Media Create Sales: 3/31/14 – 4/6/14
posted on 04.09.14 at 09:08 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Natural sadness for Natural Doctrine.

Natural Doctrine

This week’s Japanese sales numbers are in. And they’re low across the board.

Mario Party: Island Tour is on top this week with an additional 47,000 sales, followed by the PlayStation 3 version of Samurai Warriors 4 at 25,000 sales.

The top-selling new release this week is Just Dance Wii U, which only moved 18,000 units. Natural Doctrine also launched for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita, but only the PS Vita version made the top 20 with 6,000 copies sold. Yikes!

On the hardware side, most sales dropped to half of what they sold last week. PS Vita is on top with 25,000 sold (though, 3DS technically bests it with its combined 22,000 XL and 9,000 standard units), and PlayStation 4 sales dropped to 13,000.

Get the full sales charts below.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo, 03/20/14) – 47,106 (257,873)
  2. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4 (Tecmo Koei, 03/20/14) – 25,572 (192,514)
  3. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 23,663 (686,387)
  4. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami, 03/20/14) – 20,799 (179,031)
  5. [Wii U] Just Dance Wii U (Nintendo, 04/03/14) – 18,403 (New)
  6. [PSV] Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd (Sega, 03/27/14) – 16,111 (114,738)
  7. [PS3] J-Stars Victory VS (Namco Bandai, 03/20/14) – 13,417 (114,738)
  8. [PSV] J-Stars Victory VS (Namco Bandai, 03/20/14) – 11,876 (134,522)
  9. [PS3] Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd (Sega, 03/27/14) – 10,278 (70,243)
  10. [PS3] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2014 (Konami, 03/20/14) – 10,081 (90,876)
  11. [PS3] Dark Souls II (From Software, 03/13/14) – 9,924 (320,177)
  12. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/11/14) – 9,914 (540,373)
  13. [3DS] Kaseki Horider: Mugen Gear (Nintendo, 02/27/14) – 9,704 (130,083)
  14. [PSV] Samurai Warriors 4 (Tecmo Koei, 03/20/14) – 9,603 (68,796)
  15. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 8,328 (4,023,294)
  16. [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami, 03/20/14) – 7,859 (112,137)
  17. [PSP] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2014 (Konami, 03/20/14) – 7,576 (50,277)
  18. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys (Square Enix, 02/06/14) – 6,881 (768,483)
  19. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z (GungHo Online Entertainment, 12/12/13) – 6,787 (1,430,720)
  20. [PSV] Natural Doctrine (Kadokawa Games, 04/03/14) – 6,046 (New)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. PlayStation Vita – 25,017 (39,752)
  2. 3DS LL – 22,947 (52,124)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 13,401 (23,327)
  4. PlayStation 3 – 10,871 (17,154)
  5. 3DS – 9,091 (12,508)
  6. Wii U – 7,962 (13,026)
  7. PSP – 2,892 (4,206)
  8. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,371 (2,115)
  9. Xbox 360 – 276 (304)


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  • ragingmerifes

    Ouch at Natural Doctrine.

    • uran10

      Ouch at every single thing on this list especially hardware…. what a drop…

      • The Ash

        Higher taxes kicked in last week, so hardly surprising.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      I am honestly not surprised. The game has looked like homebrew garbage since the beginning and I’m honestly not sure how they expected it to sell well at all. Everything I saw of it made it look incredibly outdated (except for the concept art, but a lot of good that did it…).

      • Elvick

        Yeah, because only good games sell well… if it were good people would have totally bought it!

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Ummm… No? That’s not what I was getting at in the slightest. Everything about the game just reeked as if it was poorly made and stuck in the PS2 era even while being on PS3 and PS4.

          There’s a difference in making a game for a niche crowd and making a game a niche crowd doesn’t even want.

          • Unretributed

            Obviously a niche crowd wanted it since they bought it.

            Or does something have to sell a set amount now to be considered niche?

            • TetsuyaHikari

              No, I’m saying this is even bad numbers for a niche crowd. The worst selling game I ever bought for PS3 was Mahjong Dream Club and even that broke 10k in its first week, just barely… And that’s MAHJONG, man. Think about what Natural Doctrine is and compare it to that for a minute.

              • Unretributed

                Looks good to me. It’s exactly the kind of game I’ve been waiting for.

                I’m getting it, a lot of my friends are getting it, so its good enough for me and all the others who want it.

                A niche game for a niche audience.

          • Budgiecat

            Well a lot of Japanese games look like they’re “stuck in the PS2 era”….

      • Ladius

        Production values and gameplay or narrative quality are different things, though, not to mention tactical jrpgs are almost always low budget efforts aside from a few noticeable exceptions.

        Reading the importers’ detailed impressions, this game’s mechanics seem distinctive and challenging compared to other games in the same subgenre, and the fact it tanked hard doesn’t really mean it’s a bad game or it didn’t deserve to be supported by the niche audience it’s aimed at.

        • DrForbidden

          We must not have been reading the same reviews, then. Most of those I read pegged it as a mediocre game with frustratingly cheap, though distinctive and unique, mechanics.

  • Stealth

    Ugly stuff.

  • CirnoTheStrongest

    It’s definitely that tax hike. I’m sure numbers will start going up in a month or so.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      I’m curious if that’s what it is. I’ve asked one of my Japanese friends to find out if this is really as big of a deal as some are making it out to be or if these people are just overreacting.

    • Zackasaur

      I don’t think Natural Doctrine failed because of a small tax hike. The tax increase (a good decision by the Japanese government, for the record) mostly affected sales of more expensive things, like cars and refrigerators. I’m sure it affected game consoles a bit… But games? Only marginally, because of increased shopping in general.

      I doubt that people are refusing to buy new games because of a small number of yen. lol Game prices in Japan vary a lot more by market conditions than they do by that tax.

      • CirnoTheStrongest

        I was mostly referring to the hardware sales anyway. The game sales don’t seem too odd. I never thought Natural Doctrine would sell much anyway. I have no clue why NISA are localizing it…But CoC seemed to work for them

        Those hardware drops were pretty horrendous…

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Daaaaaaaaaaaaaamn Nactural Doctrine got hit hard. I started it yesterday and am enjoying it a lot.

    • Sal Romano

      I’ve seen mixed opinions. It’s hit or miss, I think.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        What have you heard that was negative?

  • Elvick

    I wonder if Natural Doctrine sold decently via PS4 digital. It tanked hard otherwise.

    • Zackasaur

      I’m sure it sold a little that way… But probably not much. Digital sales virtually never match retail sales (and even doubled sales for Natural Doctrine would have been a flop).

      And Japan are less digitally inclined than the west is, as well. Bless them for that. <3

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Very doubtful. Japan hates digital stuff, unlike the West, so you could expect those sales to be incredibly low (my guess would be under 1,000, maybe a little over that, considering not everyone has a PS4 yet and just because of how the game itself is).

  • MyBodyIsReady

    Forget Natural Doctrine, why are people still buying ground zeroes?! Shame on them.

    • Daniel Masterson

      probably because it is a lot of fun and its metal gear. nuff said.

    • Budgiecat

      lol and they’re buying the ‘pop up book’ version more :P

  • DesmaX

    Oh wow. Been a while since I saw a game flop this hard

  • Renaldi Saputra

    mario killin’

  • Pyrofrost

    Not exactly surprised by the numbers for Natural Doctrine, it looked like shit. To be fair though, it’s not like Sony hasn’t had shitty launch/launch window games before.

    The PS1 had Battle Arena Toshinden, Kings Field, Street Fighter The Movie, and Beyond the Beyond.

    The PS2 had Evergrace, Eternal Ring, Summoner, and Street Fighter EX3

    The PS3….that was three opening years no Sony loving gamer wants to remember.

    It’s only fair the PS4 gets to eat shit too, but at least it was graced with having Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin as a launch title. That’s absolutely amazing if you ask me.

    • Bobby Jennings

      Don’t forget the PS2 had Oni too :o

      PS3 had resistance. it wasn’t bad.

      • Pyrofrost

        I didn’t say “every game” was bad. I’m just saying that launch/launch window libraries tend to be garbage for the most part, especially when looking at those for Sony consoles. Their libraries generally take 18 months to 2 years to get going; barring the PS3, which took 3 years (after all, they had to first decide that they wanted the PS3 to be a gaming console).

        All I’m saying is that it makes sense for the PS4 to get a slice of the shit pie as well. It shouldn’t feel left out, that would be bullying. And according to the internet, bullying is wrong, right?

        • Bobby Jennings

          oh sorry i didnt mean you meant all those games were bad. I was just adding on to your list of launch titles. :P

      • Budgiecat

        and Orphen :0

        • Bobby Jennings


    • Ladius

      Natural Doctrine has low production values, but that doesn’t really mean much considering it’s a tactical jrpg (a subgenre that has few lookers, aside from Valkyria Chronicles) and it’s apparently quite deep and challenging.

      It’s sad to see its launch went so bad, I hope this isn’t the last game from that team. At least the localization has already been confirmed.

    • AdamBoy64

      Yes, the PS3 had a pretty slow start when it was first out. Which is why I don’t think we need to be too concerned.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Yeah, I think Ishin! was their only decent launch title for PS4, lol. Even then, you could still play that on PS3 though. We can expect to see some more garbage for PS4 in Japan until 2015. By 2016, it will have a library worth talking about, I think.

  • shogunknight

    Wuut, this is quite a sad week for all consoles

  • Budgiecat



    • Zackasaur

      RIP. ;~;

  • Zackasaur

    Holy shit. If Natural Doctrine doesn’t sell decently (for an NIS-published game) in the west, this game and a lot of its devs are screwed.

    • DrForbidden

      From everything I’ve read about the game (and I’ve been following it closely since launch), there are poor design decisions that just sink it. It’s simply not as good a game as a lot of people hoped it’d be.

      The main concerns are the poor job that the tutorial at the beginning of the game does in teaching the mechanics, and what most user reviews on Amazon Japan are complaining about: the ridiculous unfairness of the game. The enemies in the game are numerous in most battles and are capable of linking their attacks indefinitely, making the battles early on in the game preposterous in cheapness. I say ‘cheap’, not ‘difficult’, because it’s not something that can be overcome with strategy and skill or even by grinding. Apparently, it just is and it’s largely down to dumb luck to clear those early missions. That’s just bad design, IMO.

  • Kurisu Makise

    I’m staring at the hardware chart, my eyes aren’t deceiving me, without combining SKUs, Vita is #1? -pops some champagne- And my initial prediction that Vita would strive better than PS4 also in effect? Gaming…(in Japan) has changed indeed.

    • MrFinalgamer

      Without combining SKUs the Vita has been on top for numerous times, though…

      • Kurisu Makise

        That’s wonderful, well deserved IMO. This year alone I can’t keep up with Vita releases. My wallet just can’t take it xD

    • Pyrofrost

      Well there is that, but the Vita has also been out for over two years and has a pretty robust library in Japan. The PS4 hasn’t been out for two months and is about double the price of the Vita. It also has no games worth mentioning on it outside of RgG Ishin. Just need to give it time.

      • Budgiecat

        PSP will finally start to see less sales now that’ll only be sold in black..

      • Kurisu Makise

        This is all quite rational but I still recall the many conclusions people had when Vita didn’t have a robust library, was selling sub 10k, etc. PS4 will bounce back way quicker than Vita, of that I’m more than positive.

  • AdamBoy64

    Well, congrats again to Mario Party. Selling pretty well indeed.
    Also, I love that tag line by Sal.