With the advent of the PS4, Japanese gamers have been opening to digital download quite a lot more than with the previous generation, and this week the Japanese magazine Weekly Famitsu published the top 10 rankings for digital download games in the month of April.
This is particularly interesting, considering that Media Create does not include digital download sales.
- Bloodborne – PS4 – 45,353 – 19.3%
- Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition – PS Vita – 11,898 – 15.4%
- Super Robot Wars Z3: Tengoku Hen – PS Vita – 10,897 – 8.5%
- Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair – PS4 – 10,144 – 23.7%
- Sword Art Online: Lost Song – PS Vita – 10,131 – 5.9%
- Senran Kagura: Estival Versus – PS Vita – 7,292 – 10.5%
- Battlefield: Hardline – PS4 – 7,090 – 18.8%
- Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin – 6,453 – 23%
- Senran Kagura: Estival Versus – PS4 – 4,692 – 12.8%
- Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – PS3 – 4,386 – 11.2%
The chart also includes the percentage of digital download copies compared to the total, that is considerably higher for PS4 titles (excluding Senran Kagura).
Bloodborne‘s digital sales were nearly 20% of the total, with the game selling 234,512 copies combining digital and retail during the month of April, and placing itself as the top overall seller followed by Sword Art Online: Lost Song for Vita and Super Robot Wars Z3: Tengoku Hen for PS3.
Interestingly, Japanese Nintendo gamers seem to still largely prefer physical purchases, with no game for 3DS and Wii U making the top ten. The game that sold the most on digital channels for Nintendo consoles was Theatrhythm Dragon Quest, with only 3,528 copies sold digitally in April among 89,699 total sales, a meager 3.9%.