This Week In Sales: Bravely Second Is On The Job

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    Period: The week of April 20th  – April 26th (2015)

    Top-seller: Bravely Second (3DS) – 100,047

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 1,095 | Tot. sales: : 9,831,802

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 1,253 | Tot. sales: 6,899,608

    New Nintendo 3DS sales: 5,329 | Tot. sales: 537,984

    New Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 13,981 | Tot. sales: 1,295,464

    PlayStation Vita sales: 15,467 | Tot. sales: 3,731,614

    Vita TV sales: 558 | Tot. sales: 161,706

    Wii U sales: 7,210 | Tot. sales: 2,289,803

    PlayStation 4 sales: 20,112 | Tot. sales: 1,429,255

    Xbox One sales: 201 | Tot. sales: 50,618

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    Last week, Square Enix released Bravely Second in Japan and the game sold 100,047 copies in its first week. That’s a far lower debut than Bravely Default, which sold 141,529 copies at launch.

     

    While the game has seen a slower start than Bravely Default, Japanese retail chain Tsutaya say they expect sales to remain strong through Golden Week, which should help offset the slow start to some extent.

     

    As for why Bravely Second has seen a slower start than its predecessor… this is just a personal opinion, but judging by everything we’ve seen thus far, Second doesn’t really seem to do anything new that helps set it apart from Bravely Default. The game appears to be fairly iterative, and while that’s great for folks that liked Default and wanted more, it doesn’t help attract wider audiences.

     

    And with that, the top-20 software sales chart for last week is as follows:

     

    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.Bravely Second100,047New3DSSquare Enix
    New02.TV Anime Idol Master Cinderella Girls G4U! Pack Vol. 124,341NewPS3Bandai Namco
    01.03.Style Savvy 323,72478,9033DSNintendo
    New04.Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II22,609NewPS4Compile Heart
    New05.BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend15,550NewPS3Arc System Works
    04.06.Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition12,667109,784PSVSony
    New07.Meiji Toukyou Renka: Twilight Kiss10,083NewPSPBroccoli
    New08.Tropico 58,706NewPS4Square Enix
    New09.BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend7,589NewPS4Arc System Works
    02.10.Dying Light7,03032,560PS4Warner Ent.
    14.11.Assassination Classroom: Koro-sensei the Great Siege!!6,84556,6723DSBandai Namco
    New12.Clock Zero: Shuuen no Ichibyou ExTime6,306NewPSVIdea Factory
    New13.Toukiden Kiwami6,103NewPS4Koei Tecmo
    07.14.Mario Party 105,033123,465WiiUNintendo
    19.15.Mario Kart 84,989966,494WiiUNintendo
    12.16.Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire4,9732,603,8573DSPokémon Co.
    10.17.Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner4,8512,591,7023DSLevel 5
    05.18.One Piece: Pirate Warriors 34,770141,981PS3Bandai Namco
    21.19.Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS4,1092,215,2553DSNintendo
    06.20.The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z: Tengoku Hen4,001147,155PSVBandai Namco

     

    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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