But we might have at least a small hint.
After playing a game on the 3DS for over a hour, players are capable of rating these games via the eShop, and the totals are shown on each game page, showing up to five stars based on what the population thinks. At the very least, we now have minimum sales figures for the games, but with a very large disclaimer: these numbers represent the users who have done the following:
1) Purchased the game
2) Played the game for over an hour on the 3DS, and
3) Chose to rate the game on the eShop.
People who play the games on their DSi systems cannot rate games, nor can people who have not played the games for less than one hour. Since rating cannot be done outside of the eShop, some might have forgotten to or chosen not to rate said games. Also note that a rating does not necessarily correspond with a sale in the month in which it appears, only emphasizing the number of additional people who completed the above steps.
With that disclaimer in mind, let us take a look at how the games performed.
|1/1 Nintendo Video||7158||19206|
|2/2 Pokedex 3D||5371||31464|
Unmoved from last month, Nintendo Video remains the most-rated product in Nintendo's applications, but Pokedex 3D is still the most-rated download software on the eShop to date. At the very least, roughly 30 to 40 thousand people have accessed the eShop at some point, but I imagine the number to be greater overall.
|1/1 Plants vs. Zombies||647||3623|
|2/2 Photo Dojo||496||2643|
|3/3 Cave Story||424||2791|
|4/5 Inchworm Animation||419||1707|
|5/4 Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!||404||2387|
|6/7 Anonymous Notes Chapter 1 - From the Abyss||304||1342|
|8/6 Shantae: Risky's Revenge||281||1911|
|9/8 Bomberman Blitz||211||1091|
|10/12 Mario Clock||209||972|
|11/9 GO Series: 10 Second Run||203||839|
|12/11 Tetris Party Live||194||999|
|13/13 Pop Island - Paperfield||168||788|
|14/15 Army Defender||162||614|
|15/14 Soul of Darkness||122||595|
|16/16 Dark Void Zero||119||622|
|17/00 JellyCar 2||108||585|
|18/17 Dr. Mario Express||96||580|
|19/19 Anonymous Notes Chapter 2 - From the Abyss||71||386|
|20/18 Extreme Hangman||59||424|
|21/00 Arcade Bowling||56||267|
|22/20 GO Series: Defense Wars||33||136|
|23/21 WarioWare: Snapped!||31||180|
*The list might not include games with higher rating counts, as it omits a large portion of prior DSiWare releases.
More or less the top 6 games remained as such, although there are some movements lower down the list. There does not appear to be any surprise in the current listing of old DSiWare games, at least not yet. Meanwhile, Nintendo this past month posted a "Biggest Movers" category in the eShop, and including newly charted games, represent the added chunk of games to the list for next month.
|Nintendo Countdown Calender||353|
|Paper Airplane Chase||227|
|Blazybloo: Super Melee Action Battle Royale||217|
|5 in 1 Solitaire||180|
|My Exotic Farm||175|
|Gangster 2: Kings of L.A.||160|
|A Topsy Turvy Life: The Turvys Strike Back||63|
|Petz Dogz Family||51|
Yes, Nintendo listed two Petz games in the "Biggest Movers" section. I have my doubts, but we will see next time if the category meant much.
|1/00 The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition**||1679||1679|
|2/16 Let's Create! Pottery||99||112|
|4/00 GO Series: Fishing Resort||61||61|
|5/02 Extreme Hangman 2||56||213|
|6/05 Go! Go! Kokopolo||51||96|
|7/18 Magical Whip||47||58|
|8/03 The Lost Town: The Dust||46||168|
|11/06 My Australian Farm||27||71|
|12/13 My Asian Farm||25||42|
|13/07 Moto eXtreme||22||96|
|15/31 Zoonies - Escape from Makatu||19||23|
|16/09 Make-Up & Style||17||82|
|17/00 House M.D. - Blue Meanie||17||17|
|18/12 Pro Jumper! Guilty Gear Tangent!?||16||70|
|19/00 Defense of the Middle Kingdom||16||16|
|20/19 Kung Fu Dragon||14||25|
|21/26 Crazy Hamster||14||20|
|22/10 GO Series: Portable Shrine Wars||13||45|
|23/23 Blockado - Puzzle Island||13||20|
|24/00 Break Tactics||13||13|
|25/08 Stratego: Next Edition||12||87|
|26/14 Farm Frenzy||10||35|
|27/15 Heart Spaces Euchre||8||32|
|28/17 Puzzle Fever||8||29|
|29/25 Roller Angels||7||26|
|30/11 Jewel Keepers: Easter Island||7||44|
|32/27 Zimo: Mahjong Fanatic||6||19|
|35/28 Hidden Photo||5||20|
|36/00 Puzzle Rocks||5||5|
|37/00 Escape Trick: Ninja Castle||5||5|
|38/34 Boardwalk Ball Toss||4||15|
|39/36 Go Fetch! 2||4||6|
|40/33 Gold Fever||3||18|
|41/21 Beach Party Craze||2||20|
|42/29 Oscar's World Tour||2||7|
|43/30 Play & Learn Spanish||2||7|
|45/35 Just SING! 80s Collection||1||3|
|46/37 B-Team - Episode 2: Ice & Venom||1||2|
|47/00 Bugs 'N' Balls||0||0|
|48/00 Crystal Caves of Amen-Ra||0||0|
**This game is free and will be available for free until February 20th, 2012.
Even a couple of days after its debut, Four Swords Anniversary Edition happens to become the most-rated game from new DSiWare titles, although that is to be expected. The game is and will remain free for months, so I suspect it will stay at Number 1 until then. Outside of that large outlier, the highest new release goes to GO Series: Fishing Resort with 61 ratings. Last month's biggest rated title, Go! Go! Kokopolo, only debuted with 45, although it has since more than doubled in ratings, a good sign for a good game. However, the biggest mover from last month's releases was not Kokopolo but Let's Create! Pottery, with 99 ratings this past month.
The last two games, both without a single rating, were only out for a full day when I gathered data, so if they are good, expect them to shoot up the charts come next month.
After Zelda, the most-rated post-eShop DSiWare title remains to be Afterzoom.
|1/1 Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX||1693||14452|
|2/2 Super Mario Land||1006||8464|
|3/4 Kirby's Dream Land||595||2572|
|4/3 Donkey Kong||463||3319|
|5/00 Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge||275||275|
|6/5 Mario's Picross||238||806|
|7/7 Gargoyle's Quest||225||350|
|8/6 Game & Watch Gallery||185||802|
|9/00 Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins||81||81|
|11/9 Avenging Spirit||48||119|
|15/12 Radar Mission||23||203|
|17/13 Fortified Zone||15||91|
The top 4 games remained as expected, although Kirby outdid Donkey Kong this month. The most-rated new release was Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge with 275 ratings. The other Capcom release, Gargoyle's Quest, sits at the top of third-party VC releases. The worst-performing game of the bunch was Golf, which also debuted this week. Word of advice for Nintendo: do not release a GB Golf title within weeks of releasing an NES Golf game for the Ambassador Program. Also, Super Mario Land 2 was barely out when the month ended; expect it to do well next month.
Link's Awakening DX remains the highest-rated title on the eShop that was never available for free at any time. Outside of new releases, Fortified Zone remains the least-rated VC title, with only 91 ratings.
3DS Download Software
|1/1 3D Classics: Excitebike*||1399||17490|
|2/2 Let's Golf! 3D||456||1351|
|3/3 3D Classics: Xevious||241||901|
|4/4 3D Classics: Urban Champion||210||401|
|5/0 3D Classics: Twinbee||67||67|
*This game was available for free during the month of June 2011.
Like last month, the actual 3DS games from eShop went up in count by one, and it happened to be another 3D Classics title. Twinbee only had a week to perform, and it did poorly, with only 67 ratings. Urban Champion, despite being seen negatively upon release, still sits at a total of 401 ratings. Let's Golf! 3D surpassed 1000 ratings, and Xevious appears to be on the verge, as well.
As expected, 3D Classics: Excitebike remains the most-rated 3DS download software and, outside of Nintendo Video and Pokedex 3D, is the most-rated product on the eShop. I do not expect this fact to change into the near future.
|1/2 Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX||1693||14452|
|2/00 The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition**||1679||1679|
|3/1 3D Classics: Excitebike*||1399||17490|
|4/3 Super Mario Land||1006||8464|
|5/6 Plants vs. Zombies||647||3623|
|6/5 Kirby's Dream Land||595||2572|
|7/8 Photo Dojo||496||2643|
|8/4 Donkey Kong||463||3319|
|9/7 Let's Golf! 3D||456||1351|
|10/9 Cave Story||424||2791|
|11/12 Inchworm Animation||419||1707|
|12/10 Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!||404||2387|
|13/15 Anonymous Notes Chapter 1 - From the Abyss||304||1342|
|15/13 Shantae: Risky's Revenge||281||1911|
|16/00 Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge||275||275|
|17/14 3D Classics: Xevious||241||901|
|18/11 Mario's Picross||238||806|
|19/29 Gargoyle's Quest||225||350|
|20/17 Bomberman Blitz||211||1091|
*This game was free for the month of June 2011
**This game is and will be free until February 2012
In a way, it is sad to see only two new games appear on the Top 20, but between free games, great handheld virtual console titles, and the 10-game Ambassador Program, I suspect the ratings to have dropped as a result. Link's Awakening DX remains at the top, but Four Swords Anniversary Edition almost surpassed it, followed by the other-once-free title on the eShop 3D Classics: Excitebike. The only paid-for debut in this now Top 20 is Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge. Meanwhile, the only August games on this list are Mario's Picross and Gargoyle's Quest.
What's in store for October? Well, there will almost certainly be a 3D Classics title, and Japan is getting a unique game developed by Intelligent Systems. As for other titles, Wayforward's newest title might appear in the next couple months, so keep a look out!