This Week In Sales: PlayStation 4 Makes Its Debut

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Period: The week of February 17th – February 23rd (2014)

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Top-seller: Knack – 309,304

Nintendo 3DS sales: 9,898 | Total sales: 9,390,725

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 22,253 | Total sales: 5,751,208

PlayStation Vita sales: 16,857 | Total sales: 2,496,293

Vita TV sales: 1,383 | 93,849

Wii U sales: 8,407 | Total sales: 1,643,095

PlayStation 4 sales: 309,154

<< Last week’s software sales chart

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The PlayStation 4 was released in Japan on February 22nd, and the system sold 309,154 units in its opening weekend, according to Japanese sales tracker Media Create. In Japan, Knack was bundled with the PlayStation 4 at launch, which also gave that game the #1 spot on the software sales chart.


Meanwhile, Yakuza Restoration was released on February 22nd as well. The game sold 138,158 copies on PlayStation 3, and another 82,540 copies on PlayStation 4. Other notable PlayStation 4 launch games—most catering more to western tastes—sold far less, and you can see how they did in the sales chart below.


Overall, software sales for PS4 are, thus far, rather unimpressive, but given the relatively weak launch line-up accompanying the system, the low numbers make sense. It should be interesting to see how PS4 sales hold up in the coming weeks, as there appears to be little in the form of high-profile, exclusive software for the platform coming any time soon.


Finally, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Wii U sold just 14,330 copies in its second week on store shelves, bringing total sales to a mere 50,047 copies sold thus far.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Knack 309,304 New PS4 Sony
New 02. Yakuza Restoration 138,158 New PS3 Sega
New 03. Yakuza Restoration 82,540 New PS4 Sega
01. 04. Dragon Quest Monsters 2 72,350 634,433 3DS Square Enix
New 05. Kuroko’s Basketball: Miraculous Victory 45,681 New 3DS Namco Bandai
05. 06. Yo-kai Watch 35,125 458,961 3DS Level 5
New 07. Killzone: Shadow Fall 32,336 New PS4 Sony
New 08. Battlefield 4 24,799 New PS4 Electronic Arts
04. 09. Kirby Triple Deluxe 17,665 457,796 3DS Nintendo
07. 10. Puzzle & Dragons Z 15,092 1,374,333 3DS Gung Ho
New 11. Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition 14,356 New PS4 Tecmo Koei
02. 12. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 14,330 50,047 WiiU Nintendo
New 13. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag 13,862 New PS4 Ubisoft
New 14. Call of Duty: Ghosts 13,701 New PS4 Square Enix
New 15. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition 12,093 New PS4 Square Enix
10. 16. Pokémon X and Y 11,302 3,961,624 3DS Pokémon Co.
08. 17. Puyo Puyo Tetris 8,859 67,204 3DS Sega
New 18. FIFA 14 8,808 New PS4 Electronic Arts
09. 19. Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Full Boost 7,763 321,054 PS3 Namco Bandai
New 20. Need for Speed: Rivals 6,602 New PS4 Electronic Arts


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". 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.