The Latest Japan Sales Are The Worst Since 2001

We knew the Media Create sales earlier this week were pretty bad, but it turns out they’re the worst sales since 2001. The week from May 11th-May 17th saw a total of 235,000 games sold in Japan at retail, this is a 60% drop from the previous week and a 61.93% drop from the same week the previous year. Ouch! Media Create offer many reasons for this– the biggest being that it is the week following Golden Week so people aren’t spending as much, and there’s a total lack of new titles released with just remasters instead. Even Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition, although it is on top for Nintendo sales, still has only sold 232,683 in total which is 59.19% of its initial shipment. Hopefully this is just a lull in video game sales and things will eventually pick back up!

Production Of The Basic Wii U Ends In Japan

Nintendo has announced that the 8GB White version of the Wii U will be discontinued in Japan. The website says that it is “slated to go out of production shortly”, and the current 32GB version will continue to be sold, and a white 32GB version is set to release in June. There is no news on whether this carries to other zones outside of Japan.

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 16K, Wii U Sells 6K

The latest charts from Japan courtesy of Media Create have arrived, and it hasn’t been a great week for sales. The PlayStation 4 Final Fantasy X is a brand new entry that has taken the top spot, but only with 15,913 sales. Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition is still the top selling Nintendo 3DS game, and Mario Kart 8 is the top selling Wii U game. However, console sales have dropped significantly from last week, with the Nintendo 3DS falling from 26K to 16K and Wii U dropping back down to 6K from 11K. Take a look at the charts yourself and see what you think:

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS4] Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster (Square Enix, 05/14/15) – 15,913 (New)
  2. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (GungHo Online Entertainment, 04/30/15) – 13,844 (232,683)
  3. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 11,303 (155,278)
  4. [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 7,422 (128,213)
  5. [PS4] Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (Take-Two, 05/14/15) – 6,922 (New)
  6. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 5,405 (989,307)
  7. [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer (Square Enix, 04/23/15) – 5,260 (134,905)
  8. [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X (Nintendo, 04/30/15) – 4,236 (101,511)
  9. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 3,648 (2,622,489)
  10. [PS4] Dying Light (Warner Bros., 04/16/15) – 3,252 (44,450)
  11. [Wii U] Mario Party 10 (Nintendo, 03/12/15) – 3,204 (140,963)
  12. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 3,133 (2,230,716)
  13. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 2,723 (2,606,206)
  14. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 2,439 (3,972,933)
  15. [Wii U] Dragon Quest X: Legend of the Ancient Dragon Online (Square Enix, 04/30/15) – 2,300 (105,342)
  16. [PS4] Tropico 5 (Square Enix, 04/23/15) – 2,133 (17,997)
  17. [3DS] Theatrhythm Dragon Quest (Square Enix, 03/26/15) – 2,072 (117,161)
  18. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 2,041 (636,111)
  19. [3DS] Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (Nintendo, 04/02/15) – 1,944 (84,347)
  20. [PS3] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2015 (Konami, 03/26/15) – 1,863 (100,345)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. PlayStation 4 – 11,489 (15,992)
  2. New 3DS LL – 11,340 (17,875)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 10,685 (17,273)
  4. Wii U – 6,428 (11,137)
  5. New 3DS – 3,483 (5,446)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 2,964 (4,351)
  7. 3DS LL – 790 (1,358)
  8. 3DS – 742 (1,413)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 439 (665)
  10. Xbox One – 148 (187)

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 26K, Wii U Sells 11K

The latest charts are in from Media Create, and Nintendo dominates the charts with all but one place belonging to either the Nintendo 3DS or Wii U. However, overall it hasn’t been a great week with software and hardware sales both generally declining and with no new releases. Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition remains on top, after its debut in the top spot last week. Wii U sales have dropped back down, but still remain higher than the 6K they’ve previously been for a while. Take a look at the chart for yourself!

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (GungHo Online Entertainment, 04/30/15) – 38,914 (218,839)
  2. [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 21,784 (120,791)
  3. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 18,025 (143,976)
  4. [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X (Nintendo, 04/30/15) – 11,689 (97,275)
  5. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 9,454 (983,902)
  6. [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer (Square Enix, 04/23/15) – 9,403 (129,645)
  7. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 8,557 (2,618,841)
  8. [Wii U] Mario Party 10 (Nintendo, 03/12/15) – 7,406 (137,759)
  9. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 7,057 (2,227,583)
  10. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 6,163 (2,603,483)
  11. [3DS] Theatrhythm Dragon Quest (Square Enix, 03/26/15) – 4,866 (115,089)
  12. [Wii U] Dragon Quest X: Legend of the Ancient Dragon Online (Square Enix, 04/30/15) – 4,719 (103,042)
  13. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 4,687 (3,970,494)
  14. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (NIntendo, 12/06/14) – 4,483 (634,070)
  15. [3DS] Assassination Classroom: Grand Siege on Koro-sensei (Bandai Namco, 03/12/15) – 3,767 (67,581)
  16. [3DS] Future Card Buddy Fight: Yuujou no Bakunetsu Fight! (FuRyu, 04/16/15) – 3,654 (26,948)
  17. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Nintendo, 02/14/15) – 3,608 (427,697)
  18. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01/11) – 3,559 (2,502,286)
  19. [3DS] Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (Nintendo, 04/02/15) – 3,511 (82,403)
  20. [3DS] LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins (Nintendo, 03/05/15) – 3,372 (46,056)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 17,875 (17,062)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 17,273 (17,748)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 15,992 (19,782)
  4. Wii U – 11,137 (22,898)
  5. New 3DS – 5,446 (5,901)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 4,351 (3,956)
  7. 3DS – 1,413 (1,520)
  8. 3DS LL – 1,358 (1,465)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 665 (687)
  10. Xbox One – 187 (341)

Dragon Quest VIII Announced For Nintendo 3DS In Japan

Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is coming to the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on August 27th, priced at 5,980 yen. The original game released on the PlayStation 2 in 2004, and was remade for smartphones in December– and now to the Nintendo 3DS. There are a couple of new features like new party characters– Garda (female thief) and Morrie (from Battle Quest: Monster Battle Road), a brand new scenario and street pass functionality. They’re also planning an orchestral soundtrack performed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony. So, what do you think of this news? A few pre-order bonuses have been revealed, specific to a certain retailer, which are:

  • Square Enix e-Store – “Candy Cane” (weapon for Yangus) – A mysterious spear that will absolutely cause damage and is even effective on metallic monsters.
  • Amazon.co.jp – Healie T-Shirt (armor for everyone) – A mysterious shirt that recovers HP little by little as you walk.
  • Aeon – Healie Cap (helmet for everyone) – A hat that increases your dexterity and maximum HP.
  • Game Tsutaya – Golden Bamboo Spear (weapon for the protagonist) – An expensive spear made of pure gold. If you don’t want it, you can sell it for 5,000 gold.
  • 7-Eleven – Lucky Pendant (accessory for everyone) – A magic pendant that makes it easier to dodge enemy attacks.
  • Yodobashi Camera – Metal Slime Tray (shield for everyone) – A metal tray that slightly defends against magic attacks.

 

Nintendo Japan Releases A Brilliant Japanese TV Commercial For Splatoon And An Overview Video

From the sounds of it a lot of you had fun playing the Splatoon Globaltest Fire demo at the weekend. We’ve already seen the commercial that Nintendo of America is planning to run on television to promote the game, but what about Japan? Well to be honest they’ve got the better commercial in my opinion. Let’s hope it gets replicated in Europe. What do you think to the Japanese advert?

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 26K, Wii U Sells 23K

Take a look at this week’s Japanese charts thanks to Media Create, albeit a little bit later than usual. Nintendo are doing well, dominating most of the chart and taking up the top 5 spots, with the top 3 being new entries. Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition launched this week and jumps straight in at the top spot, selling 180,000 units. Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Wii U finally arrives, maybe lower than anticipated, in at number 3 selling 85,000 units. Paired with Dragon Quest X: Legend of the Ancient Dragon Online, they pushed Wii U sales up from 7,000 last week to a whopping 23,000 this week. The rest of the new entries are taken by the PlayStation Vita which takes up most of the rest of the top 10. Here are the charts for you to take a look at yourself, and see what you think:

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (GungHo Online Entertainment, 04/30/15) – 179,926 (New)
  2. [Wii U] Dragon Quest X: Legend of the Ancient Dragon Online (Square Enix, 04/30/15) – 98,923 (New)
  3. [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X (Nintendo, 04/30/15) – 85,586 (New)
  4. [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer (Square Enix, 04/23/15) – 20,195 (120,242)
  5. [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 20,103 (99,007)
  6. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 16,166 (125,951)
  7. [PSV] Sakeano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend -Blessing Flowers- (5pb., 04/30/15) – 11,202 (New)
  8. [PSV] ToHeart2: Dungeon Travelers (Aquaplus, 04/30/15) – 10,956 (New)
  9. [PSV] Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy (5pb., 04/30/15) – 8,104 (New)
  10. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 7,955 (974,448)
  11. [3DS] Assassination Classroom: Grand Siege on Koro-sensei (Bandai Namco, 03/12/15) – 7,141 (63,814)
  12. [Wii U] Mario Party 10 (Nintendo, 03/12/15) – 6,888 (130,353)
  13. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 6,427 (2,610,284)
  14. [PS4] Dying Light (Warner Bros., 04/16/15) – 6,277 (38,837)
  15. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 5,618 (2,597,320)
  16. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 5,272 (2,220,527)
  17. [PS3] BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend (Arc System Works, 04/23/15) – 4,870 (20,420)
  18. [PS3] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 (Bandai Namco, 03/26/15) – 4,652 (146,633)
  19. [PS4] Tropico 5 (Square Enix, 04/23/15) – 4,495 (13,201)
  20. [PS4] Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II (Compile Heart, 04/23/15) – 4,369 (26,979)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Wii U – 22,898 (7,210)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 19,782 (20,112)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 17,748 (15,467)
  4. New 3DS LL – 17,062 (13,981)
  5. New 3DS – 5,901 (5,329)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 3,956 (4,248)
  7. 3DS – 1,520 (1,095)
  8. 3DS LL – 1,465 (1,253)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 687 (558)
  10. Xbox One – 341 (201)