Pokkén Tournament Tops Japanese Sales but Doesn’t Push PS4 Off the Media Create Throne

on March 23, 2016 1:01 PM

Like every Wednesday, Media Create released its hardware and software sales charts, showing the debut of a couple of interesting titles like Bandai Namco’s Pokken Tournament and Digimon World: Next Order.

  1. Pokkén Tournament – Wii U – 69,675 / New
  2. Digimon World: Next Order – PS Vita – 64,218 / New
  3. The Division – PS4 – 12,078 / 107,646
  4. Splatoon – Wii U – 10,081 /1,301,500
  5. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition – PS Vita – 9,136 / 702,183
  6. Battlefield 4: Premium Edition – PS4 – 8,771 / New
  7. Gundam Breaker 3 – PS Vita – 8,741 / 100,800
  8. Zelda: Twilight Princess HD – Wii U – 7,705 / 59,987
  9. Summon Night 6 – PS Vita – 7,144 / 47,220
  10. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Happy Price Edition) – 3DS – 6,931 / New
  11. Super Mario Maker – Wii U – 6,297 / 822,312
  12. Gundam Breaker 3 – PS4 – 6,152 / 83,892
  13. Senran Kagura: Estival Versus (Sakura Edition) – PS Vita – 6,089 / New
  14. Attack on Titan – PS Vita – 5,862 / 110,525
  15. Doraemon – 3DS – 5,018 / 18,893
  16. Wand of Fortune R – PS Vita – 4,470 / New
  17. Monster Hunter X – 3DS – 4,391 / 2,715,326
  18. Yo-kai Watch Busters – 3DS – 4,360 / 2,232,744
  19. Yakuza Zero (New Price Edition) – PS4 – 4,257 / New

And here’s the hardware chart:

  1. PS4 – 28,370
  2. PS Vita- 19,028
  3. New 3DS XL – 18,353
  4. Wii U – 12,998
  5. New 3DS – 5,142
  6. 3DS – 2,187
  7. PS3 – 1,462
  8. 3DS XL – 370
  9. Xbox One – 91

Pokkén Tournament managed to narrowly beat Digimon World: Next Order, but the fact that the two franchises are this close is telling. Considering that Digimon is normally immensely less popular than its Nintendo counterpart, this shows just how lukewarm was the reception for Pokémon‘s fighting game in Japan.

I remember visiting arcades in Tokyo, and seeing rows of cabinets of Pokkén Tournament completely deserted, so I didn’t exactly expect for it to be a smash hit on consoles either. We’ll have to wait and see if it’ll do better in the west.

That said, Bandai Namco’s take on Nintendo’s critters still managed to push Wii U sales higher than in the past few weeks, but definitely did not come even close to pushing the PS4 off the top of the hardware chart. Incidentally, Sony’s console also passed 2.6 million units sold in the country.

Not every result is mediocre for Nintendo, though, as Splatoon makes a comeback, grabbing 4th place effortlessly, and passing 1.3 million copies sold in Japan.

Tom Clancy’s The Division also keeps on trucking, with an easy third place in a rather slow week dominated by re-releases of old games.

 /  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.