Summer Vacation Keeps Japan’s Popular Games Going, Amidst Lack Of New Releases

By Ishaan . August 8, 2014 . 4:31pm

As reported this past Wednesday, software sales in Japan were on the soft side last week. Since no new release sold more than 10,000 copies during the week, sales of new software fell from 112,000 copies 30,000 copies, according to Japanese sales tracker Media Create.


On the bright side, due to increasing demand during the Summer vacation, popular titles continued to sell, and only dropped 96.23% over the week prior. For example, Yoshi’s New Island only dropped from 58,000 copies at launch to 33,000 copies in week 2.


Meanwhile, Mario Kart 8 maintained sales of 18,000 copies for two consecutive weeks; and of course, both of Level 5’s Yo-kai Watch games continue to sell very well, with Yo-kai Watch 2 nearly crossing 2 million copies sold.


Interestingly, Media Create say that Yo-kai Watch-related accessories such as cover cases and styluses demonstrated strong sales alongside the games themselves.


On the hardware front, Media Create note that hardware sales amounted to 80,000 units—maintaining 94.26% of the week prior. This was in large part due to the Nintendo 3DS, which actually saw sales increase ever so slightly over the previous week, due to it being the week after payday. 3DS sales were at 38,759 units.


Meanwhile, sales of the PS Vita are beginning to return to their usual level, following the end of the limited edition “Super Value Pack” bundles Sony released. Vita sales for the week fell to 18,685 units.


Finally, while next week is going to be a fairly normal week in Japan for the most part, August 15th (Friday) will mark the start of the Obon festival, which will result in Japan getting a long weekend. It should be interesting if that affects software and hardware sales.

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  • Shippoyasha

    Makes me wonder if the toy-ification of games is going to be the future. Skylanders was a fantastic (and still one of the best) attempts at it, whether people want to give credit to Activision or not.

    Adding in figurines the way Nintendo is starting to do, to having more cases and accessories may be a good way for game companies to earn money.

    Also imagine for fanservicey/sexual games, they can have sexy AR cards or something to that nature as well.

    I’m not really against it as long as the games don’t rely too heavily on the accessorizing and toy aspect.

    • Oxybelis

      No, thank you. It a way to ruin parent’s wallet with a very low replayability toys.

      • darke

        Yeah, it certainly seems like of those ideas then everything after that fails miserably. Kinda like CCGs, where you have Magic at 1st place and 2nd is miles behind, you’ll have Skylanders and everyone else will come at a very very far away 2nd place.

  • Desk

    still waiting for the first yokai watch :(

  • indra jaya

    yeah…!!! summer vacation!!! in japan freedom wars and oreshika has been released. I wonder whats next first party VITA jrpg will be revealed? or at least being funded by sony. if japanese first party studio pulling their support too, I think they shouldnt bother releasing handheld again… and one more thing about VITA TV, compatibilty with most VITA games is a must!

    • Ric Vazquez

      Need moar JRPG for mah vita

  • awang0718

    “Meanwhile, … both of Level 5’s Yo-kai Watch games continue to sell very well, with Yo-kai Watch 2 nearly crossing 2 million copies sold.”
    Bring this game over to the west, Level 5!

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