This Week In Sales: The Post-Holiday Slowdown


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
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 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.