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This Week In Sales: Naruto Takes The Top-20 By Storm, Dattebayo!


    Period: The week of February 1st – February 7th (2016)

    Top-seller: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PS4) – 64,446

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 2,705

    Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 459

    New Nintendo 3DS sales: 4,389

    New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 19,991

    PlayStation Vita sales: 23,090

    Wii U sales: 3,939

    PlayStation 4 sales: 31,058

    Xbox One sales: 286

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    Last week, Japan saw a major release from Bandai Namco with Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 for PlayStation 4. Media Create has provided the latest update on video game software and hardware sales data for the week of February 1st through February 7th, 2016.


    First things first, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 took the top spot of the week after having sold 64,446 copies on PlayStation 4. Here’s a look at how the fourth installment from the series compares to the previous titles and their opening week sales numbers:


    • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3—87,661 (2013)


    • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2—66,675 (2010)


    • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm—44,000 (2008)


    As you can see from the above comparisons, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 fell short by over 23,000 units from its predecessor. While there are probably several reasons as to how that happened, the two main points that come to mind are that Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 released when the PlayStation 3 was still at the top of its game in Japan while Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 released in a time when the PS4 barely began to pick up in Japan.


    It’s also worth noting that Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 released in Japan when the manga series was entering its climax, and the level of hype was pretty high. Meanwhile, Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 released well over a year after the manga’s original end has concluded. Nonetheless, the series remains popular enough in Japan, and this may be the end of the Ultimate Ninja Storm series, but it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Naruto come back in a different title.


    In 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place we have Dragon Quest Builders respectively on PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3 for a combined total sales figure of 98,326 units, which is pretty impressive for a second week when we see most titles drop significantly in sales numbers. In a less positive note, the Wii U sales number dropped by a whopping 5,000 units from last week. This can be attributed to the fact that there hasn’t been any new Wii U releases, nor any major upcoming titles in the horizon.


    The only other new title that we saw last week in Japan was the PS Vita otome game Sengoku Koi Senki: Omoide Gaeshi CS Edition by Prototype, which sold 4,359 on its opening week.


    On a final note, I thought it was pretty interesting that last week we saw Splatoon, Yo-kai Watch Busters, and Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition drop out of the top-10, and it looked like they were going to quietly keep dropping over time, but you can see that they’re back on the list at #07, #08, and #09.

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

    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 464,446NewPS4Bandai Namco
    01.02.Dragon Quest Builders46,391224,407PSVSquare Enix
    02.03.Dragon Quest Builders32,784174,153PS4Square Enix
    04.04.Dragon Quest Builders19,15172,305PS3Square Enix
    03.05.Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash17,85673,187Wii UNintendo
    09.06.Monster Hunter X13,3912,674,9143DSCapcom
    13.07.Splatoon11,8161240,225Wii UNintendo
    15.08.Yo-kai Watch Busters: White Dog Unit/Red Cat Troupe10,1712,193,7373DSLevel-5
    16.09.Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition8,926651,150PSVSCE
    06.10.Yakuza Kiwami8,046131,562PS4Sega
    17.11.Monster Strike7,891787,6453DSMixi
    08.12.Yakuza Kiwami7,24385,262PS3Sega
    12.13.Hyrule Warriors Legends6,68576,3383DSNintendo
    19.14.Super Mario Maker6,134790,345Wii UNintendo
    18.15.Just Cause 34,41447,002PS4Square Enix
    New16.Sengoku Koi Senki: Omoide Gaeshi CS Edition4,359NewPSVPrototype
    07.17.Romance of the Three Kingdoms 133,95024,051PS4Koei Tecmo
    ???18.Rainbow Six Siege3,86868,593PS4Ubisoft
    ???19.Disney Magical World 23,659270,9853DSBandai Namco
    11.20.Romance of the Three Kingdoms 133,52818,959PS3Koei Tecmo

    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

    Editor-in-Chief at Siliconera. Gamer, avid hockey fan, and firm believer in the heart of the cards.

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