Time for another looking at the gaming world direct from Japan and this time we’re almost nearly on time with Gaming Life in Japan! Let’s have a look and see if the PS4 continues the success it enjoyed last week following the Japan launch.
First things first, software tells an interesting tale with last week’s number one, Knack, being relegated to second spot. Taking the top spot this week is a game for the 3DS, Harvest Moon: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi, from Marvelous AQL. Coming in for the third spot is Kaseki Horider: Mugen Gear also for the Nintendo 3DS as well as being a new game for the charts. PS3 title, Yakuza: Ishin, sees a massive drop in sales which pushes it to 4th spot on the top 10 list. While smack bang in the middle of the chart is Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys enjoying moderate success on the 3DS. A PS4 title doesn’t make another appearance until number 8 which is Yakuza: Ishin, another game that saw a huge sales slump despite having huge number last week for a popular franchise.
The PS Vita enjoys some chart time with Deception IV: Blood Ties in 9th position while bringing up the rear in number 10 is Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
Now the big one…hardware chart! Let’s see how the PS4 did this week. And…for the second week in a row, the Playstation 4 is still the highest selling hardware with 65,685 units shifted this week. This effort pushes the 3DS into 2nd spot with 26,027 handhelds sold as the PS Vita slides into 3rd spot with 21,581 units shifted which is actually up from last week’s figure. For the full numbers, you can check out the charts below but we can’t wait to see if the PS4 continues to shake things up in Japan!
- [3DS] Harvest Moon: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi (Marvelous AQL, 02/27/14) – 130,782 (New)
- [PS4] Knack (02/22/14) – 66,772 (376,076)
- [3DS] Kaseki Horider: Mugen Gear (Nintendo, 02/27/14) – 58,329 (New)
- [PS3] Yakuza: Ishin (Sega, 02/22/14) – 54,148 (192,305)
- [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys (Square Enix, 02/06/14) – 53,276 (687,709)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 37,493 (496,455)
- [PS3] Deception IV: Blood Ties (Tecmo Koei, 02/27/14) – 23,254 (New)
- [PS4] Yakuza: Ishin (Sega, 02/22/14) – 22,466 (105,006)
- [PSV] Deception IV: Blood Ties (Tecmo Koei, 02/27/14) – 19,322 (New)
- [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/09/14) – 17,706 (475,502)
- PlayStation 4 – 65,685 (309,154)
- 3DS LL – 26,027 (22,253)
- PlayStation Vita – 21,581 (16,857)
- PlayStation 3 – 13,155 (9,983)
- 3DS – 11,986 (9,898)
- Wii U – 8,204 (8,407)
- PSP – 3,652 (3,171)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 1,543 (1,383)
- Xbox 360 – 257 (241)
Freedom Wars is looking like a very exciting game for the PS Vita with its futuristic setting and action packed storyline. But just to give you a better idea of what you can expect, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan recently unveiled this latest trailer which gives us a bit more of a look at the story itself.
The trailer shows off a few of the characters such as Mattias “Leo” Bruno, Natalia “9″ Woo and Uwe “Sakamoto” Cabrera. Two new characters which we haven’t seen before also make an appearance, those being Abel “Strafe” Barth and Beatrice “Lily” Anastasi.
In another tasty crossover collaboration, Attack on Titan has teamed up with Lotteria, a fast food take out place. Lotteria has also done some cross promotions in the past with Evangelion, K-ON!, Madoka and Berserk.
Running the 6th of March through to the 20th of March, you’ll be able to stroll into a Lotteria store and pick up one of the 5, 7 or 10 “meter class” stacks of delicious cheeseburgers. They’ll also have a massive serving of fries called the Potato Girl Sasha. But it wouldn’t be Japan unless there were some great freebies thrown in. You can also get 3D maneuver gear keychain and hamburger or blade (Eren) or a (Mikasa) shrimp burger voucher when you purchase a burger. If you opt for the fries instead, you can pick up a burger (Levi) shrimp burger voucher (Annie) or instead, fries with an emblem badge.
Here’s a couple of videos showing off the awesome cosplay from the recently wrapped up Katsucon 2014. The event was held at National Harbor, Maryland which resulted in tons of awesome footage. MLZ Studios and OTL Productions have produced the videos below, enjoy and see if you can spot your favourites!
Crayon Shin chan is a very popular series in Japan and has spawned a massive franchise which keeps the fans happy. Now fans will have more reason to be happy with the news that the upcoming Crayon Shin chan feature film, Crayon Shin-chan: Gachinko! Gyakushu no Robo To-chan (Serious Battle! Robot dad strikes back), will have the theme song provided by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
Kyary’s new song, ”Family Party” which releases on April 9th, will be used which is also her first original theme song in her career. The track is being produced by Yasutaka Nakata who has also handled production duties on her past singles and albums.
Monster Hunter 4 launched months ago in Japan, September 2013 to be exact, and yet it continues to sell very well in Japan. One of the reasons why would have to be that despite the fact it came out last year, Capcom are still cranking out commercials for it.
Such as the two below which features what happens if you cross the three little Monster Hunter playing pigs with the big bad wolf. Never wondered what that would look like? Well, you can check that out below in the full length TV spot and a shorter version under that.
Full length TV spot
Monster Hunter 4/Little Pigs short TV spot
Ar no Surge is an amazing game for the PS3 from Gust and will be touching down in Japan on March 6th. Not much longer to go now before those lucky Japanese gamers can get their hands on what looks set to be one fun looking title.
Here’s a cool video showing off a battle scene from the game. Looks like some great action with unique monsters involved!
In the past few weeks, we’ve becomes HUGE fans of Nitroplus girl, Super Sonico. We agree that her anime wasn’t quite what some people were expecting but we can’t get enough of it! So we were besides ourselves when Kadokawa Games and Nitroplus released the opening cinematic video for the upcoming PS3 title, Motto! SoniComi. The game looks set to be a love communication game which hits Japan on March the 20th.
The gameplay will consist of you interacting with Sonico chan by taking pictures of her during the many photographic sections of the game. There will also be some adventure segments during which you can increase your relationship with her too. The handful of videos below show off the opening movie for the game and then some photoshoot and adventure gameplay videos so you can see what awaits you.
Photoshoot Gameplay 1
Pbhotoshoot Gameplay 2
Photoshoot Gameplay 3
Photoshoot Gameplay 4
Adventure Gameplay 1
Adventure Gameplay 2
Prepare yourselves for a whole new level of cuteness with a couple of awesome Kill la Kill nendoroids of Ryuko and a quick reveal of a Mako prototype as well.
The Ryuko nendoroid also comes with a removable eye for Senketsu and her scissor blade also comes with some kind of attachment.
Fans of anime, Gargantia, can wait that bit longer until season 2 with the release of this awesome figure of Ledo’s mech, Chamber. It’s a resin garage kit from Volks that was on display at All That’s Hobby 21 on March 1st.
The figure has 107 parts, standing at 13.5cm and will set you back ¥11, 000.