This Week In Sales: Kids Return To School, Sales Drop

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    Period: The week of April 6th  – April 12th (2015)

    Top-seller: Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (PS4) – 20,494

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 1,678 | Tot. sales: : 9,829,563

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 1,986 | Tot. sales: 6,897,046

    New Nintendo 3DS sales: 6,222 | Tot. sales: 527,331

    New Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 16,955 | Tot. sales: 1,267,436

    PlayStation Vita sales: 17,517 | Tot. sales: 3,701,579

    Vita TV sales: 511 | Tot. sales: 160,657

    Wii U sales: 6,654 | Tot. sales: 2,276,269

    PlayStation 4 sales: 17,885 | Tot. sales: 1,393,724

    Xbox One sales: 238 | Tot. sales: 50,247

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    Following Spring break, the start of the new school term is upon Japan, and so hardware and software sales across the board have seen a drop. Last week marked the beginning of this slow period, and the only notable release was the PlayStation 4 port of Dark Souls II.

     

    Since there isn’t much to talk about, regarding last week specifically, let’s talk about this period of the year in general. Retail chain Tsutaya reports that the Nintendo 3DS in particular is taking a rather big hit during this slow period, as a good chunk of the 3DS’s userbase consists of school kids. That having been said, they feel sales are holding up favourably compared to the same point last year, particularly since 2014 was the year that the consumption tax hike took place in Japan.

     

    While no major games were released in Japan last week, one title of note is coming up this Thursday, which we’ll see reflected in next week’s software sales chart. That game is Style Savvy 3, and Tsutaya expects it to do well. Style Savvy has a tendency of seeing long-lasting sales over lengthy periods of time, and the game appeals to both younger girls as well as women in their 20s. Pre-orders are reportedly going well, too. We’ll see how it does in next week’s sales column.

     

    And with that, the top-20 software sales chart for last week is as follows:

     

    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin20,494NewPS4From Software
    01.02.The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z: Tengoku Hen15,394136,613PSVBandai Namco
    02.03.The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z: Tengoku Hen14,582123,783PS3Bandai Namco
    09.04.Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition11,84284,942PSVSony
    06.05.One Piece: Pirate Warriors 310,777130,285PS3Bandai Namco
    05.06.Bloodborne9,780184,957PS4Sony
    04.07.Sword Art Online: Lost Song9,037171,613PSVBandai Namco
    12.08.Mario Party 108,954112,442WiiUNintendo
    03.09.Xenoblade Chronicles 3D8,90565,8373DSNintendo
    47.10.Assassination Classroom: Koro-sensei the Great Siege!!8,55544,6313DSBandai Namco
    15.11.Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner7,2752,581,1923DSLevel 5
    08.12.Theatrhythm Dragon Quest7,11199,9653DSSquare Enix
    10.13.One Piece: Pirate Warriors 36,98476,236PSVBandai Namco
    07.14.Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair6,36227,944PS4D3 Publisher
    18.15.Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire6,0572,593,4013DSPokémon Co.
    11.16.Pro Baseball Spirits 20155,99383,131PS3Konami
    13.17.Pro Baseball Spirits 20155,25162,788PSVKonami
    21.18.Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth5,218123,656PSVBandai Namco
    27.19.Mario Kart 84,961956,963WiiUNintendo
    17.20.Resident Evil: Revelations 24,892107,992PS3Capcom

     

    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create. Thumbnail image courtesy AsiaExpatGuides.

    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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