Like every week, the major Japanese retailer Tautaya published its charts to give us a glimpse on what games achieved the best sales in Japan last week. This time around the chart is quite relevent, as it represents the first week of sales of Xbox One games in the archipelago of the rising sun.
Unfortunately, the results don’t seem too positive for Microsoft’s newly launched console.
- Dragon Quest X – 3DS
- Youkai Watch 2: Honke – 3DS
- Toukiden: Kiwami – PS Vita
- Youkai Watch 2: Ganso – 3DS
- Samurai Warriors 4 – PS4
- Persona 4 Arena: The Ultimax – PS3
- Toukiden: Kiwami – PSP
- Persona 4 Arena: The Ultimax – Limited Edition – PS3
- Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – PS3
- Mario Kart 8 – Wii U
- Super Robot Wars OG Saga Masou Kishin F – PS3
- Yoshi’s New Island – 3DS
- The Last of Us Remastered – PS4
- Youkai Watch – 3DS
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadows 2 – PS3
- Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition – PS4
- The Amazing Spiderman 2 – PS4
- Ultra Dimension Action Neptunia U – PS Vita
- Medabots 8: Kabuto – 3DS
- Medabots 8: Kuwagata – 3DS
As you can see, there’s absolutely no Xbox One game that made it into the top 20, which is fairly surprising. Luckily Xbox One titles have their own separate chart, so we can at least see which ones did best:
- Dead Rising 3
- Forza Motorsport 5 – Limited Edition
- Ryse: Son of Rome
- Battlefield 4
- Forza Motorsport 5
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- Musou Orochi 2: Ultimate
- Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
- Wolfenstein: The New Order
- Zoo Tycoon
- Tomb Rider
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- Kinect Sports Rivals
- Need for Speed: Rivals
- Zumba Fitness: World party
It’s not too surprising to see Dead Rising 3 at the top, as the series has always been very popular in Japan. Forza Motorsport 5 in second place (which could very well be first summing up limited and standard edition, but unfortunately we have no way to know) is not shocking as well, considering that Japanese gamers are major petrolheads.
Titanfall seems to be a lot lower in its ranking that one could have expected, given its focus on giant mecha, but it was released several months ago on Xbox 360 and PC, and that most probably cut rather radically into the Xbox One version. Another reason for Titanfall’s low position (same as Kinect Sports Rivals) is that it was bundled with the Xbox One Day One edition with Kinect, and Tsutaya only sells games, not consoles. This also means that there’s a possibility that both Titanfall and Kinect Sports Rivals will appear in the Media Create top 20 on Wednesday, since that one also counts bundled copies.
While Tsutaya’s charts aren’t relevant for all of Japan, but only for the retailer itself, they’re normally a good indication of what has gone down during the past week in the country.
That said, It’s also worth mentioning that Tsutaya isn’t normally considered a primary shopping place for the most hardcore gamers, and this may have offset the results in Xbox One’s disfavor. In fact the Xbox brand is more popular in Japan among the core of the core and less among casuals and families.
We’ll have to wait for the Media Create charts on Wednesday to see a more precise scenario and actual numbers, but so far it seems that Xbox One’s battle in the archipelago of the Rising Run will be an uphill one.