This Week In Sales: The Post-Holiday Slowdown

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    Period: The week of January 5th – January 11th (2015)

    Top-seller: Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner (3DS) – 74,998

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 6,685 | Tot. sales: 9,793,436

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 6,308 | Tot. sales: 6,858,027

    New Nintendo 3DS sales: 14,226 | Tot. sales: 423,870

    New Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 30,455 | Tot. sales: 973,952

    PlayStation Vita sales: 21,536 | Tot. sales: 3,451,950

    Vita TV sales: 791 | Tot. sales: 152,309

    Wii U sales: 10,803 | Tot. sales: 2,184,414

    PlayStation 4 sales: 19,118 | Tot. sales: 1,032,001

    Xbox One sales: 563 | Tot. sales: 44,467

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    Now that the holidays are over and the Japanese population is back at work and school, videogame sales in the country have slowed. Just as they do every year, sales plummeted during the second week of 2015, with the highest-selling game (Yo-kai Watch 2) selling just 75,000 copies.

     

    While that’s bad news for Japan, it’s good news (sort of) for us, since the top-20 software sales chart for the week saw the return of some older games, and we now know how they’ve been faring since their release. Of particular note is Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas from Bandai Namco. The game was released in October 2013 and sold less than 45,000 copies sold in its first week. Now, just over a year later, it has sold 350,000 copies, mirroring the success of its predecessor.

     

    Meanwhile, we now know the budget-priced re-release of Grand Theft Auto V on PS3 has sold over 100,000 copies. Considering the original release has sold over 650,000 copies on PlayStation 3, that’s a rather impressive performance for the budget version. Additionally, GTAV has sold another 145,000 copies on PlayStation 4.

     

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

     

    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    01.01.Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner74,9982,322,1273DSLevel 5
    02.02.Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire38,4202,432,6593DSPokémon Co.
    03.03.Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS23,6672,096,5153DSNintendo
    05.04.Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate21,4532,412,4673DSCapcom
    04.05.Super Smash Bros. for Wii U18,884548,128WiiUNintendo
    07.06.Yo-kai Watch 2: Head/Founder10,2813,074,5023DSLevel 5
    09.07.Gundam Breaker 29,460111,229PSVBandai Namco
    10.08.Grand Theft Auto V9,211144,876PS4Take 2
    06.09.Mario Kart 88,884889,064WiiUNintendo
    11.10.Animal Crossing: New Leaf7,9913,893,1113DSNintendo
    12.11.Gundam Breaker 26,640111,050PS3Bandai Namco
    08.12.Final Fantasy Explorers5,007238,8043DSNintendo
    14.13.Mario Kart 74,6912,454,9923DSNintendo
    13.14.Gotouchi Tetsudou: Gotouchi Chara to Nihon Zenkoku no Tabi4,68765,6713DSBandai Namco
    31.15.Grand Theft Auto V (Budget Price)4,641107,614PS3Take 2
    17.16.Aikatsu! 365 Idol Days4,067100,4683DSBandai Namco
    15.17.Sumikko Gurashi: Koko Ga Ochitsukundesu4,05290,5693DSNippon Columbia
    21.18.Shining Resonance4,021106,389PS3Sega
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    19.Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Humanity CHAIN3,86073,8793DSSpike Chunsoft
    ???20.Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas3,764347,7933DSBandai Namco

     

    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 a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. 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.

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