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This Week In Sales: Monsters, Skeletons, Vocaloids, Bikinis, And Nobunaga


Period: The week of March 21st – March 27th (2016)

Top-seller: Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 (3DS) – 368,665

Nintendo 3DS sales: 2,322

Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 365

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 5,773

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 22,639

PlayStation Vita sales: 20,068

Wii U sales: 4,545

PlayStation 4 sales: 34,377

Xbox One sales: 55

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Last week, Japan had a huge week full of key releases, making it one of the busier, if not busiest, week of the year. Releases include Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3, Dark Souls III, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, and Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sousou Sengoku Risshiden. Media Create provides us with video game software and hardware sales data from the week of March 21 through March 28, 2016.


First, let’s take a look at Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3, the latest of the monster-breeding RPG by Square Enix for Nintendo 3DS. The 368,665 sales figure is quite impressive for any title these days, but when looking back at previous entries from the series, it’s significantly lower:


  • (2006) Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker—593,994
  • (2010) Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2—623,643
  • (2011) Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional—163,008


As you can see from the numbers above, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 falls flat in terms of total sales for its debut; however, it’ll be more than enough to provide the Nintendo 3DS with a bit of a spark, as it hasn’t had any big releases since the holidays, not to mention that Monster Hunter X and Yo-kai Watch Busters have both fallen out of the top-20 for the first time since they launched.


Next up is another big title with Dark Souls III at #2 with 210,141 units sold on its opening week. The series has come a long way since its humble Demon’s Souls debut back in 2009 when it sold a mere 39,689 copies in its first week for PlayStation 3. The first Dark Souls game remains the series’ best-seller at 279,567 copies sold on its first week in Japan. Dark Souls II sold a combined total of 261,147 copies between its PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. Dark Souls III on PlayStation 4 falls a shy from its mark when compared to its predecessors, but it still sold pretty well, nonetheless.


Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X made its debut at 69,438 copies sold in its first week. To give you an idea on how it compares with previous titles from the series, Project Diva f 2nd sold 98,628 copies on Vita and 59,965 copies on PS3 for a total of 158,593 across the two platforms. The first Project Diva f sold 159,592 units on PS Vita, which was followed by 110,229 copies for the PS3 version that released shortly after.


As for other new releases, we saw Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Venus and Fortune debut at 44,723 and 21,959 copies sold, respectively for PS4 and PS Vita at #4 and #6. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Souzou Sengoku Risshiden also debuted, taking the #7, #9, and #10 spots of the top-20, with 20,322 units sold on PS4, 13,482 for PS Vita, and 13,050 for PS3 for a combined total of 46,854 units across all three platforms.


And finally, Bandai Namco released Assassination Classroom: Assassin Training Plan on 3DS, which moved 19,482 copies to take #8. Rejet also released their romance adventure PS Vita game Dance with Devils with made its debut at #18 with 5,129 sold on its first week.


The top-20 chart for the week is as follows:

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 368,665 New 3DS Square Enix
New 02. Dark Souls III 210,141 New PS4 From Software
New 03. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X 69,438 New PSV Sega
New 04. Dead or Alive Extreme 3: Fortune 44,723 New PS4 Koei Tecmo
01. 05. Pokkén Tournament 28,331 98,007 Wii U Nintendo
New 06. Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Venus 21,959 New PSV Koei Tecmo
New 07. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Souzou Sengoku Risshiden 20,322 New PS4 Koei Tecmo
New 08. Assassination Classroom: Assassin Training Plan 19,482 New 3DS Bandai Namco
New 09. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Souzou Sengoku Risshiden 13,482 New PSV Koei Tecmo
New 10. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Souzou Sengoku Risshiden 13,050 New PS3 Koei Tecmo
04. 11. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games 11,543 119,189 3DS Nintendo
06. 12. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition 10,639 712,822 PSV SCE
03. 13. The Division 10,581 114,414 PS4 Ubisoft
02. 14. Digimon World: Next Order 10,272 74,490 PSV Bandai Namco
05. 15. Splatoon 8,980 1,310,480 Wii U Nintendo
11. 16. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Happy Price Selection) 7,806 14,737 3DS Nintendo
12. 17. Super Mario Maker 7,047 829,358 Wii U Nintendo
New 18. Dance with Devils 5,129 New PSV Rejet
??? 19. Tomodachi Life (Happy Price Selection) 5,120 8,252 3DS Nintendo
08. 20. Gundam Breaker 3 4,908 105,708 PSV Bandai Namco

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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