This Week In Sales: PlayStation Vita Price Cut And Dynasty Warriors 8

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    Period: The week of February 25th – March 3rd (2013)

    Top-seller: Dynasty Warriors 8 – 203,224

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 27,174 | Total sales: 8,055,697

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 50,265 | Total sales: 2,708,598

    PlayStation Vita sales: 62,543 | Total sales: 1,294,407

    Wii U sales: 10,021 | Total sales: 801,027

    << Last week’s software sales chart

     

    Last week was a busy one for game releases in Japan. Tecmo Koei released Dynasty Warriors 8, which led the software sales charts with 203,224 copies sold in its first week on store shelves. Behind it at #2 was another new release, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies, supposedly Layton’s final adventure, with 130,686 copies sold.

     

    At #3 was Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus, a spin-off of Marvelous AQL’s Senran Kagura series of games starring factions of female ninjas engaged in war with one other. At retail, Shinovi Versus sold 94,324 copies, but earlier in the week, Marvelous reported that total sales—including download sales—are at 120,000.

     

    Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus released in tandem with a price cut on Sony’s PlayStation Vita device. The price cut, which reduced the system’s price from 25,000 yen to 20,000 yen, spurred Vita sales for the week, moving 62,543 Vita devices. Sony are hoping to keep momentum up with the release of Soul Sacrifice, a multiplayer action game, this week.

     

    Also released last week was the PlayStation Vita version of Phantasy Star Online 2. While the online multiplayer game is both free to download and play, Sega also released a retail version with added in-game benefits that people could buy. The retail version sold 61,227 copies, although downloads were obviously likely much higher.

     

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

     

    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.Dynasty Warriors 8203,224NewPS3Tecmo Koei
    New02.Professor Layton and The Azran Legacies130,686New3DSLevel 5
    New03.Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus94,324NewPSVMarvelous AQL
    New04.Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission88,386New3DSNamco Bandai
    03.05.Animal Crossing: New Leaf73,6152,739,6543DSNintendo
    New06.Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy63,089NewPS3Namco Bandai
    New07.Phantasy Star Online 2 Special Package61,227NewPSVSega
    01.08.Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance60,394369,075PS3Konami
    New09.Shining Ark54,837NewPSPSega
    02.10.Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden46,8781,135,2203DSSquare Enix
    New11.Touch Detective: Funghi’s Big Breed28,367New3DSSuccess
    New12.D.C. III Plus: Da Capo III Plus12,444NewPSPKadokawa
    07.13.New Super Mario Bros. 210,2081,942,3643DSNintendo
    08.14.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)9,177244,6423DSCapcom
    06.15.Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition7,737413,787WiiNamco Bandai
    39.16.Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational7,616184,192PSVSony
    10.17.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb5,983435,1463DSNamco Bandai
    04.18.Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic5,81535,2173DSNamco Bandai
    12.19.Mario Kart 75,3071,988,4553DSNintendo
    09.20.Fantasy Life5,236241,5763DSLevel 5

     

    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and Geimin.net.

    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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