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Posted November 21, 2012 by Justin Alderman in News
 
 

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Dominates Japan Charts Despite ACIII Debut

animal crossing new leaf tops japan sales
animal crossing new leaf tops japan sales

Despite unit sales dropping 52% — and a strong 2nd place launch for Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III (72K on PS3) — Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf easily topped Japan’s sales charts for the second week in a row last week, selling an additional 290K copies.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf‘s second week sales put the game within striking distance of the 1 million LTD mark, and helped The Big N to push out an additional 168.8K in 3DS hardware sales. While this represents a slight decline from 187K units during the prior week, it was more than enough to keep Nintendo’s handheld firmly planted in the top spot on Japan’s hardware chart when compared to the PS3′s distant 2nd place finish of 17K units.

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation had a relatively weak 6th place debut, selling only 24K copies during the week. Despite the meager retail sales for Ubisoft’s handheld title, Liberation did manage to pull Vita hardware sales up slightly out of the grave from 4K in the prior week to 13K units.

In the top 20 software chart the PS3 claimed 8 spots, followed by the 3DS with 7, the PSP with 2, and 1 each for the Xbox 360, DS, and PS Vita.

The full Japanese hardware and software sales charts for the week ending November 18, 2012 are as follows:

Hardware

|System| This Week | Last Week  | Last Year  |    YTD    |     LTD     |
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|  3DS |   168.876 |    187.077 |     96.219 | 3.976.251 |   8.258.394 |
|  PS3 |    17.035 |     18.043 |     41.069 |   978.905 |   8.615.290 |
|  PSV |    13.091 |      4.021 |            |   602.818 |   1.042.804 |
|  PSP |    12.217 |     12.076 |     40.085 |   706.371 |  19.435.755 |
|  Wii |     3.001 |      2.921 |     13.613 |   429.625 |  12.592.846 |
|  360 |     2.063 |      2.908 |      1.763 |    68.426 |   1.604.471 |
|  PS2 |       723 |      1.187 |      1.291 |    52.542 |  21.826.649 |
|  NDS |       353 |        424 |      2.741 |    65.650 |  32.874.136 |

Software

01./01. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf # (Nintendo) {2012.11.08} (¥4.800) – 290.280 / 893.344 (-52%)
02./00. [PS3] Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft) {2012.11.15} (¥7.770) – 72.504 / NEW
03./05. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 # (Nintendo) {2012.07.28} (¥4.800) – 41.658 / 1.385.212 (+79%)
04./00. [PSP] Summon Night 4 (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.11.15} (¥3.990) – 40.111 / NEW
05./00. [PS3] Medal of Honor: Warfighter (Electronic Arts) {2012.11.15} (¥7.665) – 25.097 / NEW
06./00. [PSV] Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation (Ubisoft) {2012.11.15} (¥6.090) – 24.304 / NEW
07./02. [PS3] Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires (Koei Tecmo) {2012.11.08} (¥6.090) – 14.911 / 85.012 (-79%)
08./00. [PS3] Need for Speed: Most Wanted – A Criterion Game (Electronic Arts) {2012.11.15} (¥7.665) – 13.383 / NEW
09./00. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) (Capcom) {2012.11.15} (¥3.800) – 13.236 / NEW
10./04. [PS3] Tales of Xillia 2 # (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.11.01} (¥8.380) – 12.337 / 411.565 (-65%)
11./00. [360] Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft) {2012.11.15} (¥7.770) – 9.261 / NEW
12./00. [3DS] Aikatsu! Cinderella Lesson (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.11.15} (¥5.040) – 8.725 / NEW
13./06. [3DS] Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (Square Enix) {2012.10.11} (¥6.090) – 8.624 / 257.884 (-42%)
14./08. [PSP] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2013 (Konami) {2012.11.01} (¥3.980) – 8.454 / 59.176 (-31%)
15./11. [PS3] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2013 (Konami) {2012.10.04} (¥7.980) – 7.492 / 355.985 (-21%)
16./09. [PS3] Okami HD (Capcom) {2012.11.01} (¥3.990) – 7.141 / 86.797 (-35%)
17./13. [3DS] Tousouchuu: Shijou Saikyou no Hunter-Tachi Kara Nigekire! (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.07.05} (¥5.040) – 7.102 / 236.737 (-13%)
18./12. [3DS] Style Savvy: Trendsetters (Nintendo) {2012.09.27} (¥4.800) – 6.696 / 173.113 (-22%)
19./15. [NDS] Pokemon Black 2 / White 2 (Pokemon Co.) {2012.06.23} (¥4.800) – 5.736 / 2.834.685 (-12%)
20./10. [PS3] Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition (Sega) {2012.11.01} (¥5.229) – 5.487 / 73.697 (-46%)

Source: NeoGAF


Justin Alderman

 
A gamer since the Intellivision days in the early 80′s, who started writing about and covering the video game industry in 2008. In his spare time he is also a bit of a gun-nut and Star Wars nerd.