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The Last of Us Fails to Overtake Yokai Watch 2, 3DS and Wii U Sales Fall

Posted by Alex Olney

Down but not out

Yokai Watch 2 has continued to obliterate the competition in terms of sales this week in Japan, and the remastered release of The Last of Us for PS4 makes less than half the sales of the 3DS title that has taken the country by storm.

Sony's has a fairly strong week overall, taking all but the very highest of the top five slots with Hyrule Warriors close behind in sixth place. The sales for the Wii U crossover game are significantly smaller than its opening week, but games often do sell less extravagantly after their initial release, so no worries there.

Yoshi's New Island continues to surprise in after less-than favourable reviews in the West, yet Japanese sales show over 150,000 units sold to date. Mario Kart 8 is still selling well, and with the news of New content arriving in November it's likely that sales will increase next week.

You can see the details for yourself below – lifetime sales are in brackets.

1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke – 77,465 (2,289,983)
2. [PS4] The Last of Us Remastered – 30,587 (New)
3. [PSV] Bullet Girls – 29,690 (New)
4. [PS4] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition – 17,832 (New)
5. [PS3] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition – 15,816 (New)
6. [Wii U] Hyrule Warriors – 15,142 (84,232)
7. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island – 12,931 (157,092)
8. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 12,075 (639,710)
9. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 – 10,831 (119,689)
10. [PS3] Ultra Street Fighter IV – 7,928 (61,859)
11. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure – 7,246 (145,967)
12. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 7,189 (1,252,231)
13. [PSV] Monster Hunter Frontier G Beginners Package – 5,183 (26,352)
14. [PSV] Chaos;Head Dual – 4,662 (New)
15. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y – 4,255 (4,132,144)
16. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V Low Price Version – 3,938 (49,220)
17. [3DS] Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson – 3,829 (59,948)
18. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 3,376 (2,371,488)
19. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 3,367 (3,778,065)
20. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 3,321 (3,330,825)

Hardware sales for the previous week are more worrying. Whilst the 3DS is still leading, it and the Wii U have taken a large hit in their figures compared to last week. The systems are still ahead of their respective rivals – the Vita and the PS4 – but lower sales are no doubt a bad thing. With Nintendo's interesting new 'The Time is Now' ad campaign coupled with the impending arrival of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS a rise in units sold seems likely.

Check out the chart below for yourself. Last week's sales are in brackets.

1. 3DS LL – 28,788 (42,365)
2. PlayStation Vita – 15,309 (20,825)
2. Wii U – 8,985 (18,161)
4. 3DS – 6,914 (9,429)
5. PlayStation 4 – 5,923 (6,913)
6. PlayStation 3 – 2,376 (6,260)
7. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,118 (1,491)
8. PSP – 324 (416)
9. Xbox 360 – 177 (160)

How do you feel about the recent dip in hardware sales? Is it a temporary blip on the radar or should this be a wake-up call for Nintendo? Let us know in the usual place.

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User Comments (47)

MoonKnight7

#7

MoonKnight7 said:

The Wii U drop is expected, but I am a little surprised that it took the hit that it did. It's almost back to the level it was at before Hyrule Warriors released, and only a week later.

In terms of the PS4, I find the results even more surprising. Almost everywhere else in the world, the PS4 had a pretty sizable increase with the LoU re-release. Yet, in Japan, they dropped. The Japanese market really has changed. I guess the Wii U should be thankful for the numbers they've been getting lately there.

Peach64

#10

Peach64 said:

It's not really a drop, but rather last week was a spike because it was a holiday. This is just things going back to normal.

unrandomsam

#12

unrandomsam said:

Has there ever been as many home console games from Nintendo in the chart as Sony has this week ? (i.e 5 Wii U or Wii titles).

Mega719

#14

Mega719 said:

A Miiverse user said because The Last of Us has 10/10 it's better than anything on Wii U

Takerkaneanite6

#16

Takerkaneanite6 said:

This shows the lasting power of Mario Kart 8, 2 months on and it is still selling decently, expect at least, slightlyhigher numbers next week, thanks to the DLC announcement...:)

Gerbwmu

#19

Gerbwmu said:

I really though Wii u would stay about 10K until sometime after Fatal Frame release......everything fell though so maybe it is just a bad week in general.

kennyj

#23

kennyj said:

To be fair, all console sales fell — which seems typical after Obon

Kirk

#24

Kirk said:

The whole industry is bizarre and unpredictable right now imo. PS4 is obliterating the competition in the west yet in it's homeland it's losing to the Wii U by quite a large margin and the Xbox One still isn't even out there. I would honestly never have expected any of that to happen looking forward just before the two new consoles launched in the west.

Ernest_The_Crab

#26

Ernest_The_Crab said:

@unrandomsam I'm pretty sure the Wii alone has done that at least once in the past thanks to its superior market share and long legs that Nintendo titles have. I'm almost certain that the Wii U has not achieved this yet nor has the PS4. It IS possible that the Wii U could come close, before the end of this year, providing Nintendo doesn't screw up their marketing again.

EDIT: The PS4 has done this once...at launch. At the moment I have not managed to find the launch data for the Wii U for Japan.

Ernest_The_Crab

#27

Ernest_The_Crab said:

@Kirk The problem is most likely due to software. The PS4 has a heavily Western oriented retail library whereas the Wii U's retail library had better general appeal. That'll most likely change once some more Japanese oriented titles are released for the PS4.

Blast

#28

Blast said:

Most Japanese developers are still focusing on PS3 rather than PS4 and are making cross gen games. The next Yakuza game for Japan is still coming to PS3. KH3 and FF XV are still the BIGGEST Japanese games coming to the system. Japan doesn't care that much for big Western releases and I actually love that about them.

rjejr

#32

rjejr said:

Those across the board hardware numbers are too consistent to blame any one system, game or company, so last week being the big summer holiday makes sense.

Wii U just had HW to help it spike the last few weeks, and I think B2 is Sept, but I dont see it rising again until SSB.

Edit - X1 launches next Sat, now things get intersting ;-)

Dave24

#33

Dave24 said:

Dip was to be expected - after all, people run out of money for, you know, life, because the school just started. And you must buy books, pens, backpack etc.

There is nothing worrying about it.

unrandomsam

#34

unrandomsam said:

@rjejr X1 is not interesting. (It would be though if they paid for timed exclusives on all the stuff that Japan normally buys on PS).

SahashraLA

#35

SahashraLA said:

Hilarious, as once again, the focus is on Nintendo's hardware failures, exclusive to other systems, rather than put into perspective.
PS3 dropped over 55% this week! So much so that PS4 actually outsold it's predecessor.
And both are still lower than the Wii U.
Instead of positivity (Wii U, riding Hyrule Warriors' momentum, continues to lead home console sales, despite two top five releases for the PS4) it's negativity (Hardware sales for (sic) the previous week are more worrying).
Worrying because Hyrule Warriors needs to sell more systems, worrying because Hyrule Warriors is the first Wii U retail game in Japan since MK8 or worrying because everyone is doing poorly?
Commentary on these articles is becoming rather sensational.
For the record, 10k systems sold in Japan is equivalent to 100k in North America. So selling 28k systems in two weeks off the back of yet another Dynasty Warriors spin off is 'worrying'?

unrandomsam

#36

unrandomsam said:

@SahashraLA It would be only be equivalent if they bought 10 times as many games on average. The ratio of systems to games sold doesn't seem to be high enough for that to be the case.

IceClimbers

#37

IceClimbers said:

@Blast Assuming those are even coming out for PS4 (and XB1). Square Enix doesn't have the best track record :P

@Kirk Actually, I could have predicted PS4 falling quickly in Japan. Sony's marketing there is not just abysmal, but actually insulting. Their marketing there was showing commercials of people from other countries enjoying the system, but it came off as an elementary school playground taunt ("Look at all these people who got the PS4 before you did ha ha ha"), which I'm sure the Japanese did not take too kindly to.

Sergio151

#39

Sergio151 said:

My opinion on Yokai Watch:
This will not become the next Pokemon. Why? Because Pokemon established the whole "capturing monsters" idea. Plus, Pokemon is too much of a beast of a franchise. I can see it becoming the next Digimon, with a series that tried to catch on and compete with Pokemon, but with faults (no portable games, airing on a terrible cartoon block, etc.) that dug its own grave, but still has a loyal, dedicated fanbase. I'm not saying I won't check out, I'll still try it but Yokai Watch will never become the next Pokemon.

Dave24

#41

Dave24 said:

@Sergio151 You are wrong handheld. There are portable games. Problem is more about airing and actually getting it outside of Japan.

ToxieDogg

#42

ToxieDogg said:

@Luna-Harmony Xbox One doesn't launch in Japan until September 6th. Although to be honest, I can't see it making that much of an impact considering how badly the 360 performed over there.

arnoldlayne83

#43

arnoldlayne83 said:

I hardly understand the japanese trend... They keep buying an almost dead console (Vita) and ignoring the masterpiece of the last generation (last of us)... I am playing it these days.. Jeez this game is a drug, amazing story and great mechanics...

Genesaur

#45

Genesaur said:

My goodness, that's quite a dip. Wonder what caused it... or does Warriors hype die off that quickly?

rjejr

#46

rjejr said:

@unrandomsam - Considering how low the Wii U and PS4 are selling I'ld say X1 has a chance to top hardware sales the week it releases, and maybe even have a game or 2 in the top 20. It may fall to 360 levels week 2 but for one week I think the numbers will be interesting. If MS can outsell both japnase consoles in Japan, even if only for 1 week, MS will be screaming it from the rooftops. The week after that we can all go back to ignoring it again.

Sergio151

#47

Sergio151 said:

@Dave24
Yeah I know about Yokai Watch being a handheld game. Not trying to start anything, but even with it being a handheld, it still will not catch Pokemon"s success. What if it's abandoned by fans in the future like with the other "collecting stuff" animes. (besides Digimon and Pokemon)

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