The weekly sales charts by the major Japanese retail and rental chain Tsutaya are often seen as a good indicator for the weekly results in nation, considering the size of the retailer and the fact that the charts are released the day before the Media Create software charts.
Today the Tsutaya released its rankings and the results are as quite interesting: Ace Attorney 5 (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies in the west) ranked first, followed by the PS3 version and PS Vita version of Dragon’s Crown, respectively ranked 2nd and 3rd. Nippon Ichi’s The Witch and the Hundred Knights also shows a solid start, taking fourth place. Among the new releases there was also Level 5’s Fantasy Life Link!, that ranked fifth.
Despite the apparent anticipation, Lego City Undercover on the Wii U fared rather poorly, ranking only 13th in its first week of sale.
According to Taketo Matsuo, Tsutaya’s Director of the Game Rental Planning Group (as reported by ManTanWeb) both Ace Attorney 5 and Dragon’s Crown did very well, but the latter was hurt by shortages, or it could have sold more.
The latest popular courtroom adventure Ace Attorney 5 did very well. Preorders were decent but it did better on its first day of sales. It performed especially well between casual users and the female demographic, so it ranked first.
The PS3 and PS Vita Action RPG Dragon’s Crown ranked second and third as expected. Stocks were sold out, but with the PS3 version it was more of a problem. It would have sold more if there was more availability.
There you have it: We already knew that Dragon’s Crown is sold out almost everywhere in Japan but it’s interesting to see how both Vanillaware’s side scrolling JRPG and Ace Attorney will do in tomorrow’s Media Create charts. The latter can count on a much larger installed base, but I wouldn’t count Dragon’s Crown out yet. We’re also going to see actual numbers, and that’s going to be interesting.