Wii U's Splatoon Dominates Major Japanese Retailer's Top 20; Psycho-Pass for Xbox One Fails to Appear

Like every week, the major Japanese retailer Tsutaya was the first to release sales charts for the local market, and this time around they’re quite interesting, as they give the first glimpse on the debut performance of the Wii U exclusive Splatoon.

Tsutaya’s charts are usually considered an interesting look on the Japanese market three days before the release of the more detailed Media Create charts since the retailer has a very large number of stores scattered across the whole country.

  1. Splatoon – Wii U
  2. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Deluxe – 3DS
  3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – PS4
  4. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition – PS Vita
  5. Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition – 3DS
  6. Kurosuanju Tenshi to Ryu no Rinbu tr – PS Vita
  7. Assassination Classroom: Grand Siege on Korosensei – 3DS
  8. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation with Power-up Kit – PS Vita
  9. Downtown Nekketsu Jidaigeki – 3DS
  10. Style Savvy 3 – 3DS
  11. Bravely Second: End Layer – 3DS
  12. Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster – PS4
  13. Sword Art Online: Lost Song – PS Vita
  14. Dying Light – PS4
  15. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – PS3
  16. God Eater 2: Rage Burst – PS Vita
  17. Possession Magenta – PS Vita
  18. Youkai Watch 2: Headliner – 3DS
  19. Super Mario Bros for Wii U – Wii U
  20. Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair – PS4 / Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – PS3 / Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 – 3DS

Splatoon managed to place itself at the very top of the chart, followed by the new Project Mirai for 3DS. Interestingly, the PS4 version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt holds pretty strong in third place after its debut at the top last week.

There was another prominent game released this week, and that was the Xbox One exclusive Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness by 5pb. and Makoto Asada. Considering the popularity of the anime, it had a chance to at least make the chart, but it didn’t.

That isn’t too surprising considering the fact that there are only a little more than 50,000 Xbox One consoles out in the wild in Japan, but looking at the dedicated chart for Xbox One we can notice that the game actually did not place at the top even for the games on Microsoft’s console. It’s limited edition placed second, while the standard edition placed third, behind The Witcher 3.

CD Projekt’s new game managed to sell only 1,000 copies  on Xbox One in all of Japan during its debut week, but word of mouth about the game’s quality and reviews might have strengthened its second-week performance.

The poor performance of Psycho-Pass on Xbox One might push 5pb. to release a port on other platforms down the line, as they are doing with Chaos;Child.

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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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