This Week In Sales: Yoshi’s New Island Arrives In Time For A Corpse Party

By Ishaan . July 30, 2014 . 11:01am

Period: The week of July 22nd – July 27th (2014)

Top-seller: Yo-kai Watch 2 (3DS) – 180,880

Nintendo 3DS sales: 6,656 | Total sales: 9,551,714

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 31,789 | Total sales: 6,340,161

PlayStation Vita sales: 21,875 | Total sales: 2,987,351

Vita TV sales: 1,767 | 129,111

Wii U sales: 9,429 | Total sales: 1,848,506

PlayStation 4 sales: 5,581 | 647,682

<< Last week’s software sales chart

<< How to read and understand sales


On July 24th, Nintendo released Yoshi’s New Island for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. The game sold just 58,285 copies in its first week. By comparison, 2007’s Yoshi’s Island DS sold 303,114 copies at launch. That’s quite the difference.


So, did the new game flop? I’m not sure. Yoshi’s New Island is actually part of Nintendo’s “Monthly Recommended Software Campaign” for the 3DS. Anyone that buys a brand new 3DS between July 24th and August 31st can download the game for free. Naturally, that affected sales to some extent, but without a shipment number, it’s hard to say just how much.


Meanwhile, 5pb published Corpse Party: Blood Drive for the PS Vita. The game sold 13,688 copies, which is in line with the launch sales of previous games in the series. Below is a look at how those games—all of which were on PSP—performed:


(2010) Corpse Party – 13,566

(2011) Corpse Party: Book of Shadows – 15,249

(2012) Sachiko’s Game of Love – Hysteric Birthday 2U – 7,301


(That last one is something of a spin-off, hence the lower sales.)


Also released last week was Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late for PlayStation 3. Arc System Works published the game, and it sold 9,171 copes in its first week.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Yo-kai Watch 2: Head/Founder 180,880 1,829,533 3DS Level 5
New 02. Yoshi’s New Island 58,285 New 3DS Nintendo
05. 03. Mario Kart 8 18,129 560,487 WiiU Nintendo
02. 04. Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines 17,690 111,465 PSV Sony
New 05. Tokyo New World Record: Operation Abyss 15,242 New PSV 5pb.
New 06. Corpse Party: Blood Drive 13,688 New PSV 5pb.
06. 07. Yo-kai Watch 10,620 1,218,698 3DS Level 5
New 08. Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late 9,171 New PS3 Arc System Works
08. 09. Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Great Space-Time Adventure 9,080 110,558 3DS Bandai Namco
03. 10. Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea 7,432 51,177 PS3 Gust
04. 11. Gundam TriAge SP 7,110 28,634 3DS Bandai Namco
09. 12. Pokémon Art Academy 5,768 75,404 3DS Nintendo
07. 13. Freedom Wars 5,344 267,771 PSV Sony
12. 14. Pokémon X and Y 5,089 4,112,000 3DS Pokémon Co.
11. 15. Grand Theft Auto V (Bargain Edition) 5,026 28,685 PS3 Take Two
15. 16. Monster Hunter 4 4,591 3,316,196 3DS Capcom
10. 17. Watch Dogs 3,684 63,269 PS3 Ubisoft
14. 18. FIFA 14: World Class Soccer 3,587 71,128 PS4 Electronic Arts
22. 19. Mario Kart 7 3,346 2,355,647 3DS Nintendo
23. 20. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3,068 3,764,042 3DS Nintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Yokai Watch cannot be stopped!

  • jugss

    Will US get that Yoshi promo too?

    • Likely won’t, Nintendo West is trying different things as you see with the Mario Kart 8 promotion.

  • Michael Richardson

    I wonder how Corpse Party has sold overseas?

  • McKinley Lockhart

    Vita about to cross that 3 million mark.

  • 하세요

    I was hoping that Yoshi’s New Island was on sale. I want to play it, but I heard the full price tag isn’t quite worth it.

    • ronin4life

      It was part of a Buy one get one free 3ds games sale in the US at Best Buy last week.

      Don’t worry… I missed the sale too…

      • 하세요

        Damn. I love a good BOGO.

  • Andrés González

    LOL at the PS4, nothing relevant for me in the console until Christmas of 2015.

  • Solomon_Kano

    My god. Yokai Watch will have doubled the first game’s sales in just another few weeks. That’s insane.

    • ishyg

      The power of merchandising is quite strong, it seems. Every kid I see here has a Yokai Watch something in their hands.

  • Shippoyasha

    Excellent sales for Corpse Party! Shame it just doesn’t seem to be breaking through into the mainstream. Then again, it’s a niche type of game these days. Still great to see it break into 4 digits though.

  • Kornelious

    I hope XSeed gets Corpse Party localized soon…And maybe this time a physical version :D………….Yeah I didn’t think so either :(

  • Namuro

    Hmmm… I wonder when the original 3DS will reach 10 million.

  • Alphabet Soup

    No Yoshi! If you hear scissors behind you, RUN! ;_;

  • Kaien

    The Yoshi’s promotion didn’t affect potential purchases of 15m 3DS owners. It’s a major drop.

    • darke

      That was my reaction also. If they were talking about a highly anticipated Vita or PS4 title, or even WiiU title, yeah, I’d expect sales of individual copies of the title to be suppressed if it was coming free with new hardware. 3DS? Unless it somehow does a Yokai Watch, that title tanked. :(

    • Agreed that it is a big drop, but 15 million 3DS users were never going to buy Yoshi anyway. No game has that kind of an attach rate. Even Pokémon is hovering around 4 million.

      If a game is free, a large number of people will choose to pick it up that way if they can. Of course, that doesn’t mean that sales didn’t drop–just that we don’t know to what extent, since we don’t have a shipment number.

      You definitely have a point, though, which is why I went back into the post and edited it a little further to entertain that possibility.

      • Kaien

        I meant: people that already own a 3DS can’t get Yoshi for free without buying one more 3DS, so they’re not affected by the “recommended software” promotion, not that the game should have sold 15m units. My english is bad.

  • awang0718

    PS4 sales have now dropped below the sales of the normal 3DS in Japan. That can’t be good.

    The Wii U also got a small boost compared to last week. I wonder why?

    • darke

      Honestly I’ve given up paying attention to PS4 sales in Japan until they actually start seriously releasing games for it. It’s got the same problem the WiiU had, and the same problem the XB1 will have; until there’s games on it that people want to buy, (in this case, ones that aren’t on the PS3/Vita), there’s really no reason to buy it.

      New releases on JP PSN? All PS3/Vita.

      New PS+? Plenty of JP games for PSP/PS3/Vita, doesn’t appear to be any JP games for PS4 (wouldn’t surprise me if Natural Selection ends up being the first…).

      I still don’t really see the point of buying a PS4 in if you’ve already got a PS3 or Vita unless you really want higher resolution versions of last-gen games. :(

  • MaximDualBlade

    Freedom Wars still there and good for Oreshika. Nice!

  • Göran Isacson

    So Corpse Party stays the course, more or less. Lost some from Book of Shadows though, and even if it isn’t a BIG drop I wonder if there were others who felt a bit dissatisfied with Book of Shadows and decided not to bother with this version…

    Also, is 9K decent sales for what was expected of Under Night In-Birth?

    • I honestly don’t know what they were expecting from Under Night In-Birth…

      • darke

        Remake of an arcade port, that’s presumably just updating things close to the arcade updates? I imagine it’s more an update for fans; probably cheap to make, and they’re not really expecting to ‘profit’ much, just cover costs.

        I imagine they’re probably happy just to sell through however many they manufactured and that’s it. :P

  • s07195

    What happened to Naomi?!

  • s07195

    I wonder if Youkai Watch will go through the same thing Pokemon went through, where some people spent so much time with the first two generations that many dropped the series at Gen 3 until the Gen 4 HGSS. Series fatigue, I mean. The player base would drop a lot, though there would always be a fanbase larger than that of other series. Until a remake or something akin to Pokemon XY hypes them enough to buy back in.

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