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New Love Plus Beats Binary Domain and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for Top Sales Spot

 
Konami has been promoting New Love Plus through tie-ups. Shown here, some Love Plus goods and costumes that were released through 7-Eleven.

Boyfriends throughout Japan spent their Valentine's Day with the latest in virtual love through Konami. New Love Plus, delayed to a Valentine's Day release from its original December release time period, topped the Media Create software chart with 104,969 units sold, besting other major newcomers like Binary Domain and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.

Compared to past series performance, New Love Plus appears to be off to a good start. Its predecessor, Love Plus + on DS, sold around 88,000 units in its first week back in July 2010.

The PS3 version of Binary Domain took second place this week, although its sales of 73,683 units did not stack up to normal first week sales for entries in Ryu ga Gotoku Studio's namesake Yakuza series. The Xbox 360 version of the game did not place in the top 20.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy placed third with 67,683. Some retailers were reporting strong sales for the game, so we'll have to see how much stock sold through when Media Create releases its weekly sales stats later this week. Theatrhythm is the first retail 3DS game to see periodic paid download content. Square Enix is cutting the price of the first batch of DLC by 30% through mid April.

Other top twenty debuts included Samurai Warriors 3Z Special on PSP, Tekken 3D on 3DS, and the Vita and 3DS versions Good People Die. The 3DS version of the Chunsoft adventure game beat the Vita version.

Here's the top twenty software chart covering February 13 through February 19. Publisher, release date and life-to-date sales are in parentheses.

  • [3DS] 01. New Love Plus (Konami, 02.14.2012): 104,969 -- NEW
  • [PS3] 02. Binary Domain (Sega, 02.16.2012): 73,683 -- NEW
  • [3DS] 03. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (Square Enix, 02.16.2012): 67,206 -- NEW
  • [3DS] 04. Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12.01.2011): 22,015 (1,506,522)
  • [3DS] 05. Super Mario 3D Land (Konami, 02.16.2012): 17,791 (1,348,776)
  • [3DS] 06. Monster Hunter 3G (Capcom, 12.10.2011): 17,490 (1,249,833)
  • [PSP] 07. Samurai Warriors 3Z Special (Tecmo Koei, 02.16.2012): 17,125 -- NEW
  • [3DS] 08. Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, 01.26.2012): 15,666 (231,907)
  • [PSP] 09. Genso Suikoden (Konami, 02.09.2012): 13,695 (75,479)
  • [PSV] 10. Gravity Daze (Sony, 02.09.2012): 10,219 (53,680)
  • [3DS] 11. Tekken 3D Prime Edition (Namco Bandai, 02.16.2012): 9,421 -- NEW
  • [3DS] 12. Good People Die (Chunsoft, 02.16.2012): 9,307 -- NEW
  • [PS3] 13. Gran Turismo 5 Spec II (Sony, 02.02.2012): 8,169 (42,198)
  • [WII] 14. Just Dance Wii (Nintendo, 10.13.2011): 7,643 (542,589)
  • [PSV] 15. Good People Die (Chunsoft, 02.16.2012): 6,538 -- NEW
  • [PS3] 16. Armored Core V (From Software, 01.26.2012): 6,430 (212,784)
  • [3DS] 17. Inazuma Eleven Go (Level-5, 12.15.2011): 6,268 (393,130)
  • [PSP] 18. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd PSP the Best (Capcom, 09.22.2011): 5,223 (197,031)
  • [WII] 19. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, 11.11.2010): 5,135 (873,120)
  • [3DS] 20. Nintendogs + Cats (Nintendo, 02.26.2011): 4,839 (501,169)

In hardware, 3DS saw a major boost from the prior week, likely due to New Love Plus buyers, as the system was released in a variety of hardware bundles through Konami Style (these appear to be figured into Media Create's sales data, as the New Love Plus sales figure includes limited edition and bundle versions). Other platforms saw slight drops for the week. The Vita continued to inch its way to four digits.

Here's the hardware chart for February 13 through February 19. Last week's sales are in parentheses.

  • 1. 3DS: 94,667 (67,558)
  • 2. PS3: 21,993 (22,002)
  • 3. PSP: 14,824 (15,860)
  • 4. PSV: 12,309 (13,939)
  • 5. Wii: 7,874 (8,206)
  • 6. PS2: 1,433 (1,239)
  • 7. X360: 983 (1,139)
  • 8. DSi LL: 901 (957)
  • 9. DSi: 656 (651)

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