Like every Wednesday today we got a new set of Media Create Sales charts for software and hardware, giving us the snapshot of the Japanese video game market between August the 26th and September the 1st.
Here is the software top 10 (new games bolded, lifetime sales in parenthesis).
- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle – PS3 – 425,718 (425,718)
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – PS3 – 184,018 (184,018)
- Ragnarok Odyssey ACE – PS Vita – 31,622 (31,622)
- Lost Planet 3 – PS3 – 27,503 (27,503)
- Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 3DS – 17,061 (244,570)
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 3DS – 16,723 (281,700)
- Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 14,420 (1,409,182)
- Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A Portable – PSP – 13,806 (13,806)
- Youkai Watch – 3DS – 10,895 (154,691)
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 3DS – 8,702 (3,395,088)
And here’s what the hardware ranking looks like.
- 3DS LL – 49,149
- PS3 – 20,090
- 3DS – 17,873
- Vita – 8,405
- Wii U – 6,741
- PSP – 6,218
- Wii – 1,141
- Xbox 360 – 177
First of all, the Jojo manga is very popular in Japan, so the initial numbers of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle are no surprise, even if they’re very big debut numbers indeed for a fighting game. Congratulations are in order here, as almost half a million in a week is a number only few can achieve in Japan.
Secondly, and as expected given the overcrowded servers and high number of preorders basically everywhere, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn debuts very strongly, and that’s just for the PS3 version at physical retail, as the charts don’t show either digital downloads (and the game has beaten the record of preorders on the Japanese PSN’s history) or sales of the PC version, so the actual performance of the game is probably even stronger than what is shown above.
Given the sales of the games mentioned above, it’s natural to see PS3 sales spike a bit compared to the usual numbers, while Wii U sales dropped all the way back down to pre-Pikmin 3 numbers. It’s worth mentioning that Miyamoto’s latest game is still selling to some extent, ranking in 16th place with 4,364 units moved this week. The Wonderful 101 has instead completely dropped off the charts after the poor debut performance seen last week, and didn’t even make the top 20.
Luckily for Nintendo, the 3DS keeps printing money, but who is really surprised there?