This Week In Sales: Ouch, Natural Doctrine


Period: The week of March 31st – April 6th (2014)

Top-seller: Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS) – 47,106

Nintendo 3DS sales: 9,091 | Total sales: 9,457,943

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 22,947 | Total sales: 5,928,161

PlayStation Vita sales: 25,017 | Total sales: 2,677,612

Vita TV sales: 1,371 | 104,041

Wii U sales: 7,962 | Total sales: 1,697,696

PlayStation 4 sales: 13,401 | 506,739

<< Last week’s software sales chart

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Ouch, Natural Doctrine. Kadokawa Games’ cross-platform PlayStation RPG was released in Japan last week on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, and met with a rather sad fate.


Only the PS Vita version of Natural Doctrine charted in the top-20 software sales chart, and just barely. The Vita version charted at the #20 position, selling 6,046 copies. Probably not the result Kadokawa were hoping for.


While it may be tempting to blame Natural Doctrine’s poor sales on the recent hike in Japan’s consumption tax (read more about that here), I feel that’s an unlikely scenario, given that the title was squarely aimed at a niche audience, and such products tend to be the least affected by larger economic factors.


That said, another game might have taken a hit due to the tax increase. Last week, another Japan-specific iteration of Ubisoft’s Just Dance series of games was published by Nintendo. Just Dance Wii U sold 18,403 copies in its first week—a far cry from the debuts of Just Dance Wii (90,039 copies) and Just Dance Wii 2 (60,121 copies). Both games went on to sell fairly well over a period of time.


Given that the Just Dance series targets a more casual (and financially conscious) audience, it wouldn’t surprise me if the tax increase did put a bit of a dent in the game’s sales. Poor timing on Nintendo’s part if that was the case. That said, regardless of cause, 18,000 isn’t a figure to be proud of.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
02.01.Mario Party: Island Tour47,106257,8733DSNintendo
05.02.Samurai Warriors 425,572192,514PS3Tecmo Koei
04.03.Yo-kai Watch23,663686,3873DSLevel 5
06.04.Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes20,799179,031PS3Konami
New05.Just Dance Wii U18,403NewWiiUNintendo
01.06.Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd16,111114,738PSVSega
08.07.J-Stars Victory Vs.13,417156,957PS3Bandai Namco
09.08.J-Stars Victory Vs.11,876134,522PSVBandai Namco
03.09.Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd10,27870,243PS3Sega
14.10.Pro Baseball Spirits 201410,08190,876PS3Konami
13.11.Dark Souls II9,924320,177PS3From Software
16.12.Kirby Triple Deluxe9,914540,3733DSNintendo
17.13.Fossil Fighters: Infinite Gear9,704130,0833DSNintendo
11.14.Samurai Warriors 49,60368,796PSVTecmo Koei
21.15.Pokémon X and Y8,3284,023,2943DSPokémon Co.
18.16.Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes7,859112,137PS4Konami
15.17.Pro Baseball Spirits 20147,57650,277PSPKonami
22.18.Dragon Quest Monsters 26,881768,4833DSSquare Enix
24.19.Puzzle & Dragons Z6,7871,430,7203DSGungHo
New20.Natural Doctrine6,046NewPSVKadokawa


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.