PS4 Sales Face Steep Drop While 3DS and PS Vita are Stable, Wii U Still Low

Media Create and Famitsu software and hardware sales from last week have been released today, which will give us a good look into the overall sales of last week’s Japanese market. Here’s the software charts between March 3rd and March 9th.

As usual, new titles are bolded and lifetime sales are in parenthesis. (Heads up, Famitsu combines 3DS and PS Vita sales, and includes any bundle sales in their overall numbers.)

Media Create Software Sales:

  1. [PS Vita] Soul Sacrifice Δ – 48,786
  2. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch – 36,018 (532,472)
  3. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru to Ruka no Fushigi na Fushigi na Kagi – 31,157 (718,865)
  4. [3DS] Harvest Moon: Linking The New World – 29,514 (160,296)
  5. [PS3] Ar Nosurge: Umareizuru Hoshi e Inoru Uta – 27,037
  6. [3DS] Fossil Fighters: Infinite Gear – 22,210 (80,538)
  7. [PS3] Yakuza: Ishin! – 19,808 (212,113)
  8. [PS4] Knack – 17,272 (393,348)
  9. [3DS] Kirby Triple Deluxe – 14,108 (489,610)
  10. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y – 10,708 (3,984,832)

Media Create Hardware Sales:

  1. PS4 – 35,294
  2. 3DS LL – 24,192
  3. Vita – 31325
  4. PS3 – 12,102
  5. 3DS – 10,876
  6. Wii U – 7,773
  7. PSP – 3,425
  8. Vita TV – 1,962
  9. Xbox 360 – 300

Famitsu Software Sales:

  1. [PS Vita] Soul Sacrifice Δ – 47,101
  2. [3DS] Harvest Moon: Linking The New World – 31,407 (148,329)
  3. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch – 31,361 (527,694)
  4. [PS3] Ar Nosurge: Umareizuru Hoshi e Inoru Uta – 30,544
  5. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru to Ruka no Fushigi na Fushigi na Kagi – 25,937 (674,887)
  6. [3DS] Fossil Fighters: Infinite Gear – 20,063 (80,279)
  7. [PS3] Yakuza: Ishin! – 19,673 (219,872)
  8. [PS4] Knack – 14,052 (388,897)
  9. [3DS] Kirby Triple Deluxe – 12,564 (516,892)
  10. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z – 10,090 (1,330,350)

Famitsu Hardware Sales:

  1. 3DS (Both original and LL) – 30,916
  2. PS4 – 30,766
  3. Vita – 30,709 (Both original and Vita TV)
  4. PS3 – 10,772
  5. Wii U – 8,128
  6. PSP – 2,989
  7. Wii – 133
  8. Xbox 360 – 206

PS4 sales have dropped considerably in Japan since last week, being cut nearly in half for both Media Create and Famitsu. We know that there’s plenty of supply in the country, so most likely it’s due to lack of software. Meanwhile, 3DS sales have stayed the same while PS Vita sales actually went up this week. Finally, Wii U sales have also stayed the same but are pretty low, also due to that same lack of software.

Soul Sacrifice Delta has made its Japanese debut and sales are amazing but aren’t bad either; the game still made it to the number one spot for Media Create and Famitsu so that’s saying something. 3DS games continue to appear the most out of any single console but combined overall Sony platforms have slightly more games on the list.

Unfortunately, no Wii U titles made it to the top ten; however, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze made number 15 on Media Create while four Wii U titles made it to Famitsu’s top 30. Knack was the only PS4 title to make it to the top ten list.

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  • james

    hi, this is a fantastic article

  • That’s why Hype is not always good. Sometimes the hype is better than the actual experience.

    • oGMo

      Nah, the PS4 is really just a waiting game right now. There is absolutely no question it’s going to have a ton of games, even top games I want, and soon. Watchdogs and Infamous alone are going to make it worth it this year.

      I preordered during the E3 conference. Watchdogs got delayed. I haven’t played much. Am I disappointed or regretting? Not even slightly. I have an asston of other things to play, and the games are going to be there long before any kind of price drop or justification for waiting.

      What I am disappointed about is Dark Souls 2 didn’t get a PS4 release. Going to wait for the PC version. Meanwhile the PS3 keeps getting far too many new releases (and Persona 5 isn’t supposed to hit until 2015). All is silent on the 360 front, though…

      • neko working

        I’m waiting Sega to announce Project Diva for PS4.

      • Actually the 360 is booming right now. More apps than any other console to date. Free games. I mean free like you don’t need to stay an xbox live member to keep the games. Plus free to play and a lot of new releases including titanfall coming up. These next gen consoles are still quite featureless. I know sony at least allocated a million ps4s for Japan. That lets me know that sell are poorer than expected. Also I’m for one am not all about a waiting game for a supposedly gaming first device.

        • The free games for 360 are crap though. Pissed me off

          • They are free. How many games after a while turns to crap when better ones come out? Assassins creed 2 isn’t crap, halo three isn’t crap, hell even Sid miers revolution isn’t crap they are just old and yours to keep for free whether you stay a member are not. Then you have free to play to accompany those titles. Just because they are mostly old games doesn’t meant they are terrible for free games. Hell some new free to play games are garbage. Warframe in my opinion is one of them. Good graphics with no substance.

          • James Cluckey

            You are right AC2 is a good game. Halo is a good game. Guess what we have played them and beat them years ago and don’t care to bother with them.

          • James Cluckey

            Most free-2-plays are garbage. I’ll give you that. But PS+ Vs Games for Gold isn’t an argument/battle. It’s a slaughter and PS+ easily comes out on top.

        • oGMo

          Ah yes, free old games. And apps. Woo.

          I’m talking about new, must-play releases that you can’t find anywhere else. Tales of Symphonia HD, Xillia 2, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD, Persona 5 … all these have yet to drop for PS3.

          I guess there was Dark Souls 2, which was xplat, but I’d rather play that on PC since it is.

          • Dude if i had a choice i would play all games on PC if it weren’t for those damn exclusives. LOL. I’m not interested in getting a ps4 just yet. I’ll have to wait until their library grows with more than just mediocre titles. Infamous graphics look great but seeing the gameplay and story attached doesn’t appeal much to me. Sparkle dust powers and transforming into black fart is not groundbreaking to me.

        • CervantesPR

          lol this is always the argument by xbox fans, “”games with gold” are 100% free tho” trying to make it sound like its better than PS+ LMAO dont give me non of that “rental” crap cuz PS+ IGC is simply much superior than playing 5 year old games 360 games that are probably $3 at a “used games under $10” table at gamestop and lol we just got tomb raider dont even try to compare games with gold to PS+ LOL its a pretty stupid argument, if you bought a PS4 its expected that you will remain a PS+ member for the most part of your PS4 ownership time. I will gladly pay $50($10 less than live which offers nothing) for such an incredible value.

          • Incredible value that you can only access online. That’s free to play on PlayStation. When psn is down no play. Hows that great? Lets be real here i know people want to justify their purchase but that’s ridiculous to think that’s a great value. 50 bucks a year to play games you don’t own. If you cancelled psn tomorrow and i cancelled xbox live tomorrow even if i didn’t buy any games i would still have free games to play. You would not.

          • James Cluckey

            You don’t know what you are talking about. I can be offline for a month and still play my PS+ games. It doesn’t check daily. It knows how long your subscription is and is timed to that. When your sub runs out it locks. Once it sees you have a new sub then it’s yours again. Once most people play these games they delete them. Because guess what there is no use having 2-3 year old games after you beat it. Let alone 5 year old games.

          • So like the DRM debate. That makes it ok because you can play for a little while after you cancel or loose your service. I’m sorry how is that better than keeping games. I still play mass effect 1 that’s over five years old is that garbage. It’s based on your personal preference. Guess what all those free games with gold don’t get kept or even downloaded all the time because of hard drive space and so on and so forth. Your comment is not validation that psn is a great investment.

          • CervantesPR

            its better because PS+ offers newer games and 10X the games that gold offers. Its consistent, and its across 3 platforms not just 1, its cheaper. and way better than keeping a 5 year old game, if you have either a xbox one or PS4, its pretty much a given that you will be paying for PS+ for the duration of the console gen, so being able to keep the games on xbox if you dont have live sub, is really not a way to say its better than PS+ but keep denying it tho fanboys will be fanboys.

          • Games with gold is coming to xbox one. So lets say two consoles a piece and one handheld. Besides I’m worried about vita because of mobile gaming.

          • James Cluckey

            Ooh its coming. PS+ hit PS4 on day 1. 2 free games right off the bat. And one a month since. Not to mention the 30 or so free games I’ve been playing on my PS3 and Vita.

          • Doesn’t matter. Twitch came late and was better because of it. Don’t think first is better. LOL

          • GremDude

            Wow you are the saddest Xbot fanboy I have ever seen. Oh worship they great god Microsoft. Please crawl out of your room and view the world please. You will be much happier

          • CervantesPR

            so your saying that paying $50 which is less $10 less than a new game, for a FULL YEAR of new games every month across 3 different platforms isnt a good deal?? how is not owning them make it a bad deal? you download you play, you move on, simple as that, yeah like i said can you even compare the PS+ library of games to the 5 year old 360 only games that games with gold give you? your just salty and cant accept the truth that PS+ RAPES xbox live, which is the biggest gaming ripoff that locks every basic xbox one function behind the xbox live paywall and STILL puts on advertisements lol,

            so your saying that PS+ should be $50 and give out more than 64 less than a year old games with full ownership? LMAO that would be a perfect world you xbots LOL

          • Its all how you look at it. 50 dollars a year for just multiplayer and free to play games. 60 dollars a year for everything included plus better support for apps like all apps come with voice and gesture controls along with the rest that every other console can do. The ps4 Netflix app is the same on 360 without voice and gestures to boot. Of course i wouldn’t want to pay extra for that. The xbox one apps are superior to those of the PlayStation that’s just a fact. Now is ten dollars extra worth that. Yes in every aspect. I pay 60 a year for all things to be high quality not just for multiplayer and free games that are mostly mediocre.

          • CervantesPR

            damm lol “Its all how you look at it. 50 dollars a year for just multiplayer and free to play games” yeah you forgot to mention the instant game collection, across 3 consoles! and the free to play games are free to play, you dont need to be a Plus member to play them,

            so now your counting xbox one SYSTEM features such as voice commands and gestures as a service??? THATS PART OF THE HARDWARE, PART OF THE CONSOLE, ITS NOT A SERVICE!! you are the DEFINITION of a DELUSIONAL FANBOY, i didnt know that a software/hardware feature such as voice commands and gestures with kinect was part of xbox live service!

            ohh wait….. you can actually do voice commands and gestures without being a xbox live sub…you were saying?
            you are trying to hard, man im done, one thing is being a fan, but another thing is being DELUSIONAL. anyways ive already destroyed all your arguments, people like you are better off sticking with xbox

          • LOL. Who provides the service for the apps used? Microsoft or the providers? If that were just part of the hardware you would have voice commands and gestures for free. LOL. My god you thought you had a strong comeback.

          • CervantesPR

            netflix app service is provided by NETFLIX not microsoft, netflix pays microsoft to HAVE netflix on xbox one,xbone is simply the platform for the app, which is precisely why people should not have to pay for xbox live to USE netflix in the first place, the voice commands are part of microsofts xbox one OS and hardware, the voice commands and gestures are part of microsofts agreement with netflix, Again the voice commands and gestures ARE NOT A SERVICE. sigh* im done, fanboy

          • Again each app has its own format produce by joint development between both parties. Microsoft has to have consent by any provider for all apps to edit their programming. The PS4 has voice commands and gestures also but they don’t have an agreement between those providers to include those enhancements. I.E the provider is not being paid. Peace

          • GremDude

            Man I hope Microsoft keeps you warm at night,. Being crazy fanboy for a multibillion dollar corporation who doesn’t give two S#%ts about you is rather silly don’t you think?

          • Steph

            Games for gold sucks right now, can’t argue that…’s fact. Microsoft let’s is keep the games but the games aren’t worth keeping 90% of the time. Eventually it might be good, right now it sucks.

          • They are free Steph. Free as in keep forever not just free as long as you pay.

          • GremDude

            You can pick up those sucky game for $3 in the bargain bin. Congrats. Enjoy your Halo 3 and AC2. I will be playing Metro Last Light, Tomb Raider and Remember me.

          • True

          • J. Jordan

            You can still play them when PSN is down. It has an internal expiration on the game, it’s not a “check-in” requiring internet every time you play. The day it expires is the day it expires, unless that PARTICULAR GAME needs to be online to play.

          • It has an expiration nonetheless. Which translate to free to play as long as you’re free to pay.

          • GremDude

            You can play your PS Plus free games offline. Please do just a bit of research.

          • Steph

            U make fun of his argument but yours is valid? They are both opinion,and both valid. Ur a ps plus fan so u stick up for it, he is a Xb fan so he sticks up for it. It’s called bias, nobody is right, don’t argue about such stupid crap, u both look pathetic.

          • CervantesPR

            hey steph i was wondering when you might show up! PS+ is better than xbox live END OF STORY, more value,better games, cheaper.

          • You are right Steph. That was not my intention to argue about which offers more. My original statment was directed at the hype starting to die down for the ps4. Which is evident. Most people who don’t like the truth will try to make a valid point just to be right on something if not what’s being talked about.

          • No……………..I am an XBOX fan who recently switched over to the PS4. Games with Gold for 360 is a pile of shi*t compared to PS+ F2P.

            That’s not an opinion, thats a fact. Major Nelson is the guy deciding the games for Games with Gold and he doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing. Would be better if he actually asked the PLAYERS what games they wanted.

        • Bankai

          Aside from apps that next to no one knows or cares about, the 360 is extremely quiet. As for games with gold, all the games on offer are so old that they won’t really make the developers a profit, so they don’t mind giving them away.

          Those million units that were allocated to Japan sold out a long time ago, which means sales are fine. And you don’t really have a choice but to play the waiting game with either console because there’s never a large amount of games this close to launch – if you want to pretend that it’s just the PS4’s problem just because it was touted as a games machine first and foremost, then you’re free to do so.

          • Ol i will because right now there is a serious lack of quality games on PlayStation. If they already sold a million in Japan i think that would have been mentioned. I’m not knocking them totally because this is still launch statis for both. I like the PlayStation upgrades for the controller and hardware but other than that there’s nothing else worth it. Playroom got boring after the first hour and the games are mediocre at best even game reviewer say the same. Its only quiet on the 360 end and ps3 because they are too busy bringing attention to the next generation consoles.

        • static5125

          They’re really old games, games that most people have played and beaten already. In contrast, the games you get from PS+ are very recent such as Borderlands 2 from a while ago. Games with Gold isn’t a justified-enough reason to subscribe to Live, I’m afraid.

          As for the sales drop-off, Japan is waiting for the games they like. Knack, Killzone: SS, Outlast, Resogun, and very soon, Infamous: SS do not appeal to them as they do to westerners. The PS3 and Vita are currently cannibalizing the PS4 because they have the games Japanese gamers like such as Dangan Ronpa, FFX/X-2 HD, Tales of Zesteria, and Persona 5. All PS4 has for the Japanese gamers now are Yakuza Ischin and Dynasty Warriors.

          I disagree with the notion that the PS4 is featureless. What I will say, though, is Sony may be trying too hard spreading things out. Because of Playstation’s history, Sony’s relationship with indies, and Sony’s plethora of 1st party devs, PS4 is a much better investment considering that people buy consoles of their choice because of the long term benefits, not because of a single game. The PS4 is well equipped for the next 2-3 years, though Sony has kinda forgotten about the “now” (pun not intended).

          • As a society we commonly mistake quality for value because we want both. This conversation is and has been about value 50 vs 60 a year. I agree that psn offers higher quality games for free as long as you have a subscription. Games with gold are games given away freely for being a gold subscriber. Now as far as quality they are up to par to what’s being offered on psn but old. So being that you get newer games on psn for now. I give them quality. For the value i can’t give them that because they are not giving us any of those games. They are just letting us play them as long as we are subscribers. Now with the launch in Japan i agree mostly with what you said. My original comment was to state that the hype is dying done but what i should have reiterated that it was for next gen in general. People in both parties are waiting for more incentives to purchase or upgrade. Every one assumed just because i don’t agree with them that I’m naturally one sided in view.

          • static5125

            No kidding on the waiting for more incentives part. My PS3 will still keep me occupied for the next year or two, especially when Persona 5 comes out.

          • That should be a good one. I had to upgrade to the Xbox one but i still very much enjoy my 360. I might get a PS4 when some noteworthy games come out. Until then I’m just window shopping with intent to buy.

          • GremDude

            Don’t worry, your 360 will meltdown soon and then you can give $500 to the great god Microsoft and get a nice cozy Xbox one to sleep with and keep you warm at night.

          • Its funny you call me a fanboy but took the time to troll all of my comments. LOL. Hypocritical much?

          • GremDude

            But you still have to know that being just crazy about a CORPORATION is stupid. I gotta call people for that. I like Playstation sure but I don’t go around praising everything Sony just because I worship a CORPORATION. If you enjoy the games fine. Just please don’t defend everything that Microsoft does. It is just sad. Games with gold is TERRIBLE. Everybody knows that. Even the must stalwart fanboys like the guys at IGN who do Podcast Unlocked agree that Games with Gold is terrible. Just face facts, enjoy the console that you love and quit trying to convince people that it is better than PS Plus. Your arguments just aren’t logical.

          • Man first of all you don’t know me at all to accuse me of console or corporation worship. I’ve been gaming for 31 years so I’ve played a lot of games and different consoles over a time. I’ve owned PlayStations, Xboxs, Nintendos, genesis and Atari. The point of the discussion was about value not quality. If you add all of those free games up that are given not letting you play for but given to you twice a month. Whether they are 2-5 dollars a piece at retailers add that up a year and you will see the value. Granted they are old compared to the newer quality of games Sony lets you play for free as long as you are a subscriber. The fact that they are given without attachments for staying a gold member because if you leave Xbox gold they are still your games counterbalances the value of 60 a year. That’s the difference between value vs quality and that said the games given aren’t bad just old.

  • CervantesPR
    • neko working

      Soul Sacrifice Delta number could be higher. I guess a lot people getting download version as it comes with Freedom Wars (beta ticket) and cheaper. 🙂

      • CervantesPR

        i dont expect a soul sacrifice 1.5 to sell as much as an actual sequel.

        • neko working

          Yeah, but it’s definitely better than before, just like Keiji Inafune said “it’s more like 1.8 than 1.5”. Environment changing as we fighting the monsters, spell combo, quest customization are three biggest features. We can customize quest to enhance drop rates, EXP gain, etc.

          • majestix1988

            dont forget…..due god eater 2 success makes more popular game to hunt big monsters

    • lassenwolf

      In japan, world wide sales is another story. 7 mil for vita is a bomb just like psgo

      • CervantesPR

        Its actually 7.7 million, and yes the vita is not a huge success sales wise, it has a very good but underated library of games. Its an amazing handheld and people who have it, love it. If you ignore the vita negativity, you will find that its a good investment. Still not as bad of a failure as the wii u tho.

  • Jecht_Sin

    What’s the difference between the Media Create and Famitsu HW sales? Who is more reliable? The numbers for the PS4 are quite different.

  • CervantesPR

    theres no software to justify japanese PS4 sales, consoles in japan are like handheld consoles in NA, not the primary gaming gaming platform

    • PhantomVash808

      Maybe people are waiting for the MGS:GZ PS4 Bundle.

      • CervantesPR

        yes that could be true

  • jacksjus

    So Sony sold only 400k in two weeks in Japan? Yeah it’s time to panic.

    • They sold over a million in 24 hours in the US and Canada. So if only 600,000 thousand in their home territory isn’t alarming i don’t know what is. They are worried about xbox sales in America being the same way right now. Its alarming to these companies.

      • jacksjus

        The U.S and Canada have a far larger population so the sales are comparable if you ask me.

        • Doesn’t matter necessarily because those people also have more choice at the moment and a lot went with the ps4. When its your home market where you have been consistently dominate other than falling to Nintendo on other products is alarming. Japan has over well over a million in population so that’s not a valid excuse for sales being lower than forecasted.

          • jacksjus

            Ok so they have reached record sell numbers to date all without the significant impact of their home front. Again why should they be worried? Drop offs happen but they are pacing far ahead of any console in history to date. As poor as the X1 sells are even they are ahead of the historical pace right now.

          • That is correct. I stated originally that the hype is going away now.

    • superkarma

      Hardly. The Japan market is well known for their niche in JRPG games…and since there currently are none for the PS4, the sales are doing just fine.

      • jacksjus

        I was being sarcastic.

        • superkarma

          Ahh, then my bad 🙂

    • Rivv

      I’m sure the PS4 is hard to find

  • stealth20k

    3DS should be first next week if Pokemon Battle sells even 10k more units.

    • MaximDualBlade

      hello there 🙂 came here just to look for this comment coming from you 🙂 Bad habits die hard man. Take care

  • DemonFenton

    Over there it’s more of an mobile and handheld market yeah your going to see an handheld or two being up there. Still like some imported software to makes it way here.

  • ps4isabeast

    Vita is totally different from Vita-tv(they are NOT the same as combining 3ds + LL which are different only in size, like vita-1000 and vita-2000) combining them is a fraud attempt.

    • Safeer Humayoon

      It’s not like the vita TV is adding millions of sales,its barely selling 2000 units a week.
      If it would sell much more then that,your comment would still not make sense as they are of the same i.e Vita branch of Sony platforms so they will be added together.

  • RealityCheck2013

    35k? Not bad for Japan really;)

  • Craig Sloan

    PS4 needs killer exclusive games. Nintendo have that nailed.

  • stealth20k

    For the first 3 Weeks of its life, Wii U sales easily outpaced PS4. That should tell you how bad PS4 is doing.

    • CervantesPR

      at least its not selling 5k a week…… ouch.

      • stealth20k

        At this rate it will be.

        • CervantesPR

          hmm maybe but it will get better, PS4 is going to have much more support than the Wii U will ever have, lets wait till final fantasy 15,KH3,deep down MGSV etc first.

          • stealth20k

            But not support that will move systems until Final Fantasy which who knows when.

            Wii U has Smash and Kart this year. That is 2 more system sellers than PS4 has in 2014 in Japan

          • Jecht_Sin

            There is also FF XIV: ARR coming out in April. That can move some consoles.

    • Jecht_Sin

      Right, right, Let’s compare a Christmas/holiday launch with.. February!!

      • Skyer Ist

        Many consoles launched in feb/march and look at their sales… PS2, 3DS, etc. PS4 numbers are abysmall.

        • Jecht_Sin

          Ok, you’ve got a point, But it still outsold by about 4 times the PS3 in the first two days, with only one Japanese game available. And the PS3 is sitting at about 10 million now in Japan, 12% of the total sales.

        • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

          No but your jealousy is abysmal. One L by the way, not two.

  • Skyer Ist

    As expected, PS4 is huge bomba in Japan.

    • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

      No you’re thinking about Microsoft consoles.

    • And then you woke up and checked the Wii U sales in Japan.

  • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

    And watch PS4’s fly off the shelves in Japan once again when Ground Zeroes goes on sale in like six days.

  • You are flat out wrong

    Next major release is GZ and Infamous, latter might not resonate too much with Japanese audiences though.

    On the other hand, most of everything else was anaemic too, so nothing for anyone to celebrate over.