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Japan Shuns The Wonderful 101, 3DS Domination Broken According to Major Retailer’s Weekly Sales Charts

by on August 26, 2013 12:44 AM 103

The Wonderful 101 is one of the exclusive titles Nintendo has been counting on to push sales of the Wii U, but according to the weekly sales charts just released by major retailer Tsutaya, Platinum Games’ new title might have failed quite badly to perform, at least in Japan.

Tsutaya’s charts are looked at by many as a quite precise indication of what the more “official” Media Create charts will look like on Wednesday, thanks to the fact that the retailer has a very high number of stores spread across the whole country.

Here’s how the top 20 chart about the week going from August the 19th to August the 25th looks like (new releases are bolded):

  1. Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Maso Kishin III: Pride of Justice - PS3
  2. Conception II - PS Vita
  3. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 3DS
  4. Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Maso Kishin III: Pride of Justice - PS Vita
  5. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team - 3DS
  6. Youkai Watch – 3DS
  7. Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 3DS
  8. Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara - PS3
  9. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies – 3DS
  10. Earth Defense Force 4 - PS3
  11. Conception II - 3DS
  12. Dragon’s Crown - PS3
  13. Fantasy Life Link! - 3DS
  14. Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 3DS
  15. Pikmin 3 - Wii U
  16. The Wonderful 101 - Wii U
  17. One Piece: Romance Dawn - 3DS
  18. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - PSP
  19. Toukiden - PSP
  20. The Last of Us - PS3

The Wonderful 101 failed to make the top ten in its debut week, ranking only 16th and beaten even by Pikmin 3 that has already been out for several weeks. In its behalf the game can count on sales only from Saturday and Sunday, but most of a game’s sales in Japan are normally focused around its launch day and its first weekend, so some kind of resurgence next week is highly improbable.

To provide a term of comparison, Killer is Dead, that debuted rather disastrously as well in Japan, ranked 7th in Tsutaya’s charts in its first week, and ended up selling only 17,709 units on the Media Create charts. It’s very likely that The Wonderful 101 will appear on the Media Create charts with numbers even worse than that.

On the other hand, after two weeks of complete domination of 3DS games, the trend has been broken by some new PlayStation releases, with Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Maso Kishin III: Pride of Justice for PS3 and PS Vita grabbing first and fourth places, respectively, while Conception II defies the 3DS’s massive installed base by selling quite a lot more on PS Vita. The peculiar baby-making JRPG ranked a very respectful 2nd place on Sony’s portable, while the 3DS version didn’t make the top 10, falling in 11th.

Platinum Games fans might hold some faint hope on the possibility that word of mouth and a full seven days of sales may revive The Wonderful 101on next week’s charts, but considering how the Japanese video game market works, it’s very unlikely, and Nintendo will probably have to count on the western market to achieve better sales for Hideki Kamiya’s latest brainchild.

Of course Kamiya-san doesn’t seem to care about sales, and in this case that’s probably a good thing.

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  • PreparetoGame

    Wii U needs a whole lot more than Wonderful 101 to push sales.

    • Nicholas Perry

      Like what? Call of Duty? Insert Western RPG here?

      People have tried making exclusives for it. But obviously no one will buy them. So how can they make exclusives but no one will buy them?

      • NeoTechni

        “People have tried making exclusives for it”

        Just not any good ones.
        Even Nintendo hasn’t tried. Zelda will be a remake.

        • HeatPhoenix

          However, the Wonderful 101 IS good. I just think that it didn’t appeal to a lot of people.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            It could^

          • PreparetoGame

            I’m going to get it because its from Platinum Games, same with Bayonetta 2.

      • PreparetoGame

        I dont even think one (or 6 for that matter) game, no matter what it is, can help it right now. I think it all goes back to the whole Nintendo practices with 3rd party titles/developers. What may be the bigger factor, all those people who bought Wiis are just not moved to buy another Wii even if it is HD.

        I have a Wii U thanks to my wife winning it in Burger King’s contest. We have one title for it, Super Mario Brothers…..thats it :)

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Thats the problem. People like you.

          So bloody ignorant lmao

      • Lethal_Doze

        This is and will continue to be the worst selling home console from Nintendo ever, total and abysmal failure.

        Nintendo’s best bet right now is to put a good face on a bad game, and support the system for 2 years or so, keep the hardcore fans around, and release a new system within 2-3 years. It’s hard to launch a new system, when your previous one was a disaster and Wii U can’t compete with PS4 and Xbone. Those systems will be around for 7-8 years, there’s plenty of time to release a new competitor for them, Wii U is not one.

        • islan

          I personally believe a part of the low sales of the Wii U has to do with more than a few gamers being disappointed after buying a Wii. I know I was up until near the end of its lifetime.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Gamers were disappointed because they didnt buy the good games on the system. You’re talking about a small amount of people

          • islan

            “the good games on the system”

            Which I found to be few and far between. That’s why I was disappointed up until the end of its lifetime, at which point it *finally* felt like a worthwhile console. And looking at the Wii U so far, it appears to be the same story.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Nah there’s stuff you didnt buy.

            Look past the shovel ware there are still 80+ good games on the system to get

            NIntendo went all out in 2010, and then they started working on the WiiU.

          • islan

            Other than the two Mario Galaxy games, DKC Returns, the Bit.Trip series, Xenoblade Chronicles, Last Story, and possibly Pandora’s Tower (bought it, have yet to play it), I’m having a hard time naming any thing else worth getting for the Wii.

            Twilight Princess and Metroid Prime 3 weren’t necessarily bad, but I personally found them to be incredibly bland. Metroid Other M had surperb gameplay, but one of the worst narratives I have yet seen in a video game.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Tatsunoko Vs Capcom, Phantom Brave, Silent HIl, Guilty Gear Accent Core, Red Steel 2, La Mulana(since you named a vc) I could go on and on on

          • islan

            Oh, thanks for reminding me, I still need to get La Mulana!

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            You’re welcome.

            I could compile a list for you but that might tax your wallet pretty badly

      • Aiddon

        no one buys them because no one knows they exist. Most devs who made anything for the system (besides Nintendo themselves) didn’t even TRY to make people aware of them and lazily threw them out there. When you halfass your efforts of course you’re going to get halfassed results

    • BeastlyRig

      needs ps4 tech..

  • Furious Francis

    I thought this was already known? There were only 30,000 units shipped to retailers.

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      Completely unconfirmed rumor, And you don’t acquire an exclusive title if you don’t count on it to help your sales.

      • Furious Francis

        That this site posted. It’s going to help, but lets be honest, Nintendo is banking on the Western sales of this game more than the Japanese sales.

        But if Nintendo thought this game is going to rake in huge sales, they would have made it a holiday title, not a summer titles.

        Donkey Kong, Zelda, Mario, Wii Fit U, these are the real big hitters for Nintendo. Not summer titles like Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101

        • bradtastic2

          Amen.

  • PrinceHeir

    yikes poor Killer is Dead and Wonderful 101 :(

    i’m buying Killer is Dead day 1 so you have my money Suda51!!!

  • Nicholas Perry

    Jesus this sucks :(

    Why are people ignoring games like this and Killer is Dead?
    The demo of TW101 was pretty spectacular IMO.

    People keep bein liek “Wii U has no games” Much like “PS3 had no games”
    Yet here is a great game.

    /No one buys it.

    It just frustrates the hell out of me.

    I hope the Western Release does better but i’m not holding my breath at this point.

    People say Wii U has no games, people go out of their way to make exclusive games for the system, Lego,Zombi U,TW101,etc. No one buys them. Publishers say they’ll make more exclusives when Nintendo sells more consoles.

    It’ just feels like a giant damn paradox!

    So what , now no one makes any more exclusives for the platform and we just simply wait until Nintendo releases exclusives and expect that to be the reason to sell consoles?

    I bet it won’t be like this for the PS4 just on the basis that it has “uber graphix” (But not really anything that hasn’t or couldn’t be done on PC as of a few years ago)

    • NeoTechni

      “People keep bein liek “Wii U has no games”. Yet here is a great game.”

      game =/= games

      “I bet it won’t be like this for the PS4 just on the basis that it has “uber graphix” (But not really anything that hasn’t or couldn’t be done on PC as of a few years ago)”

      Processing power improves gameplay far more than it does graphics. And there’s nothing on Wii U that hasn’t been done on PS3/PC before it. Remember, the gamepad is a complete ripoff of RemotePlay

      • HeatPhoenix

        How does processing power improve gameplay beyond what we had on the PS3? The most interesting games for PS4 are coming out on PS3 just fine (See GTA5 and MGS5).

    • Yldefonso Then

      At this point in time, nobody cares if PC games look btter than PS4 games, at the end of the day, people still want to play their games on consoles, end of discussion.

  • Taylor Richberger

    It’s been out for 2 days, and sold 20,000 units, despite shipping 30,000.
    Selling 67% of stock in 2 days is good under almost any circumstances. Stop being a part of the retarded sensationalist journalism bandwagon, dualshockers, and start reporting things like they actually happened.

    • Furious Francis

      How do you know it sold 20,000 units?

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      There’s absolutely no data anywhere that says that it sold 20,000 units, and there can’t be, as the first precise charts for Japan come out on wednesday. Considering Tsutaya’s charts, that are the first sales data that comes out of Japan every week, it’ll be a miracle if it’ll touch 10,000 units.

      We report things as they actually happen. The sales chart is available to everyone (which means they literally happened). The fact you don’t like it doesn’t make it less real.

      • Taylor Richberger

        This was my mistake. I read an article on a different site and responded to this one without realizing I had mixed it up.
        I apologize.

        • Giuseppe Nelva

          No problem. And believe me. I love the wonderful 101. I think it’s a charming game and it’s my favorite that I tried on Wii U for the moment. I’d wish no better than it selling in the millions.

          But the charts paint a different picture, and it’s a pity.

          • Furious Francis

            I think the sales will be good in Europe and America, but I also believe digital sales are eating into a lot of Nintendo’s games retail numbers because of The Digital Deluxe Program with nets you $5 eShop credit for every retail game you buy/500 points.

          • Jon Turner

            Yeah, that’s what I think as well. IIRC, MH3U did much better on the digital sales than the physical sales. I wonder if this will be the case here.

          • Giuseppe Nelva

            Very unlikely it’ll be more than a 10-20%. Japanese gamers love their physical copies.

          • HeatPhoenix

            Pretty sure Europe does too.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            The wonderful 101 runs better digitally though,but you’re right

  • mellon

    This being part of the digital download discount promotion might have a little to do with this. Digital sales are not included in any sales data, even Media Create, and that goes for ALL Wii U sales figures. There was no mention of that anywhere in this article. Incomplete reporting remiss.

  • mellon

    Oh, and I’m not sure how you work out the 3DS’s ‘domination’ had been ‘broken’. Count the number of 3DS games in the top 20 again.

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      There sure is none on the top spot, and Conception 2 for PS Vita demolished the version for the 3DS.

      • mellon

        I’m looking at the chart and correlate the data with the keyword domination. Your reporting, title and intent is rather skew-wiff. Saying there is none in the topspot as justification, isn’t … justification. Ragg on Nintendo excuse justification. Most certainly.

        • Giuseppe Nelva

          You’re mistaking your biased perception with fact. Indeed you may want to know that your biased perception and fact are two different things.

          There have been two weeks in which the 3DS dominated all the top spots, and now it doesn’t anymore, ergo, the domination is broken quite literally.

          If I had the intent on rag on Nintendo, I wouldn’t have reported it when 3DS games dominated.
          http://www.dualshockers.com/2013/08/18/almost-complete-nintendomination-appears-in-major-japanese-retailers-weekly-sales-charts/

          • mellon

            I think the only bias is yours cherry picking to direct your story in one direction.

          • mellon

            You have totally failed to describe things as they are every time! There are gaping holes in this whole report, and a flip-flopping from requiring hard facts and hearsay as and when it suits. And the automated defense mechanism ‘you’re the bias one ‘ based only on my highlighting the poor factual contenet and writting seen here only continues to make you look ever more the charlatan – intentional or not.

          • Giuseppe Nelva

            Sorry to have to burst your bubble, but describing something in a way you don’t like (and from the way you get all hot and bothered about it throwing insults about makes you look like an angry fanboy and nothing else) doesn’t mean having “gaping holes”. Your personal perception is not fact. May want to cope with it.

  • jdp12

    What the??? Why do games on both 3DS and PS Vita always perform better on Vita despite the lower install base?

    • Cole MacGrath

      Because it’s better. Not lying. I tried it on both.

      • HeatPhoenix

        You won’t know it until after you buy it, so I don’t think that would be the reason. Unless people tried the demo on both consoles?

    • ifniarcnum

      Install base it’s bigger, but it doesn’t mean that the target audience it’s in 3ds, conception it’s a anime rpg with ecchi elements with a concept of making babies, even the devs knew they target audience and made much more vita versions made than 3ds.

  • Charles Crowe

    hmm a site called dualshockers reporting on a game from a company that isn’t Sony… Oh and of course its everyone else that is bias.
    “Japanese gamers love their physical copies so it cant be more than 10-20%”
    Where is your link to back that up?
    “Nintendo domination is over.” 9 games for Sony consoles. 11 for Nintendo. Yes clearly Nintendo is losing badly with more games in the top 20.
    Killer is dead released August 1st and has sold barely 20k copies.
    Wonderful101 has 2 days of sales with no official numbers
    Love how the only rumors you back are ones that back up your bias

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      Did you miss how how I also reported on how Killer is Dead performed disastrously when it happened?

      Going from 4 to 5 games on the top five to two, with nothing in the first two spots and an equivalent game beaten soundly by another platform is the very literal meaning of having a “complete” domination broken.

  • Aiddon

    uh, how does Nintendo owning eleven of the top twenty spots lead to their domination being “broken?” Seriously, do they have to own every spot to be dominant or something?

    • ifniarcnum

      please no console wars, he just wanted to say that the top three arent all 3ds games anymore, that was the domination.

      • Aiddon

        except going logically having over 50% of the top twenty on Nintendo systems is the very definition of domination. This isn’t “console wars” BS so much as it is calling out a glaring issue in what he’s trying to say.

        • ifniarcnum

          he never said that the domination was over, he said “after two weeks of complete domination of 3DS games, the trend has been broken” Complete domination was over, and he is right the top five are much more variated.

          • Giuseppe Nelva

            Eh, don’t bother mate :D When you touch a nintendo fanboy’s pride the wrong way, there’s no reasoning with them.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            No that guy’s not a fanboy.

            He’s a grammar freak.

  • KuchikiSentou

    The VITA is still competing with the PSP. Toukiden PSP charts while the VITA version doesn’t
    So many battles. With the PS3, PSP and the 3DS.

    The Wonderful 101, to my mind is the best WiiU game out there. It’s more of a Platinum curse than a question as to the game’s quality or market appeal; which is kind of the Platinum curse. The best games; no mass market, mainstream appeal. Still the reason I bought my WiiU, and I expect the same for Bayonetta 2.

    • Mstrbrown

      Is there a exclusive toukiden for the PSVITA or can you simply play the psp version.

      • KuchikiSentou

        There is an exclusive VITA version with better visuals etc. Same with God Eater 2.

        Lol, this is the problem.

        • Mstrbrown

          This problem will eventually sort itself out. Just like how ps2 was still supported after the ps3 launch, sales of multi platform games probably were in favor of the ps2 iteration. Basically because of the difference in install base.

          The Vita is still relatively young and also has to deal with the internal focus Sony and third party publisherd need to have on the next gen consoles.

          • TheExile285

            I think PS4 is gonna have this probably early on too

          • KuchikiSentou

            The PS2 wasn’t in direct contention with the PSP.

            The VITA has both the PS3 and the PSP in direct conflict. Super Robot is on PS3 and PSV like JStars Vs and Gundam Breaker; God Eater 2 and Toukiden are PSP games; The VITA faces a far tougher battle than the PS2, which was an obvious choice for the better part of a decade.

            I have little recollection of cross platform games between PS2 and PS3 bar the sports titles, which are relatively insignificant. It just sounds like that was the case because we see it so much now; but I don’t think it was quite so extensive back then. There wasn’t any from PS One to PS2 definitely.

    • TheExile285

      The Vita version of Toukiden is at like 200k+

      I doubt if the PSP version surpasses it

      • KuchikiSentou

        I’m saying the VITA is losing software sales to the PSP, especially with games that are supposed to “redeem” it.

        The VITA version of Toukiden did not chart while the PSP version did; that’s saying something.

        • TheExile285

          true

        • Duc PC-QB

          Because right now theyre selling PSP ver for cheap ass price, also most of Vita user already rushed out and got their game at the lauch day.

          The next following weeks PSP has more sales in chart due to the left over of huge fanbase (20mil PSP compared to 1.8 mil Vita).

          Nothing to surprise here but dont forget that Vita digital sales is much better than PSP.

          • KuchikiSentou

            I know; the point I made was that not only is the VITA competing with the PSP, it’s also competing with the PS3,

          • Duc PC-QB

            If its about competing with the PS3 then Im not worried about it. PS3 x PSV ecosystem is pretty much delicious for developer, when you make a game for both system you know it will sell more than 1 alone. The dev get more money, the user get more choice to choose what system they will buy the game for.

            Im sure that the Vita is suitable even for multiplatform game, thats why many game is make for PS3/PSV , PSP/PSV , PSV/3DS or even PSV x Smartphone.

  • islan

    Kinda crazy to see a PS Vita game outselling the highest selling 3DS game in a week. Doubly so when the Vita game is a multiplatform game.

    • ifniarcnum

      yes, but the fanbase for Conception it’s on sony, cause the developer usually makes game for sony plataforms and the first game was a psp exclusive. So it was a given that the vita version would sell better, and conception was somewhat succefull in japan so the vita version outselling the 3ds games isn’t so surprising, you just have to remember that this type of game it’s popular in japan.

      • islan

        Yes, it’s no surprise that Conception sold more on the Vita than on the 3DS. What IS surprising is that Conception on the Vita sold more than ANY 3DS game (supposedly).

        • ifniarcnum

          well like i said the first game was succefull on japan, it just wasn’t brought here cause it was released in the end of psp lifetime. And this type of game is very popular on japan, and i heard that it’s a very good rpg with a neat and different battle system.

    • Aiddon

      though we all know it’s a one time thing considering the Vita’s audience

  • ifniarcnum

    Well this is bad for wonderfull 101, and worse for platinum games cause the initial concept it had was for the game have 101 nintendo characters, and the president of platinum games conviced them to make it with original heroes, and now that it’s failing it’s obvious that the decision was a bad one cause if it had nintendo characters (Mario) i dont have doubts that it would be in the first place.

  • sony hit junk status

    >fair and honest reporting by a site named “the dualshockers”

    oh god my sides, hows the death of the vita treating you guys? must sting being outsold 10×1 even after a price drop?

    • ifniarcnum

      and what they said of VITA that irritated you? that one game on VITA outsold the 3ds version? he only said that despite 3ds have a much more larger fanbase (i think even a child can see that this clearly states that 3ds sold better) Conception sold better on vita, this has no console bias.

      • TheExile285

        Didn’t Nevla just tell you not to feed trolls?

        • Giuseppe Nelva

          haha, well he’s free to feed them if he wants, but there’s no real reasoning with them. Either you put “*insert name of company here* triumphs! in every article, or some rabid fanboys will have their head implode from the rage.

          • ifniarcnum

            yeah i dont usually reply to them but it was irritating how 70% of the comments of this article was by trolls. so i lost my cool but i already recomposed myself.

          • TheExile285

            Arc, don’t you use GameFAQ though? wtf, its like 200 times worse there lol

          • ifniarcnum

            but gamefaqs i can lose my temper and call fanboys names that in siliconera and here i would be banned, not saying that in GF dont have mods or anything like that but here i see them flamming and it’s a good site and they began to say that its biased and etc, and i lost my temper.

          • TheExile285

            what are you talking about? GameFAQ doesn’t have mods, that is why its such a crappy site. the “mods” there are just high level trolls :P

            that is why i only use Siliconera, Gematsu and Dualshockers now…

          • ifniarcnum

            me too! but i comment the most in siliconera articles and OT, somewhat comments here and lurk on gematsu.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Go to my Nintendo News and build up a resistance to it

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Nah you’re over reacting.

            Its called ignoring them.

        • ifniarcnum

          … yeah i lost my cool, *ahem* impersonating my beatrice, they are all incompetents, they dont deserve my time… now please some camomile tea.

          • Giuseppe Nelva

            Eh, I need some as well, but for entirely different reasons *points at Level 5 post at the top of the site and sighs*

          • ifniarcnum

            i didn’t arrived in it….yet, just have to reply to everybody who replied to me, write how i’m happy for spike and reply to everyone in the other tab too, and then to the next article.

  • oh god my sides

    >3ds domination is over

    ahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahahaahaha thanks for that insightful piece of information dualshockers.com

    • ifniarcnum

      and now you will begin to spam troll comments? cause this sure reveal you are much better than the writer who did this article, hey why you dont make your site?

      • TheExile285

        stop feeding trolls it ain’t worth it bro

  • TheExile285

    Jesus christ reading fanboy wars makes my head hurt.

    Anyway, nice to see Conception doing well. Good for Spike

    • ifniarcnum

      yes glad that it it’s going well, it shows that a game can try to be diferent and have a success.

  • Freesun4

    I hope this doesn’t affect Platinum Games.

  • KuchikiSentou

    The Conception situation is peculiar because the original was on PSP.
    I would say that we won’t be seeing 10:1 3DS ratios like we did prior to the PSO2 release.

  • Splintee

    Earth Defense Force just F*ck Japan’s top 10 sooooo good!
    EDF FTW!!
    Time to Import that SH*T!

    Edit: Hallelujah for no Region lock. You hear me Nintendo!? NO REGION LOCK!

  • dee

    This is just for that 1 chain of stores

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      which is one of the biggest and most widespread in Japan. Their charts are rarely far from the final ones.

  • husky818yahoocom

    it seems like the wonderful 101 is more towards western gamers thats why i think nintendo shipped out 30,000 or so copies

  • Dropbear

    They’re just waiting on the last 2DS and Pokemon X/Y cartridges to be made before killing the charts in a wave of pokemon blood.

  • bradtastic2

    As a hardcore Nintendo fan, I’m so pissed that they’re biggest titles aren’t coming out for a year after the console is available, and they’re expecting games like this to sell the console. Pikmin 3 is not for everyone, Wind Waker HD is a remake, and Super Mario 3D World is a lazy sequel to a 3DS game, and Retros talents were wasted on yet another platformer- there’s plenty of these for Wii U at the moment, disc and indie. Nintondo should have been developing the new Zelda and even SM3DW as launch titles years ago rather than a “New” Super Mario Bros. game and the third party stars of last year.
    I will continue to support them and buy games like WWHD but I’m buying my first non-Nintendo console, a PS4, at launch, so I don’t miss out like the Wii did.
    Nintendo has brought this on themselves and I really hope they put in more people into the Zelda development staff so it comes out during Q2 next year at the latest or they are going to suffer.

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