Japan Shuns The Wonderful 101, 3DS Domination Broken According to Major Retailer's Weekly Sales Charts

By Giuseppe Nelva

August 26, 2013

The Wonderful 101 is one of the exclusive titles Nintendo has been counting on to push sales of the Wii U, but according to the weekly sales charts just released by major retailer Tsutaya, Platinum Games’ new title might have failed quite badly to perform, at least in Japan.

Tsutaya’s charts are looked at by many as a quite precise indication of what the more “official” Media Create charts will look like on Wednesday, thanks to the fact that the retailer has a very high number of stores spread across the whole country.

Here’s how the top 20 chart about the week going from August the 19th to August the 25th looks like (new releases are bolded):

  1. Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Maso Kishin III: Pride of Justice – PS3
  2. Conception II – PS Vita
  3. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 3DS
  4. Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Maso Kishin III: Pride of Justice – PS Vita
  5. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 3DS
  6. Youkai Watch – 3DS
  7. Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 3DS
  8. Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara PS3
  9. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies – 3DS
  10. Earth Defense Force 4 – PS3
  11. Conception II 3DS
  12. Dragon’s Crown – PS3
  13. Fantasy Life Link! – 3DS
  14. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 3DS
  15. Pikmin 3 – Wii U
  16. The Wonderful 101 Wii U
  17. One Piece: Romance Dawn – 3DS
  18. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc – PSP
  19. Toukiden – PSP
  20. The Last of Us – PS3

The Wonderful 101 failed to make the top ten in its debut week, ranking only 16th and beaten even by Pikmin 3 that has already been out for several weeks. In its behalf the game can count on sales only from Saturday and Sunday, but most of a game’s sales in Japan are normally focused around its launch day and its first weekend, so some kind of resurgence next week is highly improbable.

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To provide a term of comparison, Killer is Dead, that debuted rather disastrously as well in Japan, ranked 7th in Tsutaya’s charts in its first week, and ended up selling only 17,709 units on the Media Create charts. It’s very likely that The Wonderful 101 will appear on the Media Create charts with numbers even worse than that.

On the other hand, after two weeks of complete domination of 3DS games, the trend has been broken by some new PlayStation releases, with Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Maso Kishin III: Pride of Justice for PS3 and PS Vita grabbing first and fourth places, respectively, while Conception II defies the 3DS’s massive installed base by selling quite a lot more on PS Vita. The peculiar baby-making JRPG ranked a very respectful 2nd place on Sony’s portable, while the 3DS version didn’t make the top 10, falling in 11th.

Platinum Games fans might hold some faint hope on the possibility that word of mouth and a full seven days of sales may revive The Wonderful 101on next week’s charts, but considering how the Japanese video game market works, it’s very unlikely, and Nintendo will probably have to count on the western market to achieve better sales for Hideki Kamiya’s latest brainchild.

Of course Kamiya-san doesn’t seem to care about sales, and in this case that’s probably a good thing.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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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