NieR: Automata Dominates PS4 Digital Sales in Japan for Second Week and Holds Hokuto Ga Gotoku Back

Not even the brand new Hokuto Ga Gotoku can resist a heavily discounted NieR: Automata on the Japanese PlayStation Store.

on March 17, 2018 1:30 AM

Sony Interactive Entertainment released its weekly PS4 digital sales chart for the Japanese PlayStation Store, related to the period between March 5th and March 11th.

You can check out the full top-twenty below.

  1. NieR: Automata
  2. Hokuto Ga Gotoku
  3. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel I: Kai – Thors Military Academy 1204
  4. Monster Hunter World
  5. Battleborn
  6. om Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Advanced Edition
  7. Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition
  8. Metal Gear Survive
  9. Undertale
  10. Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition
  11. Gran Turismo Sport
  12. Girls Und Panzer Dream Tank Match
  13. Destiny 2
  14. Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
  15. Tales of Berseria
  16. Crash Bandicoot N’Sane Trilogy
  17. Dynasty Warriors 9
  18. Gundam Breaker 3
  19. Call of Duty WWII
  20. Your Four Knight Princesses Training Story

NieR: Automata caught the tail of its 50% anniversary discount, resulting in a second week at the top. Yoko Taro’s game sold well enough to hold back the brand new Hokuto Ga Gotoku, which was the first title to dethrone Monster Hunter World in retail stores this week.

Capcom’s juggernaut actually slid into fourth place, also overtaken by the PS4 port of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel.

NieR: Automata wasn’t the only game benefitting from a substantial discount this week, as Tales of Berseria and Gundam Breaker 3 were also sold for less than half price.

If you’re wondering what possessed Japanese gamers to purchase Battleborn en masse pushing it to fifth place, it was and still is discounted by 90% for PlayStation Plus users.

This chart also gives the coup de grâce to Nippon Ichi Software’s Your Four Knight Princesses Training Story, which is probably the biggest launch flop in the recent history of the niche developer. It ranked 20th digitally on PS4, and failed to make the top-twenty at all at retail. Yesterday, we learned thanks to the top-sixty by Media Create that it was ranked 22nd on PS4, 26th on Switch, and 28th on PS Vita. It actually ranked fourth on PS Vita digitally but considering the waning popularity of Sony’s handheld that’s not exactly an achievement.

Just a few days ago, we learned that NieR: Automata passed 2.5 million units shipped at retail and sold via digital download.

 /  Executive News Editor
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.