Wednesday, April 9, 2014

After the fireworks, calm returns to the Japanese charts

Pretty much as expected, not much happened in Japan this week, setting the tone for a flaccid summer of hardware sales and games releases. The Vita plummeted to 25,000 units (plus about a 1,000 Vita TV units) in the Media Create figures, after the Hatsune Miku vocal-powered boost to near its worst level of the year. Don't worry, most other hardware did worse, not helped by Japanese tax increases, and its ahead of the 3DS LL in sales for once.


On the software side, Natural Doctrine failed to set the charts alight, shifting only 6,000 copies suggesting Japan's love for monster hunting is now fixed around a few key titles, or the game simply wasn't that good. Hatune Miku sales fell off a cliff, suggesting 150,000 is about the max a Japanese publisher can expect for its games, making western releases more likely, if they can justify the translation.

1.  Mario Party Island tour Nintendo 14/03/20 47,106 257,873
2.  Sengoku Musou 4 Tecmo Koei Games 14/03/20 25,572 192,514
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6.  Hatsune Miku-Project DIVA-F 2nd SEGA 14/03/27 16,111 114,738
7.  J Stars Victory Versus NAMCO BANDAI Games 14/03/19 13,417 156,957 PS3
8. J Stars Victory Versus NAMCO BANDAI Games 14/03/19 11,876 134,522
9.  Hatsune Miku-Project DIVA-F 2nd SEGA 14/03/27 10,278 70,243 PS3
10.  Pro Baseball Spirits 2014 KONAMI 14/03/20 10,081 90,876
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14.  Sengoku Musou 4 Tecmo Koei Games 14/03/20 9,603 68,796
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17.  Pro Baseball Spirits 2014 KONAMI 14/03/20 7,576 50,277
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20.  NAtURAL DOCtRINE (Natural doctrine) Kadokawa Games 14/04/03 6,046

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