Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Monster Hunter sales decent as Vita sales rise

Vita sales are up around 3,000 this week on the Media Create chart as Monster Hunter Beginner's Pack made a timid start to life (I guess most players downloaded the free PSN version). According to Famitsu's figures, it sold 60%-80% of its supply, so Capcom weren't exactly expecting huge things.

Looks like nothing can touch Yokai Watch 2, which continues to dominate. On the plus side, interest in monster hunting dragged both Freedom Wars and MH4 on 3DS back into the top half of the chart.

01./01. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level 5) - 118.526 / 2.212.518 (-2%)
02./00. [WIU] Hyrule Warriors # (Koei Tecmo) - 69.090 / NEW
06./00. [PSV] Monster Hunter Frontier G: Beginner's Package (Capcom)  - 21.169 / NEW
17./18. [PSV] Freedom Wars (Sony Computer Entertainment)  - 4.542 / 280.209 (+17%)
19./24. [PSV] Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment # (Bandai Namco)  - 3.984 / 238.539
20./27. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 # (Capcom)  - 3.796 / 3.327.503

The sales chart shows recent weeks keeping pace with last year, but I wonder what Sony has to offer that can match those big blue spikes at the end of the year. Certainly, something big needs to happen at Sony Japan's upcoming press event or Tokyo Games Show to kick things back into high gear. 

The Vita remains stuck behind the 3DS but ahead of the big-screen consoles, despite their big launches, which means plenty of Japanese developers will be looking to support it. 

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