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PS4 Launch Sales Close to Wii U Equivalents, 3DS Remains Best of the Rest

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze swings past 50,000 sales to date

It's been a big week for the games industry in Japan, with Sony's PS4 arriving in the market. Naturally it's made a splash in both the hardware and software charts, leaving efforts on 3DS, Wii U and other systems up against a new group of launch games.

To start with software, as always, Knack on PS4 is top by virtue of being bundled with the system. Of more interest is Yakuza: Ishin, perhaps, with the PS3 version outselling the new system's iteration; no doubt helped along by the much larger userbase. From a Nintendo perspective the 3DS still has a decent seven games in the top 20, with Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys leading the way in 4th place. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze picked up another 14,330 sales to creep past 50,000 physical retail sales to date — lifetime sales are in parenthesis, below.

1. [PS4] Knack (First Limited Pack included) – 309,304 (New)
2. [PS3] Yakuza: Ishin – 138,158 (New)
3. [PS4] Yakuza: Ishin – 82,540 (New)
4. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys – 72,350 (634,433)
5. [3DS] Kuroko no Basuke: Shouri e no Kiseki – 45,681 (New)
6. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 35,125 (458,961)
7. [PS4] Killzone: Shadow Fall – 32,336 (New)
8. [PS4] Battlefield 4 – 24,799 (New)
9. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe – 17,665 (457,796)
10. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z – 15,092 (1,374,333)
11. [PS4] Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends – 14,356 (New)
12. [Wii U] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – 14,330 (50,047)
13. [PS4] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – 13,862 (New)
14. [PS4] Call of Duty: Ghosts – 13,701 (New)
15. [PS4] Tomb Raider – 12,093 (Strong)
16. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 11,302 (3,961,624)
17. [3DS] Puyopuyo Tetris – 8,859 (67,204)
18.[PS4] FIFA 14 – 8,808 (New)
19. [PS3] Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost – 7,763 (321,054)
20. [PS4] Need for Speed: Rivals – 6,602 (New)

On the hardware front the PS4 is, of course, at the top. Media Create's reported figure is a fair bit below the Famitsu equivalent (322,083) from earlier this week. As a form of comparison, the Wii U sold 307,471 units in its launch weekend, only slightly below the PS4 launch numbers below — it's a game of momentum. The 3DS LL (XL) remains top of the rest despite a dip, though the standard 3DS model did fall below the PS3, while Wii U remains in four figures — last week's sales are in parenthesis.

PlayStation 4 – 309,154 (N/A)
3DS LL – 22,253 (27,650)
PlayStation Vita – 16,857 (17,081)
PlayStation 3 -9,983 (10,226)
3DS – 9,898 (12,066)
Wii U – 8,407 (8,782)
PSP – 3,171 (2,944)
PlayStation Vita TV – 1,383 (1,267)
Xbox 360 – 241 (256)

No surprise that the PS4 is top at launch, though the 3DS lineup is still a robust presence in the software chart — it'll be interesting to see how the Wii U hardware comparison continues in terms of the momentum for Sony's system in Japan.


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User Comments (87)



Peach64 said:

I don't understand why they have not released the 2DS over there yet, as surely it would provide a much needed sales boost. 3DS is tracking at nearly half its sales rate in 2013, 480k so far in 2014 compared to 900k at the same stage last year. Wii U is behind too, 117k so far this year compared to 164k in 2013.



Tsurii said:

Thomas there is a small mistake: You (or your source) listed Knack as PS3 title



Lance168 said:

I hope Nintendo has a few games for a March direct..... Or else were DOOMED!



Morph said:

I dont understand why 3ds and LL arent listed together, they are the same system



Peek-a-boo said:

Only took the PlayStation 4 three months to reach (or perhaps even surpass) the worldwide number of Wii U's.

... not good. Not good news at all!



AlternateButtons said:

These numbers actually aren't bad. The PS4 launched but Nintendo hardware and software sales hung on pretty well. I have a positive feeling about Nintendos standing in the market with both 3DS and the Wii U. We'll be ok.



Emblem said:

PS4 only sold 15k more than the Wii U so in Japan atleast Nintendo don't have much to worry about for now.



Socar said:

It doesn't matter if the PS4 remains top because the fact is, it doesn't have games that people want yet. The only reason why its selling well is because people expect great games to come out of it something I seriously doubt will happen soon because making great games takes lots of time and money and Nintendo has and always will prove that.

Besides, Handhelds and Consoles are completely different so you can't judge the 3DS by the PS4 sales.



Captain_Toad said:

Heh, for Sony's sake considering the company's money status I say good for them that they're getting good numbers. The question is will they keep this momemtum up?



MrGawain said:

It's an okay launch for the PS4 in Japan, but that's all it is- okay. I think we can see why Sony didn't make it a prime directive to release it in Japan first.

As for the Wii U, it has no chance in hell coming close to the PS4's sales figures. But it may win 2nd place with the Xbox One not winning in the battle for 1080p and 60fps against Sony, not to mention still being a lot more money than either console. At least the Wii U has unique exclusives that the other two don't really have, and the PS4 will win in the multi platform titles.



marck13 said:

Well that is much less PS4s sold than i thought. And I really doubt it can keep the momentum up for more than another week. Good news for Nintendo.



Peach64 said:

By the way, Sony shipped less than 350k consoles, and it's pretty much sold out in every major retailer, so it couldn't really have gone any better for them. Of course the Wii U had a similarly spectacular launch, but the problem is that after 15 months, those first two days account for nearly 20% of Wii U's total sales. Impossible to predict wether the PS4 will go the same way at this stage.



cookiex said:

Interesting to see PS4 and Wii U having equal launch sales in Japan. PS4 has MGSV coming out in less than a month so it's going to hold a bit better in the long run.

In any case Xbox One is bound to perform far worse than either of them in that region.



banacheck said:

Well done Sony, with infamous & MGS:Ground Zeroes out next month that will probably give the PS4 another little boost.



rjejr said:

@Peach64 - I dont think they're in any rush to sell the 2DS in Japan b/c it doesnt fold in half so it's not as portable. I know open its the same size but portability matters. And I think it's just geared towards kids - no 3D - and probably a lot of 3DS go to adults in Japan. So basically the japnaese are too smart to buy a gimped system.

Considering the PS3 is still outselling the Wii U I dont see the PS4 selling less than the Wi U. Well maybe for a few weeks when Mario Kart 8 comes out - way at the end of May - and then again when SSB comes out, whenever that is. Actually if the 3DS version comes out at the same time as the Wii U version, and most people have already bought a Wii U for MK8, then SSB may not give Wii U a boost.



Klimbatize said:

@ThomasBW84 Shame on you for presenting this information this way. "Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze swings past 50,000 sales to date" is so biased! You should have used the word "rocketed" to describe DKC's wonderful accomplishment of being in the Top 12 in its second week of release. Why are you so negative all the time????



Jazzer94 said:

@Wolfgabe That is most likely to do with the fact the console is sold out most places and people see an opportunity to make a quick buck just like the US and UK launches.



MJKOP said:

@vamkar my copy arrived yesterday, got to play it a little bit last night... Enough to fall in love with it. Fantastic, highly recommended to all Wii U owners



rjejr said:

Digging deeper to find some good news -

The Wii U sold nearly the same the week before and during the PS4 launch - 8,400 this week and 8,700 the previous week - (roughly just a 5% drop I think) - so the PS4 hardly affected Wii U sales at all.

And next week Wii U will still be the same and PS4 will have like an 80% drop (b/c there wont be any left in stores to sell, I know, but still)



Emblem said:

@Peach64 PS4 is far from sold out in japan, my partners sister got hers this morning as did some of her friends (Yokohama).



Captain_Gonru said:

I'm curious about the price of the Knack bundle. Roughly the same as the hardware + game elsewhere, or same as hardware only?



MikeLove said:


Pointing out that the PS4 has sold out and is in such high demand that people are reselling unopened consoles for a profit online is not evidence of "buyers remorse".



AugustusOxy said:

Hah. People don't want new consoles. I think Sony and Microsoft should have waited a good, two or three years before releasing their new crap. I think nintendo counted on them doing it-- thus why they released the wii-u so early. Now the wii-u is getting dreamcasted, a term I use when people refuse to buy an 'inferior console' that is on the market before even knowing what the next console is going to be like. The Playstation 2 did just that to the dreamcast.

Either way-- its funny to see these minuscule figures for console sales. I have a feeling gaming as a hobby is going to go back to its glory days of inventiveness, less emphasis on the mainstream and more emphasis on staying power.



dumedum said:

Wow, pretty much a mediocre launch for the PS4. Surely people talked as it would have a sold million at launch, not even close.



FritzFrapp said:

Couldn't give two figs for Microsoft, but I genuinely hope Sony don't pull out of gaming at the end of this gen. Mediocre software numbers - the attach rate must be frightening. So sad to see the state of console gaming in Japan.



Ernest_The_Crab said:

@Peek-a-boo That's one way of looking at it. It also shows that the Japanese console market is pretty stagnant despite what people thought was going to be an impressive launch for the PS4 in Japan.

This just proves that the Japanese market is essentially mobile console/device dominated. Neither Nintendo nor Sony can really rely on the Japanese market anymore for home consoles (except for prior generations like the PS3).



JosieC84 said:

PS4 is going to overtake the Wii U. lifetime sales. There is no doubt about that. Nintendo must hang in there and not give in. All they need to do is to release more games on the Wii U.



MikeLove said:


There were only around 300K PS4's released at launch. Impossible to sell a million when that many weren't even available...



Peach64 said:

Here's the article about the Wii U launch in Japan.

People calling the figure fantastic, impressive, domination etc. Now the PS4 sells more, and people are call the same figure 'okay' or even pathetic. There's some serious revisionist history going on here. The Wii U had an amazing launch, and it was only in the January after that things took a nose dive, so surpassing that figure is very impressive, especially as it's not a holiday period.

People might be finding a few here and there in smaller stores, but they've sold almost every unit they shipped. Nobody that knew they were talking about thought it was sell a million, not when Sony had already said they were only shipping under 350,000. Most people playing the sales prediction game on GAF thought it would do about 200k.



Darknyht said:

The more disturbing trend that I am seeing is in regards to my local Walmart. There used to be a full case of 3DS, Wii, and Wii U each in the store. Now they are down to two cases, one 3DS and one with a quickly dwindling supply of Wii U games being replaced slowly with old Wii stock. That doesn't speak well of the console's lifespan if a major retailer is not stocking product.



gatorboi352 said:

@JosieC84 "Nintendo must hang in there and not give in. All they need to do is to release more games on the Wii U."

Boy that sounds so simple, doesn't it?

Le sigh...



AdanVC said:

Glad to see at least Wii U selling as usual even with the release of PS4. I honestly thought PS4 would sell waaaay more but really just sold the same as Wii U on launch week. Now the Next Generation is pretty much all setup on Japan and the real battle of consoles can begin (I'm not even going to mention Xbone. Microsoft shouldn't even bother on release that console on Japan.)



gatorboi352 said:

@Peach64 Shhhh! Talking like that around here will get you reported! At least for me it did. Guess some folks don't like hearing the truth.

@Darknyht Same at my 2 local Walmarts. The Wii U case has now been consolidated with the Wii case and pushed all the way to the back behind both the Xbox and PlayStation cases. Media bias! LOL



gatorboi352 said:

@AdanVC "Glad to see at least Wii U selling as usual even with the release of PS4."

If ~8-9,000 is "as usual" then I'd hate to see what a dip in Wii U sales will look like.



AdanVC said:

@gatorboi352 The lowest dips Wii U has suffered have been between 3,500 to 5,000 units. That was around spring-summer of last year during the huge Wii U drought of 2013. Hope it can never repeat... but considering there's still 3 months left for Mario Kart 8 and no big retail releases in between... damn.



FineLerv said:

Time and time again in these comments I see the same line : "You people said something on one article and the opposite on another".

Ever stop to think that it's actually different people making different comments?



Superryanworld said:

@AugustusOxy Yeah,I don't want a ps4 after seven years of playing on a ps3.I think last gen had a pretty long run.Ps4&x1 need more games before I consider one,and the new metal gear solid is a start.Cod ghosts&battlefield 4 was not enough to get me to throw down several hundred dollars.



divinelite said:

you know im surprised wii u got as high as 8000 this week, not too be affected by ps4 at all. With this yyou need not to be afraid wii u will de create the sales for a quite time



MuchoMochi said:

I'll never understand early adopters I swear, even for Nintendo systems. Sure the PS4 hardware is impressive, but there is hardly any worthwhile games for it, why buy it now? As far as spring goes Infamous: Second Son looks fun, Thief was pretty much a mediocre grey experience that disappointed fans, they are getting another MMO Final Fantasy port, the new Metal Gear Solid is a $30 dollar demo, Watch Dogs looks fun but that's not until summer. The launch titles were the worst of any system, arguably, in the new generation of consoles. I didn't buy the Wii U until it was bundled with a game and there was a price drop and at least 10 games on the console I wanted. I'll be waiting until some time later this year or early 2015 to get a PS4. Hopefully by then I can get it a bit cheaper.



SparkOfSpirit said:

I think the total sales of this generation from all consoles are going to surprise a lot of people. And not in a pleasant way.



MikeLove said:



Sold out their Japanese launch and in the next couple weeks it should surpass worldwide sales of the Wii-U if it hasn't done so already.

If anything, it's looking like it will be the top system this time around.



Alucard83 said:

Why are you all chocked? First of all. Ps4 is a lot lot stronger than the WII U. There is more potential since a lot of gamestudios will work together with them. While Wii U hardly has any support except the die hard fans (you guys). Ps4 has 500gb harddrive and a lot stronger . It's only 90 euro higher and you get a lot more our of it. You don't need to get an external drive and i can go on like this longer. So stop putting your head in the sands and just accept it!



Guybrush20X6 said:

I wonder what the XBONE launch will be like in Japan. Launching it out a catapult on the hopes that someone will take it home? I kid, but it seems that consoles are no longer the day one purchases they were in the past.



Guybrush20X6 said:

@AJWolfTill As long as it has less bugs than Lego Marvel WiiU, I'm buying. It's worth the WiiU version just to not have that stupid rotating split screen.



OdnetninAges said:

Hmm. Interesting.

...On a side note, why is it just now releasing in Japan? It was made in Japan wasn't it? Just like how DKC:TF was made in North America, but released in Japan first...



shonenjump86 said:

GTA5 and Monster Hunter 4 are no longer on the list. well, I still find it kind of odd that the PS4 is just now being released in Japan. I still have no plans on getting a PS4, I'm sure better games will come out for it though.




The is a cash converters not to far from where I live and already I have seen 4 PS4's in there, I have only ever seen 1 Wii U and I have never seen a XBOX ONE.

In fact I have seen many second hand PS4's in CEX and other cash converters. I think people maybe running out and buying it because it's the new thing, and then realizing that it has no games.

If sony can't get some solid games out in the next few months, I really do think the hype may start to fade and reality will set in.

But I have been wrong before



unrandomsam said:

@Guybrush20X6 Were they ever in Japan ? (I always thought they got sold when there was a game that everybody wanted and not until). Until recently I don't think it really was in the West either.



SCAR said:

They probably don't sell the 2DS in Japan, because they know people will buy the more expensive 3DS.



Rafie said:

Wow the PS4 is only a few thousand away from Wii U's lifetime numbers. It's already automatic that the PS4 will surpass the Wii U. That's evident. However, it doesn't make the Wii U any less inferior.

I have to say that I'm baffled that the PS3 sold more than everyone this time around. Oh and the Wii U got a jump. For the first time in a long time, it surpassed the Vita in sales....not total lifetime sales. Just by 5,000 or so.

People saying that the PS4 doesn't have any games really needs to stop. They have plenty of games. Regardless if it's multiplat or not. Killzone, Resogun, Outlast, InFamous (coming in 3 weeks), plus a bunch of multiplats. So yes the PS4 has games for it. Can't wait for that Order:1886 as well.

The Wii U has some heavy hitters coming as well that I'm excited for. I'm not surprised that DKC:TF didn't really move any units. I think MK8 and/or Smash will move some. I also think that the console game in Japan is coming to a close. Handhelds seem to be where it's at with them and Nintendo has that in the bag.



banacheck said:

Hopefully Sony gets more stock out fast, the PS4 has sold around 3X what the PS3 did on launch. PS4 has done in 3 months what the WiiU did in just over a year, when it comes to lifetime sale's.

There is a difference between constructive criticism and the flaming "fanboy" remarks. If you choose to do the latter, you may be banned. -Lz



PinkSpider said:

Wow that means overall sales of Knack are better than Super Mario 3D World in Japan. Times are sad indeed when a crap american platform game is better sold than one of the most famous platformers ever
Wow how the mighty have fallen....



MAN1AC said:

There are strong vibes in this comment section from both Sony and Nintendo supporters. So embarrassing.

Knack was bundled and the producer of the game is Japanese. As a matter of fact, the only thing American about it is that Mark Cerny was the Director.



jakysnakydx said:

@rjejr just like many said that Wii U launch sales were by Nintendo fanboys we can probably say the same for the PS4. I think its time people (not necessarily you though) come to terms with the fact that Nintendos plight isnt due to its creating terrible systems but, like Sony's CEO recognizes, is a powerful indicator of the market as a whole. If the Wii attracted a large pool of 'non-gamers' why in hell did everyone assume that pool would flock to the PS4/xbox? Graphics were clearly not important and 'hardcore' games werent either so what changed? If Nintendo hasnt attracted that market than no one did.



jakysnakydx said:

@Peach64 Thevresson evrryone uovotes is because it isnt true. Take this into cinsideration. Please. The Wii U launch wasnt bad. What happened since thwn "PS4 will outsell Wii U 4-1 at launch", "ps4 will consistantly be sold out", Etc. ALL of tgese predictions were wrong. We do not know how well the ps4 will perform but the reasons people are using as 'proof' of future domination are barbaric. Unfounded. I feel there is a dip in the video game market and everyone is feeling it.



MAN1AC said:

To be fair, both the Xbone and PS4 have better sales than both previous consoles had at this point. So no...there is no dip and not everyone is hurting like you seem to believe.



Gamer83 said:


Given the track record of Xbox so far in Japan you're probably right, but I still say we shouldn't rule it out yet. MS has failed in its first two attempts to buy its way into a significant position over there, but it was much more successful with 360 than the original Xbox... maybe third time is the charm? Like I said, it probably won't happen but when a company has as much money as MS and seems more willing than ever to spend it, you never know what it can accomplish.



ZurrrrBlattTron said:

@PinkSpider maybe 3D World would had sold better if it wasn't a completely horrible game that hoped just because the name had MARIO in it would had sold the wii u and had put Nintendo back in a wonderful place. But nope I'm frankly quiet tired of Mario and if that's all Nintendo is trying to shove Down my throat I'm plenty of happy with my Wii still



Windy said:

Wii-U is in big trouble. There is no doubt about that. I hope it changes at some point but it doesn't look good. 3DS will keep rock in the worlds socks! I would love to see a focus on more online co-op type RPG's on 3DS (like Phantasy star online or zero)



MikeLove said:


Huh? The PS4 is essentially sold out in Japan, the PS4 is still hard to find in US stores, and in 3 months it's sold as many consoles as the Wii-U has in 14 months. So yes, the PS4 has been 'dominating' the Wii-U so far.



Beta said:

@Guybrush20X6 You can turn the rotating camera (the dynamic camera) off, btw. It's somewhere in the options, but I can't remember where exactly.



divinelite said:

@JohnRedcorn I dunno about that in Asia tho.
I can go to any store and see many piles of ps4 lol

well gonna by one if infamous is good. by record here in my region wii u is 480$ and ps4 640$ lol



jakysnakydx said:

@MAN1AC The Xbox 360 and PS3 sold like dirt for their first year. I would say it's unfair to base total success based on only a predecessor. The new Windows surface has sold significantly better than the previous tablet's with Windows OS but at the end of the day that doesn't really MEAN much. Comparing poop to dirt doesn't give you the bigger picture, you know what I'm saying?



jakysnakydx said:

@KennyPowers Never denied that. Never said anything at all in contrary to that actually. I only said it's not an indicator or future success. Was blackberry's first 6 months any good indicator or where they are now? Classic example of course, but no it was not. PS4 is rocking it and I think it's a friggin awesome system but we don't know what will happen in 6 months because there is no such thing as clairvoyance and no one controls the entire world's buying habits.

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