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This Week In Sales: Musou Stars Shines And Blue Reflection Dances Its Way Up The Chart


Period: The week of March 27th –  April 2nd (2017)

Top-seller: Monster Hunter XX – 127,721 (3DS)

Nintendo Switch: 45,509 (Last week – 78,441)

Nintendo 2DS: 6,240 (6,722)

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 1,995 (2,866)

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 25,719 (29,771)

Wii U sales: 449 (411)

PlayStation 4 sales: 25,006 (25,472)

PlayStation 4 Pro: 5,051 (5,261)

PlayStation 3 sales: 1,724 (2,940)

PlayStation Vita sales: 7,780 (7,574)

Xbox One sales: 187 (115)

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Last week, Japan saw the release of a few notable titles but it was a big week for Koei Tecmo with the launch of their all-star title Musou Stars as well as Gust’s magical girl RPG Blue Reflection. Here’s the latest from Japanese sales tracker Media Create with a look at software and hardware sales data from the week of March 27 through April 2, 2017.


At the top of the chart we have Monster Hunter XX with 127,721 units sold on Nintendo 3DS. The game may not have lived up to Capcom’s expectations of selling 2 million in March, but its performance definitely hasn’t been shabby. With titles such as Monster Hunter XX and the upcoming Fire Emblem Echoes, we expect to still see some more life for the 3DS in the first half of the year.


#2 goes to Musou Stars with 40,368 units sold on PS4. Its PS Vita version charted at #6 with 17,866 units for a combined total of 54,218 between the two versions. Placing #2 with all other big names is pretty impressive for the all-star title, but the total sales figure isn’t something to write home about for Koei Tecmo, especially after considering the amount of marketing it got and its usage of popular characters from across its many franchises.


Next up, we have Blue Reflection at #3 on PS4 with 34,592 units and #8 on PS Vita with 13,850 units sold for a combined total of 48,442 between the two. Now, this is a different situation from Musou Stars, as it is a new IP (with new faces), and these aren’t bad numbers to show for that. To put things into perspective, Gust’s previous main Atelier game in Atelier Firis debuted with 43,525 units between PS4 and PS Vita. Blue Reflection’s debut also did better than Atelier Shallie’s 43,744. Perhaps Gust won’t “die without Atelier” as they’ve previously mentioned with a tongue in cheek.


As far as other new titles go, Mario Sports Superstars made its debut at #4 with 32,416 units sold on Nintendo 3DS. 5pb’s Re:Zero –Starting Life in Another World- Death by Kiss placed #9 with 11,762 units sold on PS Vita and #17 with 6,331 units sold on PS4 for a combined total of 18,093 units sold. Not bad numbers for a visual novel game, but not great considering that it’s based on the popular Re:Zero series. Perhaps it would’ve performed a lot better had the game released last year when the anime’s hype train was going full force. And finally, Chaos;Child: Love Chu Chu!! released with 6,240 units sold on PS Vita to take #18. Its PS4 version ended up not charting in the top-20.


On the hardware front, numbers remained mostly the same with a small decline across the board, especially for Switch going from 78k to 45k, but that probably has more to do with stock shortage than anything, so it’s difficult to give it a proper analysis for the time being. That said, the Nintendo Switch has now sold 564,012 units to date in Japan, according to Media Create’s data.


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

Lw Tw Titles Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys Publisher
01. 01. Monster Hunter XX 127,721 1,256,480 3DS Capcom
New 02. Musou Stars 40,368 New PS4 Koei Tecmo
New 03. Blue Reflection: Sword of the Girl Dancing in Illusion 34,592 New PS4 Koei Tecmo
New 04. Mario Sports Superstars 32,416 New 3DS Nintendo
02. 05. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 29,307 331,387 Switch Nintendo
New 06. Musou Stars 17,866 New PSV Koei Tecmo
03. 07. 1-2-Switch 16,517 153,901 Switch Nintendo
New 08. Blue Reflection: Sword of the Girl Dancing in Illusion 13,850 New PSV Koei Tecmo
New 09. Re:Zero –Starting Life in Another World- Death by Kiss 11,762 New PSV 5pb.
04. 10. Ghost Recon: Wildlands 11,733 145,501 PS4 Ubisoft
09. 11. NieR: Automata 9,945 288,101 PS4 Square Enix
06. 12. Pokémon Sun & Moon 8,853 3,229,854 3DS Pokémon Company
05. 13. Horizon Zero Dawn 8,698 190,642 PS4 SIE
10. 14. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 8,131 89,319 Wii U Nintendo
14. 15. Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS 7,070 1,009,393 3DS Nintendo
08. 16. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix 6,360 94,507 PS4 Square Enix
New 17. Re:Zero –Starting Life in Another World- Death by Kiss 6,331 New PS4 5pb.
New 18. Chaos;Child: Love Chu Chu!! 6,240 New PSV 5pb.
07. 19. Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight 5,402 53,720 PSV Bandai Namco
15. 20. Grand Theft Auto V 5,066 319,920 PS4 Take-Two

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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