This Week In Sales: Yakuza Zero Travels Back In Time


Period: The week of March 9th  – March 15th (2015)

Top-seller: Yakuza Zero (PS3) – 145,823

Nintendo 3DS sales: 2,666 | Tot. sales: : 9,820,738

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 2,590 | Tot. sales: 6,888,456

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 7,164 | Tot. sales: 499,011

New Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 19,668 | Tot. sales: 1,191,823

PlayStation Vita sales: 20,103 | Tot. sales: 3,615,231

Vita TV sales: 688 | Tot. sales: 158,127

Wii U sales: 7,054 | Tot. sales: 2,247,836

PlayStation 4 sales: 33,826 | Tot. sales: 1,257,260

Xbox One sales: 307 | Tot. sales: 48,513

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Last week, Sega released Yakuza Zero in Japan on both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The game sold a combined total of 236,329 copies at launch across both platforms, which is among the lower debuts for a Yakuza game in recent years. Below is a look at how some of the more recent Yakuza titles have debuted in Japan:


  • (2010) Yakuza 4 – 383,972
  • (2011) Yakuza: Dead Souls – 307,019
  • (2012) Yakuza 5 – 356,757
  • (2014) Yakuza Restoration – 220,698


One could make the argument that Yakuza Zero isn’t a main numbered Yakuza title since it isn’t Yakuza 6, but at the same time it isn’t a spin-off game set in an entirely different time period like Yakuza Kenzan or Restoration either.


Meanwhile, Bandai Namco released Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth in Japan, and the game sold 76,760 copies in its first week. That’s a slightly lower opening than its predecessor, Digimon World Re:Digitize. That game sold 85,817 copies at launch.


And with that, the top-20 software sales chart for last week is as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Yakuza Zero145,823NewPS3Sega
New02.Yakuza Zero90,506NewPS4Sega
New03.Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth76,760NewPSVBandai Namco
New04.Uta no Prince-sama: All Star After Secret67,237NewPSPBroccoli
New05.Mario Party 1050,212NewWiiUNintendo
01.06.Dragon Quest Heroes33,448426,408PS3Square Enix
New07.Assassination Classroom: Koro-sensei The Great Siege!!25,494New3DSBandai Namco
04.08.The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D15,941381,7023DSNintendo
03.09.Dragon Quest Heroes14,744319,473PS4Square Enix
New10.Harukanaru Toki no Naka de13,601NewPSVKoei Tecmo
08.11.Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner11,7012,539,8853DSLevel 5
10.12.Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire10,7682,559,9233DSPokémon Co.
06.13.God Eater 2: Rage Burst10,406299,945PSVBandai Namco
New14.Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui9,879NewPSVKaga Create
11.15.Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS6,9652,180,2083DSNintendo
New16.Winning Post 8 20156,943NewPS3Konami
12.17.Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate6,1002,498,4323DSCapcom
09.18.LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins5,99319,2773DSNintendo
New 19.Winning Post 8 20155,933NewPSVKonami
33.20.Samurai Warriors 4-II5,72939,423PSVKoei Tecmo


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.