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)
The PSP has been a huge success for Sony in Japan since launching back in 2004 but the end has finally come. Sony has announced that come June, they’ll stop the shipping line for the Playstation Portable. There is a promotion to entice PSP owners to the Vita with a trade-in going on. ¥3000 will be given to PSP-3000 owners while PSP-2000 and PSP Go owners will be handed ¥2000 as a credit to go towards their new Vita.
The promo will be run between 3rd of June to August 29th while the credit vouchers you receive will need to be redeemed by October 31st.
Time for our peek into the gaming lifestyle of Japan and see what’s been selling across the otaku gaming market.
Beating everything for the week and taking the top game honours was Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen from Konami for the PS3 with 35,656 units sold. Another new entry takes the second spot for the PS4. That game being inFAMOUS: Second Son from SCE with over 34K units sold for the week. And rounding out the top three is Level-5’s hugely popular 3DS title, Yokai Watch. The PS Vita enjoys a game in the top ten with To Love-Ru Darkness: Battle Ecstasy entering the charts as a new entry. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen enters the charts again, this time for the 3DS, in fifth spot with over 16K units shifted. Even the PSP enjoys some love with the soccer game taking the ninth spot. Mario Golf: World Tour still hangs around the charts for Nintendo filling out the top ten this week.
Looking at hardware, we see that the Nintendo 3DS LL continues its domination with over 18K units sold as the PS Vita contends with second spot enjoying over 14K handhelds sold. Third spot sees the Wii U with healthy sales of 9,024 units sold. The PS3 and the PS4 are very nearly neck and neck with sales this week as the Xbox 360 sees sales of 202.
[PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (Konami, 05/22/14) – 35,656 (New)
[PS4] inFAMOUS: Second Son (SCE, 05/22/14) – 34,801 (New)
These charts are one week behind so we’ll jump straight into Gaming Life in Japan this week.
Taking out the coveted top spot for software sales last week was a PS Vita new entry, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, from Bandai Namco with over 145K units sold.
Second was a new entry for the 3DS from Square Enix, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call while a previous number one for the 3DS, Yokai Watch, takes out third spot from Level-5. The good luck continues for Nintendo with number four being Mario Party: Island Tour on the 3DS as 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku Hen on PS3 brings up the middle of the charts. Even the Wii U enjoys some time in the limelight this week with Famicom Remix 1+2 landing in sixth spot enjoying sales of over 11K. Another new entry on the PS Vita, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, takes out eighth position as Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes from Konami on the PS3 completes the top ten.
Focussing on hardware, we see the 3DS XL (LL) racking up sales of 27,914 for the period as the PS Vita settles for the second spot with 22,394 units shifted. The Playstation 4 is holding its own with 12,712 units shifted while the Wii U sees 5,710 consoles sold which should change soon with the impending release of Mario Kart 8. Next week’s figures will be coming very soon so we’ll see if there are any major changes soon enough.
[PSV] Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (Bandai Namco, 04/24/14) – 145,029 (New)
Jumping straight into Gaming Life in Japan, we see that Nintendo has once again taken the top spot on the software chart with Yokai Watch for the 3DS selling the most during the week. 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku Hen for the PS3 takes 2nd spot while a new entry for the PS4 takes 3rd position, that game being Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Another new game from a popular series for the 3DS takes 4th spot with everyone’s favourite attorney back in Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection. Moving up the charts a bit, we get to the 7th spot with another new entry for the 3DS, Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode Yokubari Sengen! Tokimeki Up! claiming just over 12k units sold through. And proving that there’s still life left in the aging Sony PSP, Juusanshi Engi Engetsu Sangokuden 2 for the superseded handheld lands in 8th position. Meitantei Conan: Phantom Kyoushikyoku for the 3DS takes out the 9th spot as another new game while rounding out the top 10 is Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for the PS3.
Turning our attention to hardware, the PS Vita is holding the fort in the top position with 17,905 units sold. The big surprise is the Playstation 4 enjoying a surge in sales with 14,396 consoles sold through. The 3DS XL rounds out the top 3 with 14,023 in sales however when you combine the sales of the XL model with the regular 3DS, it turns out it still sold more than the PS Vita. The Wii U is holding pretty steady with 5,204 units shifted, not much of a difference from the previous week.
[3DS] Yokai Watch – 34,690 (754,910)
[PS3] 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku Hen – 31,724 (174,156)
[PS4] Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – 31,326 (New)
Another popular series is bound for the PS Vita in Japan, that series being Clannad. 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Clannad visual novel released by Key on the PC and to celebrate, they’re now porting it to the PS Vita.
If you still own the PSP version, you can grab it at the discounted price of ¥1, 500 or else you can fork over ¥4, 800 for it in the store on ¥4, 300 on PSN for a digital version. It’s also compatible with PS Vita TV. No firm release date as yet, all we know is sometime this Summer.
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.
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!
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.