Fight for the future

Polite Plea: After almost seven years and 7,000 articles, the number of stories is slowing down. Time and developers move on, but I'll always be posting, as the Vita becomes the new Dreamcast.
However, I do need a new Vita as my launch day model is starting to show its age. Please consider clicking an ad to help my new Vita fund!
Once reached, hopefully in time for Christmas, I will remove all adverts, leaving this island of Vita life an ad-free oasis!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Vita games tear up the Japanese chart

This week's media create chart is full of good news for the Vita, in a mad week with the first 13 games all being new entries. The Vita's best showing is Sword Art Online Lost Song selling 139K, One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 only 53K, Pro Yakyuu Spirit Baseball 2015 and Senran Kagura Estival Versus doing around 45K each at retail. Minecraft has a fine second week as a boxed product.

Threatrhythm Dragon Quest is the only 3DS game in a rare twist, but according to this teaser site, the Vita might be getting a Dragon Quest Heroes sequel soon.

1 Bloodborne (Sony) 152,657 PS4
2 Sword Art Online Lost Song (Bandai) 139,298 Vita
3 One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 (Bandai) 97,362 PS3
4 Threatrhythm Dragon Quest (Square) 76,858 3DS
5 Professional Baseball Spirits 2015 (Konami) 62,197 PS3
6 Sword Art Online Lost Song (Bandai) 55,090 PS3
7 One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 54,308 Vita
8 One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 46,693 PS4
9 Professional Baseball Spirits 2015 (Konami) 46,326 Vita
10 Senran Kagura Estival Versus (Marvelous) 44,584 Vita
...
14 Minecraft (Sony) 21,069 Vita
...
18 Digimon Cyber Story (Bandai) 13,365 Vita

We already knew Senran had sold over 100K, according to the company including digital sales, so the real question was how much hardware could Sony shift in response. That answer is only 27,000 units which while still pretty good in the state of the market, suggest Sony can't rely on these serial games to drive sales in future.


That's also compared to 31K in 2013 and 41K in 2014 for this week, which is all the more worrying. On the plus side, its still trouncing the New 3DS LL, but the PS4 has a firm and regular need now in Japan. Not all is well in PS4 land, Disgaea 5 turned up at the bottom of the chart, so expect a Vita version to help make up the numbers at some point.

Last week's numbers

No comments:

Post a Comment