Media Create Sales Charts: Robots on Top While The Wonderful 101 Fails in Japan with Only 5,258 Units Sold

on August 28, 2013 9:01 AM

Like every Wednesday the Media Create software and hardware sales charts have been released, giving us a precise idea on what the Japanese gaming market looked like during the week between August the 19th to August the 25th.

Here’s the software top ten (new releases are bolded and lifetime sales are in parenthesis):

  1. Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masou Kishin III: Pride of Justice – PS3 – 39,255 (39,255)
  2. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 3DS – 20,881 (227,508)
  3. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 3DS – 20,339 (264,977)
  4. Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Maso Kishin III: Pride of Justice – PS Vita 18,929 (18,929)
  5. Conception II – PS Vita – 18,929 (18,929)
  6. Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 3DS – 15,585 (1,394,763)
  7. Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara – PS3 –  14,480 (14,480)
  8. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 3DS – 8,448 (3,386,386)
  9. Luigi’s Mansion 2 – 3DS – 7,639 (878,384)
  10. Youkai Watch – 3DS  – 7,084 (143,796)

…while the hardware chart looks like this:

  1. 3DS LL – 35,044
  2. 3DS  – 16,053
  3. PS3 – 12,689
  4. Vita – 11,507
  5. Wii U – 7,030
  6. PSP – 5,735
  7. Wii – 1,103
  8. Xbox 360 – 196

First of all Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masou Kishin III: Pride of Justice is off to a pretty solid start on the PS3, with the Vita version selling  decently but not as well. Interestingly enough the PS Vita version of the baby-making JRPG Conception II literally trounced the 3DS version (ranked 16th with 5,072 units sold), defying the massive installed base of Nintendo’s portable.

What really disappointed is Platinum Games’ The Wonderful 101, that debuted very weakly, failing to make the top ten.  It’s ranked 14th with 5,258 units, which is a rather meager amount of units for a high profile exclusive. Despite the fact that it only had Saturday and Sunday to make the charts, most Japanese gamers either shop on day one or on weekends, so it’s very unlikely that we’ll see any kind of resurgence next week.

It also failed quite badly to propel Wii U sales, with numbers that have now fallen pretty much to pre-Pikmin 3 conditions, while Nintendo 3DS hardware keeps printing money.

Fans will have to hope for a better performance of The Wonderful 101 in the west, because things seem rather bleak in Japan for Hideki Kamiya’s latest labor of love. Luckily he doesn’t seem to care about sales, and considering how fun the demos I tried were, neither should we.

 /  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.