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Mario Party: Island Tour Stays on Top in Japan as Hardware Sales Plummet

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Tax increase and quiet week of releases take their toll

It's time for the Media Create Japanese chart results once again, as we see how the retail sector has held up following a 3% increase in sales tax in the country, from 5% to 8%. That may sound trivial, but as has been proven in multiple marketplaces a small percentage change in sales tax can prompt consumers to rush ahead with pricier purchases — which can include gaming hardware — in order to enjoy a lower price before a universal leap.

Perhaps a combination of the tax increase and an absence of big hitting new releases are to blame for disappointing figures this week. To start with software, Nintendo will be pleased that Mario Party: Island Tour is on top, going past a quarter of a million physical retail sales in the process, while Level-5's Yo-kai Watch maintains its momentum. It was a quiet week, overall, however, with Just Dance Wii U making a modest début appearance.

1. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour – 47,106 (257,873)
2. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4 – 25,572 (192,514)
3. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch – 23,663 (686,387)
4. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – 20,799 (179,031)
5. [Wii U] Just Dance Wii U – 18,403 (New)
6. [PSV] Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd – 16,111 (114,738)
7. [PS3] J-Stars Victory VS – 13,417 (114,738)
8. [PSV] J-Stars Victory VS – 11,876 (134,522)
9. [PS3] Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd – 10,278 (70,243)
10. [PS3] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2014 – 10,081 (90,876)
11. [PS3] Dark Souls II – 9,924 (320,177)
12. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe – 9,914 (540,373)
13. [3DS] Kaseki Horider: Mugen Gear – 9,704 (130,083)
14. [PSV] Samurai Warriors 4 – 9,603 (68,796)
15. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 8,328 (4,023,294)
16. [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – 7,859 (112,137)
17. [PSP] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2014 – 7,576 (50,277)
18. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys – 6,881 (768,483)
19. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z – 6,787 (1,430,720)
20. [PSV] Natural Doctrine – 6,046 (New)

It's in the hardware results that the most significant decreases can be found. Every single system's sales dropped, with the 3DS LL (XL) enduring the sharpest fall after excellent results last week; Vita is on top, but still behind the 3DS when both models are combined. It's grim reading for home consoles, meanwhile, as Sony's still-young PS4 falls further and the Wii U drops back into four figures.

PlayStation Vita – 25,017 (39,752)
3DS LL – 22,947 (52,124)
PlayStation 4 – 13,401 (23,327)
PlayStation 3 – 10,871 (17,154)
3DS – 9,091 (12,508)
Wii U – 7,962 (13,026)
PSP – 2,892 (4,206)
PlayStation Vita TV – 1,371 (2,115)
Xbox 360 – 276 (304)

A tough week in the Japanese market, then, with very few winners aside from, perhaps, Mario's latest mini-game collection on 3DS.

[via gematsu.com]

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User Comments (29)

Ony

#1

Ony said:

Well not everyone had wished for online play for Mario party... :o

manu0

#2

manu0 said:

Why is Microsoft even selling the 360 in Japan at this point?

MoonKnight7

#4

MoonKnight7 said:

I can't say I'm surprised by this news. I'm sure all the companies in Japan expected sales to dive.

rjejr

#9

rjejr said:

Those are some horrible hardware #s, almost every system dropped about half, except the 360 which almost remained constant ;-)

Nice to see a Wii U game in the top 20, and at #5 no less. I don't care if it's Mario or Just Dance at this point, its a Wii U game on the top 20 list.

GamecubeComplex

#10

GamecubeComplex said:

Lack of Donkey Kong Country on this list is disappointing. Come on, really? A fantastic game like that should be a system seller!

Peach64

#11

Peach64 said:

People said such a small difference wouldn't matter, but if you were planning to buy a console in the next 2-3 weeks and knew it was gonna get more expensive, you'd want to make the saving.

I continue to be impressed by Yokai Watch's performance. Many games have long legs, but even games that stick in the chart for months see a downward trend. This one is different. It's never had one of those insane weeks like Animal Crossing, Pokemon or Monster Hunter, but none of those were this high in the chart so long after release.

Nintenjoe64

#12

Nintenjoe64 said:

There isn't much to shout about on the Wii U front but I thought the lack of games would have put it well below where it's at.

readyletsgo

#13

readyletsgo said:

No no no, this cant be right at all!!!! A Wii U game in the top 10 and the X360 has a sales boost?

Somethings very very wrong... ;P

Of course sales are down due to the increase in sales tax, no matter how low or high it is, people all over the world try to get a deal, and all systems were cheaper last week.

In a few weeks people in Japan will forget about the increase in tax and start buying again, same as anywhere else really.

PS: A lot off topic but there is a great Easter sale on the PSN store in Europe from today, just got loads of big games for cheap like SSX, Ni no Kuni, PlayStation® All-Stars Battle Royale (both for ps3 and vita for €9!), Sonic Generations and OlliOlli. God I have too many games :(

Octane

#14

Octane said:

@Peach64

An important factor is that the Youkai Watch anime is currently airing in Japan. That was just an incredibly smart move.

Ninhau

#15

Ninhau said:

hardware sales taking a nosedive, i think this has more to do with the VAT increase over there

AkinaChan

#20

AkinaChan said:

-_- I'm really hating that tax increase... At least there's duty free stores in Japan... but idk any selling game consoles lol ^^ I always go to Mandarake for games over there, and my next visit will be my first experience with how that tax increase effects higher priced stuff ( ̄^ ̄)

I've yet to play the new Mario Party, though. I should try it out soon :3

AkinaChan

#21

AkinaChan said:

@Falco lol, yes xD Nintendo and Sony dominate Japan. I've rarely seen 360 sales go over 1000 :p

And maybe because they're phasing out the Wii in terms of sales? I don't think they're selling the Wii Mini over there, so it's possible. I know the 2DS isn't sold in Japan either.

somari

#24

somari said:

oh dear, every one did bad. At least Nintendo and Sony is doing ok in japan (taxes and all) but look at Microsoft with the xbox 360. I think Microsoft should leave japan.

SparkOfSpirit

#26

SparkOfSpirit said:

@mch Strange, I don't see any articles about that subject...

But yeah, console sales this gen are not going to be very impressive. I don't know why anyone expected the PS4 or One to take off.

Gamer83

#27

Gamer83 said:

If I'm Phil Spencer I'm looking at these charts and not even bothering with a Japanese release of Xbox One.

banacheck

#29

banacheck said:

@SparkOfSpirit

[quote]
But yeah, console sales this gen are not going to be very impressive. I don't know why anyone expected the PS4 or One to take off.[quote]
Mean while the rest of the world is sold out PS4, not taking off hay? this gen I think PlayStation Will do very well.

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