This Week In Sales: The Calm Before The Storm

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    Period: The week of June 30th – July 6th (2014)

    Top-seller: Freedom Wars (PSV) – 43,160

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 5,424 | Total sales: 9,532,448

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 21,914 | Total sales: 6,221,649

    PlayStation Vita sales: 18,438 | Total sales: 2,899,217

    Vita TV sales: 2,217 | 123,292

    Wii U sales: 9,961 | Total sales: 1,822,210

    PlayStation 4 sales: 7,876 | 628,495

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    Last week saw no notable videogame releases in Japan. The only new release to appear in the top-20 software sales chart was the PlayStation 4 port of Akiba’s Trip, which sold 3,602 copies.

     

    At the very top of the charts was Freedom Wars, which maintained its lead for a second week in a row, followed by Yo-Kai Watch at the #2 position. At #3 was Bandai Namco’s new Taiko Drum Master game, which we’ll likely see sticking around for at least a few weeks, given how successful the series has been in the past.

     

    On the subject of Yo-Kai Watch, a sequel to the 3DS RPG, Yo-Kai Watch 2, will be released in Japan this week, and we’ll opening sales figures for the game in next week’s sales column. Since the release of the first game, Yo-Kai Watch has grown to become one of Japan’s biggest videogame franchises in recent memory, so it should be interesting to see what kind of numbers Yo-Kai Watch 2 debuts at.

     

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

     

    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    01.01.Freedom Wars43,160232,048PSVSony
    07.02.Yo-kai Watch28,9331,176,1343DSLevel 5
    04.03.Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Great Space-Time Adventure24,41277,5083DSBandai Namco
    03.04.Mario Kart 819.386512,223WiiUNintendo
    02.05.Watch Dogs12,78376,378PS4Ubisoft
    06.06.Watch Dogs12,65643,684PS3Ubisoft
    03.07.Kamen Rider: Battride War II10,65173,300PS3Bandai Namco
    09.08.Pokémon Art Academy10,00356,4563DSNintendo
    10.09.Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Challenge of the Blue Samurai7,607144,500PS3Konami
    15.10.Grand Theft Auto V (Bargain Edition)5,71712,448PS3Take Two
    17.11.Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Challenge of the Blue Samurai5,70362,4463DSKonami
    16.12.FIFA14: World Class Soccer5,06558,878PS4Electronic Arts
    12.13.Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth4,996242,3753DSAtlus
    19.14.Pokémon X and Y4,5954,097,2483DSPokémon Co.
    11.15.Date A Live: Arusu Install4,38314,086PS3Compile Heart
    05.16.Girls und Panzer: I Will Master Tankery!4,01635,542PSVBandai Namco
    New17.Akiba’s Trip 23,602NewPS4Acquire
    20.18.Monster Hunter 43,3273,304,0163DSCapcom
    23.19.Mario Party: Island Tour3,305404,2113DSNintendo
    22.20.Mario Kart 73,2142,346,6223DSNintendo

     

    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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