This Week In Sales: Xbox One And Dragon Quest X On 3DS

By Ishaan . September 10, 2014 . 1:00pm

Period: The week of September 1st – September 7th (2014)

Top-seller: Yo-kai Watch 2: Head/Founder (3DS) 63,401

Nintendo 3DS sales: 5,931 | Total sales: 9,588,880

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 23,624 | Total sales: 6,529,961

PlayStation Vita sales: 14,441 | Total sales: 3,091,767

Vita TV sales: 910 | Total sales: 136,636

Wii U sales: 7,349 | Total sales: 1,914,829

PlayStation 4 sales: 7,299 | Total sales: 685,484

Xbox One sales: 25,674 | Total sales: 25,674

<< Last week’s software sales chart

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Last week saw the release of the cloud-streaming Nintendo 3DS version of Dragon Quest X in Japan, which sold 52,375 at launch. As reported last night, the game was sold out in its first week, which isn’t surprising, considering Square Enix appear to have been conservative with their first shipment.

 

Unfortunately, it looks as though we won’t get to see just how successful Dragon Quest X on 3DS could have been in the near future, as Square Enix halted shipments of the game this week, due to technical issues. Perhaps future reports from the company will indicate how the 3DS version has performed.

 

Also released in Japan last week was the Xbox One and a bunch of games. The console itself sold 25,674 units in its first week. Considering that Microsoft consoles have historically been niche products in Japan, this isn’t very surprising, especially since the Xbox One launch didn’t include any software that could be considered popular in Japan.

 

Next week: Come back to see how Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS did. The game launches in Japan this Saturday, and it should be interesting to see how the very first portable iteration of the series does.

 

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 2: Head/Founder 63,401 2,422,146 3DS Level 5
New 02. Dragon Quest X 52,375 New 3DS Square Enix
02. 03. Toukiden Extreme 26,599 105,983 PSV Koei Tecmo
04. 04. Love Live! School Idol Paradise Vol.1 / Vol. 2/ Vol. 3 12,856 72,566 PSV Kadokawa
01. 05. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax 12,004 101,472 PS3 Atlus
New 06. Samurai Warriors 4 11,757 New PS4 Koei Tecmo
New 07. Titanfall 8,961 New XBO Microsoft
08. 08. Mario Kart 8 8,221 659,079 WiiU Nintendo
06. 09. Medabots 8: Kabuto / Kuwagata 8,214 41,540 3DS Rocket Company
New 10. Dead Rising 3 7,786 New XBO Microsoft
11. 11. Yoshi’s New Island 6,919 173,980 3DS Nintendo
New 12. Forza Motorsport 5 5,948 New XBO Microsoft
09. 13. Toukiden Extreme 5,802 16,828 PSP Koei Tecmo
15. 14. Yo-kai Watch 5,700 1,264,844 3DS Level 5
New 15. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 5,222 New PS3 Konami
11. 16. Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 5,009 133,059 3DS Bandai Namco
14. 17. Hyrule Warriors 4,933 96,812 WiiU Koei Tecmo
12. 18. The Last of Us Remastered 4,898 44,266 PS4 Sony
16. 19. Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Great Space-Time Adventure 4,749 157,369 3DS Bandai Namco
07. 20. Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin F – Coffin of the End 4,437 33,245 PS3 Bandai Namco

 

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.



  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

    Last week’s sales chart doesn’t look as impressive as anything this time around…

    However, aside from that, i want to see how Smash bros. 3DS will perform.

    • Ispheria

      Yeah, next week is going to be the interesting week

  • SobriK

    Really great coverage on DQ X’s stutters in Japan. I’ll be really interested to read how/if SE turns things around for it.

    Also it kinda looks like Bullet Girls, er… shot its wad… since it went from ~10k last week to <4,400 this week. I wonder if it has any chance for a western localization.

    • British_Otaku

      It isn’t Yokai Watch, so it was never going to last that long in the charts. As I see it, it did pretty well first week (29,690) and held surprisingly strong on the second week (10K).

      It could find a market in the west, but first a publisher will have to take on the challenge of localising, marketing and hopefully cutting as little as possible (presumably nothing). It seems like a lot of work given that Vita owners can import with relative ease.

    • darke

      It sold like your typical niche title sells. Company is probably happy enough with the results to make Bullet Girls 2. :P

  • Desukoru

    Gaist Crusher bombed again? That’s kind of sad.

    • Tonton Ramos

      Next Week Megaman’s Vegeance draws near…

  • Codename: D.A.V.I.D.

    Youkai Watch is Won-Stoppable!

    • ishyg

      With the game and those Happy Meal lines though, I think Japan really is mostly about the merchandise.

  • Matty

    now’s the time PC could secure a sizable Japanese audience, inbetween this slow start for the consoles.

    • decus

      Consoles never sell in japan and PC is no different. They play handhelds and phone games.

    • Unless I”m mistaken, services like Steam didn’t take off there so the market hasn’t really evolved like it did over here.

      That said, Japan does see potential in the market on our end at least.

      • ishyg

        “That said, Japan does see potential in the market on our end at least.”

        And this is what I’m happy about, because it will at least open up more opportunities for localization. Japan has great games that don’t make it to the west simply because most of the gamers are too focused on a few titles and hence those titles don’t sell very well.

      • Matty

        Steam didn’t take off yet, but also keep in mind Steam hadn’t accepted Yen or most Japanese payment services on their store until very recently.

        Now they do, so who knows if things will change.

        • darke

          I was amused recently when a Japanese-dub, chinese-and-japanese sub (no English) game appeared on steam. They are slowly branching out.

        • ishyg

          Oh wow I guess I’ll try to buy from Steam using my Japanese card, since they don’t accept my Philippine card before.

    • ishyg

      The only growing market on PC in Japan are date sims, h-games, and MMOs. There’s no “seizing” here since most people are on mobile and handhelds. Even I currently own just a 3DS, a Vita and a smartphone and I can get by nicely.

      • Matty

        I think it’s alittle shortsighted to not see potential for MMOs to grow a platform in the country much like how Mobas grew the PC platform in the West. Also alot of attention is on Oculus over in Japan, and I’m encountering more and more Japanese gamers on Steam all the time.

        • ishyg

          I get what you’re saying, and it’s not like I’m undermining the potential of MMOs. I see them all the time here being promoted. I just think that while PC gaming here is getting by, there’s not much market outside of core gamers. I guess I’m just a little bitter and sad that the only games I see hit 1m sales here are Pokemon, MH, Yokai Watch, those types, and everyone else games on their phones. Not that it’s bad, but you get the idea.

          If you go to TGS you’ll be quite concerned at how big those mobile publisher’s booths are, and how seldom you see PC games being promoted (or am I at the wrong hall?!).

    • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

      PC is not going to grow into anything in Japan. The market is simply too different there.

      PC is more or less, VN, Hentai games, MMO, or doujin game market.

      It is totally different from the west.

      • darke

        Kancolle is ridiculously huge as well, and I don’t think that’s represented among your list.

        • Hound

          Kantai Collection is an MMO game. Just scaled down.

          • darke

            Where’s the MMO part? I remember there being a central high-score list where you can compete against each other, but pretty much every f2p game has one of those.

      • Matty

        But those are all still PC games.

        I watch a few Japanese game streamers and youtube channels as of late, and many of them have started playing more and more Western Steam games.

        I think alot of our preconceived notions are more fragile than we think. It’s also easy for us to come to assumptions that just aren’t true in regards to countries we’ve never visited.

  • British_Otaku

    Poor Gaist Crusher God, even Yokai Watch (released over a year ago) outsold it this week. At least, the five folks who bought it will remember a great experience even if the charts don’t.

    • Tarkovsky

      At least it’s getting pretty good reviews on Amazon JP. XD

      • Namuro

        Yeah, even the first one has like 81 total score on 4Gamer, while smash hit games like MH4 got 76, and Youkai Watch 2 got 73. LOL

        But then again… The score was taken from only 3 reviews, while games like MH4 has a lot more reviews, with scores that range from as low as 20 up to 80.

        • British_Otaku

          I haven’t seen many 4Gamer scores but I don’t consider looking at scores along from numerous reviewers to be a good method of perceiving how good something is.

          User reviews range in worth, but I assume it can be concluded that the people who have it like or love it. Given that Famitsu apparently recorded it selling around 3K, we are lucky to have any reviewers proportion wise.

          • Namuro

            Oh, I no longer take ANY reviews into account for when I’m buying games. If I like it, I buy it. That’s it. LOL

            Also, this is my first time looking at scores from 4Gamer, too. I only went there to see how much Gaist Crusher God sold.

      • British_Otaku

        Good user scores are alright, but that doesn’t pay the bills for Capcom/Treasure or make for lot of people to share the Miiverse or online experience with.

        It also makes for a harder case to present on Capcom Unity if I want other people to jump on to push for the game.

        DQX is bound to come around someday, even if it doesn’t work Day 1 or ends up being awful.

  • ReidHershel

    Wonder if Capcom is going to continue going through with Gaist Crusher? I mean the first charted, this one didn’t even do that.

    • British_Otaku

      It is pretty much over at this point.
      They ran away from E.X. Troopers which sold three times as well as the original Gaist Crusher (PS3 sold more than GC, 3DS sold almost twice as much) first week.

      Companies including Capcom have ran away from good original ideas which sold more than this.

      It will be lucky to get any sort of localisation, whether it is limited to a manga translation or someone picking up the show.

      • I wonder, actually. Because even though E.X. Troopers performed better, I do think they didn’t put as much into it; GC is multimedia, right?

        I think it’d be best for them not to try harder/more, but if they still have things in production, I can see them trying to run it through the ground first. Which is a shame and frustrating for me, but meh. It probably won’t get localized though, that I can see.

        • British_Otaku

          E.X. Troopers was also (barely) multimedia as well, it appears to have a manga based on it.

          http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140816023601/capcomdatabase/images/2/25/EX_Troopers_Manga.png

          Yes though, Gaist Crusher had a lot more with an ongoing anime (still ongoing since the first game), additional toy economy for Gaists (never felt like I needed them, at least they will be cheap to pick up in the future), a number of other figures and tying themselves with Dragon Ball and One Piece’s artists and other stuff.

          How much more can they run the series into the ground? Presumably at this point, they have used all of the spare ideas and resources from the first game and seen Gaists, figures and such not sell. International release under some circumstances (anime and manga are more likely than the game) could work, but Yokai Watch is first in line on that front.

          • Hmmm. I didn’t know about the manga, but I’m skeptical about considering that high on the multimedia scale.

            That wasn’t the best phrasing that I was looking for, but what I mean is they won’t slow down with what they had planned, most likely. They’ll probably continue full-on, thinking that the best/only option. I could be entirely surprised and impressed, but I doubt that.

          • darke

            Manga is lowest on totem pole as far as cross-media things go. It’s the cheapest to produce, and easiest to kill of it’s not getting a good reception.

            As a point of comparison, the decidedly otaku-game Criminal Girls had a manga.

          • I know, which is why I said I don’t consider it high on the multimedia scale. The length, writer and/or artist would also make a significant difference (but I again doubt that it was long, nor that they got very popular/prominent creators on it.)

          • British_Otaku

            Yeah, I also didn’t know about the manga till recently. Since even Assassin’s Creed 4 had an ongoing manga from an artist I like, you may think of one manga adaptation as the minimum effort made in marketing next to a few TV CMs and such. Senran Kagura had two or three manga lined up next to and before the first game after all.

            Continue full-on with games which sell between 3-8K first week? I can’t deny that I would be pleased to have three or more great Treasure developed games for the 3DS but they probably developed God on the basis of them holding back some resources and good ideas sort of like Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate/G.

  • Namuro

    Huh, I’m quite surprised that the 3DS didn’t see a much sharper drop in sale, since the announcement of the new models. Can’t wait to see the opening sale number for the new ones!

    Also, Gaist Crusher God… Yikes… It made me feel so sad, since I was just watching a gameplay session by the staffs and some kids the other day, seeing how the kids got all excited playing the game…

    I wonder if they really “enjoyed” the game.

    • darke

      I’m not surprised. People who pay attention to gaming websites and announcements are a really small fraction of the people who walk into a game store and buy games.

      Sales will probably only drop when the in-store adverts for the new system start to appear.

      • Namuro

        When you only check for game news on the internet, I keep thinking that the majority of people also do the same. LOL

        Of course, when I talk to most of my friends, they have no clue of all the news and announcements.

        The changes in the sale number should be more significant once they announce “officially” through game stores or adverts on TV like you said.

    • Tarkovsky

      Thankfully MonHun4G will be able to help negate those poor sales.

      • Namuro

        Poor? It’s certainly not stellar, but I don’t think it’s exactly on the poor level (just my opinion, of course).

        But yeah, the release of 4G should stir things up quite a lot. It sure will stir up my wallet!

        • Tarkovsky

          I meant the poor sales of Gaist Crusher God haha

          • Namuro

            Oh, that. LOL

            Yeah… I wonder how much they invested into the series up to this point…

    • British_Otaku

      The 3DS XL has a promotional deal which ends this month (started in July). You could get a free copy of these games digitally out of it if you registered a new Nintendo ID.

      Link: http://www.siliconera.com/2014/07/17/dragon-quest-x-attack-titan-freebies-3ds-xl-purchase-japan/

      Dragon Quest X (Yes, even in the launch month), Mario Kart 8 and Attack on Titan were included in this month’s line up. August’s line up included Mario Kart 8, Fantasy Life Link and SMT4.

      • Namuro

        Still a lot of good games up for grab! I can dig it.

  • AuraGuyChris

    And Yo-kai Watch keeps selling like cheap one-time golden deluxe pancakes. Dethroning Pokemon seems possible now.

    • HarakiriKami

      Its not anywhere near 4 million tho

      • darke

        The latest game in an almost 2 year old game series has over half the sales of the latest game in an an almost 20 year old game series?

        I’m not interested in either game; but in terms of mind-share, pokemon has already lost. It’ll be interesting to see how pokemon’s next release does in comparison.

        • ishyg

          “but in terms of mind-share, pokemon has already lost.”

          At least in Japan. I don’t think lightning will hit twice if Yokai Watch gets localized, but who knows.

          • darke

            Yeah, but this article’s focused on Japan, I don’t really pay attention to western sales numbers outside of PC gaming. :P

            It’s possible that it’ll be popular in the west if they don’t mangle it too much; after all weird-ass-japanese-monsters just look the same as weird-ass-made-up-monsters to kids who don’t know the difference. :)

          • ishyg

            But we’re talking about mind-share, and Japan is but a small country. :p. Yeah my point doesn’t stand, I admit defeat, you win. Sorry.

            Regarding your previous post, I also think it’s quite interesting to know and compare numbers, given that remakes usually sell lesser than the next iteration.

            Yeah, and given how fresh these weird-ass-monsters design would be in the west, I think it’ll come down to gameplay and proper merchandising.

        • Tarkovsky

          Youkai Watch is already more popular than Pokemon amongst kids in Japan. So you are right, in a way.

      • ishyg

        When kids start lining for Happy Meal merch, you know Level-5 hit a gold mine. If they keep this up, who knows.

        http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/09/09/mcdonalds-japan-offers-yo-kai-watch-cards-with-happy-meals-traffic-jams-and-giant-lines-ensue/

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    52,375 people bought Dragon’s Quest X for the 3DS? And how many of those buyers can actually play the bloody thing?

    • darke

      From the look of things… not many.

  • samsneeze

    Samurai Warriors 4 did that bad, huh? I wonder if it has anything to do with the over population of the W-Force games/announcements lately.

    • Grape Monet

      It’s because the PS3 and Vita versions have been available since March.

    • Yan Zhao

      THats just the PS4 version….

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    Poor PSV; it’s closing in to 10k / sub-10k sales again~. =/

    • darke

      Always seems to be lower on weeks when there’s no new games for it. Don’t worry, by next week it’ll have sold more in two weeks then the XB1 has. >.>

    • Hector Velar

      my wallet is ready to purchase a psvtv whenever they feel like increasing those numbers.

  • Jero

    I want to see how the n3DS will perform, I guess most of its sales will come from the smash bundle tho.

    • Tarkovsky

      Smash and MonHun4G bundles should ensure a good start for the N3DS.

  • Limbless

    I find it funny to see that xbone number with all these “XBOX ONE” adverts plastered all over the site.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    Gaist crusher was killed by Youkai watch
    Ugghh such killer

  • Basil

    25K ? now thats embarrassing …

    • British_Otaku

      If you judge it by the standards of first week console sales, yes.
      It is both the worst selling Xbox console on first week and outsold by the PS4 or Wii U 12 times with over 300K.

      Link: http://www.dualshockers.com/2014/09/10/xbox-one-suffers-worst-first-week-sales-in-recorded-history-for-a-home-console-in-japan

      It is possible to find weeks for any of the systems currently being sold in Japan which outdo this first week and it is typical that one of the strongest weeks for a system is the first week.

      • Basil

        The thing about Japanese consumers – which I really like – is to deal with the facts not the hype .. Good games = buy ! and the other way around .

  • Justin Graham

    Xbox One. Ouch. Just, ouch.

  • Oxybelis

    Look Xbone sells better than PS4+Wii U+PS3. Hail the new champion!

    • darke

      Champion of a week. I’m worried the Vita TV sales will eclipse it in week two. >.>

  • CozyAndWarm

    PS4 still can’t outsell Wii U despite Sony’s TGS pre-show.

    And I’ve always wondered, who are these ~1000 people who keep consistently buying the Vita TV every week?

    • British_Otaku

      While I’ve seen public opinion and shares for a company improve after events, do we ever see sales increase for games or consoles?

      Sony’s games will pay off when the games release, though some people were triggered to buy a system last week based on some new footage of games which probably won’t make it this year and I’m saying this without watching the pre-show… may even be cancelled.

      Megaman Legends 3 looked awesome and was my main attraction for the 3DS, but I wasn’t going to get it till I saw at least the paid demo or the game approaching release.

  • Yan Zhao

    LOL Xbox One.

    LOL Dead Rising 3 and Forza sales on Xbox One.

    Pack it up Microsoft, you’re in the wrong territory.

    That Castlevania Lord of Shadow 2 sales though, ouch. And lol Gaist Crusher didnt even make it on the chart.

  • Göran Isacson

    Man, Gaist Crusher God doesn’t even chart, Lords of Shadow and Dead Rising sell in piddling amounts (one wonders what it means when an Xbox One game outsells a PS3 game) while Yokai Watch continues to rule supreme. Not a lot of surprises here at all, Hyrule Warriors slowly climbs towards 80 % sold of the first shipment, the rest of their titles stay where they are and everyone is cozy. Gonna be interesting to see if all the controversy has hurt DQX sales next week… and of course, if Smash Bros can put up a fight against Yokai Watch.

    • British_Otaku

      I actually preordered Gaist Crusher God (e-Capcom why not?) even if I expected it to do poorly and all, what a shame.

      We aren’t going to see any Xbox One games outsell a PS3 game for a long time, perhaps Psycho Pass has a chance but otherwise the PS3 is the platform for anime licensed console games and will have Persona 5 as one of the big hitters eventually.

      I’m expecting DQX to slow down to an absolute crawl next week just like JoJo PS3’s second week. I expect Smash Bros to sell like crazy since Brawl sold nearly 820K first week in Japan. Since Yokai Watch isn’t going to speed up suddenly out of nowhere, next week is definitely Smash Bros’ week with around 100-200K as I see it.

      I would bet higher, but the shared hype between the Wii U and 3DS may be a factor against that and Mario Kart 7 didn’t set records for Mario Kart sales even if it did better than the Wii U version.

      • Göran Isacson

        My tangent about the PS3 s Xbox was referring to Lords of Shadow 2 and Dead Rising 3, where Dead Rising 3 did in fact outsell Lords of Shadow for the PS3. Then again, as you say PS3 is the platform for anime games and such and Lords of Shadow 2 is ever so western.

        I suppose that it would make sense for Smash to nab nr 1 spot next time, if only because it will have a whole weekend, almost week to sell before the charts are in. Lot of copies can probably be moved in that time. Think the DQX slowdown will happen because everyone interested has probably already bought it, or will it be because of the issues?

  • Aristides

    You know how MS can turn sales in Japan around and become the best selling platform? By buying Level 5 and slapping Yokai Watch all over it! Cmon ppl you know they’re capable XD.

    Also that’s a nice boost for the PS4, 2015 can’t come soon enough. XP

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