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Yokai Watch 2 Finally Stripped of its Top Position – 3DS & Wii U Sales Steady

Posted by Alex Olney

It'll probably be back up there next week

Yokai Watch 2 has finally lost its crown, dropping down to third place behind two Sony exclusives. It's a shame that it's been bested, but a game cannot stay at number one forever.

Elsewhere in the charts Mario Kart 8 still holds its own whilst Hyrule Warriors drops down to number 14, but still with reasonable sales.

The past week appears to be largely dominated by Sony software, but considering that there were eight new releases between the PS3, PS4, and the PS Vita that have ended up in the charts, the lack of Nintendo-themed titles isn't anything to fret about too much.

Check out the charts below for yourself, lifetime sales are in brackets.

1. [PS3] Persona 4 Arena Ultimax – 89,498 (New)
2. [PSV] Toukiden Kiwam– 79,384 (New)
3. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke – 68,762 (2,358,745)
4. [PSV] Love Live! School Idol Paradise Vol. 1: Printemps Unit / Vol 2. BiBi Unit / Vol 3. Lily White Unit – 59,710 (New)
5. [PSV] Hyperdimension Neptunia U – 34,980 (New)
6. [3DS] Medarot 8: Kabuto Ver. / Kuwagata Ver. – 33,326 (New)
7. [PS3] Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin F Coffin of the End – 28,807 (New)
8. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 11,148 (650,858)
9. [PSP] Toukiden Kiwami – 11,026 (New)
10. [PSV] Bullet Girls – 10,030 (39,720)
11. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island – 9,968 (167,071)
12. [PS4] The Last of Us Remastered – 8,782 (39,368)
13. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 – 8,361 (128,050)
14. [Wii U] Hyrule Warriors – 7,648 (91,880)
15. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 6,912 (1,259,144)
16. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure – 6,653 (152,620)
17. [PS3] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition – 6,486 (22,301)
18. [PS4] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition – 6,131 (23,962)
19. [PS3] Sacred 3 – 5,083 (New)
20. [PSV] Kiss Bell – 4,530 (New)

Hardware sales are steady. Both of Nintendo's systems haven't changed much compared to last week, The 3DS LL is still in first place, but with the news of the New 3DS systems being released later this year in Japan, sales may well decline as consumers decide wait for the new system to be released.

See the charts below for yourself, last week's figures are in brackets.

3DS LL – 30,111 (28,788)
PlayStation Vita – 19,578 (15,309)
Wii U – 8,584 (8,985)
PlayStation 3 – 7,895 (2,376)
3DS – 7,404 (6,914)
PlayStation 4 – 6,502 (5,923)
PlayStation Vita TV – 1,156 (1,118)
PSP – 187 (324)
Xbox 360 – 86 (177)

Are these numbers a sign of things to come? Do you think Sony's dominance this week will remain? Let us know in the comments!

[via gematsu.com]

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User Comments (48)

rjejr

#1

rjejr said:

"but with the news of the New 3DS systems being released later this year in Japan, sales may well decline as consumers decide wait for the new system to be released."

I know I plan on waiting, but I've been waiting forever anyway.

Don't forget, Japan gets X1 tomorrow, so it may disrupt the charts for a week in both hardware and software. Somebody must be waiting for it, no?

XCWarrior

#2

XCWarrior said:

"It's over for 3DS in Japan..... DOOOOOM!!!"

Just prepping people for articles you shall see on Polygon, IGN, Neogaf and the like today with these charts.

CaviarMeths

#3

CaviarMeths said:

And after one week, the PS3 is back on top of the PS4. Everything else is about par for the course.

Artwark

#4

Artwark said:

Well atleast Sony has something good this time....so yay to those who want them to win! ;)

Mk_II

#5

Mk_II said:

I see that Microsoft Japan is still forcing its employees to buy a Xbox 360 every week :)

Gerbwmu

#6

Gerbwmu said:

Next week will be very interesting. I wonder what XB1 is going to do? Wii U seems to have 8500 as it's base sales now.

Will XB1 break 100K in it's first week? I would think there are a few people who were waiting for it? Can't imagine it would do much more then that but still should be decent for a week for them anyway. After that it may be in the hundreds.

BakaKnight

#7

BakaKnight said:

I guess I'm one of the few that will notice it, but I can't avoid to read "Medarot 8 (new)" up there at number 6...

Damn Japan, stop keeping that awesome serie for yourself!!! >O<

Blast

#9

Blast said:

Tell those companies that keep making 3DS games to make games for Wii U, Nintendo!!!!!!

andreoni79

#10

andreoni79 said:

I'd love to enter in an european shop asking for a copy of "Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin F Coffin of the End".

SethNintendo

#11

SethNintendo said:

@Gerbwmu

X1 will do terrible in Japan. Japanese gamers don't care about Microsoft and never will. X1 will sell ~ 1.7M consoles in 7 years (the same as the 360).

Mega719

#12

Mega719 said:

When are people going learn of all the great titles on Wii U? It should not being losing to Vita

Caryslan

#13

Caryslan said:

@Mega719 The issue is, the Vita in Japan is getting tons of great games that appeal to tastes over there. That, and handhelds sell much better then home consoles over there.

But the problem I think is that the Vita in Japan has gotten great third-party support, while the Wii U has struggled to get anything on their consoles.

I mean, look at the charts this week. 3 New Vita games are on that chart!

Nintendo simply cannot compete with only an AAA title every few months, especially in Japan where home consoles have enough trouble selling as it is.

Gerbwmu

#14

Gerbwmu said:

@SethNintendo - I believe you are right.......and it might do worse then 360.....but at least for a week it will be interesting to see what it does.....after that it can hang out with 360 on the bottom of the list and be the weekly joke of the NLife community

Takerkaneanite6

#16

Takerkaneanite6 said:

Mario Kart 8 is still beasting it, what a game. If they fix the Battle mode, this may very well be my most favourite Mario Kart game, currently Mario Kart Wii is my favourite and with the games that Nintendo said are releasing on Wii U in 2015, 2015 will prove to be the best year of the Wii U lifecycle...:D

justinluey

#18

justinluey said:

Good numbers for the 3DS and Wii U.

The most interesting thing is that a new PS3 title (Persona 4 Arena Ultimax) can still significantly increase the sales of a last generation console.

I think that is one of the reason's Nintendo is struggling in other regions. In Japan a single great title can still move consoles, everywhere else people seem to value choice or quality.

Action51

#19

Action51 said:

Can't wait for the fall because of both the cooler weather and the new games for Wii U.

Hate to say it, but it kinda looks like Hyrule Warriors is bombing. I wonder if it will do better here in NA or in EU?

OorWullie

#21

OorWullie said:

I'm pretty sure a few of you here said that Hyrule Warriors would be a huge success in Japan.It appears not unfortunately! I can't imagine it doing much better in the west!

Action51

#22

Action51 said:

@OorWullie - This kind of saddens me, but also I feel like they should have done more to blend the play-styles of both franchises.

Warriors games are worse then Call of Duty or Need for Speed lately, they just keep pumping them out. While I appreciate them trying to do something different with third parties, when I saw Link and co. mindlessly slashing through hordes of helpless looking identical hobbit-sized monsters...I knew what we were in for.

The fanservice is great and all, but I don't want to pay $60 for fanservice and not even get the cool pre-order bonus stuff that Japan got.

Yosher

#23

Yosher said:

Why is Yoshi's New Island even selling better than Hyrule Warriors? Heck, why is that abomination of a game even on this chart? I love Yoshi but that game does not deserve to be on there. Everyone, just wait 'til Woolly World comes out! That game looks a lot more deserving!

@Hy8ogen I think the 360 sales more than halved, actually. The brackets show last week's figures.

justinluey

#25

justinluey said:

I wouldn't count Hyrule Warriors out just yet. Nintendo games tend to have a long life, and even though this isn't a really Nintendo developed game, it is part of two strong franchises.

It also looks like they intend to support the game with significant DLC, so that will also help in the long run.

Reviews are better than expected, so that will help with a game that a lot of people took a "wait and see approach".

I don't think the Zelda "skin" helps that much (maybe even hurts the game?) in Japan, but will be huge in the West. I know lots of people (including myself) who have never played a Warriors game, but have Hyrule Warriors pre-ordered. This is also a game that will sell well this holiday.

My only concern is the title. I wonder if Nintendo should have found a way to work "Zelda" into the title in the West. I know why they didn't, but it is a risk.

justinluey

#26

justinluey said:

I wouldn't count Hyrule Warriors out just yet. Nintendo games tend to have a long life, and even though this isn't a really Nintendo developed game, it is part of two strong franchises.

It also looks like they intend to support the game with significant DLC, so that will also help in the long run.

Reviews are better than expected, so that will help with a game that a lot of people took a "wait and see approach".

I don't think the Zelda "skin" helps that much (maybe even hurts the game?) in Japan, but will be huge in the West. I know lots of people (including myself) who have never played a Warriors game, but have Hyrule Warriors pre-ordered. This is also a game that will sell well this holiday.

My only concern is the title. I wonder if Nintendo should have found a way to work "Zelda" into the title in the West. I know why they didn't, but it is a risk.

Caryslan

#27

Caryslan said:

@Mega719 I'm not saying the Vita is getting AAA titles, but it is getting support from third-party developers and is getting games that appeal to Japanese gamers.

Also, Zelda has declined in Japan to some degree. If I remember correctly, Skyward Sword did not sell very well in Japan. So, Hyrule Warriors might not be a system seller over there.

Mega719

#28

Mega719 said:

@Caryslan this chart is it's sales which is just developing and by no means is Zelda declining in Japan it's just one of those things where selling a game near the end of it's lifespan won't generate top sales since consumers are saving up for the upcoming new lineup of the next generation. And it's 3rd parties who are declining in popularity since they are notorious for releasing shappy ports on compared to their console brothers and still there aren't a lot of 3rd parties who are taking the time to releasing exclusive titles. Like EA Sports are not considered "AAA titles "anymore

Ryu_Niiyama

#29

Ryu_Niiyama said:

@Mega719 Problem is people are still turning up to buy the yearly rehashes by rote. Madden sold like gangbusters at my local Gamestop. So many people trading in the old madden for the new one.

On Topic: I do think there will be respectable sales of this game in the west. The Warriors franchise may not be as popular in the west but I still feel in combination with the LoZ franchise which is popular in the west it will give it some nice numbers. Nothing crazy amazing but still nice.

Also Youkai Watch will totally be back to normal next week.

PrincessSugoi

#30

PrincessSugoi said:

It won't happen but it'd be hilarious if the XB1 is a beast in Japan.

I'm glad the Vita is getting such great support from Japanese developers, it's a neat system that deserved more than to be a simple PS3 port machine of western games that I didn't care about the first time around. I went to wanting only one game for the system to over a dozen in just a span of months so I'll definitely be investing in one around the holidays. I didn't know they made Love Live! games, I'll have to put that one on my wishlist.

CaviarMeths

#31

CaviarMeths said:

@Mega719 Japanese gamers don't care about AAA titles. Considering the sales of the Vita in the west, western gamers don't care about handheld AAA titles either. Assassin's Creed, Killzone, Uncharted, etc, did nothing for the system. Everybody's favorite game on it is Persona 4: The Golden, a port of a PS2 game. That's the kind of audience that exists for the Vita.

@Gerbwmu The XB1 launch line up is awful for Japan. There is not a single game that would appeal to Japanese gamers.

Hero-of-WiiU

#32

Hero-of-WiiU said:

I enjoy the battle mode on Mk8, but it certainly has its problems. MK Wii was one crazy mario kart thoug. The balance was so far off, the controls were all over the place, and of course the hacking.

IceClimbers

#34

IceClimbers said:

@Mega719 While a lot of those Japanese games would be considered niche here, they're technically AAA in Japan. Same way that Call of Duty or Gears of War are considered AAA here, but are considered niche in Japan. Vita has a lot of support from these Japanese developers, so it sells well there.

NodesforNoids

#36

NodesforNoids said:

Notably, while Yokai Watch 2 is months old now, it sold nearly 70k copies while it was beaten for top spot by 2 brand new games, the top game being a PS3 (not PS4) title and still sold less than 100k copies.
YW2 stands as the best selling retail title in Japan for the 2014 calendar and though the Wii U and Hyrule Warriors continue to slide, the 3DS LL has found success on the market again this week.
Leading all hardware sales by a significant margin, Nintendo's most recent announcement doesn't seem to have slowed current models' momentum much.

NodesforNoids

#37

NodesforNoids said:

Knowing that Bayonetta 2 and Fatal Frame are both due this month, I can't imagine Nintendo's panicking much right now.

NodesforNoids

#38

NodesforNoids said:

As an aside, the Wii U has sold, what, 2 million systems in Japan? So 4.5% of all Wii U owners have purchased Hyrule Warriors. Remember Tomb Raider selling 8 million copies? On 150 million systems (I'm sure the TR sales were lower and the system sales higher, but whatever). Which means that.. oh my. 6% of Tomb Raider's prospective audience purchased that game. Worldwide. Over like, 3 months. In 3 weeks, Hyrule Warriors has sold 90k copies. It seems like the 'fail' diagnosis is a bit misinformed.

NodesforNoids

#39

NodesforNoids said:

People say the Wii U has a bad name.
I don't associate Hyrule with the Legend of Zelda. I associate Link, Zelda or Ganon with the Legend of Zelda.
Zelda Warriors might have been a better choice.
They didn't call it Pirate Warriors.
They called it One Piece: Pirate Warriors.
Nintendo failed Koei Tecmo with their 'canon' bs. If it was canon, it would have been The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors.
It's idiotic to assume ANYONE would buy any old Warriors title with DW8: Empires announced.
If Nintendo is panicking, they should have thought twice about that name.
In both cases.

Zombie_Barioth

#42

Zombie_Barioth said:

@Mega719
Its not 3rd-parties that are declining. Notice how its mostly 3rd-party games on that list? The only 1st party games are MK8, Yoshi's New Island, Hyrule Warriors, and The Last of Us Remastered. The fact is, at least for the Vita, Japan is getting games we aren't, and these otherwise 'niche' games are popular over there. Moster Hunter and Dragon Quest are good examples here, the latter is actualky more popular than Square's 'flagship' Final Fantasy.

Your right about the Wii U getting shoddy ports though, after all if I have another platform why would I buy version thats missing DLC and whatnot? The problem is, there isn't much left of exclusivity these days, certainly not in the AAA market. The only games that tend to be exclusive anymore are those 'niche' games that usually stick to the platform they sell best on. Unfortunately, Wii U is missing out on both ends.

StuOhQ

#43

StuOhQ said:

@Action51 Hard to say. I expected "Hyrule Warriors" to pull a bigger first week of around 100,000 copies and then slowly settle into a steady 20k a week for at least six weeks or so. 0.25m was my rock bottom expectation for lifetime sales in japan.

Right now, it's looking like 150,000 might be a better lifetime estimate for the game there. Tecmo wanted 1m units sold worldwide, but - unless they can move a cool half-mil in the US - that's not going to happen.

StuOhQ

#44

StuOhQ said:

@NodesforNoids The game is named "Zelda Musou" in Japan. Apparently Zelda games aren't popular enough for Hyrule to be a household phrase for the Japanese, either. I just like that it isn't confusing people here in the States into thinking it's an actual Zelda game and not just a spin-off. No need to soil the brand. Quality first-party IPs are Nintendo's major selling point.

cfgk24

#45

cfgk24 said:

Er - are we going to get sales figures for:
1. NEW 3DS LL
2. NEW 3DS
3. 3DS LL
4. 3DS
Personally, I think hey should all be added up together :)

cfgk24

#46

cfgk24 said:

Oh! and will Release week of NEW 3DS show 1,000,000 + units sold lol? ( 10,000,000 Japanese 3ds consoles have sold already!

realar

#47

realar said:

Smash Bros will change EVERYTHING. 9 more days and we'll see its magic at work.

Nick_The_Greek

#48

Nick_The_Greek said:

I am very angry with Japan. These people have destroyed WiiU!!!
Look at the hardware and software sales!
After Hyrule Warriors, I have given up on them!

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