3DS and PS4 Dominate Japan; Dark Souls II on PS4 Weakly Tops the Chart, Sells 550 Copies on Xbox One
Media Create released its full top 50 chart for the week between April 6th and April 12th, and it’s fairly interesting, as it reveals the performance of Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin on PS4 and Xbox One in the Japanese market.
The hardware sales chart was as follows:
- PS4 – 17,885
- PS Vita -17,517
- New3DS LL – 16,955
- Wii U – 6,654
- New3DS – 6,222
- PS3 – 4,221
- 3DS LL – 1,986
- 3DS – 1,678
- PlayStation TV – 511
- Xbox One – 238
While the PS4 version of Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin topped the chart, even if it didn’t show exceptional sales (unsurprisingly, since it’s a remaster), the Xbox One version failed to make the top 50 chart completely.
Media Create’s own Analysis gives more information: total software sales were 383,000, declining from last week by over half (this week’s sales were 46.85% of last week’s). This is due to the fact that there were a lot less new titles this week than in the last one. The ratio of new game last week was 40.29% compared to 6.82% this week.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin sold 21,000 copies between PS4 and Xbox One combined, which is a very small number compared to the debut week of the PS3/Xbox 360 version, which saw 261,000 copies sold.
There are a few things that we can extrapolate from that. First of all, the Xbox One version of Dark Souls II sold about 550 copies, which is surprisingly low, considering that Bloodborne is exclusive for PS4, so one could have thought that many of the 50,000 Japanese Xbox One owners would have bought From Software’s other game instead.
The PS4 version of the game most probably underperformed partly because Japanese gamers are still busy with Bloodborne. Launching the remaster of Dark Souls II so close to its spiritual successor might have been a mistake on From Software’s part.
On the other hand, Bloodborne itself keeps going fairly strong, dropping only by one place since last week and ranking 6th, reaching 184,957 copies sold in three weeks on the shelves.
From a hardware point of view, the 3DS keeps the overall lead position if we count all of its versions combined and of course keeps ahead of the PS Vita for portables.
The PS4 firmly mantains its domination among home consoles, but it managed to retain only part of its momentum, selling about 9,000 units less than last week. This shows that Sony’s new console is still at least partly dependent on strong software releases in order to sell well in its Japanese home turf.