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.
Famitsu magazine is running an article announcing an updated release of the hunting game, Toukiden. Its been reported that Tecmo Koei have filed a trademark for a game carrying the name, Toukiden Kyoku, which translates as Toukiden Extreme.
One of the features coming to the new release is an updated roster of demon to tackle. Koyomi is a new NPC who wields a fresh Naginata weapon. Something else coming is a new array of equipment such as armour, special moves and projectile weapons just to name a few. Toukiden Kyoku is also said to be twice as long as the first release which should provide a new challenge.
It’s currently still in progress with final touches still a ways off but Tecmo have said that it will be release during 2014. If you pick it up for the PSP, expect to pay ¥4, 800 while the PS Vita release will set you back ¥5, 800.
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.
- [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo, 03/20/14) – 132,668
- [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4 (Tecmo Koei, 03/20/14) – 120,452
- [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami, 03/20/14) – 119,615
- [PS3] J-Stars Victory VS (Namco Bandai, 03/20/14) – 118,240
- [PSV] J-Stars Victory VS (Namco Bandai, 03/20/14) – 97,821
- [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami, 03/20/14) – 91,903
- [PS3] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2014 (Konami, 03/20/14) – 63,898
- [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 44,659 (614,379)
- [PSV] Samurai Warriors 4 (Tecmo Koei, 03/20/14) – 39,597
- [PS3] Dark Souls II (From Software, 03/13/14) – 37,285 (292,482)
- PlayStation Vita – 35,374 (28,270)
- PlayStation 4 – 30,201 (29,677)
- 3DS LL – 28,291 (23,372)
- PlayStation 3 – 15,455 (14,128)
- 3DS – 11,985 (10,772)
- Wii U – 9,982 (7,654)
- PSP – 3,563 (3,461)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 1,754 (1,447)
- Xbox 360 – 288 (278)