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This Week In Sales: PlayStation VR, Tomb Raider, Mary Skelter, And Paper Mario Make Debuts In Japan


Period: The week of October 10th –  October 16th (2016)

Top-seller: Monster Hunter Stories – 67,133 (3DS)

Nintendo 3DS sales: 346

Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 71

Nintendo 2DS – 8,203

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 2,983

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 15,905

PlayStation Vita sales: 8,772

Wii U sales: 2,430

PlayStation 4 sales: 30,154

PlayStation 3 sales: 814

PlayStation VR sales: 51,644

Xbox One sales: 323

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Last week, Japan had several new releases with Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, Paper Mario: Color Splash, Godly Prison Tower: Mary Skelter, and more including the PSVR’s debut. Here’s sales tracker Media Create’s latest software and hardware sales data from the week of October 10 through October 16, 2016.


Monster Hunter Stories stuck around to keep #1 for its second week, selling 67,133 copies for Nintendo 3DS. For a better understanding of its sales, head back to our previous week’s report for more details on how it performed as a title that was made to broaden their kid-friendly horizon.


Next up, we have Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration on PlayStation 4, which debuted at #2 with 21,152 units sold in its debut. Keep in mind that the game has already released in Japan on Xbox One and Xbox 360 late last year, along with a PC release earlier this year in January.


Following, we have Paper Mario: Color Splash for Wii U at #3 with 20,894 units sold in its first week. Previously, the series has seen 129,054 units sold for Paper Mario: Sticker Star’s debut on 3DS, which comes to show that the main audience is definitely on the handheld side. It should be interesting to see how it shapes up when we eventually get a Paper Mario game on the Nintendo Switch.


At #4 we have Compile Heart’s latest dungeon crawler in Godly Prison Tower: Mary Skelter with 18,358 copies sold in its debut for PlayStation Vita. The next new release of the week is PlayStation VR World at #8 with 5,983 copies sold, making it the top-selling title of the PlayStation VR’s launch lineup in Japan. If you’re wondering what happened to all the other VR titles, a lot of them are actually digital-only in Japan, including Summer Lesson. And finally, at #19, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens charted at #19 with 3,184 copies in its debut.


We didn’t see any noteworthy changes from the week before as far as hardware sales go, but they did add a new section for “peripheral devices” that shows the PlayStation VR had sold 51,644 units in its debut in Japan. Okay, fine, the Xbox One saw a pretty big bump going from 88 units the week prior to 323 units.


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

LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSysPublisher
01.01.Monster Hunter Stories67,133207,7363DSCapcom
New02.Rise of the Tomb Raider21,152NewPS4Square Enix
New03.Paper Mario: Color Splash20,894NewWii UNintendo
New04.Godly Prison Tower: Mary Skelter18,358NewPSVCompile Heart
04.05.Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi/Tempura11,2551,284,4373DSLevel-5
03.06.Persona 58,147354,101PS4Atlus
07.07.Minecraft: Wii U Edition6,472151,101Wii UMicrosoft Japan
New08.PlayStation VR Worlds5,983NewPS4SIE
02.09.BlazBlue: Central Fiction5,89826,507PS4ASW
05.10.FIFA 175,56574,125PS4EA
08.11.Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition5,559896,633PSVSIE
10.12.Puzzle & Dragons X: God’s Chapter/Dragon’s Chapter5,080195,6393DSGungHo
15.13.Super Battle for Money: Ultimate Ninja and Battle Player’s Top Decisive Battle!4,81623,6453DSBandai Namco
12.14.Kirby: Planet Robobot4,504453,5803DSNintendo
14.15.Grand Theft Auto V4,157177,397PS4TakeTwo
11.16.Pro Evolution Soccer 20173,41999,047PS4Konami
13.17.Dragon Ball Fusions3,407177,5923DSBandai Namco
09.18.Persona 53,195103,548PS3Atlus
New19.Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens3,184NewPS4Warner Bros.
20.20.Splatoon3,1011,482,283Wii UNintendo

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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