Wii U Yakuza Fails while 3DS Games Keep Printing Money in Japan According to Major Retailer’s Sales Charts

Tsutaya is one of the biggest retailers and rental chains in Japan, and every week their sales charts give us a glimpse on what the more precise Media Create sales charts might look like on Wednesday. Considering that Tsutaya has a very high number of stores spread across the country, their charts tend to be quite spot-on most of the times.

This week  we get another interesting top ten for the week starting on August the 5th and ending on August 11th:

  1. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 3DS
  2. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 3DS
  3. One Piece: Romance Dawn – 3DS
  4. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies – 3DS
  5. Dragon’s Crown – PS3
  6. Youkai Watch – 3DS
  7. Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 3DS
  8. Dragon’s Crown – PS Vita
  9. The Witch and the Hundred Knights – PS3
  10. Earth Defense Force 4 – PS3

First of all, let’s get the obvious out of the way: 3DS games keep printing money, occupying the first four places and a total of six places in the top ten, including the only new release this week to make the top ten, One Piece: Romance Dawn. Ace Attorney 5 holds fast, losing only two positions since last week.

Interestingly enough the PS3 version of Dragon’s Crown gains five positions, indicating that Atlus managed to restock the retailer, while the PS Vita version holds in eighth. We’re three weeks from  the game’s release now, and the fact that such a niche game keeps appearing in the charts is very promising.

The “failure of the week” trophy belongs to Yakuza 1 & 2 HD for Wii U, that was released on August the 8th, and not only failed to make the top 10, but it doesn’t even appear in the top 20.

Some hoped it would help move Wii U units, but if this result were to prove accurate in the Media Create charts on Wednesday, that’s very unlikely. After all the Yakuza series isn’t exactly in line with the average Wii U target userbase,  and it’s a remake of two PS2 games that already appeared on PS3. It’s safe to assume that most of those that wanted to play it already have, without needing to buy a new version just for GamePad support.

A confirmation of this result on Wednesday would make Yakuza 1 & 2 HD for Wii U the first Yakuza game failing to sell well in Japan (or at least to make the weekly charts) of the history of the franchise. That would be a pity, because it had the most awesome Wii U trailer ever

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  • Kamille

    Sega as a publisher are a huge fail, the company is being run by monkeys. And I hope in god they don’t acquire anything from Atlus.

    • Jaxon Holden

      Lol… As funny as that comment is, I actually disagree somewhat. Sonic Racing Transformed was phenomenal, and the last couple Sonic games were actually decent. And their new title, Sonic Lost World, looks like the best Sonic game since the days of the Genesis. Sega’s getting it together, well, at least Team Sonic is.

  • RovCal

    even though i m sony fan. i really hope n pray that wii U succeeds cause competition is essential for quality reassurance.

    • Megagamer

      I hope Sony survives been rough for them as we’ll nintendo has a lot more money

      • TheExile285

        The places could easily switch if PS4 wins the home console war

      • Dragon24680

        Huh? Just so you know, nintendo isn’t even comparable in terms of money and revenue to Sony and MS.
        Cash reserves and assets of Sony EXCEED FAR that of nintys.

        • Jaxon Holden

          Keep in mind Nintendo is just a video game company. Sony and MS are electronics companies. So Nintendo has less to look after. Yes, Sony and MS have tens of billions more, however, those funds are spread over countless divisions.

          • Dragon24680

            Yeah, so? MS and Sony are way bigger corporations with way bigger money. Ninty isn’t big because they simply don’t have that much money.

  • shark_tsuki

    I am still hoping for yakuza 5 (and yakuza 1 & 2 hd)’s western release. Sega, just put the English subtitle. Localization will be complete.

    • bigevilworldwide

      Thats all they did for Yakuza: Dead Souls…It’s a hell of a lot better to just leave it like that then to use the god awful voice acting

  • Titstitstits

    nobody thought yakuza ports would sell wii u, you are making it up.Wii u will be fine in 12 months, sadly nintendo released the console a year early with no support.

    but wii u will have more and better games than the ps4/xbox in december which is mostly getting a bunch of multi plats and a few generic sequels.

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      Oh i know quite a few that did. I myself hoped it’d do better (while I was aware it was a pretty much vain hope) As a matter of fact we had a VERY vocal commenter that was swearing that it’d move thousands of Wii U units here as well 😀

      It’s a big franchise in Japan, so it had some limited potential.

      By the way. I didn’t know that multiplatform games weren’t worthy games. That’s news to me 😀

    • jdp12

      If the Wii U was released alongside the PS4 & X1 it would be dead on arrival… those two consoles would easily take the spotlight

      • teufel

        Really? Other than getting port ups from the PS360 and couple of new IPs that are shooters/racers, they really have no games that stand out as system sellers unless you love shooters/racers.

        While if Nintendo had held off from launching its system until this holiday, it would have, for the most part, the same multi-plat games on top of several exclusives that have broad appeal from plat formers to adventure games with the generic shooter/racer itch being satisfied by third party games and of course one exclusive(Mario Kart 8).

        Of course MS has done everything in their power to hurt their own launch while Sony has done a great job of shooting themselves in the foot giving PS3 owners almost no reason to upgrade thanks to the on-going support of that console which MS is doing the same thing; sadly both companies decided to have zero backwards support leaving millions with almost no reason to upgrade.

        It is kind of funny that Nintendo would be the only company that decided they wont compete with themselves and their old system by allowing full backwards compatibility while the other two decided to give the shaft to their fanbase making them decide whether they will upgrade or choose to support 2 systems at the same time, the current one and the next one.

      • Jaxon Holden

        Why? Because they’re more powerful? I don’t get this common school of thought that simply because a console is more powerful and has 3rd party support it will somehow “take the spotlight” or constitutes a more “worthy” console. Sony/MS DEPEND on 3rd parties- without them they wouldn’t exist. Nintendo thrives WITHOUT 3rd parties, because they develop world-class software internally.

        The Wii U will ultimately succeed regardless of what Sony/MS do. The reason being Sony and MS consoles don’t play Nintendo games, and make no mistake, Nintendo software is one of the most dominant forces, if not THE most dominant force in the gaming industry, and everyone knows it. People act like the Wii U is destined for failure. How short-sighted we are as human beings.

        EVERY CONSOLE starts out slow. PS3, DS, Wii, and 3DS all had rough 1st yr or two, and all went on to substantial success. DS, Wii and 3DS broke sales records. Why? Nintendo released their software lineup. That’s it. That’s all it took. Anyone who thinks the PS4 or Xbox 1 will be able to stop the Wii U’s success once Nintendo launches a hefty lineup of AAA games known to sell tens of millions of copies, is not being genuine, or simply doesn’t know any better. I’ve seen people eat their words so many times after declaring a Nintendo console “dead” I’ve lost count. Every time it’s during the first yr or two of the console’s lifespan, and EVERY TIME the console picks up momentum after it receives an array of 1st party titles.

        PS4 isn’t going to change that. X1 isn’t going to change that. Unless those systems are somehow going to magically play Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, Zelda Windwaker HD, Sonic Lost World, DKC Tropical Freeze, Mario 3D World, Smash Bros 4, Bayonetta 2, Mario Kart 8, Monolith Soft’s X, or SMT x Fire Emblem… If I had to bet, I’d wager that PS4 will go on to the same level of success as the PS3, XboxOne will fall a tad short of the 360, and Wii U will probably hit on par with the Xbox One, when this generation finally comes to a close. And that’s as realistic a prediction as they come.

  • Christopher McNair

    I guess that Sega’s upcoming Yakuza announcement won’t mention any Wii U versions now. 3DS is the best console of “next-gen” easily, so far.

  • GW

    Too bad for Yakuza on the Wii U. I’d have bought it if it were localized into English just for the upgraded visuals, but looks like it’ll never make it outside Japan…

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    I don’t understand why Nintendo didn’t put it on sale in U.S. or Europe or PAL regions where gamers haven’t played the series. It’s ridiculous they keep making these stupid decisions that backfire on them in the process. Really cuz it isn’t 80s or 90s where people were skeptical of Japan’s place in the industry anymore so they need to quit putting themselves on the spot like this. Why doesn’t NOA or NOE create some ideas to help Wii U instead of always listening to what Nintendo Japan says, might do them some good for once?

  • teufel

    Is anyone truly surprised? If you haven’t played Yakuza 1 & 2 already then you either did not own the system that had them on it or had no interest in buying it in the first place. The author makes it obvious with his appeal to sophositry by using the generic expression “Some hoped” to express that there was a tangible group actually believing this, while in reality, there were no firm hopes for this particular series to bring in true sales other than being an easy cash in for the publisher to take an already established franchise and squeeze a couple more nickles out of it.

    So it did not sell initially, and we are to take what from this? Absolutely nothing.

    The actual game that had real people having expectations for moving consoles was Pikmin3, and to see that the initial sales seem low, this should be more of a problem than some cash grab.

    Then again, having seen how the charts typically go for Nintendo, their games sales may not rattle the rafters on launch, but they do sell steadily over time which games such as this may make its mark over time rather than like some flash in the pan games that their initial first week sales reflect pretty much its life time sales with only a couple trickles later on with DLC packs and “deals” offered later on in its life.

    Bottom line, this game means absolutely nothing to the U, which is probably why it got a summer release rather than a more meaningful holiday release. The real games that will start the ball rolling are just around the corner, and Nintendo still has a few cards up its sleeves that have yet to be played.

    • Jaxon Holden

      Very well said sir. That’s true- Nintendo titles have longevity, and the launch-week sales numbers don’t reflect nearly as many copies as the game will sell over a period of years. And it is for this very reason that Nintendo consoles pick up momentum once the library has reached critical mass, as opposed to a single system selling game.