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Yokai Watch 2 Sells a Whopping 1.3 Million Copies in Launch Week, Boosts 3DS Sales

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Wii U sales drop again, but retains top home console spot

The latest Media Create chart results are in for Japan, and they bring an extraordinary début week for Yokai Watch 2, along with a boost in 3DS hardware sales and another dip in the equivalent Wii U figure.

To begin with software, Level 5's Yokai Watch 2 — released as separate Ganso and Honke editions — has sold an incredible 1,316,707 copies, according to Media Create's figures; that's only physical retail sales, too. To emphasize the impact of the release, it has already outsold its predecessor that was released last November, no doubt helped by the inclusion of two distinct offerings. Further down the top 20 the trends remain consistent with previous weeks, with Mario Kart 8 still up in fourth place. Results are below, with lifetime sales in brackets.

1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke – 1,316,707 (New)
2. [PSV] Freedom Wars – 20,617 (252,665)
3. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 19,153 (1,195,287)
4. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 15,143 (527,366)
5. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure – 14,713 (92,220)
6. [PS3] Watch Dogs – 10,273 (53,957)
7. [3DS] Pokemon Art Academy – 7,465 (63,922)
8. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V Low Price Version – 6,121 (18,570)
9. [PS4] Watch Dogs – 6,000 (82,378)
10. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y – 4,738 (4,101,986)
11. [3DS] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 4,666 (67,111)
12. [PS4] FIFA 14 – 4,569 (63,447)
13. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 4,279 (148,779)
14. [PS3] Kamen Rider: Battride War II – 4,194 (77,494)
15. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 3,684 (3,307,700)
16. [3DS] Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – 3,024 (245,399)
17. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 2,973 (2,349,594)
18. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 2,950 (3,758,394)
19. [PSV] Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment – 2,925 (222,886)
20. [PSV] God Eater 2 (PlayStation Vita the Best) – 2,731 (New)

The hardware results are dominated, as always, by portable systems; the 3DS LL / XL enjoyed a healthy boost, which was needed to see off a substantial jump in the Vita. While the Wii U remains the top-selling home console, meanwhile, its sales of just 8,658 are unlikely to bring any cheer for Nintendo — the results below have last week's sales in brackets.

3DS LL – 55,531 (21,914)
PlayStation Vita – 38,907 (18,438)
Wii U – 8,658 (9,961)
PlayStation 3 – 7,763 (7,511)
PlayStation 4 – 7,150 (7,876)
3DS – 6,425 (5,424)
PlayStation Vita TV – 1,803 (2,217)
PSP – 779 (1,579)
Xbox 360 – 140 (180)

An extraordinary launch for Level 5's franchise, then, boosting the 3DS in the process; it looks set to be one of the top sellers for the whole year in Japan.


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User Comments (40)



Tops said:

Yokai Watch! Woooo! we need it here (which I'm sure will happen)



Phantom_R said:

Yokai Watch is, like, the fastest- and best-selling game that came out of absolutely nowhere and, like, still nobody over here knows anything about it.



heyzeus002 said:

Id also like to see what all the fuss is about with yokai watch.also glad to see wii u doing well.i know the figures are poor but it's all relative and to see it as top console is nice to see



Darknyht said:

It is good to see the Wii U selling, but the market over there for any home console is anemic.



cyrus_zuo said:

Why were the PSVita #s so high?
New bundle? Edition? Price?
It's a surprising jump!



C-Olimar said:

Great to see a new IP performing so well!
If Nintendo markets this right in the West it could become a huge hit. I just hope they don't rely soley on the cartoon to generate sales, or we could end up with another Inazuma (in the UK).



Tops said:

@Artwark Well, Pokémon is pretty great and so is Level-5. Also, the game looks great stylistically imo. Put those together and I for one am excited!



Peach64 said:

That's amazing. I was obviously going to be huge, but to outsell the original at launch is truly fantastic as it means they're selling to people that never played the first game.

NPD is huge tomorrow. MK8 has sold really well, but not helped hardware in Japan or the UK. They need it to have increased hardware in North America in a big way.



Tsurii said:

What were the numbers for X and Y?
1.3 Mio...that's really darn impressive, ESPECIALLY if you consider how new the series is o.O



SpookyMeths said:

Absolutely unreal for YW2. For one, it outsold the first game's cumulative total in its first week, and for another, look at that market share! 90% of all software sold this week in Japan was from one game alone! That's an absurdly massive success for Level-5.



Blast said:

The WiiU is still outselling the PS3 and PS4? PHEW. GOOD. Hahah good. The numbers aren't that good but at least Japan still buys the console.



ricklongo said:

I'm getting more curious about Yokai Watch by the minute. Knowing Level-5, I have high hopes.



sinalefa said:

Both portables had a huge increase. With 3DS it makes sense because of Yokai 2, but I don't get the Vita as there are only three titles in the top 20, and the new title is in last place.

And then @Emblem sheds some light on it. Thanks.



TruenoGT said:

The question is what title can be a "Yokai Watch" moment for Wii U? If MK8 and SM3DW didn't move the needle much for Japan, I doubt Smash Bros will either. I'm anxious to see how Xenoblade X, Captain Toad and eventually Splatoon do for some new blood. All 3 have a lot of potential and Wii U will need it because you gotta believe PS4 will finally pick up in Japan once FF15 comes out.



AdanVC said:

DAMN, Yokai Watch! I don't know a single thing about this game but I want it and I want it now! Haha. At this pace, this franchise could be another phenomenon almost like Pokémon! Congratulations fro Level 5 and Nintendo.



TwilightAngel said:

Damn this game can not be stopped i wish this game came to the west.And make it for the wiiu maybe?



Octane said:


1) Pokemon X / Y (3DS) - 1,866,570 (NEW)

Pokémon XY sold even more during their first week in Japan, but Pokémon has been a long established succesful franchise, Yokai Watch isn't even a year old.



rjejr said:

@TruenoGT - When FFXV comes out! You mean in 2018? Squenix hasnt exactly had the best track record on that game, ie FF13 VS, or the KH games. If PS4 is waiting on FF its in bigger trouble than the Wii U.

Well its obvious the reason home consoles arent selling well in Japan is b/c everynody is waiting for X1. /sarcasm jk



cusman said:

Japan gaming market is so puny, that this Yokai Watch 2 game sell of 1.3 million in launch week is really massive.



eltomo said:

20. [PSV] God Eater 2 (PlayStation Vita the Best) – 2,731 (New)

That's a bit fanboyish?



Yoshis_VGM said:

Poor Wii U numbers, yes, but at least it's still the top-selling home console. That's something to celebrate, right?



Dpullam said:

I'm very pleased to see one of Level-5's newest franchise become a big hit. They have made countless good games in the past that happen to be some of my favorite ever.



Windy said:

MarioKart 8 is a Wii-U selling powerhouse! And the best hasn't even come yet!



IceClimbers said:

Wow! That's extremely impressive. Congrats, Level-5!

@Peach64 I think you're setting yourself up for disappointment if you think that MK8 has pushed a ton of Wii U hardware. It definitely pushed some units, but in no way did it sell tons of systems like everyone is saying it needs to. I don't believe that Nintendo was relying on MK8 to "save" the system by pushing millions of systems, or at least on its own. I'll explain in the next paragraph or two to make it a little easier to read and not some wall of text:

Mario Kart 8's job was to spark momentum, which it did. I think Nintendo strategically placed MK8's release so that it would spark momentum right before E3. That's why the game released like a week before E3. MK8's positive reception sparked momentum (the Luigi's Death Stare meme helped) that was kept going by Nintendo's absolutely fantastic E3 performance. Now it's being continued with updates for games like Smash and Hyrule Warriors. It will keep going via updates on these games and things like Nintendo Directs until Hyrule Warriors releases, where it will really take off.

Basically, it's the combination of MK8, Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2+1, Captain Toad, Sonic Boom, and Smash Bros (backed by the already established library and a big look at what to look forward to next year) that will save the Wii U. MK8 sparks momentum at the end of May. E3 keeps the momentum going through June. Updates on upcoming games keeps hype and some momentum going through the drought in July and most of August. Then Hyrule Warriors launches in August (Japan)/September (everywhere else), and the Wii U takes off from there with a barrage of games following. That's how Nintendo turned the 3DS around, so it should hopefully work for the Wii U too. Hopefully the 3DS doesn't suffer as a result though.

PS: Love the new avatar.



kurtasbestos said:

In the past few days I've already seen a billion (not literally) people on Street Pass with Yokai Watch 2 as their recently played game.



Henmii said:

Well everyone was raving about bad Wii u sales (though the sales go up now), but it seems the PS4 does worse in Japan. Why do I never hear anyone about that?

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