragon Quest VII for the 3DS was released recently, and people are still playing that, which means that sales could remain steady and become fairly good for DQX. 2) It’s an MMO and perhaps there are many Wii U owners that just don’t want to pay subscription fees for it, which means that sales could be lower than the normal Dragon Quest game. 3) Most consumers will probably save their money and buy the Wii version (or have already bought the Wii version as over 600,000 people have) instead of having to get a new console just to play the game, which means that sales could be terrible (by Dragon Quest standards).

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon | Media Create

For the rest of Nintendo, the 3DS continues to reign on the hardware side of things with Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon holding the top spot again in software, capturing 110,000 in sales. Meanwhile, Animal Crossing: New Leaf gets third place and is now one week away from reaching 3,000,000 in sales. And New Super Mario Bros. 2 is closing in on the 2,000,000 mark, which would make it the third 3DS game to eclipse this mark in Japan (Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Mario Kart 7 have already accomplished this before now).

Muramasa Rebirth | Media Create

On the Sony side of things, it was a good week to be Marvelous AQL, scoring two games in the Top 5. The first was PSP game Fate/Extra CCC, securing 72,883 in sales for second place. The second was the updated Vita port of Muramasa: The Demon Blade, selling 45,660. The latter is expected to be released in North America this summer by Aksys Games, while there are currently no localization plans for Fate/Extra CCC.


About Jeff Neuenschwander

Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.