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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:

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 64,446 New PS4 Bandai Namco
01. 02. Dragon Quest Builders 46,391 224,407 PSV Square Enix
02. 03. Dragon Quest Builders 32,784 174,153 PS4 Square Enix
04. 04. Dragon Quest Builders 19,151 72,305 PS3 Square Enix
03. 05. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash 17,856 73,187 Wii U Nintendo
09. 06. Monster Hunter X 13,391 2,674,914 3DS Capcom
13. 07. Splatoon 11,816 1240,225 Wii U Nintendo
15. 08. Yo-kai Watch Busters: White Dog Unit/Red Cat Troupe 10,171 2,193,737 3DS Level-5
16. 09. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition 8,926 651,150 PSV SCE
06. 10. Yakuza Kiwami 8,046 131,562 PS4 Sega
17. 11. Monster Strike 7,891 787,645 3DS Mixi
08. 12. Yakuza Kiwami 7,243 85,262 PS3 Sega
12. 13. Hyrule Warriors Legends 6,685 76,338 3DS Nintendo
19. 14. Super Mario Maker 6,134 790,345 Wii U Nintendo
18. 15. Just Cause 3 4,414 47,002 PS4 Square Enix
New 16. Sengoku Koi Senki: Omoide Gaeshi CS Edition 4,359 New PSV Prototype
07. 17. Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 3,950 24,051 PS4 Koei Tecmo
??? 18. Rainbow Six Siege 3,868 68,593 PS4 Ubisoft
??? 19. Disney Magical World 2 3,659 270,985 3DS Bandai Namco
11. 20. Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 3,528 18,959 PS3 Koei Tecmo

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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