This Week In Sales: Ouch, Soul Sacrifice Delta

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Period: The week of March 3rd – March 9th (2014)

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Top-seller: Soul Sacrifice Delta – 48,786

Nintendo 3DS sales: 10,876 | Total sales: 9,413,587

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 24,192 | Total sales: 5,801,427

PlayStation Vita sales: 31,325 | Total sales: 2,549,199

Vita TV sales: 1,962 | 97,354

Wii U sales: 7,773 | Total sales: 1,659,072

PlayStation 4 sales: 35,294 | 410,133

<< Last week’s software sales chart

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Last week, Sony released Soul Sacrifice Delta in Japan. The game, which is a follow-up to the original Soul Sacrifice with a large amount of new content, sold 48,786 copies in its first week.


That isn’t a very high figure, and is about half of what of the original Soul Sacrifice sold at launch. Soul Sacrifice sold 92,396 copies in its first week back in 2013.


Of all the games within the hunting-action genre popularized by Monster Hunter, Soul Sacrifice is already at the lower end of the scale in terms of sales. Both God Eater as well as Tecmo Koei’s Toukiden seem to hold more appeal, and Soul Sacrifice Delta’s sales are lower still.


Whether or not the series will see significant growth in the future is hard to predict, but for now, it’s a good thing that Sony Computer Entertainment have Freedom Wars in development for the PlayStation Vita. Hunting-action games appear to be among the few titles capable of giving the Vita significant boosts in sales, and Freedom Wars already looks more appealing to the Japanese market on account of its visual style alone.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Soul Sacrifice Delta 48,786 New PSV Marvelous AQL
06. 02. Yo-kai Watch 36,018 532,472 3DS Level 5
05. 03. Dragon Quest Monsters 2 31,157 718,865 3DS Square Enix
01. 04. Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land 29,514 160,296 3DS Marvelous AQL
New 05. Ar noSurge 27,037 New PS3 Gust
03. 06. Fossil Fighters: Infinite Gear 22,210 80,538 3DS Nintendo
04. 07. Yakuza Restoration 19,808 212,113 PS3 Sega
02. 08. Knack 17,272 393,348 PS4 Sony
10. 09. Kirby Triple Deluxe 14,108 489,610 3DS Nintendo
14. 10. Pokémon X and Y 10,708 3,984,832 3DS Pokémon Co.
12. 11. Puzzle & Dragons Z 10,508 1,399,320 3DS Gung Ho
13. 12. Battlefield 4 9,830 47,746 PS4 Electronic Arts
08. 13. Yakuza Restoration 9,265 114,271 PS4 Sega
21. 14. Grand Theft Auto V 7,312 728,899 PS3 Take 2
17. 15. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 7,181 67,284 WiiU Nintendo
09. 16. Deception IV: Blood Ties 6,101 25,422 PSV Tecmo Koei
23. 17. Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Full Boost 5,882 333,928 PS3 Namco Bandai
07. 18. Deception IV: Blood Ties 5,874 29,127 PS3 Tecmo Koei
16. 19. Kuroko’s Basketball: Miraculous Victory 5,752 61,811 3DS Namco Bandai
19. 20. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition 5,327 25,851 PS4 Square Enix


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

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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.