This Week In Sales: Hatsune Miku’s Latest Performance Is A Tad Concerning


Period: The week of March 24th – March 30th (2014)

Top-seller: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd (PSV) – 98,628

Nintendo 3DS sales: 12,508 | Total sales: 9,448,852

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 52,124 | Total sales: 5,905,214

PlayStation Vita sales: 39,752 | Total sales: 2,652,595

Vita TV sales: 2,115 | 102,670

Wii U sales: 13,026 | Total sales: 1,689,734

PlayStation 4 sales: 23,327 | 493,338

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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd made its debut in Japan last week on PS Vita and PlayStation 3. The game sold 98,628 copies on Vita and another 59,965 copies on PS3, for a combined total of 158,593 copies sold at launch.


At first glance, one would say that’s pretty good. That’s around the same figure that Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f sold at launch on PS Vita alone (159,592 copies) back in 2012. However, Sega released a PlayStation 3 version of Project Diva f just a few months later, and that version of the game sold another 110,229 copies right off the bat.


By April 2013, Sega announced that total shipments of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f were at nearly 400,000 copies. Whether or not Project Diva F 2nd will top that remains to be seen, but at this rate, it looks unlikely, given that both PS3 and Vita versions of the game have individually sold less than their predecessors.


As for why Sega attempted a multiplatform release for the game this time around… this is pure speculation on my part, but back in 2012, a member of the Project Diva f development team shared that they had spent “too much” on the game’s development costs. Perhaps Sega hoped that releasing this new game on two platforms at once would result in significantly higher sales early on.


After all, in the case of the original Project Diva series on PSP, launch week sales went as far up as 240,000 by the time Project Diva 2nd released. However, the Diva F series doesn’t appear to be showing the same kind of growth.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd98,628NewPSVSega
01.02.Mario Party: Island Tour78,098210,7673DSNintendo
New03.Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd59,965NewPS3Sega
08.04.Yo-kai Watch48,345662,7243DSLevel 5
02.05.Samurai Warriors 446,490166,942PS3Tecmo Koei
03.06.Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes38,617158,232PS3Konami
New07.New LovePlus+31,258New3DSKonami
02.08.J-Stars Victory Vs.25,300143,540PS3Namco Bandai
05.09.J-Stars Victory Vs.24,825122,646PSVNamco Bandai
New10.Hakuoki SSL: Sweet School Life21,640NewPSVIdea Factory
09.11.Samurai Warriors 419,59659,193PSVTecmo Koei
New12.Winning Post 819,156NewPS3Konami
10.13.Dark Souls II17,771310,253PS3From Software
07.14.Pro Baseball Spirits 201416,89780,795PS3Konami
New15.Pro Baseball Spirits 201414,87742,700PSPKonami
17.16.Kirby Triple Deluxe14,564530,4593DSNintendo
18.17.Fossil Fighters: Infinite Gear12,966120,3793DSNintendo
06.18.Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes12,374104,277PS4Konami
New19.Winning Post 812,120NewPSVKonami
New20.Atelier Ayesha Plus11,663NewPSVGust


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 wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". 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.