Now here’s an eye catching new case for the Nintendo 3DS XL/LL that’s bound for the Japanese market. The case carries a Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth design and will up for pre-order on Amazon Japan. It has a reasonable price tag at ¥2,512 and will be sold alongside the game from June 5th after the game’s release.
How cool does this case look?
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)
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
A bit late again but here we go with this week’s Gaming Life in Japan! And it’s bound to be a great one with a hardware launch in the PS4 this week. Let’s see how it fared on the charts this week.
Looking at software, the PS4 is already making a dent with Knack being a launch title taking the first position. No doubt helped along by Knack being a hardware bundle. Over 300k units were sold in it’s first week. Second is the latest release in the Yakuza series, Yakuza: Ishin for the PS3. In third spot is the same game for the PS4. While the 3DS shows up in 4th spot with Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys. Another PS4 launch title, Killzone: Shadow Fall, has helped itself to the 7th place. Battlefield 4 is sitting in 8th position with 24,799 units sold. Spots 9 and 10 are taken out by two more 3DS titles, Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Puzzle & Dragons Z respectively.
Seems like the Playstation 4 is shaking things up on the software, what about we take a look at how the hardware chart turned out this week?
After what seems like an eternity, the mighty 3DS was toppled from the top spot replaced by the, you guessed it, Playstation 4, which posted sales of 309,154 units. This absolutely eclipses the 22,253 units the past week for the 3DS but it’s a hardware launch and they usually report big number. The PS Vita also reported healthy sales with 16,857 units shifted which is slightly down from last week. Despite the Wii U having a killer title released recently in the form of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, the Wii U is still seeing lagging sales with 8,407 units sold which is lower than last week.
Will the PS4 still be at number one or with the 3DS reclaim it’s crown? We can’t wait to see later this week when the new numbers come in fresh from Japan!
- [PS3] Knack (First Limited Pack included) (SCE, 02/22/14) – 309,304 (New)
- [PS3] Yakuza: Ishin (Sega, 02/22/14) – 138,158 (New)
- [PS4] Yakuza: Ishin (Sega, 02/22/14) – 82,540 (New)
- [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys (Square Enix, 02/06/14) – 72,350 (634,433)
- [3DS] Kuroko no Basuke: Shouri e no Kiseki (Namco Bandai, 02/20/14) – 45,681 (New)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 35,125 (458,961)
- [PS4] Killzone: Shadow Fall (SCE, 02/22/14) – 32,336 (New)
- [PS4] Battlefield 4 (EA, 02/22/14) – 24,799 (New)
- [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/09/14) – 17,665 (457,796)
- [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z (GungHo Online Entertainment, 12/12/31) – 15,092 (1,374,333)
- PlayStation 4 – 309,154 (N/A)
- 3DS LL – 22,253 (27,650)
- PlayStation Vita – 16,857 (17,081)
- PlayStation 3 -9,983 (10,226)
- 3DS – 9,898 (12,066)
- Wii U – 8,407 (8,782)
- PSP – 3,171 (2,944)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 1,383 (1,267)
- Xbox 360 – 241 (256)
Time for a slice of gaming charts straight from otaku land, time for Gaming Life in Japan! Let’s see what’s been shaking the games and hardware charts this week.
3DS title, Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys, takes out the top prize this week in the number one position. A new entry, also on Nintendo hardware, takes out the 2nd spot, that game being Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Rounding out the top 3 is A-Ressha de Ikou 3D, anew entry for the 3DS. Nintendo hit the trifecta this week! In fact, looking at the top 10, nine games are on Nintendo hardware which is a testament to just how strong Nintendo is doing in its home land. The only exception is another previous number one, Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost on the PS3.
Looking at the hardware charts, the 3DS is holding the fort in the top spot with 27,650 units sold this week while the PS Vita takes 2nd spot with 17,081 units shifted which is a healthy number. Considering that the game that sold the second most being on the Wii U, that hasn’t reflected on the console’s sales with 8,782 units selling this week. It’s still up from the 7,180 sold last week but next week’s charts may tell a different story. As of writing this, the PS4 launched in Japan today so we can’t wait to see what sales figures it pulled on day one.
- [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys – 118,427 (562,083)
- [Wii U] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – 35,717 (New)
- [3DS] A-Ressha de Ikou 3D – 27,009 (New)
- [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe – 23,017 (440,131)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch – 22,230 (423,836)
- [3DS] Magi: Aratanaru Sekai – 15,793 (New)
- [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z – 15,462 (1,359,241)
- [3DS] Puyopuyo Tetris – 13,717 (58,345)
- [PS3] Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost – 13,704 (313,291)
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 12,750 (3,950,322)
- 3DS LL – 27,650 (36,306)
- PlayStation Vita – 17,081 (16,951)
- 3DS – 12,066 (12,002)
- PlayStation 3 – 10,226 (10,240)
- Wii U – 8,782 (7,180)
- PSP – 2,944 (2,948)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 1,267 (1,331)
- Xbox 360 – 256 (194)
Time has crept past again, must be all the work on It’s Japan, Man! that;s slowing us down lately, apologies. But here’s the latest installment of Gaming Life in Japan, the segment where we take a look at the sales charts fresh from Japan.
Let’s jump straight in!
The software charts have a new contender with a new release for the Nintendo 3DS rocketing straight up the charts into the top spot. Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys from Square Enix shifted a staggering 443,656 units this week was more than enough to do the job. Another new entry, also from Square Enix for the 3DS, Puyopuyo Tetris, took the number 2 position selling 44,627 units in its debut week. Massive difference in numbers between first and second positions! Meanwhile, last week’s number one has been relegated to the third spot, that game being Namco Bandai’s Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost for the PS3. The 3DS easily takes charge of the top ten with Pokemon X/Y holding the fort at number 10. Nintendo took out 6 of the top 10 positions this week, no mention of the Wii U however, all on the 3DS which can do no wrong.
The PS Vita took 2 positions in the top 10 with Terraria and Super Heroine Chronicle at numbers 7 and 8, respectively.
Looking at hardware, well no big surprises here with the 3DS the highest selling hardware this week with 36,306 units sold. Up from last week’s figure of 26,042. The PS Vita is doing well in 2nd spot with 16,951 units sold, a slight decrease from the 20,457 units of last week. The Wii U woes continue however with 7,180 units shifted this week, down from the 8,072 of the previous week.
- [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys (Square Enix, 02/06/14) – 443,656 (New)
- [3DS] Puyopuyo Tetris (Square Enix, 02/06/13) – 44,627 (New)
- [PS3] Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost (Namco Bandai, 01/30/14) – 29,647 (299,587)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 28,407 (401,606)
- [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/09/14) – 24,658 (417,115)
- [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z (GungHo Online Entertainment, 12/12/31) – 16,876 (1,343,779)
- [PSV] Terraria (Spike Chunsoft, 02/06/14) – 15,070 (New)
- [PSV] Super Heroine Chronicle (Namco Bandai, 02/06/13) – 14,467 (New)
- [PS3] Diablo III (Square Enix, 01/30/14) – 13,204 (54,931)
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 11,963 (3,937,571)
- 3DS LL – 36,306 (26,042)
- PlayStation Vita – 16,951 (20,457)
- 3DS – 12,002 (11,420)
- PlayStation 3 – 10,240 (14,100)
- Wii U – 7,180 (8,072)
- PSP – 2,948 (3,366)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 1,331 (1,789)
- Xbox 360 – 194 (260)
The Nintendo 3DS has a new idol simulation game coming out for it featuring everyone’a latest favourite singing idol, Super Sonico. The game is called SoniPro and is being put together by Imageepoch, due out in Japan on the 29th of May, 2014.
The game will retail for ¥5, 980 while a PS3 version called Motto! SoniComi will hit Japan March 20th. You can get your first look at the 3DS version below.
After selling over 4 million copies of Monster Hunter 4 in Japan, it was a bit of a no brainer that the game would come to West. It was just a question of when. We know that Capcom have confirmed Western release of the game, but recently they opened up on their decision on releasing the game outside of Japan.
“In the Digital Contents business, in addition to the feature title ”Monster Hunter 4″ (for Nintendo 3DS) being supported by overwhelming popularity, as mentioned above, and creating a huge buzz even comparable to a sort of social phenomenon, ”Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen” (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) also steadily increased sales.”
“Furthermore, projected sales were basically achieved for not only ”Dead Rising 3″ (for Xbox One) that has been geared toward the European and North American markets, ”Resident Evil Revelations” (for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC), but also ”Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies” (for Nintendo 3DS).”
“Furthermore, the downloadable versions, which respond to changes in forms of distribution, contributed to expansion of sales by growing significantly both overseas and domestically in line with the progress in diversification of business models, including the better-than-expected performance of ”DuckTales: Remastered” for overseas markets in addition to the aforementioned ”Monster Hunter 4″ showing strong sales.”
So the short version is that Capcom listened to the fans, realised that the game had an enormous following and made the call. Smart move, Capcom.
That time of the week that leaves us with warm fuzzy feelings is here again…Gaming Life in Japan! Time to take a look at which games have been the big sellers and how hardware is performing in Japan.
Looking at software, we see that a new entrant for the PS3 has shoved everyone aside and made themselves at home in the number one spot. That being Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost by Namco Bandai has sold 269,940 units in its first week.
Second is another title for the PS3, Diablo III selling 41,727 units, also in its first week. Meanwhile another previous number one game sits in third spot, that game being Kirby: Triple Deluxe for the Nintendo 3DS. Quite a few new entries this week with Disgaea 4 Return for the PS Vita taking the 4th spot selling 33,749 units.
Another new entry this week is in the 9th position, Toushin Toshi for the 3DS. And Epikore+ Amagami for the PS Vita also makes it debut in 9th spot.
Taking a look at how hardware is stacking up, the 3DS is still enjoying the top spot but the PS Vita isn’t too far behind these days either. The 3DS selling 26,042 compared to the 20,457 units of the PS Vita. The PS3 sees a slight surge in sales, no doubt helped along by the release of Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost. The woes of the Wii U continue however with Nintendo’s latest home console selling 8,072 units. Last week it managed 8,490 units so there has been a slight dip in figures. We’ll see what next week brings!
- [PS3] Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost (Namco Bandai, 01/30/14) – 269,940 (New)
- [PS3] Diablo III (Square Enix, 01/30/14) – 41,727 (New)
- [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/09/14) – 39,166 (392,457)
- [PSV] Disgaea 4 Return (NIS, 01/30/14) – 33,749 (New)
- [PS3] Sengoku Basara 4 (Capcom, 01/23/14) – 30,202 (206,515)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 27,670 (373,199)
- [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z (GungHo Online Entertainment, 12/12/31) – 26,125 (1,326,903)
- [3DS] Toushin Toshi (Imageepoch, 01/30/14) -23,036 (New)
- [PSV] Epikore+ Amagami (Kadokawa Games, 01/30/14) – 20,159 (New)
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 14,950 (3,925,609)
- 3DS LL – 26,042 (26,484)
- PlayStation Vita – 20,457 (21,498)
- PlayStation 3 – 14,100 (13,360)
- 3DS – 11,420 (11,745)
- Wii U – 8,072 (8,490)
- PSP – 3,366 (3,428)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 1,789 (1,792)
- Xbox 360 – 260 (260)
Seems like the promotions are well and truly underway for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call for the Nintendo 3DS. Square Enix have just revealed a new line of Final Fantasy VII character in the cute chibi style as seen in Theatrhythm.
The lineup will have Sephiroth, Cloud and Tifa standing at 5 inches and will sell for $29.00, pre-orders are open now while the figures won’t be released until August later this year.