Super Robot Wars Wins, Bloodborne Drops and PlayStation Games Dominate Japanese Retailer’s Sales Chart

on April 5, 2015 10:05 PM

Like every week, the major Japanese retailer Tsutaya has published its sales charts, relative to the period between March 30th and April 5th, giving us the first of the situation of the Japanese market during the past week.

  1. Super Robot Wars Z3: Tengoku Hen – PS3
  2. Super Robot Wars Z3: Tengoku Hen – PS Vita
  3. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – PS3
  4. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D – 3DS
  5. Sword Art Online: Lost Song – PS Vita
  6. Earth Defense Force 4.1 – PS4
  7. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – PS Vita
  8. Minecraft: PS Vita Editions
  9. Pro Baseball Spirits 2015 – PS3
  10. Sword Art Online: Lost Song – PS3
  11. Bloodborne – PS4
  12. Theatrhythm: Dragon Quest – 3DS
  13. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – PS4
  14. Yakuza Zero – PS3
  15. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – PS3
  16. Pro Baseball Spirits 2015 – PS Vita
  17. Battlefield: Hardline – PS4
  18. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – PS Vita
  19. Senran Kagura: Estival Versus – PS Vita
  20. Battlefield: Hardline – PS3

Super Robot Wars taking the top isn’t too surprising. While the series has never seen a major western release, it remains massively popular in Japan. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 and Sword Art Online: Lost Song hold relatively strong, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3D debuts in a decent 4th place.

Quite surprising is the sharp drop of Bloodborne, that went all the way from 3rd to 11th place. This can be explained with the fact that heavily marketed games tend to encourage day one purchases followed by weaker post-launch performance. Yet, it’s worth mentioning that during its debut week the game ranked 3rd on Tsutaya’s charts, while it actually dominated the country’s retail scene, as revealed by Media Create.

Tsutaya has a more family and casual-oriented clientele compared to other major retailers like Sofmap and Yodobashi Camera, so the actual overall performance of the game might be stronger this week too. We’ll know for sure on Wednesday.

Like last week, though, PlayStation games dominated again, taking eighteen places out of twenty, with only two 3DS games managing to make the cut.

 /  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.