This Week In Sales: No Turnabouts During This Slow Week

By Ishaan . April 23, 2014 . 11:31am

Period: The week of April 14th – April 20th (2014)

Top-seller: Yo-kai Watch (3DS) – 34,690

Nintendo 3DS sales: 5,920 | Total sales: 9,470,134

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 14,023 | Total sales: 5,959,475

PlayStation Vita sales: 17,905 | Total sales: 2,719,595

Vita TV sales: 1,133 | 106,394

Wii U sales: 5,204 | Total sales: 1,708,412

PlayStation 4 sales: 14,396 | 534,169

<< Last week’s software sales chart

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Videogame sales in Japan—both hardware and software—dropped across the board last week, owing to a lack of new high-profile releases. The #1 selling game for the week was Yo-kai Watch, with 34,690 copies sold.


Level 5 recently announced that 1 million copies of Yo-kai Watch have been shipped thus far. We suspect they’ll sell through that shipment at retail over the next few months if the game continues to sell the way it does.


Meanwhile, Square Enix released the PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, which sold 31,326 copies in its first week. Following close behind it was Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection at 26,925 copies sold.


Finally, a slightly updated version of Style Savvy: Trendsetters was made available last week as well. This new version of the game contains a few new features that were released as free DLC for existing owners of the game.


Next week’s sales chart should be more interesting. April 24th marks the release of Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment in Japan. Following that, April 29th marks the start of Golden Week, which usually gives popular games a much-needed kick.


The top-20 software sales chart for last week is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
03. 01. Yo-kai Watch 34,690 754,910 3DS Level 5
01. 02. The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z 31,724 174,156 PS3 Bandai Namco
New 03. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 31,326 New PS4 Square Enix
New 04. Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection 26,925 New 3DS Capcom
04. 05. Mario Party: Island Tour 18,848 304,835 3DS Nintendo
02. 06. The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z 17,755 145,991 PSV Arc System Works
New 07. Style Savvy: Trendsetters – Tokimeki UP! 12,315 New 3DS Nintendo
New 08. Juuza Engi: Engetsu Sangokuden 2 8,499 New PSP Idea Factory
New 09. Detective Conan: Phantom Rhapsody 8,336 New 3DS Bandai Namco
08. 10. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 8,018 198,054 PS3 Konami
07. 11. Samurai Warriors 4 6,553 212,619 PS3 Tecmo Koei
05. 12. Shin Chan: The Storm Called the Kasukabe Boys Film Star 6,357 22,766 3DS Bandai Namco
13. 13. Kirby Triple Deluxe 6,218 553,578 3DS Nintendo
15. 14. Pokémon X and Y 5,315 4,034,629 3DS Pokémon Co.
11. 15. J-Stars Victory Vs. 4,691 169,109 PS3 Bandai Namco
28. 16. Monster Hunter 4 4,409 3,260,421 3DS Capcom
12. 17. Just Dance Wii U 4,367 29,934 WiiU Nintendo
16. 18. Fossil Fighters: Infinite Gear 4,144 140,178 3DS Nintendo
23. 19. Puzzle & Dragons Z 4,115 1,439,301 3DS Gung Ho
14. 20. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd 4,102 125,173 PSV Sega


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

  • Jungo

    I love the puns you guys have for the sales charts data.

    Not much else informative to say, with nothing surprising on the charts here.

  • Scissors

    Do we need to start a movement to get the Style Savvy update localized? Let’s do it.


  • MaximDualBlade

    The top seller needs a correction in the first line. It reads that The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z is the top seller

  • Lisandra_brave

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 5,920 | Total sales: 9,470,134

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 14,023 | Total sales: 5,959,475

    PlayStation Vita sales: 17,905 | Total sales: 2,719,595

    Vita TV sales: 1,133 | 106,394



    • Elizabeth ‘Ely’ Moreno

      Oh my!

    • ishyg

      I expect next week should be better.

      But heck, with a combined total of around 15m I wonder how the 3DS keeps on selling more when I see them units on second-hand shops more frequently. Must be the colors. I really want the hot pink one myself.

  • GH56734

    Level-5, please don’t wait 4-5 years before localizing Youkai Watch like you did with Inazuma Eleven until it’s too late in the 3DS’s lifespan.
    Don’t forget too about Fantasy Life. People were importing the US version of Layton 4 because it had its concept demo (unlike the PAL one), that’s a hint don’t you think?.

    • katamari damacy

      Level-5 thinks we hate them ever since White Knight Chronicles didn’t sell like hot cakes. They haven’t localized anything themselves since other than the Professor Layton series.
      Namco Bandai licensed and took the risk with Ni no Kuni.
      And the reason for low sales is obvious. Blame the new 8% Consumption tax japan just levied.

      • Blame the new 8% Consumption tax japan just levied.

        The consumption tax is definitely part of the reason, but there’s a bigger story than that here, which is that the traditional games market in Japan is in decline in general.

        Publishers are partly to blame for this. A lot of Japanese publishers have simply “forgotten” how to make games for mainstream audiences, so they’re turning to increasingly niche demographics that they know for a fact will buy their games over and over.

        That works as a short-term strategy, but in the long term, it’s affecting the health of the overall industry. In the case of Level 5, they’re still one of the few remaining publishers that know how to attract kids or older mainstream gamers. If not for them and a handful of other companies, the market would be declining a lot faster.

        As for Level 5 International America, that office has always been relatively small, as is evident by the fact that their only self-published games have been digital to date. I think Level 5 IA doesn’t have the capacity to put retail games out, at least not yet. Their job is probably to find publishing partners for their games in America, which is a process that can take a while.

      • ishyg

        8% is a puny thing. I haven’t felt it that much. And I went to a game shop and the difference isn’t that much on software, but quite big on hardware. I don’t think it’s the reason for the low sales though. It’s like nothing changed, just shops posting prices tax-excluded.

  • urbanscholar

    Yokai Watch stealing all the kids’ lunch money

  • subsamuel01

    Wow, one of the worst selling weeks in Japan recently. Those 3DS sales are surprisingly low.

    • awang0718

      Blame that tax increase in Japan that occurred a few weeks ago. Must suck to be a Japanses consumer…

  • I am really impressed by Youkai Watch, good for L-5! Hopefully the game will be localized too~.

    Also, I am hoping for talk of a ND soon for the update on SS:T and some talk on other games~? Like, Kirby?

  • otakumike

    While the ps4 isn’t doing so hot, one only needs to look at the WiiU sales to see that it could be much MUCH worse. :(

    • ronin4life

      Pretty sure WiiU was doing a lot better at this stage in its life than PS4…

      Meaning that should this continue(and there isn’t any reason yet to suggest it won’t over this next year) it WILL be much worse.

      • otakumike

        ah huh

      • LustEnvy

        People don’t seem to understand that the japanese gaming market is disastrously low overall. This isn’t the Ps4 failing, this is gaming failing overall, save for a few notable brands like Yokai Watch.

        Japan isn’t buying anything right now. Had the PS4 been released during the period of the Wii U’s launch, numbers would’ve been QUITE different.

        • ronin4life

          While I could see things being different, I am not really convinced it would have been. All I need is to look at Vita a year before this time, And WiiUs sharp decline.

          Because Handhelds are king, yet Sonys is just now showing signs of life, and WiiU has Major releases PS4 doesn’t but still hit trouble.

          The industry itself is a major cause, but PS4 has little going for it anyway. More expensive with fewer high profile Japanese titles than WiiU, and not a portable like Vita: Two systems that are also doing poorly. It really doesn’t have the best legs to stand on.

        • otakumike

          I agree, Sony knew this as well which is why they pushed their new console and geared it towards westerners as much as possible. They released it in the west first and put emphasis on games that appealed to westerners. They wanted the market that MS had and they pretty much got it.

          Any company still fighting to control the japanese market is fighting an uphill battle. Nintendo has the advantage here because they kept the big names, for everyone else it’s better if they just focus their attention elsewhere. It’s not all bad though since the Vita is now seeing modest success not focusing on big AAA games but rather smaller niche titles that appeal to the core gamers who stubbornly buy these types of games. :p

        • ishyg

          My senpai said the PS4 is too expensive for one game (KH3). Seeing that there isn’t much on it right now for the mainstream Japanese market save from some better versions of games already on the PS3, that could be it as well. So even if it was released at the time of the Wii U’s launch, I’ll still expect the same numbers for it.

          Thing is, there’s just not much going on in the Japanese home console market as of late. On-the-go mainstream audience find that handheld and mobile are much better options, IMO. I think only the core gamers are buying them consoles, and there isn’t much offering for them either, so yeah.

          • harmonyworld

            I don’t what your senpai says because that’s the only reason I’m getting a ps4 is for kh3!
            *sobs into the universe*

          • ishyg

            I really don’t care too. I’ll buy a PS4 for that game. FFXV too, even though they managed to f*** up the Fabula Nova Crystallis Universe, I don’t care anymore. I’ve waited a long long long time. I can even buy one right now. But wife’s coming to Japan, so I need all the cash I can muster, and KH3’s not out yet anyways.

            Actually, I do wonder why he thinks it’s too expensive. He’s effing single, haven’t dated for a while, and I know for a fact that he earns more than I do, and I can buy a PS4 every month and live well. Too bad he left the company already, he’s the only Japanese who knows how to speak in English. But if he doesn’t buy a PS4 for KH3 I’ll probably kick his ass and make him buy me some ramen.

      • ishyg

        “and there isn’t any reason yet to suggest it won’t over this next year”

        My only indication is KH3, so until that game I don’t see any game that can turn things around. At least there’s MK8 going on for Wii U.

  • ronin4life

    Ha… Yokai watch sales INCREASED. Again… after already being… a year old?

    What the hell is this sorcery???

    • British_Otaku

      I’m not sure if it will make the 1 million that was shipped, that takes some crazy legs (even more crazy legs anyway which the anime and YW2 may give) but this game has far outstripped whatever expectations I had when it sold 50K or so on the first week and people were unsure whether Level 5 would be satisfied.

      • Guest

        It could happen, the game needs to sell at least 25.000 units every single week from now on until the sequel launches on July 10th, and going by previous weeks numbers this isn’t as farfetched as it sounds.
        This is going to be interesting to watch! xP

    • ishyg

      Might be related to the anime. I’ve been pushing my nephew to the game instead of Puzzle and Dragons Z, and when the anime was released he got to playing the demo non-stop, insisting I buy him the game. Heck, he didn’t even thank me for buying him Pokemon X.

      Awareness is key, I suppose.

  • otakumike

    So how did the Ace Attorney games each do when they first released? That number for the set seems kind of low to me.

    • Guest

      Not including some Best Price versions:
      3DS – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies: 241,878
      3DS – Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney: 135,450
      NDS – Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth 2: 134,760
      NDS – Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth: 201,817
      NDS – Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney: 240,275
      NDS – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations: 64,860
      NDS – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice for All: 22,428
      NDS – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: 50,469
      GBA – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations: 76,619
      GBA – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice for All: 51,859
      GBA – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: 23,911

      But then again it’s a port of a remake of another remake, so who knows what expectations Capcom had…

      • British_Otaku

        Hmm, seems they finally hit a saturation point for Ace Attorney releases of 1-2-3. People could easily play them on iOS or Wiiware as well.

  • Namuro

    Monster Hunter 4 popped back in to the top 20? That’s interesting.

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