Zelda Gets Mediocre Debut in Japan, Monster Hunter Stays on Top According to Major Retailer’s Sales Charts

on September 30, 2013 6:06 AM

Like every Monday the major Japanese retailer Tsutaya released its software sales charts, that can be considered a good indicator of what happened in the Japanese video game market last week due to the the fact that the retail and rental chain has a very high number of stores spread across the whole country.

Here’s the chart related to the week between September the 23rd and September the 29th.

  1. Monster Hunter 4 – 3Ds
  2. Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate – PS3
  3. Armored Core: Verdict Day – PS3
  4. The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki – PS Vita
  5. The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki – PS3
  6. Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate – PS Vita
  7. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – Wii U
  8. The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki (limited edition) – PS Vita
  9. The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki (limited edition) – PS3
  10. Final Fantasy XIV:  A Realm Reborn – PS3
  11. Battle Princess of Arcadias – PS3
  12. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 3DS
  13. Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion – 3DS
  14. Sangokushi 12 With Power-up Kit – PS3
  15. Youkai Watch – 3DS
  16. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 3DS
  17. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle – PS3
  18. Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 3DS
  19.  My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute: Happy End -PS3
  20. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 3DS

Monster Hunter 4 manages to remain on top for the third week in a row, defying my personal predictions, since I thought it would start to drop a bit on the third week. No dice there. The usual bunch of 3DS games raning from Disney Magic Castle to Youkai Watch and Animal Crossing also continue to demonstrate amazing staying power in the charts.

On the other end of the spectrum, another potentially solid Wii U game, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, had a rather mediocre debut, grabbing a saddening 7th place and showing once more that Japanese gamers most of the times don’t care too much for HD remakes. Hopefully a truly new Zelda game will do better.

Zelda‘s mediocre debut performance must obviously be divine punishment for sending me the most terrible promo package I ever saw, made of a horrible plastic sword that has nothing to do with Link’s Master Sword, a green condom hat clearly labeled “Gnome Hat” and a pin. A friend even tried to convince me to take a picture with them…Not going to happen. Ever. Of course I’m kidding (not about not taking a picture), but goodness…

Nippon Ichi’s Battle Princess of Arcadias, that I personally like a lot, also failed to make a big splash, but that one was labeled as a niche JRPG from the start, so it’s not too surprising.

Between Monster Hunter and Zelda there’s a whole batch of new PS3 and PS Vita games that simply didn’t have enough steam to dethrone the current king. We’ll have to pay attention to The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki when the Media Create charts will come out on Wednesday, since Tsutaya splits collector’s editions and standard ones in its charts, so it might get a bump when they’re added up.

 /  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.