After a week or so on hiatus, Gaming Life in Japan is back!
Topping the software charts this week was Level 5’s entry for the Nintendo 3DS, Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke with nearly 121k units sold. That brings up the grand total to 2,093,992 units sold, a very tidy figure.
Second on the charts Bandai Namco’s new entry on the 3DS, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2. Quite a few new entries this week with third spot being held by Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson from Marvelous software also for the 3DS. The aging PS3 gets a mention with Ultra Street Fighter IV from Capcom debuting at number four this week as everyone’s karting game, Mario Kart 8, sits pretty at number five. Number six sees a new debut for the PS Vita this time from NIS with Shin Hayarigami. The PS3 version of the same game rounds out the chart this week taking out the tenth spot.
Looking at hardware, we see the 3DS LL hold a commanding lead with 33,172 units sold as the PS Vita contends with second spot selling 17,084 handhelds.
Good to see the Wii U finally find some stability in Japan with the console holding the fort down in third with 13,598 units sold the past week.
This past week saw a highly anticipated game race up the charts and claim the top spot. That game was Freedom Wars for the PS Vita with 188,888 units sold.
Second on the charts was another new entry but this time for the PS4 and coming from Ubisoft, Watch Dogs. Selling an impressive 63,595 units on debut, this was enough to edge it ahead of third place getter, Kamen Rider: Battride War II for the Playstation 3. Bandai Namco also had a new release for the 3DS which saw it enter in fourth position, Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure. Seems to be a week for the PS Vita with Girls und Panzer: Master the Tankery taking fifth position for Bandai Namco yet again, quite the prolific developer. Ubisoft completes the Watch Dogs double with sixth spot while ex-number one for the 3DS, Yokai Watch, contends with seventh position. Kart racer for the Wii U, Mario Kart 8, slips to eighth spot as Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen snags tenth place.
Hardware sales show no major changes with the Nintendo 3DS LL still in the top spot while the PS Vita claims the second spot. The Wii U fills the third place nicely while the Playstation 4 soaks up fourth position.
[PSV] Freedom Wars – 188,888 (New)
[PS4] Watch Dogs – 63,595 (New)
[PS3] Kamen Rider: Battride War II – 62,649 (New)
[3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure – 53,095 (New)
[PSV] Girls und Panzer: Master the Tankery – 31,526 (New)
[PS3] Watch Dogs – 31,028 (New)
[3DS] Yokai Watch – 29,590 (1,147,202)
[Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 23,520 (492,837)
[3DS] Pokemon Art Academy – 15,373 (46,454)
[PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 13,026 (136,893)
That awesome time has rolled around once again…Gaming Life in Japan! Let’s jump right into it.
Checking the software charts, we see that crowd favourite Mario Kart 8 has drifted once again to the top snaring the number one position. Second on the podium is Yokai Watch for the 3DS while Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth takes out the third spot securing the Nintendo trifecta.
The PS3 shows up in fourth spot with Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen while a new entry for the PS Vita falls neatly into the middle of the top ten, The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki Evolution. New entry, One Piece: Unlimited World Red for the PS3/PS Vita, takes out both the sixth and seventh spots. Yet another new entry, Thief, takes out the eighth spot, this time for the Playstation 4. Seems like Japan hasn’t forgotten that the FIFA World Cup is currently happening in Brazil with FIFA 14 World Class Soccer on the PS4 rounding out the tenth spot.
Shifting our gaze towards hardware, we can see that the juggernaut that is the 3DS LL is still in the top spot with 21,267 units sold this past week. The PS Vita is back in the second spot with sales of 13,299 this week while the Wii U is enjoying sales of 12,249 units sold. Sony’s latest console offering, the PS4, saw sales of 8,395 units the past week while at the other end of the scale, the Xbox 360 sees only 231 units sold.
[Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 42,461 (441,205)
[3DS] Yokai Watch – 32,960 (1,087,217)
[3DS] Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – 31,472 (218,329)
[PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 20,264 (103,267)
[PSV] The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki Evolution – 19,659 (New)
[PS3] One Piece: Unlimited World Red – 18,026 (New)
[PSV] One Piece: Unlimited World Red – 10,348 (New)
Time to dive right into the gaming habits of the Japanese public and checking out what’s been selling over in the Land of the Rising Sun!
Looking at software, the number one game for the past week was a new entry for the 3DS, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, while last week’s number one, Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U, slips to the second spot.
Crowd favourite 3DS game, Yokai Watch, contends with third position this week. Card Fight!! Vanguard Lock-On Victory!! is another new entry in fourth position for the 3DS while looking all the way at the other end of the scale, we see Wolfenstein: The New Order for the PS4 take eight spot as a new entry. But in a surprising bit of news, we see a game for the Xbox 360 taking the tenth spot. That game being Stranger of Sword City: White Palace. How often do we see a 360 game in the charts? Like, I dunno, never!
Checking out hardware, the top selling piece this week was the 3DS LL with over 30k units sold which is up from last week’s figure of 18,776, that’s a substantial difference.
The Wii U saw second spot with sales of 13,766 which is down from last week but still something to be pleased with for Nintendo. The PlayStation Vita is in third spot this week as the PlayStation 4 takes fourth with 9,466 units sold which is a slight increase from last week. The ageing PSP enjoyed a resurgence in sales with 9,365 units sold up from the 1,421 units sold the previous week.
[3DS] Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – 186,856 (New)
Great news for all fans of Nintendo’s classic karting series with Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U given a release date. The iconic karting game will be coming to Japan sometime this May.
The revelation came about during a recent corporate briefing and was delivered by Satoru Iawata himself. No more solid news beyond that but still these news are very welcome and will no doubt help to push sales of the somewhat struggling Wii U into the stratosphere. Fingers crossed.