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

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

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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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd 98,628 New PSV Sega
01. 02. Mario Party: Island Tour 78,098 210,767 3DS Nintendo
New 03. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd 59,965 New PS3 Sega
08. 04. Yo-kai Watch 48,345 662,724 3DS Level 5
02. 05. Samurai Warriors 4 46,490 166,942 PS3 Tecmo Koei
03. 06. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 38,617 158,232 PS3 Konami
New 07. New LovePlus+ 31,258 New 3DS Konami
02. 08. J-Stars Victory Vs. 25,300 143,540 PS3 Namco Bandai
05. 09. J-Stars Victory Vs. 24,825 122,646 PSV Namco Bandai
New 10. Hakuoki SSL: Sweet School Life 21,640 New PSV Idea Factory
09. 11. Samurai Warriors 4 19,596 59,193 PSV Tecmo Koei
New 12. Winning Post 8 19,156 New PS3 Konami
10. 13. Dark Souls II 17,771 310,253 PS3 From Software
07. 14. Pro Baseball Spirits 2014 16,897 80,795 PS3 Konami
New 15. Pro Baseball Spirits 2014 14,877 42,700 PSP Konami
17. 16. Kirby Triple Deluxe 14,564 530,459 3DS Nintendo
18. 17. Fossil Fighters: Infinite Gear 12,966 120,379 3DS Nintendo
06. 18. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 12,374 104,277 PS4 Konami
New 19. Winning Post 8 12,120 New PSV Konami
New 20. Atelier Ayesha Plus 11,663 New PSV Gust


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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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.