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March 2013 PSN Top Sellers

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We’re back with March 2013’s North American Top Sellers (see Europe’s charts here). This month we have added PlayStation Mobile to the lineup.

Newcomers to the PlayStation lists include Terraria, an endearing, yet challenging side-scroller where you craft, dig and explore, the highly anticipated BioShock Infinite, and the bad-ass PS Vita title Nun Attack. Speaking of Vita games, fans of the JRPG series Atelier will be excited to learn that recently released Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland battled all the way to the top of its list.

God of War: Ghost of Spartarose again to appear on the top 5 PSP games, and finally the PS2 classic vehicular combat title Twisted Metal: Black bumped Grand Theft Auto 3 off the charts.

On with the show…

Top 5 PlayStation Mobile

PSM - Chimpact
  1. Beats Trellis
  2. Castle Invasion
  3. Chimpact
  4. Life of Pixel
  5. Gun Commando

Click here for more information on how to get PlayStation Mobile games for your PS VITA or PlayStation certified device.

If you’re not on your PS3 or PS VITA, check out these games and more via PlayStation Store on the web.

How will spring come to a close? I’ll see you next month with all the details.

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UncannySilk said:

April 8th, 7:10 am

MLB 13 The Show
>>>>>The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
Tomb Raider
BioShock Infinite

The fact that The Walking Dead: Merlenderl Edition is higher than Bioshock Infinite is really disheartening. That’s just sad. Game’s on BMX XXX tier bad.

Rhysis1330 said:

April 8th, 7:16 am

I fully expect Guacamelee! to take the top spot next month!!!

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    Cade Peterson said:

    April 8th, 12:57 pm

    If it didn’t, I’d be very surprised. The game is really fun, looks gorgeous, and is quite excellent overall in my humble opinion.

ZaGe-zAiKaNo said:

April 8th, 7:22 am

Yay! Bioshock & Tomb Raider made it in there – best PS3 games for me. Journey still claiming its spot on the list, as well as “I Am Alive” & Darkstalkers Resurrection is truly a surprise. Heard the game had good online connectivity & the new art concept looked awesome.

For it’s 2.99$ price, Nun Attack was surely fun & glad it’s up there. Decent list ya got there, Cade.

I think Divekick will surely be up on the list for April along with Guacamelee.

icurafuse said:

April 8th, 7:23 am

Atelier Totori Plus is number one for Vita, despite zero marketing, a late entry and costing a full $40.

Does this mean we’ll see lots of new JRPGs now?

blu_unclegh said:

April 8th, 7:24 am

Walking Dead Merlin Durl In Da Game, was just terrible. I really hope it dissapears off the top ten, how is it higher than Infinite? That is just mindblowing. But oh well, really hope Gauacamelee gets on here next, that game looks fantastic, day 1 baby!

xFuzylilManPeach said:

April 8th, 7:25 am

@1, i totally agree. I don’t get how it surpassed Bioshock.

Zionine said:

April 8th, 7:28 am

@2 Rhysis1330

Even though it only gets one day in April… Soul Sacrifice is a good contender…

Malkavilis said:

April 8th, 7:32 am

Soul Sacrifice will be in this list next month, if we can test a demo…

Zionine said:

April 8th, 7:32 am

I will 2nd @4. More JRPG’s please.. :) Maybe some original ones.

Although, I just recently noticed a lack of fighting action RPGs such as Infamous/DMC/Yakuza/GoW on the Vita. That’d be a neat one to get this year. I realize Soul Sacrifice is close to that feel. .but not really. Haha.

That’d be fun to button mash on my Vita.

razsam said:

April 8th, 7:33 am

Even when FF VII is almost always the top seller for ps one classics Square Enix don’d make any remake or something that’s is why they are going down!!!!

Alastor424 said:

April 8th, 7:37 am

I was hoping not to see the PlayStation All-Stars characters on this list. I really hope we don’t have to pay 5 bucks a character after Zeus and Isaac.

UncannySilk said:

April 8th, 7:42 am

@9 “I just recently noticed a lack of fighting action RPGs such as Infamous/DMC/Yakuza/GoW”

GoW and DMC = Action titles.
Infamous and Yakuza = Action / Adventure.

ARPGs are games like Torchlight and Diablo.

But_Honestly said:

April 8th, 7:43 am

@1 and 6 – Walking Dead came out a week earlier – only about 5 days of sales data are being counted for Bioshock, so I’m sure it’ll be higher on next month’s list. I also wouldn’t be surprised if more people bought physical copies and special editions of Bioshock instead of buying on PSN.

iriihutoR84 said:

April 8th, 7:58 am

It’s sad that two of the top 5 PSone Classics aren’t playable on the Vita. What’s the hold up?

johnnyp70 said:

April 8th, 8:02 am

@13 Exactly what I was about to say on both fronts. I believe Bioshock is one of those games that you want to have the physical copy for your collection.

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    Cade Peterson said:

    April 8th, 12:16 pm

    Both the amount of time a title was available during a calendar month and the opportunity to purchase a digitally vs. physically will affect ranking since these lists only pertain to digital sales. It’s always fascinating to me to see how things pan out, often with a couple surprises every month.

Suicide_Surfer said:

April 8th, 8:02 am

OMG please stop giving us fighting games for plus, Imo they are the most boring stupid and not fun games to ever exist! Also, how about some actual vita games instead of old psp games

Dangisuckatgamin said:

April 8th, 8:06 am

*’s= Number of Stars out of 5 Stars I Give The Game.
I own
MLB 13 The Show ***
Journey *****
Grand Theft Auto 4 ****
NBA JAM: On Fire Edition (got free with plus) **
NBA 2K13 ***
Army of TWO The Devil’s Cartel ****


Which means I own 35% of the games.

Not bad considering I hate single player, but Journey was fun even if it was mostly Single Player.

andyscout said:

April 8th, 8:07 am

Glad to see Totori+ got some love. I was afraid that the stealth release might pass some people up. Hopefully this means Tecmo Koei will bring over Atelier Meruru+.

Mando44646 said:

April 8th, 8:09 am

Survival Instinct is 3, really? Are people that moronic to buy such a pile of steaming crap?

antidentity said:

April 8th, 8:45 am

US Soul Sacrifice demo. US Toukiden info.

— Legend of Dragoon — Crash Bandicoot — Spyro — Where are the vita releases??!?!

see, this is why ps portables get modded
[aside from homebrew, freedom & old roms that would otherwise never exist on the portable…
not considering piracy, that’s pretty obvious on its own];

The network doesn’t release games we already own a hard copy of *ahem GTA2, Skullmonkeys and Loaded what the EFF*, or doesn’t port those we have already purchased digitally so the community must do it on their own.

Re-release ALL classics and port ALL PS1 games to Vita. Then these games can actually be purchased so gamers do not have to resort to illegal activities to get what they want from your consoles.

I’m sure Sony would be surprised to see how many hackers would pay for or repurchase the games they backup & convert /pirate if they would just put games we already own on the store and port them!

wolfflame21 said:

April 8th, 8:54 am

So happy about Totori making it to the top. Namco Bandai should release the Tales remakes on the Vita now (Come on! I know they said no but we want them!). I just bought Totori and it was great, this should mean Meruru should come to Vita in the US as well :D.

SoraCloudPunk said:

April 8th, 8:58 am

I will not insult anyones opinion but i bought walking dead and love it. More fun than COD and actually made me jump a few times. Great to see Totori on the list and can’t wait for my portable version of Hyperdimension Neptunia.

Zionine said:

April 8th, 9:08 am

@12: Thanks for the clarification. I’m not well versed in the terminology of games. I tried my best to describe them in the light that I saw them while I played. Thanks. :)

RyanSaotome said:

April 8th, 9:09 am

I doubt even Tecmo Koei could have predicted among their 2 Vita titles last month, Totori would outsell Dead or Alive 5. This is great to see, and it pretty much guarantees they’ll localize Meruru Plus as well!

Satnamji said:

April 8th, 9:10 am

With the great sale price, I’m surprised to see Deus Ex didn’t finish higher. Excellent game!

GoldenShaka said:

April 8th, 9:14 am

Well, walking dead surpassing Bioshock infinite is easy to explain. We’re talking about digital versions, and bioshock had not any incentive, even the $80 bundle (game+season pass) had nothing more than a theme, i know that it was a day1 etcetera but if the ps store had include at least the soundtrack it would be easily number one on the list. Physical copies were definitively more attractive. I love mine.

ThreeLeggedFreak said:

April 8th, 9:14 am

If you’re not on your PS3 or PS VITA, check out these games and more via PlayStation Store on the web.


Except for the PSMobile games which are not featured on the web store.

pOcHo_OX said:

April 8th, 9:16 am

Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland with Bonus DLC in the first place, I hope to see more JRPG in my Vita

subadictos said:

April 8th, 9:20 am


Totally agree. I hope devs can see we want more JRPG games.

GStylez1980 said:

April 8th, 9:22 am

The Walking Dead should not have been bought by anybody. What a waste of $60…and a intellectual property license. Any of the other games on the PS3/PSN list would have been a better purchase.

On a separate note, I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing what the Spring Fever sale has to offer me when the info. is released today!

GStylez1980 said:

April 8th, 9:27 am

BTW, hoping for sales on MGS Collection, Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, Oddworld, and Sly Cooper for Vita, or Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, Okami HD, Dishonored, or Sleeping Dogs for PS3. *Fingers crossed*

Heavenly_king said:

April 8th, 9:32 am

we need a reply function here, please :D

antidentity said:

April 8th, 9:34 am


I’m stoked for FFX HD, and if there’s a digital copy in the works it would surely make the top list

Chizuzuu said:

April 8th, 9:47 am

Considering that Atelier game for Vita is a Port from the PS3, a full priced download, and received no advanced press (and the only press it got after release was along the lines of “Hey, look at this game released with no annoucement”), I think it’s great that it’s made it to this month’s charts.

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    Cade Peterson said:

    April 8th, 12:52 pm

    I’d say that speaks to power of the game franchise and its fans!

kassatsu said:

April 8th, 10:10 am

Is that PSM data really from March? Not a single game released in March is included.

March games:
Switch Galaxy: March 6th 2013
DOOXDOO: March 13th 2013
Forevolution: March 13th 2013
The Sexy Seashore: March 13th 2013
Out of Mind: March 19th 2013
Nekomimi Musume ga Sekai no Hate made Sanma wo Tabe ni ikuno DADADA: March 26th
Quiet, Please!: March 26th
Snake: March 26th

*ZooZooGo dropped its price to Free on March 13th as well

From the list:
Beats Trellis: Oct 3rd 2012 (was free for 1 week in Feb)
Castle Invasion: Feb 19th 2013
Chimpact: Feb 13th 2013
Life of Pixel: Jan 8th 2013 (saw a huge patch in late Feb)
Gun Commando: Jan 23rd 2013

Looks like Feb sales data to me, as most PSM titles have VERY short legs in terms of sales.

YungShep said:

April 8th, 10:15 am

wow! the only god of war that made the list was ghost of sparta…………………………………………..i too fully expect guacamelee n soul sacrifice to make the next list..granted soul sacrifice come out the last day of april

supraking898 said:

April 8th, 10:15 am

@1 and @5 Tomb Raider and Walking Dead were higher than Bioshock Infinite cause MAYBE JUST MAYBE (sarcasm) they released in the BEGINNING of March while Bioshock released at the end. More days= More sales apparently, who knew? LOL

BlueRobotX said:

April 8th, 10:22 am

Is anyone else getting a little worried that there is no PS+ update yet aren’t they usually up by now? Last week he said there was a reason why he held off on posting the PS+ update but that reason didn’t seem like there was any reason to hold off on posting the Plus update since it wouldn’t be affective till the next day anyway?

YungShep said:

April 8th, 10:24 am

@37 they posted the entire month last week dude..

MickeyWard09 said:

April 8th, 10:27 am

I love that Star Wars BF II is #3 on the PSP list. Come on Disney, we want more Battlefront!!!

Elvick_ said:

April 8th, 10:38 am

@4: And to think, Namco Bandai is derping it up with Tales on Vita (among other Vita games). There’s hardly anything, and a lot of people I know with a Vita, love JRPGs… so… let’s not release games in a genre that’s got hardly any competition!

Makes sense.

If they were fighting games, I’d understand. Tons of those on Vita. JRPGs outside Japan? lolnope

Elvick_ said:

April 8th, 10:40 am

Oh, thanks for adding PlayStation Mobile to this.

I hope you guys at Sony start advertising those games better so developers can sell better. Already reading some of them aren’t happy with the performance of their games. Not surprised. Little to no fanfare when they come out on here. And if there is a post on here, it’s usually people whining about trophies.

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    Cade Peterson said:

    April 8th, 12:55 pm

    We’re always evolving, and adding PSM games to the monthly lists is a natural addition this year.

BlueRobotX said:

April 8th, 10:41 am

@38 I thought they only posted what games would be free this month not what game would be free what week and weekly PS+ discounts don’t they usually post a PS+ updates saying what game will be free and what discounts there will be if any the next day or is there just one PS+ update a month now on the blog?

Suicide_Surfer said:

April 8th, 10:48 am

@38 wrong
@42 right

YungShep said:

April 8th, 10:55 am

@43 he didnt ask the question in 37 like he did in 42. i still stand behind my answer.

poodude said:

April 8th, 11:00 am

Hope the Totori sales convince Namco to localize the Tales Vita games (and hopefully at retail too this time!)

BlueRobotX said:

April 8th, 11:05 am

@44 I asked about today’s update not last weeks update that said what free games we get over the next 5 Tuesdays we usually get an update telling us what we get the next Tuesday so you didn’t really answer my question in 38, 43 was more helpful.

Kchow23 said:

April 8th, 11:47 am

Rather sad that Survival Instinct is so high on the list and surprising that a PS Vita game that came out of nowhere is at the top of the list although who knows how much it actually sold.

Dragonslayer_023 said:

April 8th, 1:19 pm

I have no idea how many sales being the top Vita game entails, but it’s awesome that Atelier managed to get there. It’s great to see people giving the series a try.

ExHaseo said:

April 8th, 1:24 pm

People say that JRPG’s are dead, and no one wants to play them. Yet when a JRPG comes along, people love it and buy the hell out of it. Look at Ni No Kuni, Fire Emblem, Persona 4 Golden, Atelier Totori+, and the fact that 4 out of 5 of the top classics are JRPG’s. VII has even been in the top 10 almost every single month since it’s release. Yet, we still can’t get games like Tales of Innocence R, Final Fantasy Type-0, or Bravely Default. It’s kind of sad.

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