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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes! Here we go again with our look at the gaming charts fresh from the Land of the Rising Sun, it’s time for Gaming Life in Japan! Let’s see which game claimed the top spot this week. Has Pokemon managed to fight off contenders? And how did the Wii U fare the month after the massive surge in sales last week? We’ll get to that so let’s kick things off.
Looking at the gaming charts we can see that Pokemon X/Y has been toppled from the top spot by EA’s mighty Battlefield 4 on PS3, shifting a hefty 121,699 units in its launch week. Don’t feel too bad for Pokemon which sees it fall to the 2nd spot while another former number one has actually jumped up a spot. Monster Hunter 4 which as been in the 4th spot the past few week climbed a spot clawing back to the 3rd position. Another game we’ve been keeping a close eye on, set in Akihabara and using real life locales, Akiba’s Trip 2 for the PS Vita, was also released and saw it take the 4th spot. Meanwhile former number one, Grand Theft Auto V slips to number 6. Interesting turn of events this week with the chart an even mix of PS3 and 3DS titles with just the one Vita title thrown into the mix. We’ll see how what’s trending next week.
Looking at hardware, the 3DS LL (XL) and the regular 3DS have claimed positions 1 and 2 respectively while the Vita sits in 3rd place. The Wii U claimed the 4th spot however it saw quite a large drop is sales. As a comparison, last week saw over 38k units sold while this week sales dropped to just under 18k consoles. A difference of 20k units is a lot when previous sales haven’t been that great. We’ll see how the Wii U fares next week but with nothing major for release on the horizon, I don’t like its chances.
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.
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.
That most awesome part of the week has rolled around again…Gaming Life in Japan! This is out little segment where we take a peek into software and hardware sales from all the way over in Japan, so let’s jump straight in.
On the software front, Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS is still holding onto the top spot despite some tough competition. It’s been up there for nearly one month and it shows just how much the series is loved in Japan. Even the release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD hasn’t dissuaded gamers from letting go of their monster hunting hobby. Meanwhile the PS Vita has not one but two games in the top 10. Those games are The Legend Of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki and Warriors Orochi 3: Ultimate. Could a change for the Vita be on the cards or is this just a temporary phase? Only time will tell when we check back in next week.
Shifting to hardware, we can see that the Nintendo 3DS is still the king for gaming with over 122k units sold. Between sales of MH4 and the 3DS, it doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon for Nintendo. The same can’t be said for the Wii U which only sold just over 4k units, that has to hurt. I honestly believed that when Wind Waker HD was released, we would have seen a surge in sales for the Wii U but it looks like it might be a case of too little too late? I’d love to see the Wii U succeed in Japan but it isn’t looking too good at the moment.
A bit late this week but here we go again with the latest entry for Gaming Life in Japan, the segment where we take a look at the sales charts for both hardware and software from Japan. Let’s get the ball rolling.
Monster Hunter 4 continues the momentum it generated since launching on September 15, the hugely popular hunting game still holds onto the top spot for software sales. Numbers were down from last week for MH4 but it still sold a respectable 473,739 units taking the total sold well over 2 million units in 2 weeks. Taking the 2nd spot is the latest game for the PS Vita, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Game while the latest entry into the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn takes the 3rd position on the PS3. After that it’s the usual affair with the 3DS titles making up the rest of the top 10 from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Tomodachi Collection: New Life and more. Rounding out the top 10 is a PSP title, La Corda d’Oro: Full Voice Special.
Looking at hardware, no real surprises here with the Nintendo 3DS selling over 158,000 units thanks mainly to Monster Hunter 4 but really, the 3DS sells extremely well in Japan no matter what. The Playstation 3 is still holding strong despite the PS4 being announced for early next year in Japan. The PS3 sold through 10,749 units however the real worry continues to be the Wii U for Nintendo with just a mere 5,824 units sold. I guess they’re still waiting for the first killer app for Nintendo’s home console.
That most awesome moment in time is back again for the week, it’s Gaming Life in Japan! Let’s delve into the sales charts for the past week and see what the Japanese gaming public is up to for the past week.
The PSP sees a comeback with a new game taking the number 1 spot in software sales, that game being “Uta no Prince-sama: Music 2”. It’s a bit of a quiet week for Nintendo with only 4 games in the top 10 and the first game from the House of Mario doesn’t appear until number 6. That game being “Tomodachi Collection: New Life”. We have a feeling this will change very son with the impending release of “Monster Hunter 4” for the 3DS tomorrow.
Which brings up to hardware sales where the 3DS still reigns supreme as the handheld platform of choice for the Japanese gaming public. The 3DS XL managed to sell through a shade over 60k units this week which up from last week’s figure of 49k and some loose change. This could be a sigh of gamers stocking up on the 3DS for fear of a shortage when MH4 releases. We’ll see what the charts say to that next week. But moving right along, the PS Vita dropped sales just marginally, nothing too major. More worries for Nintendo on the home console front with just over 5,700 units sold of the Wii U, the system just can’t seem to strike a chord with the Japanese public.
Yessir, that most awesome of time has rolled around again…Gaming Life in Japan! This is our little part dedicated to the gaming lifestyle of the Japanese public, where we see what they’re playing and how their hardware sales are doing. So without further ado, let’s roll on.
On the software front, there’s a been a shift from last week with a new game holding the top spot. It’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle for the PS3 which has climbed its way to the top. Meanwhile another highly anticipated PS3 title has snagged itself 2nd spot, that game being Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Even the PS Vita is having a presence with 3rd spot and the newly released Ragnarok Odyssey Ace. Not bad for Sony, the first four spots are all being held by games on Sony hardware. That’s a different change of scenery where normally Nintendo dominates. The rest of the list is naturally being made up by Nintendo titles across the 3DS.
Looking at hardware and this is where Nintendo is really holding their own with the 3DS holding the top spot. Interestingly, the 2nd position is being occupied by the PS3 which hasn’t been that high for a long time. This is no doubt being pushed along by the top 2 games in the software chart. The regular 3DS takes 3rd spot while the PS Vita steals 4th having a dip in sales from the previous week. The big worry though is the Wii U seeing an extremely low selling week with just over 6K units sold. Nintendo can’t seem to get a break with their console in their motherland.
That’s all from us for Gaming Life in Japan, more charts and sales info next week!
Welcome to the new renamed Gaming Life in Japan! The weekly segment where we look at the hardware and software sales for the Land of the Rising Sun. Why the name change though? We felt that the previous title was too long and was beginning to look a bit messy. This new title is straight to the point with no messing about.
So jumping straight in, eagerly anticipated Wii U title, The Wonderful 101 has done woeful business in Japan shifting just over 5000 copies which is very disappointing to see for such a great game with loads of potential. Meanwhile the Disney 3DS title has finally been toppled from the number one position after enjoying 3 weeks up there. The new contender is a PS3 game, Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masou Kishin III – Pride of Justice.
As far as hardware goes, the 3DS is still showing how everyone how it’s done with over 51k units sold in the past week. The PS3 takes the 2nd spot, no doubt helped along by the previously mentioned Super Robot Wars entry while the PS Vita takes the 3rd spot despite having a fairly substantial drop in sales, down to just over 11k. More worrying though is the Wii U in 4th spot with just a little more than 7k sales. What will it take for the Wii U to jump in sales and gain some considerable ground.
Which title do you think Japanese gamers are waiting for?
PS3] Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masou Kishin III – Pride of Justice
[3DS] Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life
[3DS] Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
[PSV] Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masou Kishin III – Pride of Justice
[PSV] Conception II: Shichisei no Michibiki to Mazuru no Akumu