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This Week In Sales: Hardware, Costume-Breaking Weapon Girls… El Psy Kongroo.


    Period: The week of December 7th – December 13th (2015)

    Top-seller: Monster Hunter X – 192,203

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 8,549

    Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 3,531

    New Nintendo 3DS sales: 19,454

    New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 81,294

    PlayStation Vita sales: 35,116

    Vita TV sales: 793

    Wii U sales: 47,890

    PlayStation 4 sales: 38,497

    Xbox One sales: 609

    << Last week’s software sales chart

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    Last week, Japan got a number of new releases that made it just on time for the holidays. You might have also noticed that hardware sales have increased for each system in Japan—yes, even the Xbox One—as we’ve seen in the past during the holiday seasons.


    Steins;Gate 0 is one of the major release we saw this past week, and while it may not have gotten the top newcomer spot, it’s been spread across three platforms on PlayStation Vita (38,746 units,) PlayStation 4 (38,156,) and PlayStation 3 (8,645) for a total of 85,547 units sold.


    There’s been plenty of Steins;Gate releases in the past throughout its various ports and couple side titles, but to give you an idea on how Steins;Gate 0 compares to one of the more popular releases in the past— Steins;Gate on PSP (2011) sold 63,558 units.


    It’s also interesting to see how close the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions sold, with the Steins;Gate 0 on Vita barely out-selling the former. Looking at how low the PlayStation 3 version sold compared to the other two, it’s safe to assume that a good amount of the series’ fanbase has already moved onto PS4.


    On top of the list for newcomers is Senran Kagura producer Kenichiro Takaki’s first title of his cross-media project, Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni on PlayStation Vita, which saw 39,013 units sold on its first week.


    To give you an idea on how Valkyrie Drive stacks up against Takaki’s main series, for Senran Kagura’s previous console-exclusive releases, we had Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson for Nintendo 3DS that saw 46,494 copies in its first week, along with Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus at 94,324 copies in its first.


    Given that Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni is a new IP, we didn’t expect to do much better than past Senran Kagura titles, but the very first Senran Kagura game for 3DS managed to hit 52,206 units sold in its first week, showing that Valkyrie Drive didn’t exactly perform poorly, but it wasn’t great either; however, we’ll likely see its sales continue on over the holidays this month.


    Gravity Rush Remastered also made its debut for this week, and saw 25,004 units sold on PlayStation 4. The original game on PlayStation Vita sold 43,462 during its first week, but as for Gravity Rush Remastered it’s a bit on the lower end of things. Nonetheless, this may be expected for a “Remaster” title to some, but keep in mind that it jumped—or should I say… Gravity Kicked, to a new console without many changes or new additions. We’ll likely see much different numbers for Gravity Rush 2 when it releases next year.


    Finally, we have Monster Hunter X on top place of all titles this week, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down until after the holidays. Following is Yo-kai Watch Busters, Splatoon, and Super Mario Maker. All of these titles have been selling consistently well for the past few weeks, and they’ll likely continue going strong for the rest of the month.


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


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys. Publisher
    01.01.Monster Hunter X192,2032,013,0483DSCapcom
    03.02.Yo-kai Watch Busters: White Dog Unit/Red Cat Troupe52,8781,851,5003DSLevel-5
    04.03.Splatoon51,138912,335Wii UNintendo
    05.04.Super Mario Maker48,600491,188Wii UNintendo
    New05.Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni39,013NewPSVMarvelous
    New06.Steins;Gate 038,746NewPSV5pb.
    New07.Steins;Gate 038,156NewPS45pb.
    02.08.Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam32,58081,8473DSNintendo
    08.09.Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer27,6691,175,2083DSNintendo
    New10.Gravity Rush Remastered25,004NewPS4SCE
    New11.Rainbow Six Siege23,402NewPS4Ubisoft
    New12.The Idolmaster: Must Songs23,349NewPSVBandai Namco
    07.13.Disney Magical World 221,553152,5333DSBandai Namco
    09.14.Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition17,643442,010PSVSCE
    New15.The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC Evolution15,202NewPSVKadokawa Games
    16.16.Rhythm Heaven: The Best+14,332524,0533DSNintendo
    12.17.Sumikko Gurashi: Omise Hajimerundesu12,50641,9533DSNippon Columbia
    10.18.Call of Duty: Black Ops III8,840240,340PS4SCE
    New19.Steins;Gate 08,645NewPS35pb.
    11.20.Star Wars Battlefront8,368160,104PS4EA

    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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