New 3DS and PS4 Keep Dominating Japan: Media Create Top 50 Released

on February 15, 2015 5:44 PM

Media Create published its full top 50 rankings for the week between February 2nd and February 8th, and we got some interesting results.

Here’s the software chart:

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And here’s the hardware ranking:

  • New 3DS LL – 21,650
  • PS4 – 18,758
  • Vita – 10,013
  • New 3DS – 7,916
  • Wii U – 6,517
  • PS3 – 6,426
  • 3DS LL – 3,084
  • 3DS – 2,642
  • Vita TV – 560
  • Xbox One – 238

The firm also issued a statement commenting the figures:

Total software sales were 413 thousand copies.

Although multiple new titles were released, their sales didn’t match with the titles last week, with a ratio of new software sales to total software sales falling from 36.30% last week to 29.45% this week.

“Dragonball Xenoverse” sold 80 thousand copies across 4 platforms. Its initial sales volume outnumbered those of ” Dragon Ball Z: BATTLE OF Z ” released in January 2014 (54 thousand copies across 3 platforms, 104 thousand copies in accumulated sales).

Since installments of ‘Dragonball’ franchise differed in platform, genre and contents, it is impossible to make a simple comparison, but it can be said that it got off to a smooth start as the franchise.
When it comes to its sales breakdown, its PS3 edition sold 44 thousand copies (digestibility rate: 89.25%), which were the highest sales among all platforms released.

The PS4 edition came next, with its sales amounting to 35 thousand copies (89.14%). These 2 editions debuted in the first and the second place on the chart this week.

Given the digestibility rates of both the PS3 and the PS4 edition were as high as 90% and around, the actual sales outnumbered retailers’ expectation beforehand, and many retailers seem to sell it out.

Initial weekly sales of the installment of this franchise were usually around 50% of accumulated sales, so a certain amount of sales volume after the second week can be expected.

For sales of the PS4 tend to concentrate into the first week, it can be assumed that sales of the PS3 edition will lead its total sales.

The New 3DS predictably keeps printing money, while the PS4 keeps holding strong after the holidays, while the same can’t be said about its main home console competitor, the Wii U, that has dropped back down to 6,500 units sold weekly.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse sold more on PS3 than on PS4, but Media Create tracks only physical sales. Digitally, the PS4 version topped the weekly PSN chart, indicating that Japanese PS4 owners prefer to buy their titles digitally.

Interestingly, we also learn that the game sold roughly 80,000 copies across PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. This means that the Xbox versions performed quite badly, with about 1,000 units sold on the two consoles combined.

The Xbox One itself had a negligible increase in sales from last week, but remains under 250 units moved on a weekly base.

That said, there’s a quite interesting element: While Dragon Ball Xenoverse sold a comparable amount of units on PS4 as Far Cry 4 did last week, Ubisoft’s open world game was considerably more successful on Xbox One than Bandai Namco’s fighting title, even making it into the top 50.

This seems to support the theory that Japanese users that purchased Microsoft’s console are more interested in using it to play typically western games than experiences from their own country.

 /  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.
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