PS4 Drops Sharply in Japanese Hardware Sales Chart After Tax Hike; Natural Doctrine Flops Hard

on April 9, 2014 8:43 AM

Like every week Media Create released its hardware sales chart, giving us a good glimpse on the Japanese video game market, and it’s a slow week pretty much across the board.

As you can see in the chart below, basically every console dropped in numbers rather sharply:

Vita – 25,017
3DS LL – 22,947
PS4 – 13,401
PS3 – 10,871
3DS – 9,091
Wii U -7,962
PSP – 2,892
Vita TV – 1,371
Xbox 360 – 276

Considering that the PS4 is the newest of the bunch, probably Sony needs to take notice and start pushing harder with the releases of software that might  better fit the local market.

The overall initial sales of the console haven’t been bad by any stretch of the imagination, but numbers are dropping gradually, and considering its success worldwide, it’s time for the Sony’s Japanese branch to roll up its collective sleeves.

Tragically, The PS4 and PS3 version Kadokawa Games’ strategy JRPG  Natural Doctrine, that was released during the week examined by the chart, didn’t even make the top 20, with the PS Vita version barely pushing the 20th place with only 6,046 units moved.

Things aren’t looking good for the Wii U as well, that dropped under 10,000 weekly units despite the release of its version of Just Dance (that debuted in 5th place with 18,403 copies sold).

We also have to consider that last week Japan received a 5% hike (from 3% to 8%) to its equivalent of the VAT (locally named Consumption Tax) and that definitely influenced sales.

The charts released next week will see the Japanese release of the Xbox 360 version of Titanfall. Will Respawn’s western Gundams manage to pull the console to a four digit number? My money is on “no.” Where are you going to put yours?

 /  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.