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


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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin 20,494 New PS4 From Software
01. 02. The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z: Tengoku Hen 15,394 136,613 PSV Bandai Namco
02. 03. The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z: Tengoku Hen 14,582 123,783 PS3 Bandai Namco
09. 04. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition 11,842 84,942 PSV Sony
06. 05. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 10,777 130,285 PS3 Bandai Namco
05. 06. Bloodborne 9,780 184,957 PS4 Sony
04. 07. Sword Art Online: Lost Song 9,037 171,613 PSV Bandai Namco
12. 08. Mario Party 10 8,954 112,442 WiiU Nintendo
03. 09. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D 8,905 65,837 3DS Nintendo
47. 10. Assassination Classroom: Koro-sensei the Great Siege!! 8,555 44,631 3DS Bandai Namco
15. 11. Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner 7,275 2,581,192 3DS Level 5
08. 12. Theatrhythm Dragon Quest 7,111 99,965 3DS Square Enix
10. 13. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 6,984 76,236 PSV Bandai Namco
07. 14. Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair 6,362 27,944 PS4 D3 Publisher
18. 15. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire 6,057 2,593,401 3DS Pokémon Co.
11. 16. Pro Baseball Spirits 2015 5,993 83,131 PS3 Konami
13. 17. Pro Baseball Spirits 2015 5,251 62,788 PSV Konami
21. 18. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth 5,218 123,656 PSV Bandai Namco
27. 19. Mario Kart 8 4,961 956,963 WiiU Nintendo
17. 20. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 4,892 107,992 PS3 Capcom


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 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.