While the popularity of the Gundam franchise in Japan may have slowed down a little in the past few years, there are no doubts that it’s still a fan favorite.
Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan and Asia released the weekly download rankings for PS4 games on the Japanese PSN, and unsurprisingly the recently-released Gundam Versus is right on top.
You can read the full ranking below:
- Gundam Versus
- Portal Knights
- Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition
- Summer Lesson: Alison Snow Garden of Seven Days
- Battlefield 4
- Omega Labyrinth Z
- Final Fantasy XIV: Complete Edition
- Battlefield: Hardline
- Diablo III: Eternal Collection
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III
- ACA NeoGeo Palster
- NieR: Automata
- Little Nightmares
- Final Fantasy VII
- How to Survive: Zombie Island 2
- The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Viewing Revolution
- Rainbow Six: Siege
- Fallout 4
- God Wars: Future Past
Portal Knights remains firmly close to the top after debuting first last week, while Summer Lesson: Alison Snow also continues its tail after having been in the top-five for three weeks in a row.
D3 Publisher’s naughty rogue-like JRPG Omega Labyrinth Z debuts just out of the top-five in sixth place, while Final Fantasy XIV keeps on going after the release of the expansion Stormblood and its debut in first place.
Incidentally, Gundam Versus also topped the Media Create charts for retail sales last week, and the firm released its weekly analysis.
According to Media Cretae, the game (which debuted with 121, 444 copies sold at retail) significantly outperformed its predecessor Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS Force on PS Vita, which sold 87,000 copies in its first week, but it sold less than half the prior title on PS3, Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Full Boost, which debuted with 270,000 copies sold.
According to Media Create, this is partly due to a lower count of included Gundam series (dropping from 27 to 17, excluding DLC), and the fact that Extreme Vs. Full Boost was the port of an arcade game that already had many fans. That said, exceeding 100,000 copies sold can still be said to be a “solid start.”
To Media Create’s analysis, in light of the digital download ranking, we can also add that digital distribution itself is another probably factor. With Sony’s push for digital that came with the PS4, the Japanese audience has become much more accepting of full game downloads, so it’s very likely that a higher percentage of sales are on the PlayStation Store, compared to the PS3 era.