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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:

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys Publisher
01. 01. Monster Hunter Stories 67,133 207,736 3DS Capcom
New 02. Rise of the Tomb Raider 21,152 New PS4 Square Enix
New 03. Paper Mario: Color Splash 20,894 New Wii U Nintendo
New 04. Godly Prison Tower: Mary Skelter 18,358 New PSV Compile Heart
04. 05. Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi/Tempura 11,255 1,284,437 3DS Level-5
03. 06. Persona 5 8,147 354,101 PS4 Atlus
07. 07. Minecraft: Wii U Edition 6,472 151,101 Wii U Microsoft Japan
New 08. PlayStation VR Worlds 5,983 New PS4 SIE
02. 09. BlazBlue: Central Fiction 5,898 26,507 PS4 ASW
05. 10. FIFA 17 5,565 74,125 PS4 EA
08. 11. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition 5,559 896,633 PSV SIE
10. 12. Puzzle & Dragons X: God’s Chapter/Dragon’s Chapter 5,080 195,639 3DS GungHo
15. 13. Super Battle for Money: Ultimate Ninja and Battle Player’s Top Decisive Battle! 4,816 23,645 3DS Bandai Namco
12. 14. Kirby: Planet Robobot 4,504 453,580 3DS Nintendo
14. 15. Grand Theft Auto V 4,157 177,397 PS4 TakeTwo
11. 16. Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 3,419 99,047 PS4 Konami
13. 17. Dragon Ball Fusions 3,407 177,592 3DS Bandai Namco
09. 18. Persona 5 3,195 103,548 PS3 Atlus
New 19. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3,184 New PS4 Warner Bros.
20. 20. Splatoon 3,101 1,482,283 Wii U Nintendo

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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