This Week In Sales: Senran Kagura 2 Makes Its Debut

Period: The week of August 4th – August 10th (2014)

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Top-seller: Yo-kai Watch 2 (3DS) – 143,777

Nintendo 3DS sales: 7,873 | Total sales: 9,566,606

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 31,740 | Total sales: 6,405,073

PlayStation Vita sales: 17,084 | Total sales: 3,021,614

Vita TV sales: 1,344 | 131,961

Wii U sales: 13,598 | Total sales: 1,871,750

PlayStation 4 sales: 5,470 | 658,847

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Last week, Marvelous Senran Kagura 2 in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan, and the game sold 46,494 copies in its first week. The game saw the lowest opening of any Senran Kagura title to date, and this could be for a variety of reasons.


First, though, let’s take a look at how the rest of the series has performed. Below are the first-week sales figures for the three previous Senran Kagura games:


Senran Kagura (3DS) – 52,206

Senran Kagura Burst (3DS) – 69,084

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus (PSV) – 94,324


Not exactly a performance to write home about for Senran Kagura 2, although the circumstances surrounding this game’s release are quite different from those of Senran Kagura Burst and Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus. Both of those games were released during weeks that the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita saw their respective price cuts, which no doubt enticed quite a few new owners to pick both up.


In addition, Shinovi Versus also launched shortly after the Senran Kagura anime had begun to air in Japan and increased the series’ exposure in that territory greatly, making for the perfect time to release the game. Since the anime aired over a year ago, naturally excitement around the franchise isn’t as high as it was in early 2013.


Finally, Senran Kagura 2 is also priced higher than both previous Senran Kagura games on the 3DS. While the original Senran Kagura and Senran Kagura Burst cost 5,980 yen each, Senran Kagura 2 costs 6,480 yen, putting it in the price range of Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus (6,980 yen). Coupled with the fact that the game is much more simplistic than Shinovi Versus—which is a 4-player Dynasty Warriors-esque affair with twice as many characters—this could have affected sales as well.


What Senran Kagura’s future holds remains to be seen. The next game in the series, Senran Kagura: Estival Versus, is slated for release at some point in the future. Given the “Versus” in the title, it sounds as though that game will be more along the lines of Shinovi Versus’ 4-player action, which could play a role in how much it sells. Of course, the development budget for those games is likely higher than the numbered Senran Kagura titles as well.


In other news, Yo-kai Watch 2 has crossed the 2 million mark at retail. Meanwhile, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 launched at 81,584 copies sold while Ultra Street Fighter IV debuted at 42,327 copies sold.


Further down the list was Nippon Ichi’s Shin Hayarigami, which sold 12,585 copies on Vita and 5,745 copies on PlayStation 3.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Yo-kai Watch 2: Head/Founder 120,682 2,093,992 3DS Level 5
New 02. Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 81,584 New 3DS Bandai Namco
New 03. Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson 46,494 New 3DS Marvelous
New 04. Ultra Street Fighter IV 42,327 New PS3 Capcom
02. 05. Yoshi’s New Island 22,752 114,229 3DS Nintendo
03. 06. Mario Kart 8 20,860 599,414 WiiU Nintendo
New 07. Shin Hayarigami 12,585 New PSV Nippon Ichi
04. 08. Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Great Space-Time Adventure 8,435 127,842 3DS Bandai Namco
05. 09. Yo-kai Watch 7,355 1,234,622 3DS Level 5
New 10. Shin Hayarigami 5,745 New PS3 Nippon Ichi
11. 11. Grand Theft Auto V (Bargain Edition) 5,323 38,997 PS3 Take Two
12. 12. Pokémon X and Y 4,935 4,121,836 3DS Pokémon Co.
New 13. Bravely Default: For the Sequel (Ultimate Hits Version) 4,720 New 3DS Square Enix
06. 14. Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines 4,548 123,884 PSV Sony
13. 15. Pokémon Art Academy 4,326 84,588 3DS Nintendo
17. 16. Gundam TriAge SP 4,112 37,043 3DS Bandai Namco
New 17. Dragon Quest X All-in-One Package 3,945 New WiiU Square Enix
18. 18. Freedom Wars 3,869 275,667 PSV Sony
New 19. Lost Dimension 3,868 New PSV FuRyu
20. 20. Mario Kart 7 3,566 2,362,577 3DS Nintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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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.