This Week In Sales: God Eater 2 To The Rescue

By Ishaan . November 20, 2013 . 12:29pm

Period: The week of November 11th – November 17th (2013)

Top-seller: God Eater 2 – 266,326

Nintendo 3DS sales: 22,250 | Total sales: 8,975,175

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 47,852 | Total sales: 4,752,738

PlayStation Vita sales: 46,350 | Total sales: 2,050,635

Vita TV sales: 42,172

Wii U sales: 15,906 | Total sales: 1,169,954

<< Last week’s software sales chart

 

Last week, Namco Bandai released God Eater 2 for the PlayStation Vita and PSP in Japan. The game sold 266,326 copies on the Vita and another 112,024 copies on PSP, bringing total first-week sales to nearly 380,000. Here’s how that compares to past God Eater launches:

 

God Eater – 295,405

God Eater Burst – 263,150

 

That puts God Eater 2 a good bit ahead of the first game and its updated release. A good showing on Namco’s part. It should be interesting to watch how the game sells over the next few months, and if it can achieve the same long-term sales as its predecessor.

 

Meanwhile, PlayStation Vita sales saw a boost for the week, too, but perhaps not by as much as one would have expected. Alongside God Eater 2, Sony released the PlayStation Vita TV, and the combined launches of both products brought total Vita sales to about 90,000 units for the week. A good week for the Vita, but a little concerning for the system’s long-term sales, when one considers that God Eater 2 is likely to be the most high-profile Vita game for the foreseeable future.

 

Also released last week was the subtitled version of Call of Duty: Ghosts, which debuted at an impressive 200,000 copies between the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

 

The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:

 

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. God Eater 2 266,326 New PSV Namco Bandai
New 02. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Subtitled Version) 190,631 New PS3 Square Enix
New 03. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 151,800 New PS3 Konami
New 04. God Eater 2 112,024 New PSP Namco Bandai
02. 05. Pokémon X and Y 82,705 2,929,806 3DS Nintendo
New 06. Daigasso! Band Bros. P 40,196 New 3DS Nintendo
03. 07. Monster Hunter 4 26,358 2,938,669 3DS Capcom
New 08. Medabots DUAL: Kabuto and Kuwagata 21,454 New 3DS Rocket Company
06. 09. Grand Theft Auto V 20,144 579,822 PS3 Take 2
01. 10. Battlefield 4 19,291 140,990 PS3 Electronic Arts
New 11. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 16,976 New PSP Konami
05. 12. PowerPros Baseball 2013 13,590 181,174 PS3 Konami
New 13. Call of Duty: Ghosts 12,950 New 360 Square Enix
New 14. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 11,444 New 3DS Konami
07. 15. PowerPros Baseball 2013 8,943 107,799 PSP Konami
14. 16. Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas 7,981 95,304 3DS Namco Bandai
11. 17. Wii Party U 60,693 New WiiU Nintendo
New 18. Arcana Famiglia 2 6,198 New PSP Comfort
04. 19. Akiba’s Trip 2 6,074 39,550 PSV Acquire
New 20. Model Stylish Audition: Dream Girl 5,999 New 3DS Alchemist

 

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and Geimin.net.



  • AuraGuyChris

    Pit, is that you?

  • JonathanisPrimus

    RIP Medarot once again

    • Bigabu Beaze

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    • Renaldi Saputra

      NUUUOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • DemonKingAsura

    Seems like in just another week, Pokemon X and Y can surpass Monster hunter 4 in japan.

    Oh, yeah.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      it had already

  • malek86

    Good for GE2, I was thinking 350k between both versions so I was close. The split is also similar to Toukiden but a little more unbalanced toward the PSV, which is a predictable trend as the PSP gets sidelined more and more.

    I don’t think the Vita Tv will do very well though. Launching with just 45k is certainly not great. Aside from the problem of home consoles in general, I’d guess that japanese consumers aren’t too thrilled at the prospect of buying a console bringing with itself the inherent risk of being unable to run certain future games.

    I would mostly be interested in it to play PS1 and PSP games, actually, with some PSV games to the side whenever I feel like it. Hopefully it won’t cost too much if/when it arrives to the west.

    • JonathanisPrimus

      I’d imagine most upcoming Vita games will support Vita TV. The rather soft launch has to be attributed to SCEJA not doing much advertising for it outside of magazines, and their web presence.

      • malek86

        Even saying “most” upcoming games is kind of problematic. If you buy a console, you normally want it to run 100% of the games that exist for it. If that one game comes out that you really want but is not supported, you’ll be screwed.

        • tubers

          At this point maybe it’s like a soft relaunch of the VITA platform where all games from this point onwards will be available on the new platform.

          There will be a small transition time like Tearaway and Murasaki Baby may not be compatible for it.

          Probably still has 4 years left in Japan.

          I’d say Sony’s more screwed w/o the VTV though barely.

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    They shipped 500k for the Vita version… So thats not too great. 60% sell through.

    Wii Party U in the top 20? huh.

    WiiU held.

    When do the new 3DS colors come out?

    • JonathanisPrimus

      They didn’t ship 500k for the Vita version. They shipped 500k across both platforms. At ~380k sold first week that’s a good sell through.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Mkay then.
        Still think the things a more western minded product

        • JonathanisPrimus

          God Eater 2 is most definitely not aimed at the west.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Vita TV mate. vita TV.

          • JonathanisPrimus

            Wait, huh? At no point did I think this conversation was about Vita TV.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            but it’s Namco Bandai. Once it doesn’t do well in the west, they probably won’t give it any chance

        • tubers

          Personally I don’t see it doing any better in NA and EU but we’ll see.

          Westerners have easy access to more competitive set top boxes or w/e they’re actually called Roku/Apple TV) and BluRay players that have Netflix/Hulu/streaming services.

          Next are portable smart devices such as tablets and phones. There’s also the VITA and 3DS (3DS may not even feel like a “smart device”).

          Last are actual HD consoles.

          The VTV, IMO would be no better in the West specially if you have access to the population numbers or active gamers.

          Either partner with Android or release the VTV in a bundle with more compelling software so it could sell better than just an actual portable VITA.

          I’d be happy to be wrong when we get our first batch of sales reports for the West.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            In general I think the PS4 will carry the Vita in europe somewhat, if it keeps getting games like Tearaway and killzone.It needs both of those. And cheaper memory cards. I also believed the Vita will aid the PS4 in Japan… but not anymore.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            I saw on vgchartz.. GEB only sold 30k in US.. that was pretty bad comparing to Japan’s sales which reached 620k..

            maybe ppl in the west mostly accused it as “MH rip-off” maybe..

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            Never trust VGC numbers.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Burst came out a while ago, their numbers should be accurate

          • Renaldi Saputra

            many of the sales are not listed..
            but why? Do they always mistype the numbers?

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    What I don’t get is how come the PSVTV only sold 42k units when Amazon.jp and a couple more stores were reporting to be sold out due to preorders. Nonetheless, for a brand new model, the numbers are lackluster, not to mention it was even outsold by the vanilla PSV~.

    The following weeks will be interesting though, whether the PSV keeps a steady hold around the 20k ~ 30k range or it goes back to sub 20k~.

    • Kayseur

      If I’m not mistaking even Sony themselves said they were surprised by the good reception of the device, so most likely they just weren’t planning on selling that much and didn’t think of shipping much to retailers. Hence the shortage. Low stocks.

      Since the Vita managed to hold at 20k the past few weeks, I hope it’ll manage to do the same ’till holidays season kicks in and gets numbers high again.

      • RickyMack

        I’d also think they shifted a considerable amount of their production focus into providing enough PS4s to sell through the holiday season.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        They shipped 120k units.

        They’re making a western product for japan and they’re surprised that westerners want it? That tells me that they have no clue that they’ve become intrinsically western

  • British_Otaku

    I can’t see Ages of Amazones in the charts… Well, I’ll chip in for a copy soon unless Gaist Crusher, Bravely Default, Attack on Titan all happen to overwhelm me in the coming weeks.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      on famitsu it’s on no 25

      • British_Otaku

        You mean number 46 right?

        Link: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=90595093&postcount=1

        Thanks a bunch for the reminder that there are two charts, though Amazones didn’t do too well there either… >_> I’ll hope that it is as a good as I hear, but they found a way to keep the budget minimal…

  • TheExile285

    Woot for GE2! Banzai, banzai!

    • Ric Vazquez

      *High Five*

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    So happy for God Eater 2 =^_^=

  • LBattle0819

    I’m so tired of reading about games we’re probably never going to get, lol, still trying to keep the faith tho

  • Gariya

    “Meanwhile, PlayStation Vita sales saw a boost for the week, too, but perhaps not by as much as one would have expected”.
    “A good week for the Vita, but a little concerning for the system’s long-term sales.”

    Yep, this is Ishaan’s post alright. Hey, Ishaan look at this:
    PSVita = 88,522
    3DS = 70,102

  • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

    A Vita game is… #1?

    Reminds me, I still need to finish the first one.

    Edit: Pokemon is going to overtake MonHun.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTA2fxOedxo

    • Renaldi Saputra

      pokemon had already.. if you see on famitsu.com

      • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

        It has? Boo. Yah.

  • leingod

    You can come and rescue the Vita in America for a week too, if you’d like, God Eater 2. Just saying.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Hopefully Namco Bandai won’t be stingy this time

  • Renaldi Saputra

    Medarot needs more love

  • https://twitter.com/BinksFrost Binks5

    im pretty suprised to see call of duty there
    i dont care much for god eater but its good to see the vita doing better

    • Solomon_Kano

      COD typically does this well in Japan.

      • https://twitter.com/BinksFrost Binks5

        really? ive never noticed i though it was dead in the water over there interesting (not really)

        • Solomon_Kano

          Yep. Consistently sells ~150k on PS3, with the 360 pulling it up to around 200k.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Yo, Ishaan you’ve got PowerPros listed as being published by D3 on PS3.

    Damn, GTA V’s still up there? Good on 2K. And, hey, something from Konami. For a publisher of their size, they’ve put out a surprisingly small number of games this year.

    As for GE2… up until Toukiden, I’d have expected the PSP version to do better, but we’re seeing that these games are leaning more towards the Vita. While that’s nice from a software perspective, which means Namco’s happy, it’s a bit disconcerting to think that it only moved ~20k more Vita’s over last week. We could assume that a number of people purchased the Vita TV in order to grab GE2, but even if we assume that every single Vita/Vita TV purchased this week was purchased with a copy of GE that’s about 2/3 the game’s sales on the platform coming from the existing userbase. So most of the people who wanted GE2 either got a Vita beforehand or got it on PSP. Namco wins, the Vita gets another piece of software, but I was hoping it’d drive a bit more hardware. It should be interesting to see how hardware sales look next week.

    This was a pretty good week all around.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      D3 error fixed! Thanks for pointing that out.

      And yes, it is rather concerning that Vita sales only increased by a slight margin from GE2. I think the oversaturation of Monster Hunter-esque games on Vita is starting to show now.

      These games aren’t Monster Hunter, so not as many people will buy them. That doesn’t mean that there’s no market for them—GE2 will probably go on to sell a very respectable 700k in the long run—but it does mean that the market for them is limited, and most of that market already owns a Vita by this point.

      Right now, we’re primarily seeing three kinds of games being made for the Vita: Monster Hunter-esque titles, PS3/PSP ports, and niche otaku titles. Broadly speaking, I think nearly every Vita game out there can be categorized into one of these three types. And that’s just not enough. If they want to sell more hardware, they’re going to need a more diverse software lineup. And until they sell more hardware, no publisher is going to commit to big-budget Vita exclusives.

      The reason 3DS sales remain stable from week to week isn’t just because there’s games coming out for it, but more because these games appeal to a very broad range of consumers. One week, you have some niche hardcore RPG, the next week you have something like Little Battlers, the week after that you have a Band Bros. P. These aren’t huge titles, but when you’ve got so many of them together, reaching out to all sorts of people, it adds up in the long run.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Yea, I think that’s the biggest thing between the Vita and 3DS right now: the sheer variety in content from one to another.

        This isn’t the Vita of 2012 where there were months between releases, but it’s also not the 3DS, PS3, 360, etc. where there are lots of different kinds of games coming out. To be honest, I didn’t feel the PSP did the best job with variety either, but it managed more than what the Vita has at present.

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          Yeah, many of the Vita’s problems stem from the failings of the PSP before it. PSP went on to do reasonably well in the long run, but people often forget that it was almost entirely on the back of Monster Hunter. Sony never really addressed the problems that PSP had while working on Vita.

  • Göran Isacson

    Aww, Exstetra already dropped out of the charts… and from the looks of it Akiba’s Trip is not far from it. Wonder if it managed to reach it’s predeccessors numbers or if it’s still lagging behind? That aside, not much new and interesting here with the exception of God Eater 2. The rest seem like stable franchise hits that sell about as one would expect, nothing to get that fired up or philosophical about.

  • s07195

    Sentouchuu is still up there! Whoop whoop!

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    I dont know what happened but there all these pissy people on the site all of a sudden

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