Gaming Life In Japan ~ 17/3/14 – 23/3/14

Games Hardware

Late again but let’s dive straight into Gaming Life in Japan!

Nintendo have a number one on the software charts this week in the form of Mario Party: Island Tour for the 3DS which managed to shift 132,668 units. A new entry for the PS3 from Tecmo Koei, Samurai Warriors 4, has taken out the 2nd spot with 120,452 units sold. The long-awaited Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes takes the 3rd position for the PS3 while a game we’ve been covering extensively, J-Stars Victory VS, takes 4th spot on PS3. The Vita version meanwhile takes the 5th spot. The Playstation 4 enjoys some time in the top 10 with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes taking out 6th spot. Tecmo Koei have another entry at number 9 with Samurai Warriors 4 for the PS Vita.

It’s a very mixed bag this week for software with not the usual Nintendo domination as seems to be the case on a week by week basis. Let’s jump right in to hardware sales.

On the strength of a couple of AAA titles for the PS Vita released this week, we see the handheld taking out the top spot this week with 35, 374 units sold. The PS4 takes the second spot with 30, 201 units sold with the 3DS XL (LL) shifting 28, 291 units this week. However when we combine the sales of the XL model and the regular sized 3DS, we see that sales jump to over 40k this week for Nintendo. This means that once again, Nintendo takes out the hardware sales with the 3DS. For full sales and number sold, check out the charts below.

Software chart

  1. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo, 03/20/14) – 132,668
  2. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4 (Tecmo Koei, 03/20/14) – 120,452
  3. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami, 03/20/14) – 119,615
  4. [PS3] J-Stars Victory VS (Namco Bandai, 03/20/14) – 118,240
  5. [PSV] J-Stars Victory VS (Namco Bandai, 03/20/14) – 97,821
  6. [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami, 03/20/14) – 91,903
  7. [PS3] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2014 (Konami, 03/20/14) – 63,898
  8. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 44,659 (614,379)
  9. [PSV] Samurai Warriors 4 (Tecmo Koei, 03/20/14) – 39,597
  10. [PS3] Dark Souls II (From Software, 03/13/14) – 37,285 (292,482)

Hardware chart

  1. PlayStation Vita – 35,374 (28,270)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 30,201 (29,677)
  3. 3DS LL – 28,291 (23,372)
  4. PlayStation 3 – 15,455 (14,128)
  5. 3DS – 11,985 (10,772)
  6. Wii U – 9,982 (7,654)
  7. PSP – 3,563 (3,461)
  8. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,754 (1,447)
  9. Xbox 360 – 288 (278)
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