Media Create Sales: 11/18/13 – 11/24/13
posted on 11.27.13 at 08:07 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Lightning Returns bests Super Mario 3D World.

This week’s Media Create Sales figures are in.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, launched last week in Japan, debuted on top this week at 277,000 sales, besting Super Mario 3D World‘s 99,000 debut. Compared to previous games in the Final Fantasy XIII saga, it has the lowest-selling opening week. Final Fantasy XIII opened at 1.5 million, and Final Fantasy XIII-2 at 524,000.

Super Mario 3D World didn’t seem to move much additional Wii U stock. The system sold 5,000 more units than its previous week.

Also new on the charts are One Piece: Unlimited World R, which debuted at 83,000, and Aikatsu: Futari no My Princess, which opened at 72,000.

Find the full sales chart below.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, 11/21/13) – 277,082 (New)
  2. [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo, 11/21/13) – 99,588 (New)
  3. [3DS] One Piece: Unlimited World R (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 83,605 (New)
  4. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 72,932 (3,002,738)
  5. [3DS] Aikatsu! 2-ri no My Princess (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 72,087 (New)
  6. [PSV] God Eater 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/14/13) – 39,052 (305,378)
  7. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Konami, 11/14/13) – 35,879 (187,678)
  8. [PS3] Call of Duty: Ghosts (Square Enix, 11/14/13) – 29,252 (219,883)
  9. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 21,120 (2,959,789)
  10. [PSP] God Eater 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/14/13) – 20,508 (132,531)
  11. [PS3] Monster Hunter Frontier G Beginner’s Package (Capcom/ 11/20/13) -19,334 (New)
  12. [Wii U] Taiko Drum Master: Wii U Version (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 19,265 (New)
  13. [PSV] New Atelier Rorona: The Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland (Gust, 11/24/13) – 17,536 (New)
  14. [PS3] New Atelier Rorona: The Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland (Gust, 11/24/13) – 14,060 (New)
  15. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two, 10/10/13) – 13,548 (593,370)
  16. [3DS] Daigasso! Band Brothers P (Nintendo, 11/14/13) – 12,635 (52,831)
  17. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) – 9,485 (190,659)
  18. [PS3] Battlefield 4 (EA, 11/07/13) – 9,134 (150,124)
  19. [PSP] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Konami, 11/14/13) – 7,624 (24,600)
  20. [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle (Namco Bandai, 10/17/13) – 7,046 (102,350)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. 3DS LL – 63,709 (47,852)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 21,044 (46,350)
  3. Wii U – 21,002 (15,906)
  4. 3DS – 20,797 (22,250)
  5. PlayStation 3 – 12,436 (12,019)
  6. PlayStation Vita TV – 7,868 (42,172)
  7. PSP – 3,546 (4,353)
  8. Wii – 457 (518)
  9. Xbox 360 – 342 (404)


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  • AdamBoy64

    The Vita outsold the Wii U this week.
    And on the launch week of Super Mario 3D World.

    Wow. That’s something.

    • Sal Romano

      It’s apparently a super good game, too.

      What’s going on, Japan? =/

      • MyBodyIsReady

        All eyes were on Final Fantasy and the 3DS I suppose, with the new One Piece game.

      • DarthBrian

        Mai waifu happened. She crushed that insignificant little plumber who keeps losing princesses due to his incompetence and/or addiction to mushrooms.

        mmmmm….Lightning. <3 <3 <3

    • Magnumsally

      portables sell more than consoles. Not suprising, the real story is the bomb of vita tv

      • perrandy

        yeah i am surprised as well.but i guess thats understandable since everything in japan is about smartphone games anyways

      • AdamBoy64

        Yes, true what you say about handhelds.
        And, I haven’t paying attention to the Vita sales enough – it’s been beating the Wii U for some time.

        Anyway, I just expected the Wii U to have a much, much bigger week than it did.

        And yes, that’s a pretty sharp drop for Vita TV. Went from 42,000 last week to below 8,000.

      • Elvick

        Well, part of the PS Vita TV is being able to use it for remote play with PS4.

        Which isn’t even out there. It should see an increase when the PS4 releases. As long as people know that it does that.

        Way better than buying two PS4s.

        • perrandy

          i think that remote play should be an extra reason to get the device and not the main reason >>

          • Elvick

            It is an extra one… people still bought the PS Vita TV.

            :/ Don’t even know what your point is.

            • perrandy

              my point is that some people want other people to buy the vita just for the ps4 remote play alone and i think thats not a good reason since the vita is its own thing and i dont have a ps4 yet but my experience with the ps3 can be laggy as hell.i want the vita to excel for itself not because its an accessory for the ps4

              • McPoo

                That’s actually why I sold mine earlier this year. Sony had shifted their focus with the Vita from being its own console, to being a sidekick to the PS4, which I just didn’t want.

                A shame really, as it’s a fantastic console, I just don’t like the direction Sony want it to go in.

                • perrandy

                  i agree 100 percent with what you said? but why sell it man.there are a few good games coming up for the system thanks to nisa,atlus,xseed and aksys.i love my vita and i dont think i would sell it because like you said its a pretty good hardware.shame that sony wasnt aggressive with its price and memory cards early on.

                  • McPoo

                    I’m not a fan of JRPG’s and stuff like that, so nothing from those companies would interest me.

                    Even now, 8 months after selling it, the only game that’s made me regret selling it is the Injustice GOTY edition. None of the exclusives have really wowed me, and neither has anything thats been announced for future release.

                    I ended up getting an Animal Crossing edition 3DS XL instead, which I’m using more. I don’t use handhelds a huge amount anyway, but I’ve been more inclined to use it that the Vita.

                    • perrandy


              • Elvick

                I was talking about the PS Vita TV…

                Compared to PS Vita proper, it has limited appeal in a country that handhelds dominate. And PS Vita sold well this week. :

                That said, PS4 functionality will renew interest in PS Vita TV. Since you can use your PS4, essentially, on another TV without shelling out for another PS4.

                The functionality is currently limited to making Vita a console that doesn’t play every game, essentially.

    • EdgarAllanFoe

      The game (3D World) sold pretty well, though. Looks like it will be the best selling Wii U game since NSMBU, globally. But everything else would be a huge disappointment.

  • Magnumsally

    “Super Mario 3D World didn’t seem to move much additional Wii U stock. The system sold 5,000 more units than its previous week.”

    that is actually a lot considering the install base

    • Sal Romano

      Not sure I’d agree. Wii Party U’s opening week boosted sales to 38,000 –

      • Magnumsally

        that had a bundle……

        • AdamBoy64

          Yes, I wonder why Super Mario 3D World didn’t have a bundle.

          I would have thought that’d be a good seller.

  • perrandy

    sad to see the massive drop of the vita tv but good for square in dat lightning return sales.super mario 3d is putting nice numbers as well.speaking of nintendo,sad to see that the wiiU is going nowhere in term of sales worldwide.wonder what their next console will be like now that the wiiu is a failure of colossal proportions.i’m also intrigued at how the new consoles will do at launch in japan

    • Renaldi Saputra

      ppl in japan don’t like playing at home, they prefer play while walking around city

      • perrandy

        yeah i know about that.smartphone gaming and pachinko games are huge over do i know because i read sites like this :)

  • McPoo

    Thought the Wii U would have sold more than that, what with Mario and all.

    It’s gotten excellent reviews, and even has me tempted, despite the fact I grew bored of the series yonks ago.

  • Gariya

    Haha, I misread. i thought it was PSV that sold 7k, turns out it’s PSVTV instead.

  • shogunknight

    I hope the holiday sale numbers of 3D World and WiiU get better because in all honesty, sales of WiiU and 3D World is suprising and disappointing. Look at that drop in Vita TV sale

  • perrandy

    i wonder how this FF sequel compares in term of sales with the previous ones over there in japan? are the current launch numbers good,decent or what?

    • Sal Romano

      Read the article…

      • perrandy

        brainfart here on my part.sorry…so, its the lowest.hmmm pretty are the reviews of this game in japan aside from famitsuu of course….anyhow, i bet that if they make a FF with turn based combat that that should sell better.although,console gaming over there is not as strong as it was used to be

  • $83030187

    Bombas, bombas everywhere.

  • LunarHaven

    Don’t want to start a war but I guess I am so F it, I am saying it, finally Mario is getting some of what he deserves, the shallow nature of the Mario series and it’s repetetiveness concept-wise should have made the franchise do worse for a long time, finally it’s happening, maybe now Nintendo will grow some balls and become creative making some NEW frikkin franchises.

    Ahhhh… feels good getting that off my chest, feel free to attack me, I am happy now so I wont care much XD

    • shogunknight

      Compared to the new super mario bros series recently released, 3D World is actually a very good game

      • LunarHaven

        They’ve been good at keeping the gameplay aspects of Mario games fresh, I’ll admit that, but everything around that is like copy paste, more than most other franchises, I think their way of making and spewing out Mario games that are ridiculously similar is more than a little annoying. I haven’t been a fan of Mario since the SNES days when it still felt fresh.

    • perrandy

      i agree with this i think its time for nintendo to do something creative and outside the box.look mario games can be pretty fun but there are so many incarnations of the game out there that at some point there should be fan fatigue

    • Magnumsally

      wut? I get this is your opinion but Mario 3d World has more new concepts than 99 percent of new ip

      • LunarHaven

        A lot of games are repetetive as well, I agree with that, but at least we get a wide range of emotional journeys from many other franchises. Mario has been in stagnation for years, it’s like they’re not even trying to spice it up emotion-wise. It’s the same vibes every time, with new game play ideas, more than Zelda, which is in a major stagnation as well.

        Nintendo meeting room: Ok, time for a new game, get out our design documents from 10 years back, add some new puzzle elements, yep, over, let’s do it.

    • McPoo

      I’m the first to criticise the Mario games, I got bored of them years ago, and haven’t enjoyed one since I was a kid.

      That said, this new one does genuinely look like it could be quite fun when playing with friends.

      I completely agree that Nintendo need some new franchises though. How about something a bit darker. Not necessarily more ‘mature’, but just something with a darker tone and storyline. Not everything needs to be family friendly, one or two darker series won’t kill their image.

      • LunarHaven

        Agree a 100% with you.

      • WildBam

        They have that, they made Xenoblade chronicles a couple years ago that was more mature thematically with and much more in depth storyline. The same studio is also making a new game called X (it’s not known whether that’s the real title or if they’ll change it later).

        Not to mention, they also have franchises with darker tones before this, called Metroid. And even fire emblem has more of a mature tone to it as well, at least compared to Mario games and generally has good storylines.

        and then their’s Miyamoto’s new ip that he’s working on.

        Honestly, people have so much confirmation bias. You all need to start paying closer attention to what they put out.

        • McPoo

          I don’t know much about Xenoblade tbh, I was under the impression it was developed by someone else, with previous games being on the PS2. Not sure why I think that though >.>

          I’ve only played bits of Metroid and Fire Emblem, I wouldn’t call either of those particular dark or mature. In comparison to Mario and Zelda? Sure. But in comparison to some of the great stuff you get from other companies, not so much.

          How come Nintendo can’t do something like The Last of Us? Even Metroid and Fire Emblem have that ‘Nintendo sheen’ all of their first party stuff has.

          • Nick Pantazis

            I don’t think you’ve played Fire Emblem… it’s quite serious in tone, and characters can (and do) die. It can be pretty tragic. Maybe you should only discuss games you’ve played, and not get into arguments about companies you don’t care about?

            • McPoo

              Like I said, I’ve only played bits of Fire Emblem, the ambassador game for 3DS, then a bit of Awakening. They’re quite enjoyable games actually.

              The bits I played were serious in tone. They weren’t particularly good at conveying the tone effectively, but they were serious. They came across more like a teen drama. Like Smallville or something, that sort of ‘dark and mature’.

              One series, mainly confined to handhelds compared to countless Zelda’s and Mario’s across handhelds and home consoles isn’t exactly a good innings though, is it?

              • Nick Pantazis

                Mario is clearly made to be light and fun, but Zelda can vary greatly in tone depending on the game. Ever played Link’s Awakening? Majora’s Mask? Very dark games.

                As for “countless Zelda’s and Marios” Nintendo only releases one or two main entry in each franchise per platform. One or two 3D Mario games per generation, one 2D Mario game per generation, one Smash Bros, one Zelda, one or two Metroids, one Fire Emblem, etc.

                Nintendo also makes numerous investments in games outside their core franchises. Eternal Darkness, Baten Kaitos, Xenoblade, Fatal Frame, and X among the first party developments. In second party they funded The Last Story and Bayonetta 2. People complaining about a lack of diversity in Nintendo’s library are people who don’t play Nintendo games. Perhaps you should move on, and stop posting about a company you are not familiar with?

                • McPoo

                  I’ve played both of those Zelda games. If they’re what you consider dark then I think that speaks more about your own tastes than anything.

                  If Nintendo were confident in their ability to create games that explore darker themes, why don’t they hold them in the same esteem as their games that are more suited to everybody? You mentioned Metroid and Fire Emblem, B and C class franchises at their very best, which will never be given the time or exposure by Nintendo that they allocate to Mario, Zelda, MK, and all that. Most of the rest of what you’ve mentioned have been one offs. Why no proper series?

                  And I appreciate your comments on what I should and shouldn’t say. If you’re unwilling to continue a debate though, then I think you’re probably the one that should stop responding.

                  • Nick Pantazis

                    I can’t argue with you just making stuff up. You haven’t played those games, and if you did you’d know both are thematically dark, with *spoilers* Link’s Awakening ending with the death of the entire world and all its characters. Perhaps mature to you means guns and boobs? That’s often what children and teenagers associate with maturity.

                    Metroid and Fire Emblem are big sellers with 9+ scores on Meta. In addition to Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (one of the best games this year on any platform) Nintendo is also making SMT X Fire Emblem. Xenoblade and Baten Kaitos weren’t one-offs. There were two Baten Kaitos games on Gamecube, and the spiritual successor to Xenoblade, X, is coming for Wii U. They also pay to localize Japanese games like Bravely Default. Other support may be on a game-by-game basis but you have to be pretty ignorant to argue it’s not there.

                    • McPoo

                      It also ends with the whole thing being a dream. Real mature, that is.

                      I’m not denying they’re big sellers, but you’re deluded if you think Nintendo hold them in the same esteem as Mario or Zelda.

                      Game by game support, and the odd obscure series are exceptions, not the rule.

                      It’s quite clear we’re not going to agree on this, and it’s clear you’re unable to have a proper discussion without resorting to insults.

                • McPoo

                  Ugh, I hate Disqus on iPad. Double post.

              • WildBam

                Really? I had quite a different impression especially from the scene called emmeryn. Oh well, to each their own.

          • WildBam

            Sorry for the late reply. Xenoblade is made from the same group of people that made those games, but they now work for nintendo as monolith studios. Pretty great game. I recommend checking it out at least. While you may not find the other franchises I mentioned to be more mature, this one definitely is, at least it’s storyline and themes are.

            Metroid and fire emblem are first party, in case you were mistaken, even xenoblade, I’m not sure if you just made a slip up at the end or not, if you did then nevermind. They definitely have darker themes interspersed throughout, and definitely more mature aesthetics, in my opinion. Maybe you didn’t find them to be, and that’s cool, but I think only playing bit of a game is insufficient to gauge how mature it is because then you don’t get the full scope of the themes in it.

            Though with your comparison with the last of us, I think I can see where your coming from, nintendo often does not push the envelop as far as other companies, and I would also argue that some companies push the envelop too far and for little to no reason ( I didn’t find this to be the case with the last of us). I guess it depends on the game, and how certain scenes fit in the story, and for the darker scenes in some of nintendo games I think they’re really well done.

            Maybe nintendo should try to go a bit edgier, maybe not with their already established franchise’s, but perhaps a new one. I wouldn’t mind them making games on par with the last of us, so long as it’s well done.

    • AdamBoy64

      They added a lot of new concepts and ideas in 3D World.
      Like there is a lot of new content in the game. Amazingly so.

      It has much more variety in gameplay and concepts than the Galaxy series ever did. So yeah, I don’t think a shallow nature or repetition is the reason for low sales..

    • Elvick

      I don’t know, what are the sales of 3D Mario usually like in Japan?

      Either way, I would like to see Nintendo’s sales on “the familiar” drop significantly. Maybe then Mario Kart would start to actually approach games released over 10 years ago in quality (Crash Team Racing and Diddy Kong Racing).

      So tired of Nintendo getting away with minimal progression. I don’t mind the new Pokemon doing well, Game Freak really stepped it up there.

      But most of Nintendo’s stuff is stagnant and progressing in ideas and features at a snails pace. Because they can. They don’t need to make much change to sell millions for years. It’s really ridiculous.

      Nintendo could be doing so much more and doing so much better. But they don’t need to, so they won’t.

    • WildBam

      They do that, you just apparently ignore them and then complain that they don’t do that.

    • Ivan Junior

      That’s what I think about Mario and that’s why I left Nintendo. Good thought, dude.

    • TwinTails

      @lunarhaven:disqus @disqus_4qxZDhDO9o:disqus @gematsu-88cf91a1aef212f3c2cd12406983427d:disqus

      Whoa, whoa! So you’re saying it’s the end of the Mario brand? Final Fantasy gets plenty of hype in Japan. 3D World still got 2nd place in the charts and despite having 1/9th that of a 7 year-old console’s install base, Wii U still managed to take 3rd place in the charts.

      And this is just Japan, not NA or Europe, and not even Black Friday yet. It’s the wrong time to be saying they “deserve it”.

      • McPoo

        Im not saying that! Just that generally speaking, it’s not for me :)

        • TwinTails

          Oh, then may I suggest X or Bayo 2? Perhaps any recent Metroid game? They’re reprinting the Prime trilogy and selling it at GameStop. :P

    • Nick Pantazis

      I think you should have something better to do than post crap about a series you don’t actually know anything about and don’t play. People who have to degrade games enjoyed by others are insecure in their own decisions, and unhappy with what they have to play. Find some joy in life, stop being a prick on the internet.

      • LunarHaven

        Just took me 2 minutes to write that, didn’t demand much of my time. Also, I am a gamer who knows exactly what he likes, but if you imagining me being insecure and all that unhappy stuff and that makes you feel better, fine XD I hope you write that to everyone complaining about games they don’t like, because you know, someone complains about SOME game they don’t like about every second on the internet, I bet you’ve done it more than you can count ;) Either way, like I said, I can’t get angry at personal attacks, I am super happy about a Mario game finally failing in sales, I bet next they’ll release another cookie cutter ”New Super Mario Bro’s Wii U 2 game to make up the lack of sales :D

  • fyi1191

    Are the sales good for Shin Rorona? Being in last place of top 20 for (NEW) games.

    • shogunknight

      Ah, forgot about this game. Not very good TBH. Although it seems like digital purchases isnt included. Everyone is focused on Mario and Final Fantasy at the moment, thats why

    • farios

      According to famitsu it barely sold half of it’s total shipment so yeah it’s bad…

  • Gariya

    Eh, 360 version of LR:FFXIII didn’t even get ranked?

    • TetsuyaHikari

      1. It’s Japan
      2. It’s an RPG
      3. It’s the 360

      Why are you so surprised?

      • Gariya

        Well, since this is Final Fantasy, I was expecting for both versions to show up at the rankings, regardless of Japan or not.

        • Marcus

          LOL, I needed a good laugh this morning. Thanks!!!

        • Renaldi Saputra

          Japanese had very few 360 even xbox users

          • perrandy

            by en large japanese dont buy much gaijin products.they are very nationalistic in that,they have a reason to avoid the 360 like the plague because of its faulty history

            • Renaldi Saputra

              yeah, you’re right

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Ummm… No. The 360 carries very little weight in Japan, so Final Fantasy or not, it’s not surprising.

      • Nick Pantazis

        Actually it’s PS3 only in Japan, just as all the XIII games have been.

    • Nick Pantazis

      That’s because there isn’t a 360 version of any of the XIII games in Japan.

      • bloodiOS

        Actually, there is…

        • Nick Pantazis

          Thanks, I didn’t know that.

  • bldudas

    Even though Lightning Returns didn’t sell as well as the other two XIII games did in opening week, it still was the best selling game last week. Surprised at Wii U and Vita TV.

    • perrandy

      i think that square should let go of this franchise for good and make good turn based games like braverly default

      • Luna Kazemaru

        yeah no i rater we move out of the turn base phase

        • Elvick

          I love turn based. There aren’t enough of them these days. Even from niche developers. ):

        • perrandy

          oh you must be an action type of fan thats cool but just because its turn base doesnt mean it should be slow ya know

    • fyi1191

      Well, people there wanted portable handhelds to get away from TVs but what did Sony brought out? A VITA TV. It’s like asking them to sit in front of the TV again.

  • Elvick

    Atelier should just become a PS3/Vita series. Mix in PS4 at some point.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Sure. As soon as Rorona is done being its own series first :/

      Really tired of them remaking that game at this point.

      • perrandy

        me too i just would like a game more like mana khemia or something with more combat than alchemy.

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Yeah, I’d enjoy a new Mana Khemia more than Atelier whatever-the-hell.

    • DanielGearSolid
      • TetsuyaHikari

        …I really don’t think getting J-RPGs to PS4 is going to be a problem, lol.

        • DanielGearSolid

          Not with that attitude! Uncle Sam wants you, sign it!

          • TetsuyaHikari

            >Uncle Sam

            I think we’ve got a problem here :p

  • Luna Kazemaru

    Damn son everything bombed also GE2 sales are depressing wtf really come on -_-

    • bloodiOS

      Is GE2’s sales really that bad? It already sold a good amount last week.

    • Alkhan

      39k in the second week and 305k in total is depressing? Most games don’t even bring in 1/3 if that in lifetime sales. Especially Vita games.

      • Luna Kazemaru

        I guess i wanted to atleast hit 400k maybe i was hoping to much?

  • bloodiOS

    About half of Final Fantasy XIII-2‘s sales, as I expected…

  • new_tradition

    Ouch for LR. I’m a little more surprised because I remember reading someone claiming pre-orders were at 355K, so to see actual sales much lower is stunning.

    And here I thought it would eventually do better than FFXIII-2, oh boy…

    Oh well, still looking forward to the game in February ^^;

    • Nick Pantazis

      When people talk about preorders for Japan they mean the number of units retailers have ordered, rather than the number of units consumers have preordered (which is what they mean in the rest of the world). Weird, I know.

      • new_tradition

        So you could say it’s a…

        *puts glasses on*



        I’m sorry >.>

        • PrinceHeir


    • Surgeon of Death
      • new_tradition

        Omg, is this real..?

        I actually have to wonder how little research people do on games. How do you not realize LR is still an RPG? Even the early alpha build trailers had Lightning in combat, running through towns and what not.

        Heck, where in any trailers did it suggest it was simulator of any sort?

        • Surgeon of Death

          Almost all of them? They promoted dressing lightning up more than anything. Thats what Toriyama has done to the series. People think that one of the games in a WELL KNOWN RPG SERIES is a DRESS UP SIM. I’m suprised you don’t have anything to say about Toriyamas comments.

          • Belenger

            Been playing the game for the last few days, had a little bit of hope since I actually liked XIII-2. Lets just say David Cage has meet his match, now if we could get the two on board and Peter Molynux to make a single game, we may stop gaming for generations to come.

  • Tracy

    Looks like Japan is over the XIII saga by the sales comparison.

  • Reggie Fils-Aime

    This is great :) We will get a lot more units sold for the holiday season, i am hoping for atleast 500 000 Units to be sold in japan and atleast 2M around the rest of the world :)

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      Sir, I am your biggest fan :-)

      • DarkLegacy

        Lol. But yeah I’ll agree with you :)

  • mesul6anme

    japan really love god eater, i mean look at those vita’s sales number.
    And ouch for LR:FFXIII,

  • 武神水樹

    God Eater 2 did better than I thought

  • EspadaKiller

    Poor poor poor sales! Bomba!

  • Wolf Star

    Even Japan are sick of lightning and the 13 series. I didn’t except that.. Plus it’s even worse then 13-2 sales.

  • nyobzoo

    I think the bigger news is that Mario 3D World sold below FFX-3 and only sold 99,588. Which is pretty low for a mario game

  • Pyrofrost

    An interesting trend according to Media Create:

    01. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, 12/17): 1,501,964 NEW
    01. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Square Enix, 12/15): 524,271 NEW
    01. [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, 11/21): 277,082 NEW

    However, I have heard the game is good. I have it pre-ordered and I look forward to getting it on day one.


    EDIT: Sal, you may need to edit the #’s for Final Fantasy XIII-2
    I pulled my numbers from neogaf, which match your’s here:

    605,000 is false, because it would have taken the 360 version to push it that high. However, there is no way it could have; because if it did, then it would have made the top 20 in the link I provided, as the 360 version would have needed to sell 80,729 copies to reach that number.

    • Sal Romano

      Thanks. I updated.

      I usually just check Game Data Museum –

      Could be that they’re using Famitsu numbers instead of Media Create or something…

      • Pyrofrost

        No problem at all matey, I’m glad I can help out ^_^

  • TheExile285

    These are some sad sales…

    • TwinTails

      Because they released next to Final Fantasy and sales were cannibalized because of that. Next week’s charts should look different.

      • TheExile285

        Well that new Hatsune Miku game came out this week so I fear sales for every non-3DS game to still look sad. :(

    • MasterSensei

      Maybe some Japanese customers are saving up for Next-gen consoles? that could be a viable reason since 2014 is just around the corner.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      The notion that every game needs to sell a ridiculous amount is why people are turning to cellphone games. Those sales look fine to me.

  • DarthBrian

    Lightning Returns in first place! woot!!!! /dancing

  • MrKappa

    I’m a bit surprised that Mario didn’t place first. I suppose it has something to do with the low Wii U sales but even still this looked like the best Mario that Nintendo has put out since Galaxy.

  • Zero

    Those Lightning Returns sales aren’t that bad. It didn’t cost them much to make the game. Also, any additional profit they can get from the crystal tools engine is also likely considered a win.

    I could see it getting up to around 500,000 in Japan. Not right away, but over time, like most console games in Japan do.

    • Kurisu Makise

      In order for the 500k climb to be successful, the game has to be 1) Good and 2) receive word of mouth that it’s good.

      That’s the struggle, if it’s actually good, I’m sure people will talk on the forums and stuff. Fingers crossed.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      the whole neogaf thread over it is pretty petty as fuck.

    • Surgeon of Death

      Worst sales in the series. People actually thought it was a dress up sim. God only knows what Toriyama will do to this series in the future…

      • bloodiOS

        That’s hilarious!

        • Surgeon of Death

          That was my first reaction.

      • Erimgard

        You guys realize p4rgaming is a comedy site, right? It’s basically just The Onion for video games

  • Kurisu Makise

    Wow, some very interesting data to analyze. First thing that caught my eye:

    [PSV] New Atelier Rorona: The Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland (Gust, 11/24/13) – 17,536 (New)

    [PS3] New Atelier Rorona: The Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland (Gust, 11/24/13) – 14,060 (New)

    Nice work Vita, could have sworn it’d be reverse but that’s promising (though I wish the sales were higher n.n). Then there’s the following:

    [PSV] God Eater 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/14/13) – 39,052 (305,378)

    [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 21,120 (2,959,789)

    This is depressing =( Yeah, I understand that God Eater 2 just came out. Yes I know there’s still time to sell more but…maybe if God Eater 2 was at least at 500K, looking at the two side by side wouldn’t hurt so much. -sigh-

    Oh and lastly:

    [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two, 10/10/13) – 13,548 (593,370)

    Well done Take-Two/Rockstar~

    Hardware side, I see Handheld land is still Handheld land. Shame about VitaTV drop.

    • Elvick

      If people *HAD* to buy it on PS Vita, it’d probably be 500k. But people can just buy it on PSP and not upgrade.

      I personally think that some PSP/Vita games are pointless, like GE2. It should have just been exclusive to PS Vita.

      • Kurisu Makise

        I agree because in the end, the PSP sales weren’t even that much. Though I recall seeing some people on other communities saying Vita GE2 wouldn’t outsell PSP GE2…ah, I wish I could see their thoughts now. All the same, I’m really excited for GE2 as I started GE: Burst over the summer and loved every waking minute. I’m trying to just etch out the post-game content but there’s other things to play and ah, (excuses).

    • Pyrofrost

      I really don’t know why you’re being down-voted, but anyway.

      I would attribute Final Fantasy XIII-3’s lackluster sales to people just being sick and tired of the Saga that SE has forced upon everyone. This is coming from a FFXIII fan, and even I am excited that it’s finally over. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we’re all just ready to move on. Though I will say this, I have several friends who have imported it, and they all say good things about it.

      About Atelier, I’d say that this shows that Gust/Koei simply chose to move to early on this. Most gamers that I have ever met around the world are not fond of ‘same gen’ ports and remakes.
      People who wanted to play Rorona have already bought and played it. What you see reflected in the sales is that the only people who bought are Otaku Collectors, people who happen to miss it, and people who wanted to have it on the go.
      I am 100% sure that if they put off release till February and released it as a PS4 Launch / Vita title, the results would have been different. All things considered, if you combine the numbers, it only lands about 10k under the original releases sales. Looking at it that way, it’s not so bad.

      • Elvick

        We have downvote fairies all over the place now. :3 *waves at them*

        • Pyrofrost

          I see what you mean. I’ve really seen them going crazy in some of the other threads.

      • Kurisu Makise

        I’m one of those people who wanted it, however mayhaps if it was exlusive to Vita instead of sharing it wouldn’t be so bad. Though you’re right, they probably did jump on it too soon but Vita’s supposed to continue Arland’s saga, so it’s best to have all of Arland on it first.

        As for FFXIII-3, does it make me a bad person if I’m more interested in it than FFXIII-2? I actually adore Lightning as a character but they lost me on FFXIII-2.

  • Budgiecat
  • Ace

    It may be winning but this number is much less than what XIII-2 and XIII sold.

  • Serovath

    go lightning!

  • Altin

    Way to end on a high note *cough*

  • TheBlackRabbit