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This Week In Sales: Dragon Quest Builders Builds Its Way To The Top


Period: The week of January 25th – January 31st (2016)

Top-seller: Dragon Quest Builders (PS Vita) – 178,016

Nintendo 3DS sales: 3,298

Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 558

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 4,978

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 22,593

PlayStation Vita sales: 45,114

Wii U sales: 8,931

PlayStation 4 sales: 32,557

Xbox One sales: 92

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Last week, Japan saw one of their biggest releases of the year with Dragon Quest Builders for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. Media Create has provided the latest update on sales data of video game software and hardware for the week of January 25th through January 31st, 2016.


Dragon Quest Builders released in Japan on January 28, and it sold a total of 372,539 copies in Japan for PlayStation Vita (178,016 copies,) PlayStation 4 (141,369 copies,) and PlayStation 3 (53,154 copes). It isn’t rare for any game with the Dragon Quest title attached to it to do well in Japan, but the top-selling platform for the title is PlayStation Vita, and it’s safe to assume that the success and likeness of Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition in Japan drove some of its sales.


It’s also interesting to see that PlayStation 4 sales were up by 8,116 units and the PlayStation Vita’s sales were impressively higher by 30,115 units compared to the week prior, and we can also assume that it’s largely due to the release of Dragon Quest’s block-make RPG.


While Dragon Quest Builders took 1st, 2nd, and 4th place with PS Vita, PS4, and PS3 respectively, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash snuck in to take the 3rd spot with 55,331 copies sold in its opening week. The previous entry in the series, Mario Tennis Open, saw 101,645 copies sold in its debut week, but the game was released for the more popular 3DS system, so 55,331 units for a Wii U title on its first week isn’t bad at all, but pretty normal for a Super Mario title, which tend to do pretty well in Japan.


Dragon Quest Builders was definitely the highlight of the week, but there were several other releases. Uta no ☆ Prince-Sama: Music 3 sold through 51,289 copies on its debut week, shy of Music 2 which sold 68,415 copies on PSP back in 2013. Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 sold 35,532 copies across PlayStation 4 (20,101 units) and PlayStation 3 (15,431,) much more than Romance of the Three Kingdoms 12 did for PS3 back in 2012 with 17,013 units sold in its first week.


TV Anime [email protected]: Cinderella Girls G4U! Pack Vol. 8 was another new release, and saw 15,720 copies sold on PS3. And finally, The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water made its debut on PlayStation Vita and sold through 12,436 copies last week.


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

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Dragon Quest Builders 178,016 New PSV Square Enix
New 02. Dragon Quest Builders 141,369 New PS4 Square Enix
New 03. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash 55,331 New Wii U
New 04. Dragon Quest Builders 53,154 New PS3 Square Enix
New 05. Uta no ☆ Prince-Sama: Music 3 51,289 New PSV Broccoli
01. 06. Yakuza Kiwami 20,260 123,516 PS4 Sega
New 07. Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 20,101 New PS4 Koei Tecmo
02. 08. Yakuza Kiwami 17,591 78,091 PS3 Sega
06. 09. Monster Hunter X 17,023 2,661,523 3DS Capcom
New 10. TV Anime [email protected]: Cinderella Girls G4U! Pack Vol. 8 15,720 New PS3 Bandai Namco
New 11. Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 15,431 New PS3 Koei Tecmo
03. 12. Hyrule Warriors Legends 15,174 69,653 3DS Koei Tecmo
08. 13. Splatoon 13,256 1,228,409 Wii U Nintendo
New 14. The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water 12,436 New PSV Bandai Namco
10. 15. Yo-kai Watch Busters: White Dog Unit/Red Cat Troupe 11,135 2,183,566 3DS Level-5
11. 16. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition 10,733 642,224 PSV SCE
09. 17. Monster Strike 10,263 779,754 3DS Mixi
04. 18. Just Cause 3 8,928 42,588 PS4 Square Enix
13. 19. Super Mario Maker 7,865 784,211 Wii U Nintendo
??? 20. Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS Force 7,429 137,877 PSV Bandai Namco

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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