This Week In Sales: Lost Heroes Return With Dragon Ball Xenoverse

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    Period: The week of February 2nd – February 8th (2015)

    Top-seller: Dragon Ball Xenoverse (PS3) – 44,221

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 2,642 | Tot. sales: 9,806,790

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 3,084 | Tot. sales: 6,873,410

    New Nintendo 3DS sales: 7,916 | Tot. sales: 457,430

    New Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 21,650 | Tot. sales: 1,062,846

    PlayStation Vita sales: 10,013 | Tot. sales: 3,505,648

    Vita TV sales: 560 | Tot. sales: 154661

    Wii U sales: 6,517 | Tot. sales: 2,213,720

    PlayStation 4 sales: 18,758 | Tot. sales: 1,097,424

    Xbox One sales: 238 | Tot. sales: 45486

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    Last week, Bandai Namco released Dragon Ball Xenoverse in Japan, and the game sold 44,221 copies on the PlayStation 3, with another 34,690 sold on PlayStation 4.

     

    Additionally, the publisher also released Lost Heroes 2, a dungeon-crawler featuring the Gundam, Ultraman, and Kamen Rider franchises, for Nintendo 3DS. That game sold 20,691 copies, which is a rather large drop from the first Lost Heroes game.

     

    The first game was released in 2012, and sold 32,504 copies on 3DS and another 15,650 copies on the PSP. I’m not quite certain just what is responsible for the drop in sales, but it could simply be that a number of people got their fill of a crossover dungeon RPG involving those franchises with the first game.

     

    There are other examples to support this as well, such as the fact that when Bandai Namco released Gundam Breaker in 2013, it sold over 200,000 copies at launch. Meanwhile, 2014’s Gundam Breaker 2 debuted lower at close to 124,000 copies. The same happened with One Piece: Pirate Warriors (655,774) and Pirate Warriors 2 (275,000 at launch).

     

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

     

    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.Dragon Ball Xenoverse44,221NewPS3Bandai Namco
    New02.Dragon Ball Xenoverse34,690NewPS4Bandai Namco
    04.03.Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner24,0682,455,8803DSLevel 5
    New04.Lost Heroes 220,691New3DSBandai Namco
    07.05.Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire12,2342,501,0003DSPokémon Co.
    02.06.Far Cry 49,79046,029PS4Ubisoft
    09.07.Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate9,7152,460,9203DSCapcom
    New08.Ebikore Photo Kano Kiss9,512NewPSVKadokawa
    01.09.Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker9,24062,5053DSAtlus
    11.10.Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS8,9502,140,2613DSNintendo
    06.11.Far Cry 48,51326,879PS3Ubisoft
    03.12.Tales of Zestiria8,225378,602PS3Bandai Namco
    New13.Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin7,770NewPS3Bandai Namco
    08.14.Kirby and the Rainbow Curse7,00452,009WiiUNintendo
    14.15.Super Smash Bros. for Wii U5,683581,796WiiUNintendo
    19.16.Mario Kart 84,799911,267WiiUNinendo
    17.17.Yo-kai Watch 2: Head/Founder4,7773,098,5893DSLevel 5
    20.18.Animal Crossing: New Leaf4,6783,913,8473DSNintendo
    New19.Persona 4: Golden (The Best)3,574NewPSVAtlus
    16.20.Kenka Bancho 62,89640,7423DSSpike Chunsoft

     

    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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