Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 157K And Wii U Sells 27K

Well it turns out the Japanese charts have arrived and it’s been a positive week for Nintendo hardware. Sales haven’t gone up quite as much as expected given it’s the Christmas shopping season, but both formats went up compared to last week. The Nintendo 3DS sold 157,103 units and the Wii U sold 27,334. It was the PlayStation 4 which had the biggest jump thanks to Grand Theft Auto V. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware this week in Japan.

  1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 1,244,171 (New)
  2. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 152,384 (1,950,481)
  3. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 12/11/14) – 81,659 (New)
  4. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 79,005 (306,533)
  5. [PS3] Shining Resonance (Sega, 12/11/14) – 67,282 (New)
  6. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 47,393 (1,835,852)
  7. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 32,168 (2,958,112)
  8. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 29,418 (2,255,273)
  9. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 24,938 (778,808)
  10. [PS3] Assassin’s Creed Rogue (Ubisoft, 12/11/14) – 17,656 (New)
  11. [3DS] Derby Stallion Gold (Kadokawa Games, 12/04/14) – 16,659 (90,275)
  12. [3DS] Aikatsu! 365-Hi no Idol Days (Bandai Namco, 12/04/14) – 16,023 (49,174)
  13. [Wii U] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo, 11/13/14) – 14,628 (80,510)
  14. [PS3] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation with Power-Up Kit (Koei Tecmo, 12/11/14) – 14,054 (New)
  15. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind CHAIN (Spike Chunsoft, 12/04/14) – 12,650 (31,723)
  16. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi Koko ga Ochitsukun Desu (Nihon Columbia, 11/20/14) – 12,216 (36,053)
  17. [PS3] Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting (Bandai Namco, 12/11/14) – 10,675 (New)
  18. [PSV] Phantasy Star Nova (Sega, 11/27/14) – 10,117 (137,263)
  19. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 9,961 (3,830,376)
  20. [PS3] Resident Evil (Capcom, 11/27/14) – 8,493 (74,196)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 83,041 (63,714)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 68,041 (15,971)
  3. New 3DS – 34,676 (25,541)
  4. Wii U – 27,334 (24,469)
  5. 3DS LL – 24,475 (17,319)
  6. PlayStation Vita – 24,039 (22,355)
  7. 3DS – 14,911 (38,846)
  8. PlayStation 3 – 7,803 (5,679)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 974 (986)
  10. Xbox One – 724 (790)
  11. Xbox 360 – 102 (189)
  12. PSP – 8 (8)

NPD: Here’s The Best-Selling Games In The United States In November

It’s that time of the month folks as we finally have concrete sales figures for the United States for the month of November courtesy of the NPD Group. The Xbox One was the best-selling video game console in both the United States and the UK. With regards to software Super Smash Bros arrived at number three in the US and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire was at five and Pokemon Omega Ruby was placed at number seven. Hopefully we will get some sales data through from Nintendo.

  • 1.) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (360, XBO, PS4, PS3, PC)
  • 2.) Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
  • 3.) Super Smash Bros. (NWU, 3DS)
  • 4.) Madden NFL 15 (360, XBO, PS4, PS3)
  • 5.) Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (3DS)
  • 6.) Far Cry 4 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
  • 7.) Pokemon Omega Ruby (3DS)
  • 8.) NBA 2K15 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC)
  • 9.) Assassin’s Creed: Unity (PS4, XBO, PC)
  • 10.) Halo: The Master Chief Collection (XBO)

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 145K And Wii U Sells 24K

You can tell the holiday shopping season is upon us as both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS have seen sales increases this week in Japan. The Wii U saw the release of Super Smash Bros which soared into the number one position which placed it above Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Here’s the best-selling video games in Japan this week.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 227,527 (New)
  2. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 171,813 (1,798,097)
  3. [3DS] Derby Stallion Gold (Kadokawa Games, 12/04/14) – 73,616 (New)
  4. [3DS] Aikatsu! 365-Hi no Idol Days (Bandai Namco, 12/04/14) – 33,151 (New)
  5. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 29,670 (1,788,460)
  6. [PS3] Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign (Arc System Works, 12/04/14) – 27,278 (New)
  7. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 25,157 (2,225,855)
  8. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 23,557 (2,925,945)
  9. [PSV] Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 (Koei Tecmo, 12/04/14) – 22,152 (New)
  10. [PSV] Phantasy Star Nova (Sega, 11/27/14) – 19,833 (127,147)
  11. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 19,244 (753,870)
  12. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind CHAIN (Spike Chunsoft, 12/04/14) – 19,073 (New)
  13. [PS3] Resident Evil (Capcom, 11/27/14) – 15,445 (65,703)
  14. [3DS] Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 (Koei Tecmo, 12/04/14) – 14,909 (New)
  15. [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Dubbed Version) (Square Enix, 12/04/14) – 13,758 (New)
  16. [PS4] Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign (Arc System Works, 12/04/14) – 12,638 (New)
  17. [Wii U] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo, 11/13/14) – 11,829 (65,882)
  18. [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Dubbed Version) (Square Enix, 12/04/14) – 9,461 (New)
  19. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey Untold II: Knight of Fafnir (Atlus, 11/27/14) – 9,456 (68,986)
  20. [PS4] The Crew (Ubisoft, 12/04/14) – 9,002 (New)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 63,714 (48,738)
  2. 3DS – 38,846 (19,722)
  3. New 3DS – 25,541 (22,875)
  4. Wii U – 24,469 (12,496)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 22,355 (27,935)
  6. 3DS LL – 17,319 (15,182)
  7. PlayStation 4 – 15,971 (13,489)
  8. PlayStation 3 – 5,679 (5,360)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 986 (1,285)
  10. Xbox One – 790 (1,237)
  11. Xbox 360 – 189 (108)
  12. PSP – 8 (18)

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 106K And Wii U Sells 12K

This week’s Japanese video game sales charts are now in thanks to Media Create. It’s been a decent week for hardware as everything has had a slight boost including the Wii U. The holiday season is now upon us so people are obviously starting to purchase presents for loved ones. The Nintendo 3DS sold 106K this week while the Wii U managed to sell 12K. Super Smash Bros will feature in next week’s chart so that will undoubtedly be interesting,

01./01. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥4.937) – 298.613 / 1.626.284 (-78%)
02./00. [PSV] Phantasy Star Nova <RPG> (Sega) {2014.11.27} (¥6.458) – 107.313 / NEW 
03./00. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Knight of Fafnir (Atlus) {2014.11.27} (¥6.458) – 59.531 / NEW 
04./00. [PSV] Fate/Hollow Ataraxia # (Kadokawa Games) {2014.11.27} (¥6.480) – 53.979 / NEW 
05./00. [PS3] Resident Evil HD Remaster # (Capcom) {2014.11.27} (¥4.309) – 50.258 / NEW 
06./00. [PS4] Dragon Age: Inquisition # (Electronic Arts) {2014.11.27} (¥7.884) – 29.274 / NEW 
07./05. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate # (Capcom) {2014.10.11} (¥6.264) – 27.624 / 2.200.698 (-4%)
08./08. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} (¥5.616) – 21.755 / 1.758.790 (+29%)
09./07. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level 5) {2014.07.10} (¥4.937) – 20.577 / 2.902.388 (+15%)
10./00. [PSV] Nisekoi: Yomeiri!? (Konami) {2014.11.27} (¥6.980) – 15.508 / NEW 
11./00. [PSV] Dekamori Senran Kagura # (Marvelous) {2014.11.27} (¥4.320) – 14.275 / NEW 
12./06. [PS3] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2015 (Konami) {2014.11.13} (¥8.208) – 12.886 / 104.801 (-37%)
13./15. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 # (Nintendo) {2014.05.29} (¥6.156) – 12.742 / 734.626 (+46%)
14./10. [WIU] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2014.11.13} (¥3.996) – 12.211 / 54.053 (-12%)
15./00. [PSV] Ooedo BlackSmith (Nippon Ichi Software) {2014.11.27} (¥6.458) – 11.562 / NEW 
16./00. [PS3] Dragon Age: Inquisition # <RPG> (Electronic Arts) {2014.11.27} (¥7.884) – 11.294 / NEW 
17./09. [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Subtitled Edition (Square Enix) {2014.11.13} (¥8.424) – 10.291 / 105.302 (-33%)
18./00. [3DS] Gotouchi Tetsudou: Gotouchi Chara to Nihon Zenkoku no Tabi (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.11.27} (¥5.626) – 9.936 / NEW 
19./00. [3DS] Hero Bank 2 (Sega) {2014.11.27} (¥5.550) – 8.014 / NEW 
20./03. [PS3] Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires # (Koei Tecmo) {2014.11.20} (¥6.264) – 7.784 / 45.907 (-80%)

  1. Nintendo 3DS: 106.517
  2. PlayStation Vita: 29,220
  3. PlayStation 4: 13,489
  4. Wii U: 12,496
  5. PlayStation 3: 5,360
  6. Xbox One: 1,237
  7. Xbox 360: 108
  8. PSP: 18

TIME Lists Their Top 10 Games Of 2014

Influential news publication TIME has jumped the gun a little early and published their favourite games of 2014. As you would expect there’s a couple of Nintendo related titles on the list with the sublime Mario Kart 8 placed at number five and Shovel Knight at number eight. Here’s their top ten games of 2014.

10. Velocity 2X
9. Sunset Overdrive
8. Shovel Knight
7. Monument Valley
6. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
5. Mario Kart 8
4. Hearthstone
3. Dark Souls II
2. Alien: Isolation
1. 80 Days

Japanese Charts: Nintendo 3DS Sells 88K And Wii U Sells 9K

We’ve finally got this week’s Japanese charts and as expected Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are taking it by storm. There wasn’t much of a hardware boost for the Nintendo 3DS this week despite the high-profile release. Wii U isn’t having quite such a good week as sales dropped again this week. Anyway, here’s the best-selling games in Japan this week.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 1,327,671 (New)
  2. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire Double Pack (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 90,497 (New)
  3. [PS3] Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires (Koei Tecmo, 11/20/14) – 38,123 (New)
  4. [PS4] Assassin’s Creed Unity (Ubisoft, 11/20/14) – 36,400 (New)
  5. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 28,728 (2,173,073)
  6. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (Konami, 11/13/14) – 20,612 (91,915)
  7. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 17,834 (2,881,810)
  8. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 16,846 (1,737,035)
  9. [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Square Enix, 11/13/14) – 15,425 (95,011)
  10. [Wii U] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo, 11/13/14) – 13,817 (41,843)
  11. [Wii U] Taiko Drum Master: Tokumori! (Bandai Namco, 11/20/14) – 11,769 (New)
  12. [PS4] Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires (Koei Tecmo, 11/20/14) – 11,725 (New)
  13. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi Koko Ga Ochitsukun Desu (Nihon Colombia, 11/20/14) – 11,656 (New)
  14. [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Square Enix, 11/13/14) – 9,400 (73,459)
  15. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 8,752 (721,884)
  16. [3DS] One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X (Bandai Namco, 11/13/14) – 8,045 (43,143)
  17. [PS4] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (Konami, 11/13/14) – 6,859 (33,543)
  18. [PSV] Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax (Sega, 11/13/14) – 5,798 (40,469)
  19. [PSV] Senjou no Enbikyoku (Idea Factory, 11/20/14) – 5,738 (New)
  20. [PS3] Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax (Sega, 11/13/14) – 5,692 (31,299)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 42,184 (38,457)
  2. New 3DS – 26,791 (13,373)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 12,430 (15,537)
  4. 3DS LL – 11,534 (9,172)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 10,236 (19,301)
  6. Wii U – 9,615 (14,002)
  7. 3DS – 8,144 (4,199)
  8. PlayStation 3 – 4,324 (4,711)
  9. Xbox One – 776 (2,245)
  10. PlayStation Vita TV – 621 (675)
  11. Xbox 360 – 100 (91)
  12. PSP – 11 (25)

GameStop Says It’s Worried That Digital Games Are Becoming Too Cheap

The digital business model was always going to be a sore point for GameStop which relies heavily on the sale of physical games. GameStop’s company’s president, Tony Bartel, has spoken about his fears that digital titles could become too cheap and deter consumers from buying the games at retail. Here’s what Bartel had to say.

“We want to help ensure that our industry does not make the same mistake as other entertainment categories by driving the perceived value of digital goods significantly below that of a physical game. When the free digital token programs end, we believe that the industry will need to work together to continue to price goods in a way that sustains profitability and encourages a great innovation that this category needs.”

Bartel also said that recent research indicated that the average price a consumer pays for a full, AAA game download is $22. When asked what price consumers expected to pay for a full game digital download, they said approximately $35.