Not a Single Xbox One Game Makes Top Twenty in Major Japanese Retailer's Charts: Dead Rising 3 Best Ranked For X1

By Giuseppe Nelva

September 8, 2014

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.

  1. Dragon Quest X – 3DS
  2. Youkai Watch 2: Honke – 3DS
  3. Toukiden: Kiwami – PS Vita
  4. Youkai Watch 2: Ganso – 3DS
  5. Samurai Warriors 4 – PS4
  6. Persona 4 Arena: The Ultimax – PS3
  7. Toukiden: Kiwami – PSP
  8. Persona 4 Arena: The Ultimax – Limited Edition – PS3
  9. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – PS3
  10. Mario Kart 8 – Wii U
  11. Super Robot Wars OG Saga Masou Kishin F – PS3
  12. Yoshi’s New Island – 3DS
  13. The Last of Us Remastered – PS4
  14. Youkai Watch – 3DS
  15. Castlevania: Lords of Shadows 2 – PS3
  16. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition – PS4
  17. The Amazing Spiderman 2 – PS4
  18. Ultra Dimension Action Neptunia U – PS Vita
  19. Medabots 8: Kabuto – 3DS
  20. 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:

  1. Dead Rising 3
  2. Forza Motorsport  5 – Limited Edition
  3. Ryse: Son of Rome
  4. Battlefield 4
  5. Forza Motorsport  5
  6. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  7. Watch_Dogs
  8. Musou Orochi 2: Ultimate
  9. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
  10. Wolfenstein: The New Order
  11. Zoo Tycoon
  12. Thief
  13. Tomb Rider
  14. Titanfall
  15. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  16. Kinect Sports Rivals
  17. Need for Speed: Rivals
  18. Zumba Fitness: World party

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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.

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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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