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Japan Hardware Sales Plus Top 20 Games (02/11-02/17); Price Cut Coming Soon


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Initial post: Feb 20, 2013 10:32:18 AM PST
This week is similar to last week. The same two games are on top of the charts. Both the Wii U and Vita have two games in the Top 20 but neither are showing much momentum in hardware sales. The Vita price cut hits on February 28th so I expect Vita sales to be lower next week since most people in the market for a Vita will wait for the lower price.

3DSLL- 66,139 (89,050) (N/A)

3DSOG- 31,832 (38,645) (94,667)

3DS total- 97,971 (127,695) (94,667)

PS3- 16,934 (17,004) (21,993)

WiiU- 10,744 (12,185) (N/A)

PSP- 10,501 (11,056) (14,824)

PSV- 8,044 (8,762) (12,309)

Wii- 1,655 (1,945) (7,874)

360- 506 (593) (983)

Top 20 Games

3DS - 10

PS3 - 3

PSV - 2

WIU - 2

NDS - 1

PSP - 1

WII - 1

01. [3DS] Dragon Quest VII: Fighters of Eden- 184,993 (1st last week)

02. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf- 78,178 (2nd last week)

03. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2- 11,784 (4th last week)

04. [WII] Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition- 10,076 (6th last week)

05. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)- 9,138 (5th last week)

06. [3DS] Fantasy Life- 8,751 (3rd last week)

07. [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigi na Orb- 7,331 (9th last week)

08. [3DS] Paper Mario: Sticker Star- 6,847 (12th last week)

09. [3DS] Tousouchuu: Shijou Saikyou no Hunter-Tachi Kara Nigekire!- 6,614 (10th last week)

10. [3DS] Mario Kart 7- 5,817 (16th last week)

11. [WIU] New Super Mario Bros. U- 5,671 (14th last week)

12. [PSV] Sakura-Sou no Pet na Kanojo- 5,472 (new game)

13. [3DS] Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone - Neppuu / Raimei- 5,348 (13th last week)

14. [PSP] Sakura-Sou no Pet na Kanojo- 5,115 (new game)

15. [PS3] Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Dubbed Edition- 4,828 (18th last week)

16. [WIU] Nintendo Land- 4,199 (19th last week)

17. [PSV] Demon Gaze- 4,083 (7th last week)

18. [NDS] Pokèmon Black 2 / White 2- 3,966 (23rd last week)

19. [PS3] DmC: Devil May Cry- 3.938 (8th last week)

20. [PS3] Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2- 3.527 (20th last week)

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 10:42:16 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
The 3DS is the eighth-generation grand champion in Japan.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 10:48:52 AM PST
D_Strasse says:
True, but this month is actually showing some softness in the consoles numbers in the land of the rising sun.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 10:53:08 AM PST
Slow shopping season. We'll see numbers go back up during Golden Week.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 10:53:15 AM PST
They know whats up too. New hardware is on the horizon.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 10:54:13 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
Not till the end of the year though...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 10:55:24 AM PST
That Emu Kid says:
Q2 is the slowest quarter for hardware sales, so I'd expect it to keep going down until Q3.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 10:55:50 AM PST
D_Strasse says:
Possibly. A week isn't exactly a trend, just something I noticed.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 10:56:02 AM PST
At this rate the PSP will be selling more weekly than the U very shortly. Time to do something there Nintendo. How about a price cut and a free game for current owners?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 10:56:47 AM PST
D_Strasse says:
Holy wow, I just noticed that. Yikes.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 10:59:00 AM PST
If somebody told me last year that the PSP in Japan would outsell the Vita and U, I would have called them liar. Glad I didn't place any bets on that one. Ouch. New hardware just isn't taking off, which the exception of the 3DS, which I don't quite get. I am sure the device is good, but how it sells 100k a week in Japan is kind of crazy to me.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 11:00:04 AM PST
"but how it sells 100k a week in Japan is kind of crazy to me. "

You don't F with Animal Crossing.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 11:02:00 AM PST
Uncle Ulty says:
Good info Jason! Wish we had a Golden Week!

For those who aren't aware, from wiki

Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク Gōruden Wīku?), often abbreviated to simply GW and also known as Ōgon Shūkan (黄金週間?, "Golden Week") or "Large Consecutive Holiday" (大型連休 Ōgata Renkyū?) is a Japanese term applied to the period containing the following public holidays:

April 29
The Emperor's Birthday (天皇誕生日 Tennō Tanjōbi?), until 1988[1]
Greenery Day (みどりの日 Midori no Hi?), from 1989 until 2006[2]
Shōwa Day (昭和の日 Shōwa no Hi?), from 2007[2]
May 3
Constitution Memorial Day (憲法記念日 Kenpō Kinenbi?)
May 4
Holiday† (国民の休日 Kokumin no Kyūjitsu?), from 1985 until 2006
Greenery Day (みどりの日 Midori no Hi?), from 2007[2]
May 5
Children's Day (こどもの日 Kodomo no Hi?),
also customarily known as Boys' Day

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 11:04:01 AM PST
That Emu Kid says:
"New hardware just isn't taking off, which the exception of the 3DS, which I don't quite get."

Glad I'm not the only one. I got in a debate with Keji about that a week ago.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 11:04:45 AM PST
That Emu Kid says:
As it was pointed out to me, though, Japan 3DS sales were experiencing steady growth even before Animal Crossing.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 11:07:26 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 20, 2013 11:08:09 AM PST
I love Nintendo but the 3DS just ins't that convincing to me. There is Star Fox and Ocarina, which I already have on the Wii VC. There is Monster Hunter which I will have for the U. Then there is Revelations.... which I will have for the U. I will give it Bravely Default, that looks killer. As for Animal Crossing, yeah I don't get that series. I find it quite stupid and silly. No offense to AC fans. Luigi's Mansion looks pretty cool I suppose. If I got a 3DS, I'd probably pickup DS games.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 11:26:33 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 20, 2013 11:30:13 AM PST
D_Strasse says:
The DS (and 3DS) is basically a cultural icon over there if I understand it right. They have much more than just the gaming titles we expect and play - lifestyle stuff and dating sims and RPGs we've yet to get and that many here simply don't care about like they do there.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 11:29:08 AM PST
I'll see what I can do about getting you a Golden Week here in the States.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 11:43:04 AM PST
Nightmare says:
The 3DS is an amazing system, and it has plenty of quality games. But it's still amazing that it's doing THAT well in Japan. Nintendo is banking cash from system and software sales alike. Animal Crossing is literally (not literally, lol) printing money for Nintendo. And now Dragon Quest VII is raking in the dough for SquareEnix. Nintendo might be having troubles with the Wii U, but at least the 3DS is generating cash for them.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 11:51:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 20, 2013 11:52:11 AM PST
That Emu Kid says:
I've had one since launch and I've barely used it, but that's largely personal preference. There are good games there, I just have my own reasons for not picking them up. I'm excited about Luigi's Mansion and the new Mario & Luigi game, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 12:07:49 PM PST
Whaaaaaaat!?

Fire Emblem: Awakening
Super Mario 3D Land
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Paper Mario Sticker Star
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Mario Kart 7
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

In the near future:

Castlevania Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate: March 5th
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate: March 19th
Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon: March 24th

And none of that includes some amazing Eshop games...

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 12:13:18 PM PST
That Emu Kid says:
Fire Emblem: Awakening - Came out last week. Looks cool, but I'm in no rush
Super Mario 3D Land - Played it. It's good, but didn't live up to high expectations set by Galaxy 1 & 2.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 - Not interested
Paper Mario Sticker Star - Not interested, especially not with a new Mario & Luigi on the way
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked - DEFINITELY not interested
Kid Icarus: Uprising - Played it, hated the land segments.
Mario Kart 7 - Not interested
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask - Should be great, haven't gotten to it, yet.

I'm excited for the new Castlevania and Luigi's Mansion, but games that aren't released yet can not be counted as reasons for why people should think a system is great right now.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 12:15:48 PM PST
Punk! says:
Well, it has 3 more games that have metascores over 90 than the PSP?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 12:20:41 PM PST
That Emu Kid says:
Neat?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 12:24:17 PM PST
D_Strasse says:
Fire Emblem: Awakening - not really a RPG on handhelds fan (yeah, I'm in the minority on that one)
Super Mario 3D Land - liked it a lot
New Super Mario Bros. 2 - having a hard time getting int NSMB Wii, so this looks like a hard sell
Paper Mario Sticker Star - Not suer, but not yet sold on this either
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked - See above about RPGs
Kid Icarus: Uprising - Heard it was terrible
Mario Kart 7 - Not interested
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask - my copy is in the mail.

Castlevania Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate: March 5th - Difference between this and console version?
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate: March 19th - WAY not interested
Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon: March 24th - could be very cool.

Myself, I've only bought 3 games for my 3DS and one is in the mail.
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