Period: The week of June 23rd – June 29th (2014)

Top-seller: Freedom Wars (PSV) – 188,888

Nintendo 3DS sales: 5,081 | Total sales: 9,527,024

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 22,803 | Total sales: 6,199,735

PlayStation Vita sales: 22,192 | Total sales: 2,880,779

Vita TV sales: 2,727 | 121,075

Wii U sales: 10,653 | Total sales: 1,812,249

PlayStation 4 sales: 8,059 | 620,619

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Hunting-action games are the PlayStation Vita’s bread-and-butter, and last week, Sony released another such game in Japan—Freedom Wars, designed by Shift, the studio behind the God Eater series.

 

Freedom Wars sold 188,888 copies in its first week, which is an impressive debut, although not surprising, given the game’s genre and the heavy marketing that Sony have been doing in the months leading up to release. Here’s how the game’s first-week sales compare to those of other recent hunting-action titles on PlayStation platforms:

 

God Eater 2 – 378,350 (PSV + PSP)

Toukiden – 188,810 (PSV + PSP)

Soul Sacrifice – 92,396 (PSV only)

 

Very respectable. Freedom Wars has sold the same amount at launch as Toukiden did across both Vita and PSP. The question now is how the game will do in the weeks to come. One point of concern in this regard is that players have noticed some fairly serious balance issues within the game, and these are prominent enough to have prompted a response from the game’s producer, who has pledged to iron them out.

 

Perhaps more interesting is the fact that Freedom Wars presently sits at a rating of 2.5 stars (out of 5) on Amazon, and a number of user reviews point to the aforementioned balance issues, complaining about the second half of the game. Ideally, this wouldn’t affect sales too much, since we live in an age where problems such as these can be patched and fixed, and more savvy consumers are aware of this, but it should be interesting to monitor the game’s performance over the next few weeks regardless.

 

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

 

LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Freedom Wars188,888NewPSVSony
New 02.Watch Dogs63,595NewPS4Ubisoft
New 03.Kamen Rider: Battride War II62,649NewPS3Bandai Namco
New 04.Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Great Space-Time Adventure53,095New3DSBandai Namco
New 05.Girls und Panzer: I Will Master Tankery!31,526NewPSVBandai Namco
New 06.Watch Dogs31,028NewPS3Ubisoft
02.07.Yo-kai Watch29,5901,147,2023DSLevel 5
03.08.Mario Kart 823,520492,837WiiUNintendo
01.09.Pokémon Art Academy15,37346,4543DSNintendo
04.10.Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Challenge of the Blue Samurai13,026136,893PS3Konami
New 11.Date A Live: Arusu Install9,703NewPS3Compile Heart
05.12.Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth7,072237,3793DSAtlus
New 13.Kamen Rider: Battride War II6,936NewWiiUBandai Namco
New 14.Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate6,768NewPS4Koei Tecmo
New 15.Grand Theft Auto V (Bargain Edition)6,732NewPS3Take 2
10.16.FIFA14: World Class Soccer6,51053,813PS4Electronic Arts
08.17.Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Challenge of the Blue Samurai6,45456,7423DSKonami
New 18.Robotics;Notes Elite5,467NewPSV5pb.
12.19.Pokémon X and Y4,6414,092,6533DSPokémon Co.
17.20.Monster Hunter 44,2503,300,6893DSCapcom

 

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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