Bloodborne Didn’t Dominate Major Japanese Retailer’s Sales This Week, But PlayStation Games Still Ruled

on March 29, 2015 9:44 PM

The major Japanese retailer Tsutaya just released its weekly chart for the week between March 23rd and March 29th. Tsutaya’s charts are related only to the retailer itself, but they’re considered a quite good indicator of how the general Japanese market, due to the number of Tsutaya stores across the country.

This week was quite interesting, as it marked the debut of From Software’s PS4 exclusive Bloodborne. Surprisingly enough, it didn’t dominate as many (me included) expected:

  1. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – PS3
  2. Sword Art Online: Lost Song – PS Vita
  3. Bloodborne – PS4
  4. Sword Art Online: Lost Song – PS3
  5. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – PS Vita
  6. Theatrhythm: Dragon Quest – 3DS
  7. Pro Baseball Spirits 2015 – PS3
  8. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – PS4
  9. Pro Baseball Spirits 2015 – PS Vita
  10. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – PS3
  11. Senran Kagura: Estival Versus – PS Vita
  12. Minecraft for PlayStation Vita – PS Vita
  13. Yakuza Zero – PS3
  14. Kuroko no Basket: Mirai e no Kizuna – 3DS
  15. Battlefield Hardline – PS4
  16. Disgaea 5 – PS4
  17. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – PS Vita
  18. Battlefield Hardline – PS3
  19. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – PS4
  20. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – PS4

While Bloodborne did not come out on top, it definitely had some strong contenders in One Piece and Sword Art Online, which are part of two of the biggest anime franchises of the past few years.

That said, it’s also relevant to mention that the PS4’s installed base is much smaller than the PS3’s and the Vita’s, and PS4 gamers in Japan seem to be more inclined to purchase games digitally lately, and digital sales aren’t obviously counted by Tsutaya’s charts.

Incidentally, I haven’t seen Tsutaya’s chart so utterly ruled by PlayStation games in like… forever. 3DS games managed to grab only two spots in twenty.

We’ll get a more precise view of last week’s Japanese sales on Wednesday, when Media Create will reveal its top 20. Will Bloodborne make a comeback, or maybe it’ll still be overwhelmed by the Anime onslaught?

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.