This Week In Sales: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Begins Its Quest

Period: The week of October 6th – October 12th (2014)

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Top-seller: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS) 1,446,289

Nintendo 3DS sales: 7,340 | Tot. sales: 9,625,968

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 19,727 | Tot. sales: 6,656,030

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 70,050 | Tot. sales: 70,050

New Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 164,756 | Tot. sales: 164,756

PlayStation Vita sales: 8,561 | Tot. sales: 3,153,056

Vita TV sales: 737 | Tot. sales: 139,981

Wii U sales: 6,309 | Tot. sales: 1,954,351

PlayStation 4 sales: 11,697 | Tot. sales: 745,126

Xbox One sales: 809 | Tot. sales: 32,987

<< Last week’s software sales chart

<< How to read and understand sales

 

Last week, Capcom released Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in Japan. In its first two days on store shelves, the game sold over 1.44 million copies at retail. By the end of its first five days, Capcom said they shipped over 2 million copies of the game in Japan, including physical copies shipped to retailers and download sales by consumers.

 

Alongside Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Nintendo launched the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL devices. The New 3DS XL sold 164,756 units in its first two days, while the New 3DS sold 70,050 units.

 

The New 3DS XL had the benefit of a special Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate bundle at launch, so it makes sense that it sold better, but in the long run, it should be interesting to see if the portability and faceplate customization of the smaller New 3DS make that the more popular model.

 

Meanwhile, Sony launched a white PlayStation 4 in Japan, which caused a surge in sales for that platform as well, bringing it to 11,697 units for the week.

 

Also released last week for the PS4 was Sony’s DriveClub, which performed poorly with just 8,620 copies sold.

 

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

 

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate 1,446,289 New 3DS Capcom
01. 02. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 76,392 1,557,829 3DS Nintendo
03. 03. Yo-kai Watch 2: Head/Founder 57,583 2,712,909 3DS Level 5
02. 04. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix 21,518 106,093 PS3 Square Enix
New 05. FIFA15 16,719 New PS4 Electronic Arts
New 06. FIFA15 16,149 New PS3 Electronic Arts
New 07. DriveClub 8,620 New PS4 Sony
05. 08. Danganronpa: Another Episode 7,184 93,113 PSV Spike Chunsoft
13. 09. Nazo Toki Battle Tore! Densetsu no Makyuu wo Fukkatsu Saseyo! 6,106 12,845 3DS Bandai Namco
06. 10. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash II 5,021 102,905 PSV Falcom
07. 11. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash II 4,330 79,473 PS3 Falcom
New 12. FIFA15 4,253 New PSV Electronic Arts
04. 13. Forbidden Magna 4,247 27,497 3DS Marvelous
10. 14. Destiny 4,160 91,467 PS3 Sony
15. 15. Dragon Quest X 4,151 105,296 3DS Square Enix
16. 16. Mario Kart 8 3,996 686,763 WiiU Nintendo
22. 17. Yo-kai Watch 3,170 1,284,799 3DS Level 5
09. 18. Ar nosurge Plus 3,157 12,398 PSV Gust
23. 19. Yoshi’s New Island 2,906 194,510 3DS Nintendo
11. 20. Fatal Frame: The Black-Haired Shrine Maiden 2,710 37,320 WiiU Nintendo

 

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.


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