Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 31K And Wii U Sells 6K

This week’s Japanese charts are now in courtesy of Media Create. As we all expected, Bloodborne on the PlayStation 4 has taken the number one slot and has continued to boost PlayStation 4 sales in the country. If you look at the actual software charts it seems the PlayStation brand is currently dominating. That hasn’t stopped the Nintendo 3DS from selling 31K and the Wii U 6K. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware charts.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS4] Bloodborne (SCE, 03/26/15) – 152,567 (New)
  2. [PSV] Sword Art Online: Lost Song (Bandai Namco, 03/26/15) – 139,298 (New)
  3. [PS3] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 (Bandai Namco, 03/26/15) – 97,362 (New)
  4. [3DS] Theatrhythm Dragon Quest (Square Enix, 03/26/15) – 76,858 (New)
  5. [PS3] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2015 (Konami, 03/26/15) – 62,197 (New)
  6. [PS3] Sword Art Online: Lost Song (Bandai Namco, 03/26/15) – 55,090 (New)
  7. [PSV] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 (Bandai Namco, 03/26/15) – 54,308 (New)
  8. [PS4] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 (Bandai Namco, 03/26/15) – 46,693 (New)
  9. [PSV] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2015 (Konami, 03/26/15) – 46,326 (New)
  10. [PSV] Senran Kagura: Estival Versus (Marvelous, 03/26/15) – 44,548 (New)
  11. [3DS] Kuroko’s Basketball: Ties to the Future (Bandai Namco, 03/26/15) – 35,415 (New)
  12. [PS4] Senran Kagura: Estival Versus (Marvelous, 03/26/15) – 30,247 (New)
  13. [PS4] Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (NIS, 03/26/15) – 22,725 (New)
  14. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 21,069 (57,220)
  15. [PS3] Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Capcom, 03/19/15) – 19,692 (93,065)
  16. [Wii U] Mario Party 10 (Nintendo, 03/12/15) – 17,433 (89,078)
  17. [PS3] Yakuza 0 (Sega, 03/12/15) – 13,813 (189,203)
  18. [PSV] Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (Bandai Namco, 03/12/15) – 13,365 (110,291)
  19. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 12,149 (2,563,478)
  20. [PS4] Battlefield: Hardline (EA, 03/19/15) – 12,149 (80,971)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. PlayStation 4 – 45,446 (46,395)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 26,324 (20,923)
  3. New 3DS LL – 18,823 (17,652)
  4. New 3DS – 7,290 (6,566)
  5. Wii U – 6,698 (7,595)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 6,652 (6,352)
  7. 3DS – 2,883 (2,371)
  8. 3DS LL – 2,233 (2,115)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 708 (639)
  10. Xbox One – 250 (344)

Bandai Namco Is Allowing Other Developers To Use Their 80’s Video Game Franchises

Now, this is interesting. Japanese publication The Nikkei is reporting that Bandai Namco is opening the rights to classic games such as Pac-Man and Galaxian so that other developers can step in a revisit the cult series. By doing this Bandai Namco hopes to revive interest in the games and make some money along the way. Here’s some the vintage titles that developers will be able to dig into:

  • Pac-Man
  • Xevious
  • Galaxian
  • The Tower of Druaga
  • Tower of Babel
  • Dragon Buster
  • Wonder Momo
  • Galaga
  • Battle City
  • Valkyrie no Bōken (The Adventure of Valkyrie)
  • Yōkai Dōchūki (Shadow Land)
  • Wagan Land
  • Dig Dug
  • Star Luster
  • Sky Kid
  • Genpei Tōma Den

Thanks to those who sent this in.

 

UK Charts: Mario Party Hangs On In The Top Ten

This week’s UK charts are now in via GFK Chart Track. It shouldn’t really come as a surprise to many, but Bloodborne has taken the top spot on the PlayStation 4. There’s a few Nintendo published titles in the charts including The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D at number 30 and Tomodachi Life hanging on at number 37. Mario Party 10 continues to do well and is still in the top ten. You can view all the best-selling software this week in the chart below.

01 (NE) PS4 BLOODBORNE (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
02 (01) PS4 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
03 (02) XBO BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
04 (NE) XBO BORDERLANDS: THE HANDSOME COLLECTION (TAKE 2)
05 (NE) PS4 BORDERLANDS: THE HANDSOME COLLECTION (TAKE 2)
06 (06) PS4 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
07 (05) XBO GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
08 (17) PS4 THE ORDER: 1886 (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
09 (07) PS4 DYING LIGHT (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
10 (04) WIU MARIO PARTY 10 (NINTENDO)
11 (08) 360 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
12 (13) 360 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
13 (12) PS4 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
14 (16) XBO HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION (MICROSOFT)
15 (09) XBO DYING LIGHT (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
16 (__) PS4 FAR CRY 4 (UBISOFT)
17 (15) XBO FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
18 (03) PS4 FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
19 (21) XBO FORZA HORIZON 2 (MICROSOFT)
20 (18) 360 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
21 (14) PS3 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
22 (24) XBO CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
23 (20) PS4 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
24 (37) PS4 THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
25 (19) PS3 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
26 (__) XBO FAR CRY 4 (UBISOFT)
27 (11) PS4 RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS 2 (CAPCOM)
28 (35) XBO EVOLVE (TAKE 2)
29 (36) 360 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
30 (22) 3DS THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: MAJORA’S MASK 3D (NINTENDO)
31 (NE) PS4 RIDE (PQUBE)
32 (26) 360 TERRARIA (505 GAMES)
33 (27) 360 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 (DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS)
34 (__) PS4 EVOLVE (TAKE 2)
35 (31) XBO MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
36 (30) PS4 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
37 (34) 3DS TOMODACHI LIFE (NINTENDO)
38 (25) 360 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
39 (10) XBO FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
40 (32) 3DS MONSTER HUNTER 4 ULTIMATE (CAPCOM)

The European Commission Wants To Remove Regional Locking On Digital Goods

In a more than welcome move the European Commission has said that it wants to remove regional limits on digital goods. The new strategy is titled the Digital Single Market and in essence it would allow you to watch US Netflix from the United Kingdom. It would also hopefully eventually remove region locking from consoles which has been a sore point for many gamers who want to play games from other regions, but are unable too.

Think regional locks on movie streaming and other digital goods are silly? So does the European Commission. It’s outlining a new strategy (the Digital Single Market) that would prevent companies from geo-blocking online services when it’s not truly necessary. This kind of arbitrary limit “cannot exist” in a single European Union-wide digital marketplace, officials argue.
It’s not clear what rules will be involved (you’ll likely hear more about that when the full strategy is due in May), but the implication is that you wouldn’t be forced to download or stream from a country-specific service. If you wanted to watch French Netflix from Germany, for example, you could.

Germany: 9% Of Console And 58% Of PC Games Were Sold Digitally In 2014

Some interesting video game statistics have come out of Germany in 2014. 9% of console games were sold digitally while a whopping 58% of PC games were sold digitally last year. That’s €2668M in revenue for what appears to be a healthy market. Germany is the second biggest video game market after the United Kingdom in Europe. If you’re interested you can view some graphs, right here.

Thanks, Denero

UK Head Teachers Will Report Children Playing 18+ Video Games

A recent report by the BBC says that head teachers in Cheshire in the United Kingdom will report parents to the authorities if they find out that their children have been playing 18+ games like Grand Theft Auto V and Call of Duty. Schools have sent out letters warning parents of the risk of them allowing their children to play unsuitable video games.

“We are trying to help parents to keep their children as safe as possible in this digital era.

“It is so easy for children to end up in the wrong place and parents find it helpful to have some very clear guidelines.”