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Japan: Wii U Sells 9K And Nintendo 3DS Sells 38K

Here’s this week’s best-selling games in Japan courtesy of Media Create. The Nintendo 3DS remains the best-selling platform shifting 38,445 units thanks to Yokai Watch 2 and Yoshi’s New Island. Wii U sales have increased marginally as the console sold 9,429 units. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware in Japan.

  1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 180,880 (1,829,533)
  2. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island (Nintendo, 07/24/14) – 58,285 (New)
  3. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 18,129 (560,487)
  4. [PSV] Oreshika: Tainted Bloodblines (SCEJ, 07/17/14) – 17,690 (111,465)
  5. [PSV] Tokyo New World Record: Operation Abyss (5pb., 07/24/14) – 15,242 (New)
  6. [PSV] Corpse Party: Blood Drive (5pb., 07/24/14) – 13,688 (New)
  7. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 10,620 (1,218,698)
  8. [PS3] Under Nigh In-Birth Exe:Late (Arc System Works, 07/24/14) – 9,171 (New)
  9. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure (Bandai Namco, 06/26/14) – 9,080 (110,558)
  10. [PS3] Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (Gust, 07/17/14) – 7,432 (51,177)
  11. [3DS] Gundam Try Age SP (Bandai Namco, 07/17/14) – 7,110 (28,634)
  12. [3DS] Pokemon Art Academy (Nintendo, 06/19/14) – 5,768 (75,404)
  13. [PSV] Freedom Wars (SCEJ, 06/26/14) – 5,344 (267,771)
  14. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y (Pokemon, 10/12/13) – 5,089 (4,112,000)
  15. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V Low Price Version (06/26/14) – 5,026 (28,685)
  16. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 4,591 (3,316,196)
  17. [PS3] Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, 06/26/14) – 3,684 (63,269)
  18. [PS4] FIFA 14 (EA, 02/22/14) – 3,587 (71,128)
  19. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01/11) – 3,346 (2,355,647)
  20. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 3,068 (3,764,042)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. 3DS XL – 31,789 (31,192)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 21,875 (27,352)
  3. Wii U – 9,429 (8,209)
  4. PlayStation 3 – 7,175 (7,389)
  5. 3DS – 6,656 (6,185)
  6. PlayStation 4 – 5,581 (6,456)
  7. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,767 (2,249)
  8. PSP – 489 (556)
  9. Xbox 360 – 122 (129)



Atlus CEO Teases New Games Which Includes A New IP

Atlus CEO NaotoHiraoka has told Japanese gaming publication Famitsu that the company has a couple of new titles in development and one of those is a brand new IP. Hiraoka says that he hopes to announce one of the new titles soon, though the new IP is in early development and they estimate one will be released in three years.

“I believe we’ll be able to announce ‘that title’ soon. At the moment, we’ve even begun development on a title that will be released in three years time. Additionally, a brand new IP, similar to Catherine and Dragon’s Crown, is in the works, too.”

“As console game makers, of course we won’t just avoid them. We’ll definitely be making an effort on that front.”


GameStop President Says Only 40% Of Their Customers Know That They Accept Trade-Ins

GameStop president Tony Bartel has revealed that only 40% of their customer base know that the company accepts trade-ins for in store credit. Bartel was speaking to Venture Beat about the importance of trade-ins and their future plans.

“The biggest opportunity with trades is awareness. Believe it or not, only 40 percent of the people who walk into a GameStop store today know that we accept trades of games.”


Capcom Wants A 1.5 Year Development Cycle For Major Sequels

Capcom recently divulged that they expect a 1.5 year development cycle when producing sequels to major franchises. The company initially wanted a 2.5 year development cycle for their sequels, but in these changing times they feel 1.5 years is more adequate. Capcom also mentioned that they have around 30 key developers.

We have about 30 key developers and are able to deploy the required personnel at the required times as needed. This allows us to develop content with a small number of people while operating a number of lines at once. Ideally, we want to use a development period of 1.5 years as a rule for each team. Our goal is to make the development cycle even shorter.


Here’s The Best-Selling Video Games In Japan For 2014 So Far

Japanese publication Weekly Famitsu has compiled a list of the top 50 best-selling games in Japan for the first half of 2014. As expected the list is dominated by titles for Nintendo platforms with Yokai Watch taking the number one position. In total there are seven titles for Nintendo platforms in the top ten, which isn’t bad at all.

1. Yokai Watch (3DS: 849,027)
2. Dragon Quest Monsters 2 (3DS: 739,032)
3. Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS: 633,695)
4. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U: 512,467)
5. Pokemon X/Y (3DS: 416,864)
6. Puzzle & Dragons Z (3DS: 411,922)
7. Mario Party Island Tour (3DS: 404,666)
8. Knack (PS4: 398,685)
9. Gundam Extreme VS Full Boost (PS3: 367, 354)
10. Dark Souls II (PS3: 335,226)
11. Wii Party U (Wii U: 252,539)
12. Yakuza Ishin! (PS3: 250,937)
13. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS3: 248,164)
14. Samurai Warriors 4 (PS3: 246,662)
15. Persona Q (3DS: 234,880)
16. Sengoku Basara 4 (PS3: 231,351)
17. New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U: 227,263)
18. Harvest Moon: Story of Seasons (3DS: 220,599)
19. 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-hen (PS3: 205,319)
20. Sword Art Online – Hollow Fragment – (Vita: 198,294)
21. Monster Hunter 4 (3DS: 191,152)
22. Freedom Wars (Vita: 187,890)
23. J Stars Victory VS (PS3 180,904)
24. Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS: 180,215)
25. Fossil Fighters Frontier (3DS 171,974)
26. Super Mario 3D World (Wii U: 163,501)
27. 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-hen (Vita: 158,974)
28. Battle for Money Sentouchuu (3DS: 146,517)
29. J Stars Victory VS (Vita: 143,178)
30. Hatsune Miku – Project Diva – F 2nd (Vita: 139,515)
31. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4: 136,507)
32. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS: 135,773)
33. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2014 (PS3: 133,381)
34. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS: 127,949)
35. Pro Baseball Spirits 2014 (PS3: 127,019)
36. Grand Theft Auto V (PS3: 123,182)
37. Yakuza Ishin! (PS4: 122,474)
38. Attack On Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind (3DS: 116,676)
39. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3: 112,969)
40. Mario Golf World Tour (3DS: 110,756)
41. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U: 108,017)
42. Wii Fit U (Wii U: 107,041)
43. The iDOLMASTER One For All (PS3: 102,255)
44. Mario Kart 7 (3DS: 100,507)
45. Soul Sacrifice Delta (Vita: 96,737)
46. Gundam Side Stories (PS3: 94,503)
47. Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy (3DS: 92,903)
48. Puyo Puyo Tetris (3DS: 91,375)
49. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster TWIN PACK (Vita: 91,075)
50. Hatsune Miku – Project Diva – F 2nd (PS3: 88,867)


NPD: Here’s The Best-Selling Games In The US During May

US software saes data has begun to trickle in thanks to the NPD Group. The best-selling game in May was Watch Dogs which was closely followed by Nintendo’s well-received Mario Kart 8. Not to be outdone, Kirby Triple Deluxe for Nintendo 3DS landed in at number nine. Here’s the top ten best-selling video games in the US in May.

  1. Watch Dogs
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. MLB: 14
  4. Wolfenstein: The New Order
  5. Minecraft
  6. The Amazing Spiderman 2
  7. NBA 2K14
  8. TitanFall
  9. Kirby: Triple Deluxe
  10. Call of Duty: Ghosts

Here’s IGN’s Games Of The Generation As Well As The Readers

IGN has published its games of the generation and also given users the ability to vote for theirs. As we already reported Super Mario Galaxy was the publications Game of the Generation. Now they’ve published their readers games. IGN says that over the last couple of weeks, over 65,000 votes have been cast by readers. Here’s their results as well as IGN’s for comparison.

Top 10 (Reader choices)
10.) Batman Arkham City
9.) Bioshock Infinite
8.) Mass Effect 2
7.) Assassin’s Creed II
6.) Bioshock
5.) Red Dead Redemption
4.) Fallout 3
3.) Grand Theft Auto V
2.) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
1.) The Last of Us

Top 10 (IGN Picks)
10.) Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
9.) Journey
8.) Grand Theft Auto V
7.) Red Dead Redemption
6.) Minecraft
5.) Fallout 3
4.) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
3.) The Last of Us
2.) Portal 2
1.) Super Mario Galaxy


The UK Games Market Has Risen 20% Over Last Year


The UK video game market has risen dramatically with game sales up 20 percent over last year to £3.48bn. The UK continues to be the biggest video game market in Europe. Console sales are up 38 percent, but boxed software is down 5 percent. Interestingly mobile gaming is up a whopping 83 percent. In total a staggering 626 million pounds were spend on dedicated gaming consoles in 2013.


Mario And Wii Fit Rank Among The The Best-Selling Franchises Since 2005


Sales data recently provided by Ubisoft shows that the Mario series is the second biggest-selling franchise since 2005. Unsurprisingly it’s Activison’s behemoth Call of Duty which is the best-selling video game franchise in the world. Wii Fit for the original Wii comes in at number six. Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed is placed at number four and the Just Dance series is placed at number thirteen. You can see the best-selling franchises in the chart above.

Thanks, Peter


NPD: Here’s The Best-Selling Games In The US During April

US software sales figures are now in from the NPD Group. The best-selling game in the United States during April was Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC game, Titanfall. Interestingly the NPD group also revealed that software sales at US retail declined 10 percent to $227.9 million for the month. However, it should be noted that Wii U software sales were up over last year by over 80 percent. Here’s the best-selling software in the United States in April 2014.

  1. Titanfall
  2. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  3. NBA 2K14
  4. Minecraft
  5. LEGO The Hobbit
  6. The LEGO Movie Video Game
  7. LEGO Marvel Superheroes
  8. The Amazing Spiderman 2
  9. Grand Theft Auto V
  10. Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag

“Life to date, sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales,” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan.

“PS4 software combined with Xbox One software sales are up over 40 percent compared to sales of the PS3 and Xbox 360 through their first six months. Wii U software sales were up over last year by over 80 percent,” he continued.