This week’s Japanese sales charts are now in courtesy of sales tracker Media Create. There’s been a number of new entires in the charts this week and it appears as though Star Wars Battlefront is in big demand in Japan as it was easily the best-selling piece of software released this week. Hardware-wise it’s the Nintendo 3DS which is the best-selling platform and it’s closely followed by the PlayStation 4.
Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)
- [PS4] Star Wars Battlefront (EA, 11/19/15) – 123,908 (New)
- [PS4] Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (Gust, 11/19/15) – 30,759 (New)
- [PSV] Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (Gust, 11/19/15) – 25,805 (New)
- [PSV] Omega Labyrinth (D3 Publisher, 11/19/15) – 25,113 (New)
- [Wii U] Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival (Nintendo, 11/21/15) – 20,303 (New)
- [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops III (SCE, 10/06/15) – 19,355 (206,801)
- [PS4] Sword Art Online: Game Director’s Edition (Bandai Namco, 11/19/15) – 18,342 (New)
- [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 17,681 (802,117)
- [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi Omise Hajimerun Desu (Nippon Columbia, 11/19/15) – 16,464 (New)
- [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad (Nintendo, 07/11/15) – 14,700 (1,744,440)
- [Wii U] Super Mario Maker (Nintendo, 09/10/15) – 13,184 (391,793)
- [PSV] Girl Friend Beta: Summer Vacation Spent With You (Bandai Namco, 11/19/15) – 12,959 (New)
- [PS3] Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (Gust, 11/19/15) – 11,542 (New)
- [3DS] Disney Magical World 2 (Bandai Namco, 10/05/15) – 11,530 (104,959)
- [PSV] Grand Kingdom (Spike Chunsoft, 11/19/15) – 10,720 (New)
- [3DS] Pokemon Rumble World (Nintendo, 11/19/15) – 10,120 (New)
- [PS4] Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Ubisoft, 11/12/15) – 7,247 (39,325)
- [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 7,182 (404,329)
- [3DS] Project X Zone 2 (Bandai Namco, 11/12/15) – 7,050 (47,995)
- [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes (Nintendo, 10/22/15) – 5,909 (100,045)
Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)
- PlayStation 4 – 29,052 (27,311)
- New 3DS LL – 28,257 (21,800)
- Wii U – 14,684 (17,921)
- PlayStation Vita – 12,258 (11,821)
- New 3DS – 5,859 (5,264)
- PlayStation 3 – 1,624 (1,751)
- 3DS – 1,012 (968)
- Xbox One – 889 (524)
- 3DS LL – 596 (561)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 583 (680)
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The UK is one of the biggest gaming markets in Europe, but recent data obtained by MCV suggests that it is struggling at the moment. Retail games are down 8.5 percent, though one reason behind this drop is the transition to digital games. What is alarming is that console sales are down by almost 20 percent this year. We know that the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 are being phased out and Wii U has been struggling, but it is still worrying. The industry is looking towards Call of Duty, Fallout and Star Wars Battlefront to help turn things around in the UK.
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Looking to increase your video game collection? Well, you might want to think about visiting US retailer Target. The retail chain will be holding a buy two get one free promotion on all its video games. So you can get any games you want that the retailer stocks between November 8th until November 14th. There’s so many high quality titles coming out at the moment that it’s going to be hard to choose!
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Everyone’s favourite video game industry analyst Michael Pachter has given his two cents about what to expect from the industry this holiday season. He believes that the PlayStation 4 price cut won’t really make much difference at all and if Microsoft wants to beat Sony then they will need a price cut for the Xbox One. His analysis of Nintendo’s chances this Christmas appear to be pretty bleak.
“Nintendo has no chance to be successful in consoles this holiday,”
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It seems as though pre-orders of video games are only increasing despite there being a number of high-profile releases that have suffered from rocky launches. Data obtained by Adobe Analytics shows that pre-orders are up 24% this year. The company also mentioned that pre-order revenue is up 33 percent year-over-year. Here’s where the results obtained by Adobe Analytics gets even stranger:
Adobe Analytics found that sadness was the emotion most often associated with preorders, with 33 percent of those polled picking that feeling. More positive emotions, like joy and admiration, represent 18 percent each of those polled.
If you read our Media Create sales charts which are published every week you will know that Nintendo titles have traditionally been doing particularly well in Japan. Figures published by Dengeki Online for the first half of the financial year show just how much of a lead Nintendo has over its competitors. Nintendo has established a 32.1% lead with its closest competitor being Level 5, who are the brains behind the incredibly successful Yo-Kai Watch franchise.
1. Nintendo – 32,1%
2. Level 5 – 11,9%
3. Square Enix – 11%
4. Bandai Namco – 10,7%
5. Konami – 5,3%
6. Capcom – 4,9%
7. Sony Computer Entertainment – 3,1%
8. GunHo – 2,3%
9. Spike Chunsoft – 1,8%
10. Marvelous – 1,5%
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GameStop CEO Paul Raines says that he believes disc-based video games will be around forever and aren’t going anywhere soon. Raines points towards the fact that while CD and DVD sales have shrunk dramatically there’s still consumers out there purchasing them. He went on to say that he expects a complimentary business where the company sells discs plus download like the current console mode.
“Disc-based games will be around forever,” he says. “The market has seen physical music sales down 50% from its peak and physical movie sales down 60% from its peak, but even in a doomsday scenario, disc-based games will be around for a long time. I see a complimentary business where we sell discs plus download like the current console mode. Virtual reality games will also likely follow this model.”