Media Create Sales: 7/21/14 – 7/27/14
posted on 07.30.14 at 09:07 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Yokai Watch 2 bests Yoshi's New Island.

Yokai Watch

Yokai Watch 2 remains the top seller in this week’s Japanese sales charts. The 3DS sequel moved another 181,000 units, inching its way ever closer to the two million mark.

New release Yoshi’s New Island for 3DS came in second this week, debuting at 58,000 sales. Tokyo New World Record for PS Vita, Experience’s new dungeon RPG, opened at 15,000 sales. Corpse Party: Blood Drive for PS Vita launched at 13,000 sales. And Under Night In-Birth, French-Bread’s PlayStation 3 port of the arcade fighter, opened at just over 9,000 sales.

On the hardware front, sales remain similar to last week, with PS Vita selling some 5,000 less than last week, PlayStation 4 1,000 less, and Wii U 1,000 more.

Get the full sales charts below.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 180,880 (1,829,533)
  2. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island (Nintendo, 07/24/14) – 58,285 (New)
  3. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 18,129 (560,487)
  4. [PSV] Oreshika: Tainted Bloodblines (SCEJ, 07/17/14) – 17,690 (111,465)
  5. [PSV] Tokyo New World Record: Operation Abyss (5pb., 07/24/14) – 15,242 (New)
  6. [PSV] Corpse Party: Blood Drive (5pb., 07/24/14) – 13,688 (New)
  7. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 10,620 (1,218,698)
  8. [PS3] Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late (Arc System Works, 07/24/14) – 9,171 (New)
  9. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure (Bandai Namco, 06/26/14) – 9,080 (110,558)
  10. [PS3] Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (Gust, 07/17/14) – 7,432 (51,177)
  11. [3DS] Gundam Try Age SP (Bandai Namco, 07/17/14) – 7,110 (28,634)
  12. [3DS] Pokemon Art Academy (Nintendo, 06/19/14) – 5,768 (75,404)
  13. [PSV] Freedom Wars (SCEJ, 06/26/14) – 5,344 (267,771)
  14. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y (Pokemon, 10/12/13) – 5,089 (4,112,000)
  15. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V Low Price Version (06/26/14) – 5,026 (28,685)
  16. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 4,591 (3,316,196)
  17. [PS3] Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, 06/26/14) – 3,684 (63,269)
  18. [PS4] FIFA 14 (EA, 02/22/14) – 3,587 (71,128)
  19. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01/11) – 3,346 (2,355,647)
  20. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 3,068 (3,764,042)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. 3DS LL – 31,789 (31,192)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 21,875 (27,352)
  3. Wii U – 9,429 (8,209)
  4. PlayStation 3 – 7,175 (7,389)
  5. 3DS – 6,656 (6,185)
  6. PlayStation 4 – 5,581 (6,456)
  7. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,767 (2,249)
  8. PSP – 489 (556)
  9. Xbox 360 – 122 (129)


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  • I-e-on

    Sad that UNIB didn’t sell more :/

    • Kayseur

      They sold about 90% of their stocks according to Famitsu though, which is good in a way. But that means they really had super low expectations.

      • MrKappa

        I was surprised at the super low sales but I suppose if that low a number is 90% they knew what they were doing.
        Doesn’t speak good for a localization.

        • Kayseur

          If that’s what you mean, the localization has already been announced but it’s scheduled for 2015. So that’s pretty late for a fighting game — I just bought it digitally when it came out.

  • shogunknight

    Yokai watch about to hit 2 million. WiiU made a little bump, PS4 going sub 5k, someone help it :(

    • Thatguy

      PS4 going sub 5k, someone help it :(

      Suddenly, i imagined PS4 as Madao. Because nobody helped him and his life was screwed. Even though he is Sorachi’s favorite character

      And impressive sales for YW2. It’s kind of funny to see both games in top 10

  • Vayne

    PS4 is just a fashion in the West, in Japan stay in dust on stock.

    • LustEnvy

      Until devs stop supporting the PS3 and shift to making more and more content on for current gen. That’s when the PS4 sales will go up. Right now, there is no real reason to own a PS4, especially in Japan with it’s distinct lack of japanese games.

      • Bitterbear

        Thankyou for giving a serious comment. Everywhere else people use the “It’s because Japan has moved to mobile” excuse.

        • stephane3012

          Well I think it’s part of the reasons too. I mean look how both wiiu and ps4 struggled at launch.

          • Bitterbear

            Yes but with the Wii U the crowd went “It’s because nobody wants it huehuehue trolololol!” And now that the PS4 is selling so little for the same reasons (ridiculously first year games drought) that same crowd is saying that Japan is for mobile games.

    • desponent

      Beside heavy software sales sure yeah it’s “fashion”.

  • Venom_Saiyan

    Besides the handheld market, the console market is worrying. The software side of things are good.

    • Joe Musashi

      Hello LB. I didn’t know you posted here. I always enjoyed reading your common sense views at you-know-where.

      • Venom_Saiyan

        I didn’t until that place upgraded to Disqus, i can pretty much comment on the sites that use it. Cheers!

  • Renaldi Saputra

    youkai watch still killin’

  • pixxxelz

    Dayumm! Youkai watch is almost at the 2 million mark that’s crazy.
    Also dat freedom wars drop.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      youkai watch stronk

  • fyi1191

    Is that amount bad for Corpse Party Blood Drive?
    Until they start shutting down Let’s Play videos of it.

    • kurosan9712

      Won’t help. Everyone already knows the game isn’t exactly good.
      In a lot of different ways.

    • Kayseur

      60 to 80% of the stock from Famitsu. That’s alright. They’ll probably clear the rest and that’ll be it — the loading times issue not helping as kurosan said.

    • Kyosuke Yoshino

      I don’t think it’s bad, the PSP games had the same amount of sales, and VITA userbase is still nowhere compared to the past number of PSP users.

  • RedSuisei

    Operation Abyss didn’t even surpass Demon Gaze’s first week…
    I’m disappointed, but then again, it is a reboot of their older game closer to the original Wizardry Xth’s gameplay. I suppose it has even less mass appeal than Demon Gaze.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      To be fair, it actually plays more like their Generation Xth franchise, not Wizardry Xth. Wizardry Xth is more relatable to Ken to Mahou to Gakuen Mono./Class of Heroes. The only reason Demon Gaze did better though was because it actually brought more to the table for dungeon RPGs than Operation Abyss does.

      Plus, the graphics in general are a bit easier on the eyes, whereas Operation Abyss’ graphics are a bit older (talking like 2007 old). Sure, they’ve added a ‘Basic’ mode so people can experience it with new portraits, which are nice, but they are still not as good as the portraits featured in Demon Gaze.

      Not only that, but the overall construction of dungeons was a lot better in Demon Gaze as well. They are more vibrant and intricate. Operation Abyss’ dungeons are rather bland, straightforward, and boring in a way, honestly. Last, but not least, Demon Gaze is a bit more friendly to newcomers to the genre.

      Operation Abyss follows old school principles, so they don’t even allow you to save in the dungeon, which could push a lot of people away from the game, lol.

  • RedSuisei

    Unrelated, the people who are interested in the game in the first place will still buy it regardless of YW2. They attract different crowds.

    Perhaps you should wait til Cyber Sleuth also got killed by YW2?

  • PrinceHeir

    [PSV] Tokyo New World Record: Operation Abyss (5pb., 07/24/14) – 15,242 (New)

    [PSV] Corpse Party: Blood Drive (5pb., 07/24/14) – 13,688 (New) –

    [PS3] Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late (Arc System Works, 07/24/14) – 9,171 (New)

    Shame about Corpse Party’s sales :

    Though i remember it was only digital and no retail?

    Tokyo New World is a dungeon crawler first person game, so i think it did okay in it’s opening.

    Under night needs more sales tbh.

    [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 3,068 (3,764,042)

    Damn Animal Crossing is still charting on sales despite being released well over a year ago!

  • LustEnvy

    My problem with this is that, (FWIH) they don’t take digital sales into account. More and more people are moving digital (myself included), and I feel it should also be taken into consideration.

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  • RedSuisei

    Even if it does, it won’t even be a 10% difference. As I said, they attract vastly different crowds.

    I’m starting to think you just go “Oh this game sold like crazy, so the other games not selling close to that got murdered.” Which is faulty logic. Games selling that much is the exception. Games like OA sold much lower, but it still sold 60-80% of the initial shipment. The market for the game wasn’t even that big to begin with, YW2 or no YW2, the sales won’t be much different.

  • epy

    I like gematsu’s Media Create weekly reports. All the info without the biased sales analyst wannabe bs.

    • Franggio Hogland

      Remember to look at Famitsu as well. Usually near each other but sometimes 4-10k unit difference :|

      • Zackasaur

        I wish Gematsu would report those, as well… It would be great to have them compared in the same articles, in fact.

      • Pyrofrost

        There is nothing malicious behind that difference. From what I understand MC, Fami, and Dengeki obtain their information via different resources.

        It’s only natural there would be discrepancies with this.

        It’s not like NA, where the only source we have to turn to is the NPD. I don’t know what’s officially sourced in EU though; could someone from their please enlighten me?

        • Franggio Hogland

          Of course there isn’t anything malicious about it. But when you have two great sources of information ignoring one is…well ignorant :D
          Sorry mobile cut me off, in Europe we have GFK. We get them Two week late and open. No real numbers in the public revision though except the big fat yearly one and then we have false monopoly where giant, I mean like GIANT chains being owned by the same parent company not saying jack :(

          • Pyrofrost

            I can see your point; but, to be fair, Media Create is considered to be the more ‘reliable’ source within the industry in Japan.

            By this, I mean companies actually use their numbers.

            Kinda like, how companies in NA will point to NPD as a source, before they point to lolVGChartz.

            • Franggio Hogland

              Think I prefer Famitsu because they track further down the pole. And nah, Famitsu is on pair with Media Create.
              Question, which one of them was claiming that they would track digital as well? And why woiold Sony/Nintendo care to share? Or is it the pubs themselves?

              • Pyrofrost

                I’m not saying Fami isn’t reliable, I’m just saying that many companies use Media Create as the go-to for their numbers. My apologies for not being clear. I’m not putting Fami on the level of lolVGChartz.

                As far as your questions, I don’t know for sure, but I would assume that Sony, MS, and Nintendo keep track of digital sales, and they release those numbers to the publishers as needed.

                It’s the same thing as retail. The only thing a publisher knows is the amount shipped, until a retailer gives them the numbers from the shipment that sold.

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  • Akari Akaza

    Vita is still going strong…..o(^-^)o Regular 3DS is ahead of PS4…..0_0

  • TetsuyaHikari

    Wow, Operation Abyss actually broke not only 10k, but 15k? That was totally unexpected. I figured that and Under Night In-Birth would only get around 10k.

    Needless to say, I’m not surprised by UNIB’s sales, but glad to see Operation Abyss did well (yes, selling 15k for a dungeon RPG would be considered ‘well’, lol).

  • Zackasaur

    Yoshi’s New Island is shit, so it just sold ~58,000 units too many…

    I’m looking forward to seeing what all this Yokai Watch craziness is about when it FINALLY gets localised. lol

    And go Oreshika~