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)
Some early sales figures have come in from Japan regarding the release of the next gen console, the Playstation 4. In the first 48 hours, the console saw it find its way to 322,083 gamers which is a great sign for Sony.
This beats the sales for the same period for the PS3 which saw 88,443 consoles sold but but the PS2 outshines them both. 650,552 units of PS2 were sold back when it was released.
Japan enjoyed a successful Playstation 4 launch just over 24 hours ago and by all accounts, everyone in attendance had a great time with some AAA guests and speakers. Here’s a few pics of the lead up to the launch with people lining up outside the Sony Building in Ginza the day before the launch. 100 tickets were given out on a first come basis to buy a launch PS4 with the first 30 given entry to the exclusive media launch event.
Capcom have joined in the Sony celebrations following the Japan launch of the PS4 just over 24 hours ago. Deep Down, the forthcoming free to play PS4 title from Capcom, has seen a new trailer released for it to coincide with the launch.
It’s a only a short one at one minute long but this game is shaping up nicely and looked fantastic at last year’s Tokyo Game Show.
The PS4 launched last night in Japan and it was a huge event with many media in attendance. If you missed out and didn’t see it, don’t stress, we have you covered with this handy stream of the event. Enjoy!
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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)
Ahead of the launch of Sony’s next gen console in Japan in around 48 hours, the PS4 store has just opened. So if you have an account, feel free to log in and take a browse at what’s on offer. Some titles can already be downloaded such as Onigiri and Dream Club: Host Girls on Stage which are free.
You can also sample the offerings of the PS Plus games which this month are Ciel no Surge (PS Vita), Tokyo Jungle (PS3), Demon Gaze (PS Vita), Soul Sacrifice (PS Vita), Dream Club: Complete Edipyon (PS3) and some more which you can check out here.
Sony have been ramping up the promotional activities for the upcoming launch of the Playstation 4 and today they released info regarding the launch event.
February 21 will see the festivities kick off at 10:30PM from the Sony Building in glitzy Ginza. Andrew House (Sony Computer Entertainment president and group CEO), Hiroshi Kawano (Japan Asia president) and Shuhei Yoshida (Worldwide Studios president ) will all be in attendance at what promises to be an awesome event. To add that extra special touch, the first PS4 to be picked up by a gamer will personally be handed over by Kawano and House.
As with an event of this nature, there will be a who’s who of special guests. Here’s what we know so far;
- Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid V director, game designer, and producer)
- Shinji Hashimoto (Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III producer)
- Naoki Yoshida (Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn producer and director)
- Toshiro Nagoshi (Yakuza series general director)
- Mayuko Kawakita (female model)
- Viking (comedian)
If anyone’s in town and would like to go to the event, Sony will be handing out 100 tickets to buy a PS4 at the event on a first come, first served basis. The handing out of the tickets will commence at 11:00AM in Ginza. Even better, for those not lucky enough to be there, the event will be streamed via Ustream and Niconico.
The proceedings will all wrap up once midnight hits and the PS4 launches on the 22nd of February.
Once again, another reminder why Japanese gamers are incredibly lucky. Konami have broken their silence on a special edition Metal Gear Solid V/PS4 bundle that will be hitting Japan.
The bundle also carries the cool name of the “Fox Edition” which comes with a PS4 carrying the Fox emblem on the side, a Ground Zeroes logo next to it. The bundle wouldn’t be complete without a copy of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes thrown in.
The bundle and the game will be available in Japan on the 20th of March and will set back gamers ¥46, 980. For more info, you can keep your finger on the pulse with regular email updates via Sony Style Japan.
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)