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This Week In Sales: Persona 5 Steals Hearts And Wallets Across Japan

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    Period: The week of September 12th –  September 18th (2016)

    Top-seller: Persona 5 – 264,793 (PS4)

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 425

    Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 106

    Nintendo 2DS – 18,754

    New Nintendo 3DS sales: 3,047

    New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 15,808

    PlayStation Vita sales: 12,931

    Wii U sales: 2,703

    PlayStation 4 sales: 96,433

    PlayStation 3 sales: 1,099

    Xbox One sales: 156

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    Last week, Japan saw some exciting releases, most notably Atlus’ highly anticipated RPG, Persona 5 on PS4 and PS3, along with Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 and more. Here’s the latest from sales tracker Media Create’s weekly data on software and hardware that sold in the week of September 12 through September 18, 2016.

     

    Starting off is Persona 5, and it comes as no surprise to see it take the top two spots, with the PS4 version at #1 with 264,793 copies sold in its debut, along with the PS3 version at #2 with 72, 974 copies for a combined total of 337,767 copies sold between the two versions.

     

    Here’s a look at how it stacks compared to other entries in the Persona series and their first-week sales:

     

    • (2006) Persona 3 – 116,682
    • (2007) Persona 3 FES – 90,369
    • (2008) Persona 4 – 192,812
    • (2009) Persona 3 Portable – 94,287
    • (2012) Persona 4 Golden – 137,076
    • (2014) Persona Q – 186,856
    • (2016) Persona 5 – 337,767

     

    As you can see, Persona 5 not only holds the current record of the best first week in sales across the series, but it managed to do better than both Persona 3 and Persona 4’s debuts combined. It comes to show how much the Persona series has grown over the years.

     

    Additionally, PlayStation 4 sales have soared this week with 96,433 units sold with the newer slim model, and it’s the most we’ve seen for the console in a long long time. But let’s not forget that the PlayStation 4 console was out of stock for the most part the past few weeks, so we probably had a lot of those who got them for Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 and other recent titles, although it’s safe to assume that the biggest chunk comes from Persona 5  buyers.

     

    As far as other titles go, we have the aforementioned Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 at #3 and #4, with the PlayStation 4 version selling 66,037 copies and 34,502 copies, for a total of 100,539 between the two.

     

    Other new releases include Super Battle for Money: The Ultimate Ninja and Battle Player’s Top Decisive Battle! on 3DS at #8 with 6,590 copies, along with 2K Games’ BioShock: The Collection at #10 with 5,543 copies sold in its first week on PS4.

     

    On the hardware front, we already mentioned the PS4’s huge boost in sales, but we also got a new one with the Nintendo 2DS, which surprisingly leads all the 3DS family consoles with 18,754 units sold last week. Other than the PS4 and 2DS, most of the other hardware numbers floated around the same we’ve seen for the past few weeks.

     

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

    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSysPublisher
    New01.Persona 5264,793NewPS4Atlus
    New02.Persona 572,974NewPS3Atlus
    New03.Pro Evolution Soccer 201766,037NewPS4Konami
    New04.Pro Evolution Soccer 201734,502NewPS3Konami
    01.05.Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi/Tempura19,7261,224,3763DSLevel-5
    04.06.Dragon Ball Fusions7,220159,6383DSBandai Namco
    03.07.Minecraft: Wii U Edition7,168121,795Wii UMicrosoft Japan
    New08.Super Battle for Money: Ultimate Ninja and Battle Player’s Top Decisive Battle!6,590New3DSBandai Namco
    05.09.Puzzle & Dragons X: God’s Chapter/Dragon’s Chapter5,782174,9533DSGungHo
    New10.BioShock: The Collection5,543NewPS42K Games
    06.11.Kirby: Planet Robobot5,397433,7363DSNintendo
    11.12.Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire5,0822,889,9233DSPokémon Company
    12.13.Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition4,986874,366PSVSIE
    07.14.The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition4,18821,911PS4Spike Chunsoft
    17.15.Grand Theft Auto V4,180160,600PS4TakeTwo
    10.16.Tales of Berseria3,745218,119PS4Bandai Namco
    02.17.Tokyo Xanadu eX+3,71218,780PS4Falcom
    13.18.Splatoon3,3961,468,812Wii UNintendo
    20.19.Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Happy Price Selection)2,90893,1813DSNintendo
    16.20.Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games2,722238,6753DSNintendo

    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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




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