It’s Christmas time in Japan so let’s take a look at what’s been grabbing the wallets of Japanese gamers in Otaku land.
Looking at software, we can see that last week’s top seller, Puzzle & Dragons Z for the 3DS, is still in the top spot shifting an impressive 256,373 units this week.
Pokemon X/Y is still holding onto the second spot while a new entry for the PS3, Shin Gundam Musou, completes the top 3. In the 6th spot is another new entry, this time for the PS Vita. Shin Gundam Musou from Namco Bandai shifted 52,667 units in its debut week, not bad. Everyone’s favourite small town simulator for the 3DS, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, is still kicking goals in 7th spot with 41,137 units sold through for the Christmas week. Capcom’s big selling monster game is exactly where we left it last week. Monster Hunter 4 is still in 9th spot with just over 37k sales for the week while another 3DS entry rounds out the top ten. Level-5′s Inazuma Eleven Go Glaaxy Big Bang / Supernova pushed over 33k copies into the hands of eager gamers.
Shifting our gaze to the hardware front, with so many Nintendo games in the top 10, which hardware do you think is topping the charts?
The 3DS is still king in Japan with 164,078 3D LL handhelds sold this week while it’s Nintendo console counterpart, the Wii U, is still doing great business, finding itself in second place with 109,113 units sold. That’s quite a decent increase from last week’s figure of 74,903 units. The normal 3DS model completes a trifecta for Nintendo in 3rd spot. The PS Vita is in fourth spot enjoying a surge in sales of 50,087 up from last week’s 30,440 units.
Check out the complete list below, we’ll see what next week’s charts bring!
- [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z (GungHo Online Entertainment, 12/12/31) – 256,373 (800,003)
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 212,666 (3,572,829)
- [PS3] Shin Gundam Musou (Namco Bandai, 12/19/13) – 126,019 (New)
- [PS3] Drakengard 3 (Square Enix, 12/19/13) – 114,024 (New)
- [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World (Ninendo, 11/21/13) – 86,408 (327,514)
- [PSV] Shin Gundam Musou (Namco Bandai, 12/19/13) – 52,667 (New)
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/13) – 41,137 (3,564,124)
- [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life (04/18/13) – 38,405 (1,584,122)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 37,034 (3,067,313)
- [3DS] Inazuma Eleven Go Glaaxy Big Bang / Supernova (Level-5, 12/05/13) – 33,328 (155,488)
- 3DS LL – 164,078 (130,710)
- Wii U – 109,113 (74,903)
- 3DS – 68,522 (50,846)
- PlayStation Vita – 50,087 (30,440)
- PlayStation 3 – 24,573 (23,959)
- PSP – 9,905 (6,475)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 5,504 (5,506)
- Wii – 1,711 (1,197)
- Xbox 360 – 763 (536)
Before Christmas day it’s time for Gaming Life in Japan! Time to see how software and hardware sales are going in the land of Otaku’s and also to check what’s setting the charts on fire.
The software chart sees a new entry for the Nintendo 3DS take the top spot with Puzzle & Dragons Z shifting over 540k units in its first week. Pokemon X/Y are still keeping gamers busy which is evident by the game sitting in the 2nd spot. The 3rd spot is occupied by a Wii U title, Super Mario 3D World shifting more than 55k units, a great effort by a AAA title from Nintendo. We’ve already seen one new entry in the charts, the other one is for the PS3, Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation takes out the 4th spot while another PS3 title, Call of Duty: Ghosts Dubbed Version, takes out the 6th position. Hunting fans will be pleased to see Monster Hunter 4 still having a presence in the 9th spot this week with total sales of over 3 million units!
Shifting our attention to the hardware sales sees no big change for the 3DS with the handheld still in 1st position with sales of over 130k this week. The big jump is the Wii U with sales of 74,903 units pushing it into 2nd position. This is a huge difference compared to last week’s figure of 48,762 units! Sony’s handheld, the PS Vita, is still enjoying good sales, good enough to see it take out the 4th spot with 30,440 units shifted this week. while bringing up the rear is the Xbox 360 selling through 536 units, ouch.
Very late this week but back again, it’s Gaming Life in Japan. Time is short so let’s just jump straight into it!
Taking the top spot for software sales this week is a new entry with sales of well over 200k, Gran Turismo 6 for the PS3. And showing that the Wii still has life left in it, Dragon Quest X: The Sleeping Hero and the Guiding Sworn Friend Online takes out the 2nd spot. That ‘gotta catch ‘em all’ mentality is still going strong with Pokemon X/Y taking out the 3rd spot.
Game based on successful anime Attack on Titan, sees the portable entry Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind for the 3DS taking the 4th spot. Another new entry for the 3DS, Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy Big Bang / Supernova, takes out the 5th spot. The Wii U version of the Dragon Quest X game has managed to land safely in 6th spot. The Square Enix Final Fantasy entry, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, rounds out the top 10 with 21,600 units sold.
Let’s go and take a look at hardware sales where things this week are very interesting. The 3DS LL (XL) is still in top spot, not sure if that will ever change to be honest, but the Wii U has enjoyed a Herculean surge in sales to jump into the 2nd spot. This week the struggling console saw sales of over 48k compared to 28k last week. No doubt the release of Dragon Quest X: The Sleeping Hero and the Guiding Sworn Friend Online helped things along. The regular 3DS model and the PS Vita took out 3rd and 4th spot, respectively, both with healthy sales. Hopefully the healthy sales the Wii U is currently enjoying will stick around for a while. We’ll keep you posted as next week’s figures aren’t too far away.
That most awesome time of the week has rolled around again, it’s Gaming Life in Japan! Time to have another look at the hardware and software sales for the Land of the Rising Sun and see what’s kept the Japanese gamers busy this week.
Popular vocaloid Hatsune Miku’s latest rhythm based game for the Nintendo 3DS, Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2, storms up the charts and claims the top spot with over 88k in sales. Sega definitely knows how to make these rhythm games across the 3DS and the PS Vita keeping those fingers busy and toes tapping with catchy tunes and infectious beats. Check out the video below to see what we mean.
Pokemon X and Y are both still doing great business sitting in the 2nd spot with combines sales of over 3 million units now. Japanese gamers definitely want to catch ‘em all! Rounding out the top 3 is an entry from Square Enix, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, with over 60k units shifted. Meanwhile, a 1st party entry from Nintendo is helping to keep the Wii U afloat with Super Mario 3D World. One time number one hunting game, Monster Hunter 4, is still keeping its head in the top 10 taking the last spot with just under 22k units sold this week. A nice and even spread from both Sony and Nintendo this week in the software charts, each having 5 games registering for software sales.
Let’s take a look at the hardware chart where the 3DS LL (XL) is still proving itself to be the handheld that people want to play where it sold just under 85.5k units taking out the number 1 position. Seeing a change of trends for the past couple of weeks, the Wii U is still selling well and shifting more units than last week. It managed to sell just over 28k compared to 21k units last week. Meanwhile the regular 3DS is still doing well taking the 3rd spot with 25k units sold improving by more than 5k units last week. Sony’s latest hardware entry, the PS Vita TV, has also seen a drop in sales shifting under 6k units as opposed to the 7,868 units last week. Hopefully the Wii U can start to gain some ground now that a new Mario game is selling well but that may all change early next year when the PS4 touches down in Japan.
Very late this week due to some top secret shenanigans going on at Japandaman HQ but here we are again with Gaming Life in Japan! Because it’s very late in the week, let’s jump straight in to the top sellers.
This week saw a new entry into the hardware line up for Sony and that was reflected across the board in the software and hardware charts. Looking at software sees the Playstation brand having some domination with 6 titles. The top seller this week was Namco Bandai’s God Eater 2 on the PS Vita shifting over 266K units. Call of Duty: Ghosts was 2nd for the PS3 while Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 from Konami, also on PS3, took out the 3rd spot. Another fan favourite for the Nintendo 3DS, Monster Hunter 4, is still hanging around currently sitting in the 7th spot. Pokemon X and Y are still doing strong business in Japan with just under 3 million total sales in Japan, that sees it take out the middle position in the 5th spot.
The hardware chart tells a very interesting story though. Don’t worry, the 3DS is still in the top spot but only just this week. No doubt pushed along by the release of God Eater 2, the Vita saw sales this week of 46,350 units which only just puts it behind the 3DS XL by 1502 units and actually ahead of the regular 3DS model. The other new hardware to make an entrance is the PS Vita TV which sees it enter the hardware charts in the 3rd position with sales over over 47k units. This places the regular 3DS model in 4th position, a spot where it hasn’t been before from recent memory. Nintendo’s home console, the Wii U, saw a slip in sales but still managed to shift more than 15,000 units. It’s not too large a fall from the previous week of 17,000 units.
What will happen when the new charts come out? Will Sony still be riding the success of God Eater 2 and the PS Vita TV or do you think things will return to their normal pace? We’ll let you know!
Yes, that time of the week that always put a smile on our face, Gaming Life in Japan! Let’s jump right in and have a look at the sales figures for the past week straight from Japan!
Looking at the software chart, we can see that Pokemon X/Y is still in the top spot with over 160k units shifted the past week. Positions 2 and 3 were taken up by Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu (PS3) and Danball Senki Wars (3DS) respectively. While Japan’s love of hunting is still on display with Monster Hunter 4 taking up the 4th spot which is where it was last week. Surprisingly though, the Wii U is also in the top 10 this week with the release of Wii Party U. Who would have thought that this would be the game to introduce the Wii U to the top 10? The latest Zelda game couldn’t do it but it looks Japan has a love for party games. Selling just over 37k units sees Wii Party U take the 6th spot this week. The PS Vita is still being represented in 9th spot with Hyperdimension Neptunia Re; Birth. With a Wii U game making the top 10, that means that all the major consoles, apart from the Xbox 360, were represented this week, even the PSP had a title in there.
Looking at the hardware chart sees no surprise in the top spot with the Nintendo 3DS still up there but what is a massive surprise is seeing the Wii U taking out the 2nd spot with over 38k units sold. This is a massive difference from last week’s paltry figure of 2,598 units. The regular 3DS model took out the 3rd spot with just under 30k units shifted for the week. Will the Wii U continue these sales numbers or will it just plummet next week? We hope that this might be the start of some momentum for the Wii U, we do expect a dip in numbers but nothing like what we’ve been seeing for a while now.
We’ll see how it all turns out next week.
That most amazing of times is back again for more shenanigans. It’s Gaming Life in Japan! This is where we take a look at the gaming habits of the Japanese public according to sales of both hardware and software. Let’s jump right in.
And for the third week in a row, Pokemon X/Y has claimed the top spot with just over 229k units shifted this week. Previous number one, Monster Hunter 4, has slipped a couple of spots dropping to number 4 but it still sold over 68k copies which is a great number considering how long the game has been out for now. The over the top antics of the Grand Theft Auto universe seems to agree with the Japanese public with GTA V still doing well at retail and selling over 50k units this week. The PS Vita is ably represented in the charts by Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu at number 7 which is also available for the PSP.
Interestingly though, the PSP version is at number 6 with a little over 36k units selling through. The charts are looking good with all the major players being represented across the 3DS, PS3, PS Vita and PSP. No one monopoly this week around which is great to see. You can catch all the action of the software charts below.
Shifting our attention to hardware, no big surprise as far as number one goes. What do you think it is? If your answer was the Nintendo 3DS, then you’d absolutely correct. This week the 3D handheld wonder sold just over 69k units which is down from last week’s figure of 94,988 but still something to write home about for Nintendo. The PS Vita takes out the 3rd spot which is still good to see for Sony compared to how the figures were for the Vita last year. The Vita shifted just over 24 1/2k units that while nowhere the lofty standard set by the 3DS, it’s a far sight better than the struggling Wii U which this week shifted just over 2 1/2k units. But nothing says struggling like the Xbox 360 which sold through 351 units this week around.
More next week from Gaming Life in Japan!
Hear the trumpets blowing? That’s because they’re signalling the weekly call for Gaming Life in Japan! The part where we out the gaming habits of the Japanese under the microscope and examine what they’re getting up to. Let’s jump straight in!
Turning our attention to the software chart, no big surprise with another massive series in Japan holding onto the top spot as they did last week. Pokemon X/Y is still sitting pretty with just over 2.3 million total sales and just under half a million units shifted this week, that’s a lot of wild Pokemon. Previous number one, Monster Hunter 4, is still hanging around happily occupying the second spot. Another massive title in the West is doing great business in Japan with Grand Theft Auto V taking the third spot. Hugely popular soccer game, FIFA 14, manages to take the sixth spot while the 10th spot sees the PS Vita having a presence with DanganRonpa 1&2 Reload from Spike Chunsoft. For a change, there are quite a few PS3 titles in the top 10, no less than 6 which is way more than what is usually seen. Maybe everyone is just stocking up on PS3 titles before the PS4 drops in Japan early next year?
Hardware sees no real change with the Nintendo 3DS still the king of console shifting over 94k units, that’s just the XL version, while the regular 3DS saw sales of over 59k handhelds. Absolutely staggering figures when you consider how long the 3DS has been out in Japan, you’d imagine that numbers would have dropped right off but every week there’s something new. And yet again, the massive worrying sign for Nintendo is the Wii U with sales at an all time low of just 2,999 units shifted. Even the ageing Sony PSP sold through 3, 651 units. And with no title for the Wii U in the top 10, one can only imagine what number we’ll see next week.
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 473,151 (2,339,721)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 104,394 (2,757,217)
- [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 10/10/13) – 88,219 (448,334)
- [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle (Namco Bandai, 10/17/13) – 44,565 (New)
- [PS3] Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers (Namco Bandai, 10/17/13) – 29,314(New)
- [PS3] FIFA 14 (EA, 10/17/13) – 26,170(New)
- [PS3] Beyond: Two Souls (SCE, 10/17/13) – 22,481 (New)
- [PS3] Sakatsuku Pro Soccer Club wo Tsukurou (Sega, 10/10/13) – 11,819 (85,515)
- [PS3] Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (Namco Bandai, 10/10/13) – 11,212 (88,450)
- [PSV] DanganRonpa 1&2 Reload (Spike Chunsoft, 10/10/13) – 9,532 (85,704)
- Nintendo 3DS XL – 94,988 (141,245)
- Nintendo 3DS – 59,590 (72,325)
- PlayStation Vita – 25,763 (60,166)
- PlayStation 3 – 11,643 (12,395)
- PSP – 3,651 (3,467)
- Wii U – 2,999 (3,276)
- Wii – 806 (703)
- Xbox 360 – 539 (575)
And for a little something special from Sony. They’ve produced a visually smart commercial showing the evolution of the Playstation brand with a group of friends and how they’ve all grown up sharing #PlaystationMemories. Starting with the original grey PS1 all the way through to the upcoming PS4. Give it a watch and see how many different games you can recognise. It personally brought back some memories of playing some of the games I’d forgotten all about! And don’t forget the important hashtag, #4ThePlayers
Aww yeah! That most awesome time of the week is here again, Gaming Life in Japan! The segment where we bring a tiny slice of gaming trends into your life from the home of modern gaming.
As we earlier reported, Pokemon X/Y has been released everywhere worldwide so it comes as no real surprise to see that the only game that could knock the mighty Monster Hunter 4 from the top spot would be another huge series. Pokemon has claimed the number one spot with sales of well over 1.7 million units while another extremely successful franchise takes the 2nd spot, Grand Theft Auto V. Meanwhile, the previous number one, MH4, is enjoying some time out of the limelight sitting comfortably at 3rd spot still managing to sell over 110k units. Another handheld, the PS Vita, is enjoying 2 titles in the top 10. DanganRonpa 1&2 Reload from Spike Chunsoft and Sakatsuku Pro Soccer Club wo Tsukurou from Sega are occupying 5th and 8th spots, respectively.
Shifting our gaze to hardware, the Nintendo 3DS still takes out the top spot with over 140k units sold and that’s just the 3DS XL without counting sales of the regular 3DS. If it isn’t MH4 pushing sales of the handheld, it’s Pokemon. But who are we kidding, the 3DS doesn’t really need a hand in sales for Japan. The really big worrying issue continues to be the Wii U with a measly 3,276 consoles sold. In fact, the Sony PSP managed to beat the Wii U for sales, this is despite the fact that the PSP should be on its last legs being superseded by the PS Vita. We’ll see how long that goes on for but with developers still making games for the PSP, it could be the PS2 of the handheld generation.