Very late this week so let’s jump straight into Gaming Life in Japan!
Taking out the top spot for software is a new release for the PS3, 3rd Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-Hen while the PS Vita version takes second position. The old one-two from Sony sees them take out this achievement easily. Yokai Watch for the 3DS takes third spot while another 3DS title, Mario Party: Island Tour, takes fourth position. Smack back in the top ten is a new release for Nintendo in Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi wo Yobu Kasukabe Eiga Stars! for the 3DS. The PS Vita sees Mato Kurenai Yuugekitai take out sixth spot with another new release.
Looking over at hardware, for a change the PS Vita actually outsold the Nintendo 3DS. Usually when the Vita outsells the 3DS, it’s just sales of the 3DS XL and when you combine both 3DS figures, they’re more than the Vita. This week though, the PS Vita broke the 3DS figure by just over 2K units. I imagine this only temporary and things will return to normal next week. The 3DS XL (LL) was second with 17,291 units sold while the PS4 holds strong with 13,034 consoles sold through. The Wii U sees a dip in sales with 5,512 units sold compared to last week’s figure of 7,962. Can’t wait to see what next week holds for the 3DS vs PS Vita situation.
- [PS3] 3rd Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-Hen – 142,433 (New)
- [PSV] 3rd Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-Hen – 128,236 (New)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch – 33,833 (720,220)
- [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour – 28,114 (285,987)
- [3DS] Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi wo Yobu Kasukabe Eiga Stars! – 16,409 (New)
- [PSV] Mato Kurenai Yuugekitai – 14,468 (New)
- [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4 – 13,552 (206,066)
- [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – 11,005 (190,036)
-  Titanfall – 10,478 (New)
- [PS3] Mato Kurenai Yuugekitai – 8,469 (New)
- PlayStation Vita – 24,078 (25,017)
- 3DS LL – 17,291 (22,947)
- PlayStation 4 – 13,034 (13,401)
- PlayStation 3 – 7,305 (10,871)
- 3DS – 6,271 (9,091)
- Wii U – 5,512 (7,962)
- PSP – 2,027 (2,892)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 1,220 (1,371)
- Xbox 360 – 229 (276)
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc was a successful release for the PS Vita based on the even more popular anime series. Fans of the first release will be pleased to hear that Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair has been dated for release on the 2nd of September.
NIS America will be handing the distribution and will carry a retail price of $39.99. Even better, the game will be shipping with both Japanese and English voice acting.
Here’s a breakdown of the game from the site page:
Danganronpa™ 2: Goodbye Despair, the sequel to the highly popular mystery adventure game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc , will be making its way to the PlayStation®Vita in North America and Europe this fall in both retail and digital form. As in the first game, players will take on the role of a high school student as they are thrust into a life-or-death situation, and must use their wits and teamwork to survive. Each student was chosen for a special ability they possess, making them the “ultimate” example of something. Characters in this title are also designed by Rui Komatsuzaki for a unique and darker take on the anime style.
Great news for fans of the BlazBlue series with the latest entry to the series receiving a launch date. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma for the PS Vita will be launching in North America on June 24.
All your favourites from the PS3 version are in there with an enhanced Abyss mode, revamped story mode and a recap section which touches on BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger and BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.
Time for Gaming Life in Japan so let’s jump straight in!
Mario Party: Island Tour for the 3DS takes out the coveted top spot on the software chart with over 47K units shifted this past week. PS3 title, Samurai Warriors 4, takes out the second spot as Yokai Watch (3DS) takes the third.
Everyone’s favourite action hero, Snake, is back in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes as he takes out fourth spot with stealth. A new entry for the Wii U takes out fifth position with Just Dance Wii U. The Shonen 45th anniversary game, J-Stars Victory VS, takes 2 spots with 7 and 8 taken by the PS3 and PS Vita, respectively. Rounding out the top ten is Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2014 for the PS3. Pretty interesting to see that this week, Nintendo only has 3 titles in the top 10, different from their usual stranglehold on the software chart.
Looking over at the hardware chart, here’s where we can see that the various games for the PS Vita in the top 10 are having an impact on sales. The PS Vita takes the top spot this week with 25,017 units sold, down from last week’s figure but enough to take the number 1 position. The Nintendo 3DS LL is 2nd with 22,947 units shifted and PS4 third with 13,401 sold. As usual though, when you add sales on the 3DS LL and the standard 3DS, it still sells more than the PS Vita with a grand total of 32, 038 sold through.
- [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour – 47,106 (257,873)
- [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4 – 25,572 (192,514)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch – 23,663 (686,387)
- [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – 20,799 (179,031)
- [Wii U] Just Dance Wii U – 18,403 (New)
- [PSV] Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd – 16,111 (114,738)
- [PS3] J-Stars Victory VS – 13,417 (114,738)
- [PSV] J-Stars Victory VS – 11,876 (134,522)
- [PS3] Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd – 10,278 (70,243)
- [PS3] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2014 – 10,081 (90,876)
- PlayStation Vita – 25,017 (39,752)
- 3DS LL – 22,947 (52,124)
- PlayStation 4 – 13,401 (23,327)
- PlayStation 3 – 10,871 (17,154)
- 3DS – 9,091 (12,508)
- Wii U – 7,962 (13,026)
- PSP – 2,892 (4,206)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 1,371 (2,115)
- Xbox 360 – 276 (304)
The PS Vita action title, Freedom Wars, hits Japan on June 26 but that hasn’t stopped SCE Japan Studio from releasing a new video for it. The new trailer is a cinematic laden overload showing some of the Abductor nasties on Panopticon in a flurry of action in this clip.
Toukiden has proven to be very popular in Japan, so much so that an updated version, Toukiden Kiwami, is being released later this year.
The game will be hitting up both the PSP and the PS Vita with some nifty changes to the existing game. First off, there’s a new NPC in the mix along with a new demon called Imihayahi, special moves, new weapons, different customisation options and loads more.
The majority of the game looks like to be the same but we’ve discovered some new screenshots which show Reiki, the new NPC along with a peek at the demon, Imihayahi.
It’s that awesome time of the week…Gaming Life in Japan!
Japan has shown they love their vocaloids with the newest entry to the rhythm game genre, Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd, taking out the top spot on the PS Vita. Second on the software charts is Mario Party: Island Tour for the Nintendo 3DS selling a neat 78,098 units the past week.
Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd PS Vita version
The 3rd spot sees Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd for the PS3 finding its home this week. A new entry for the 3DS from a popular dating simulation series takes the 7th position, that game being New Love Plus+. Positions 8 and 9 are taken up J-Stars Victory VS for the PS3 and PS Vita, respectively. Rounding out the software chart top 10 is another entry, this time for the PS Vita, which is Hakuoki SSL: Sweet School Life.
Great looking box art!
Let’s take a look at the hardware charts where we can see that once again the Nintendo 3DS XL is back at the top with sales over 52,124 units this week.
The PS Vita takes 2nd with 39,752 units shifted. Meanwhile the new kid on the block, the PS4, seems to be holding its own in 3rd place shifting 23,327 consoles for the week, the figure is down from last week but it isn’t all doom and gloom. Which brings us to the Wii U, I mean that in a good way, the system shifted 13,026 units this week which is great considering it doesn’t have a game in the top 10. So it managed to break double figures on its own strength which is something new for Nintendo. We can’t wait to see if this indicates a change in fortunes for Nintendo with their home console, we’ll see what the latest charts say soon.
Alodia is a name well known to cosplayers around the world. Her works are amazing and she’s a great ambassador for the world of cosplay. Recently she’s been busy in Japan filming a new TV commercial for the PS Vita release of Hatsune Miku Project Diva f 2nd which looks amazing. The game and the commercial. Have a look at the dancing commercial below.
After having a successful debut on the Nintendo and a followup sequel on the PS3, an installment from Level-5′s Liberation Maiden series is bound for the PS Vita.
Japanese publication Famitsu has revealed that the visual novel sequel follow-up, Liberation Maiden SIN, will be making the leap to Sony’s handheld. The game will launch on July 31st for Japan and will be retailing for ¥6, 800 while a digital download version will cost ¥6, 000. There’s also a limited version in the works that will set you back ¥8, 800.
The Vita version will also have some new features added in such as new CG cutscenes for one with some other touches being on the production side. Not much else is known about it at this point.
As we reported earlier, J-Stars Victory VS launched recently in Japan and it made a dent on the software chart with both PS3 and PS Vita showing up on there. Buts just how well is this eagerly anticipated title performing in Japan?
Media Create, who tracks all sales in Japan, has announced that the PS3 version of the game managed to sell through 86.55% of its allocated stock while the PS Vita version shifted 89.25% copies. Not bad for early figures and Media Create are indicating that they’re expecting to see more copies sold over the coming weeks. Given the success of the Nintendo DS title, Jump Superstars, which shifted 745, 000 copies all together, they’re predicting more success for this title, even more so for the PS Vita version.