Mario and Luigi Take Number 1 in Japan – Week 29


Japanese Video Game Chart Analysis – Week 29 (Via Neogaf –


Week 29 (July 15th – July 21st) – The numbers are in from Media Create  for Week 29, and it’s been a relatively mediocre sales period in the Japanese video game industry with the top 10 selling under 300,000 units collectively. The average sales figures are compounded by a lack of new releases as only Mario and Luigi: Dream Team and Little Battlers eXperience W: Ultra Custom manage to crack the top 10.


Mario & Luigi: Dream Team takes the top spot this week shifting just under 100,000 units, significantly outpacing the competition. Youkai Watch remains in 2nd as the closest contender, selling 29,102 units, a massive 70% down on 1st place! Following on from the 3DS brawler last week’s number 1, Pikmin 3, drops to 3rd with a disappointing 28, 513 units sold; an unusually rapid decline for a Nintendo title with such pedigree.


Rounding out the top 5 this week is the despairingly titled, Little Battlers eXperience W: Ultra Custom in 4th shifting 27, 242 units and in 5th, Friend Collection: New Life continues its sales consistency with 26,799 units, actually managing an increase of 3% over week 28 (Just how do Nintendo do it?).


The complete sales chart can be found below.

Position Game Console Sales Publisher


Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 3DS 99,972 Nintendo
         2. Youkai Watch 3DS 29,102 Level 5
         3. Pikmin 3 WIU 28,513 Nintendo
         4. Little Battlers eXperience W: Ultra Custom 3DS 27,242 Level 5
         5. Friend Collection: New Life WIU 26,799 Nintendo
         6. Earth Defence Force 2025 PS3 20,255 D3 Publisher
         7. Toukiden PSV 12,953 Koei Tecmo
         8. New Super Luigi U WIU 12,132 Nintendo
         9. Toukiden PSP 11,008 Koei Tecmo
       10. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D 3DS 10,826 Nintendo
       11. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS 10,075 Nintendo
       12. Animal Crossing: New Life 3DS 9,366 Nintendo
       13. Dead Island: Riptide PS3 6,962 Spike Chunsoft
       14. Dangan-Ronpa PSP 6,447 Spike
       15. The Last of US PS3 6,413 Sony Computer Entertainment
       16. Kuma-Tomo 3DS 6, 019 Bandai Namco Games
       17. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition WII 5, 630 Bandai Namco Games
       18. Gundam Breaker PS3 5, 279 Bandai Namco Games
       19. Final Fantasy XIII-2: Digital Content Selection PS3 4,890 Square Enix
       20. Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode 3DS 4,155 Bandai Namco Games



Top 10 Cumulative Sales


For Week 29 the top 10 sold a combined 278,802 units, down 8% on week 28.



Chart Round Up

Highest Selling Game On Wii U – Pikmin 3

Highest Selling Game On Xbox 360 – N/A

Highest Selling Game On Playstation 3 – Earth Defence Force 2025

Highest Selling Game On Nintendo 3DS – Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

Highest Selling Game on Playstation Vita – Toukiden

Highest Selling Game on Nintendo Wii – Taiko No Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition



Game Of The Week – Little Battlers eXperience W: Ultra Custom


Level 5 seem to do no wrong in 2013, hot off the heels of Youkai Watch, comes yet another stellar RPG. Based on small combat robots created from fortified cardboard (Because, why not?) Little Battlers focuses on fast paced gameplay and complex narrative themes to provide a wonderfully deep and enjoyable experience.



Mecha titles like this are clearly designed specifically for the Japanese market and as such don’t expect to Little Battlers in Europe any time soon, Level 5 will most likely be keeping this one in their Asian exclusive locker. Considering the relative lack of success of even the most popular Mecha video game series in Europe (Dynasty Warriors: Gundam) who can blame them. Little Battlers is sadly just one of those titles not destined for these shores.

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