on Jul 22 by Geraint Evans
Japanese Video Game Chart Analysis – Week 28 – (July 8th – July 14th) has been a pretty mediocre sales period with 5 new releases, the majority of which fail to make a big impact on the chart. The top two is a new entry double header with Wii U title Pikmin 3 and Vita brawler Youkai Watch taking first and second respectively as reported by Media Create via Neogaf.
Pikmin 3 takes the top spot this week with just 92, 720 units sold, perhaps a little lower than initially anticipated, however as the title was released at the back end of the sales period this may somewhat justify the slow start. Coming in at number 2 shifting 53, 654 units the 3DS title Youkai Watch makes a solid debut, it will be interesting to see whether this potential heavyweight has the same sales power as Level 5’s previous media franchises. The PS3 version of Earth Defence Force 2025 takes 3rd and maintains a strong position in the top 5 with 37, 024 units sold.
At number 4, Friend Collection: New Life continues its notable sales consistency adding another 26, 000 units to the already impressive lifetime total. Rounding out the top 5, New Super Luigi U jumps in with 24, 881 units sold, this is of course not including digital purchases and as such not representative of its true sales status.
Other notable releases this week include the polarising Dead Island: Riptide at number 8 with 18, 462 units sold and Metal Gear Solid Legacy at number 9 shifting 17, 599 units. Unfortunately for those looking forward to getting their Snake on the European version doesn’t officially release until September 13th.
The complete sales chart can be found below.
|Pikmin 3||WIU||92, 720||Nintendo|
|2.||Youkai Watch||3DS||53, 654||Level 5|
|3.||Earth Defence Force 2025||PS3||37, 024||D3 Publisher|
|4.||Friend Collection: New Life||3DS||26, 065||Nintendo|
|5.||New Super Luigi U||WIU||24, 881||Nintendo|
|6.||Toukiden||PSV||20, 853||Koei Tecmo|
|7.||Toukiden||PSP||19, 262||Koei Tecmo|
|8.||Dead Island: Riptide||PS3||18, 462||Spike Chunsoft|
|9.||Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection||PS3||17, 599||Konami|
|10.||Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D||3DS||12, 963||Nintendo|
|11.||Gundam Breaker||PS3||10, 224||Bandai Namco Games|
|12.||Animal Crossing: New Life||3DS||10, 088||Nintendo|
|13.||Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon||3DS||9, 184||Nintendo|
|14.||The Last of Us||PS3||9, 158||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|15.||Hannayaka Kana, Ware ga Ichizoku – Tasogare Polarstar||PSP||9, 046||Idea Factory|
|16.||Dangan – Ronpa||PSP||6, 106||Spike|
|17.||Digimon World Re: Digitize Decode||3DS||5, 912||Bandai Namco Games|
|18.||Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl||3DS||5, 870||Atlus|
|19.||Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition||Wii||5, 203||Bandai Namco Games|
|20.||Atelier Escha & Logy: The Alchemist Of Empty Twilight||PS3||5, 031||Gust|
Top 10 Cumulative Sales
For Week 28 the top 10 sold a combined 305,884 units, down 19% on week 27.
Chart Round Up
Highest Selling Game On Wii U – Pikmin 3
Highest Selling Game On Xbox 360 – N/A
Highest Selling Game On Playstation 3 – Earth Defence Force 2025
Highest Selling Game On Nintendo 3DS – Youkai Watch
Highest Selling Game on Playstation Vita – Toukiden
Highest Selling Game on Nintendo Wii – Taiko No Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition
Game Of The Week – Youkai Watch
The 3DS title Youkai Watch is Level 5’s latest multimedia series, following in the footsteps of the developer’s previous heavyweight franchises. The game is designed to feature similar game play to that of Inazuma Eleven but with completely different narrative elements.
The story focuses upon a young boy named Keita who finds a mysterious watch which gives him the ability to see supernatural creatures in everyday life.
An accompanying anime and manga are currently in the pipeline so depending on response in Japan we may one day see a localisation of this title on European shores.