This Week In Sales: No Turnabouts During This Slow Week


Period: The week of April 14th – April 20th (2014)

Top-seller: Yo-kai Watch (3DS) – 34,690

Nintendo 3DS sales: 5,920 | Total sales: 9,470,134

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 14,023 | Total sales: 5,959,475

PlayStation Vita sales: 17,905 | Total sales: 2,719,595

Vita TV sales: 1,133 | 106,394

Wii U sales: 5,204 | Total sales: 1,708,412

PlayStation 4 sales: 14,396 | 534,169

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Videogame sales in Japan—both hardware and software—dropped across the board last week, owing to a lack of new high-profile releases. The #1 selling game for the week was Yo-kai Watch, with 34,690 copies sold.


Level 5 recently announced that 1 million copies of Yo-kai Watch have been shipped thus far. We suspect they’ll sell through that shipment at retail over the next few months if the game continues to sell the way it does.


Meanwhile, Square Enix released the PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, which sold 31,326 copies in its first week. Following close behind it was Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection at 26,925 copies sold.


Finally, a slightly updated version of Style Savvy: Trendsetters was made available last week as well. This new version of the game contains a few new features that were released as free DLC for existing owners of the game.


Next week’s sales chart should be more interesting. April 24th marks the release of Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment in Japan. Following that, April 29th marks the start of Golden Week, which usually gives popular games a much-needed kick.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
03.01.Yo-kai Watch34,690754,9103DSLevel 5
01.02.The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z31,724174,156PS3Bandai Namco
New03.Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn31,326NewPS4Square Enix
New04.Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection26,925New3DSCapcom
04.05.Mario Party: Island Tour18,848304,8353DSNintendo
02.06.The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z17,755145,991PSVArc System Works
New07.Style Savvy: Trendsetters – Tokimeki UP!12,315New3DSNintendo
New08.Juuza Engi: Engetsu Sangokuden 28,499NewPSPIdea Factory
New09.Detective Conan: Phantom Rhapsody8,336New3DSBandai Namco
08.10.Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes8,018198,054PS3Konami
07.11.Samurai Warriors 46,553212,619PS3Tecmo Koei
05.12.Shin Chan: The Storm Called the Kasukabe Boys Film Star6,35722,7663DSBandai Namco
13.13.Kirby Triple Deluxe6,218553,5783DSNintendo
15.14.Pokémon X and Y5,3154,034,6293DSPokémon Co.
11.15.J-Stars Victory Vs.4,691169,109PS3Bandai Namco
28.16.Monster Hunter 44,4093,260,4213DSCapcom
12.17.Just Dance Wii U4,36729,934WiiUNintendo
16.18.Fossil Fighters: Infinite Gear4,144140,1783DSNintendo
23.19.Puzzle & Dragons Z4,1151,439,3013DSGung Ho
14.20.Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd4,102125,173PSVSega


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.