Media Create Sales: 11/19/12 – 11/25/12 - Gematsu
Media Create Sales: 11/19/12 – 11/25/12
posted on 11.28.12 at 08:12 AM EST by (@salromano)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II moves high numbers overseas.

This week’s Media Create sales are led by Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the third-week running, but sees a surprising new release take second place. Call of Duty: Black Ops II moved 197,000 units on PlayStation 3 and 22,000 on Xbox 360 in Japan, adding for a total of over 219,000 copies sold. E.X. Troopers, Capcom’s PlayStation 3 and 3DS spin-off to Lost Planet, was not as fortunate. With 17,000 units sold on 3DS and a mere 9,000 on PlayStation 3, it only amassed a total of 26,000 moved.

Find the full sales chart below.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 213,414 (1,106,758)
  2. [PS3] Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Square Enix, 11/22/12) – 197,350 (New)
  3. [3DS] Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Magna Gate and the Infinity Labyrinth (Pokemon, 11/22/12) – 121,480 (New)
  4. [PS3] Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (SCEJ, 11/22/12) – 100,862 (New)
  5. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, 07/28/12) – 34,971 (1,420,184)
  6. [360] Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Square Enix, 11/22/12) – 22,177 (New)
  7. [3DS] E.X. Troopers (Capcom, 11/22/12) – 17,402 (New)
  8. [PS3] Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft, 11/15/12) -16,379 (88,883)
  9. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) (Capcom, 12/10/11) – 11,369 (24,604)
  10. [3DS] Grandpa Danger Jya 1000-nin no Otomodachi Yokoshima (Namco Bandai, 11/22/12) – 10,452 (New)
  11. [PS3] E.X. Troopers (Capcom, 11/22/12) – 8,717 (New)
  12. [3DS] Ouchi Mainichi Tamagotchi (Namco Bandai, 11/22/12) – 8,643 (New)
  13. [PSP] Wand of Fortune 2 FD: Kimi ni Sasageru Epilogue (Idea Factory, 11/22/12) – 8,023 (New)
  14. [3DS] Run For Money: Flee From the Strongest Hunters in History (Namco Bandai, 07/05/12) – 7,627 (244,363)
  15. [PS3] Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires (Tecmo Koei, 11/08/12) – 7,462 (92,474)
  16. [PSP] Summon Night 4 (Namco Bandai, 11/15/12) – 7,405 (47,516)
  17. [3DS] Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode Yokubari Sengen (Nintendo, 09/27/12) – 7,364 (180,476)
  18. [PSP] Kokoro Connect Yoci Random (Namco Bandai, 11/22/12) – 7,163 (New)
  19. [3DS] Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (Square Enix, 10/11/12) – 7,017 (264,901)
  20. [PS3] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2013 (Konami, 10/04/12) – 6,967 (362,952)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. 3DS LL – 101,667 (117,435)
  2. 3DS – 60,410 (51,441)
  3. PlayStation 3 – 34,167 (17,035)
  4. PSP – 16,903 (12,217)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 9,712 (13,091)
  6. Wii – 3,590 (3,001)
  7. Xbox 360 – 1,495 (2,063)
  8. PS2 – 747 (723)
  9. DSi – 241 (196)
  10. DSi LL – 211 (157)


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  • zweii

    Darn! E.X. Troopers bomb hard.
    Shooters are more of a west thing. Hope Capcom will still consider localizing it.

    • MrKappa

      Seeing how bad EX Troopers did and the high standards Capcom has the game will never be localized. :/

  • jebara_92

    Never knew COD sells in Japan, thought that was the only place where it doesn’t.

    • bebestorm117

      Indeed COD sells in japan I remember it debuted at #1 last year when many thought NiNo Kuni(PS3) would be at the top but the sales were disappointing.

    • Luna Kazemaru

       CoD, BF and CS sell quite alright and have a good player base in Japan.

  • Sad to see E.X. Troopers sell so little. Good on BlOps 2 though for beating the odds.

    • InsaneChronos

      Japanese gamers have lost sense of game taste.

      • Luna Kazemaru

         lol so classy

    • ronin4life

      CoD beat no odds. The thought that western games don’t sell in Japan is pretty false. This isn’t suprising at all.

      E.X. troopers sales however…
      I am hyped about the new BlOps, but I wouldn’t put it past Ex troopers. I really do feel the “western games are better” fallacy has infected the Japanese mindset full force, as I was fearing when so many major devs started spewing all that crap a few years back.

  • This really confuses me. Did everyone just decide to buy Pokemon on the 3DS over E.X. Troopers? Black Ops II on the 360 out sold it… I mean what in the world is going on here?

    I’m starting to think consumers in Japan are more unwilling to support new IP’s than consumers in the west. It sure seems that way this generation.

    Unless it had an incredibly bad rap on JP message boards or something, but that would be news to me.

    If they had only named it Resident Evil : E.X. Troopers. I bet it would have sold tons of copies. Doesn’t even matter if the game is like other Resident Evil games or not.

    This really doesn’t have anything to do with Black Ops II here. My point is Japanese consumers don’t seem willing to support new IP’s. Which is ironic since JP developers at TGS talk about the lack of new ideas hurting the industry in Japan.

    If every new IP is going to whimper out of the gate like this… what’s the point? It’s always going to be about what makes the most money. I guess what I’m saying is, I’m surprised and a bit disappointed.

    The lack of innovative games has been something hurting the medium here in the west this generation. I suppose Japan has been suffering from the same problem all along, I just didn’t really notice it.

    • Heistt

      My only assumption would be for the general audience to have taken some kind of hatred towards Capcom much like the west has done. Notice how SFxT Vita sold absolutely abysmally as well as the ”best price” Monster Hunter Tri G.

      Your statement of them not supporting new IPs is not entirely true, however, look at Bravely Default, unless it’s some kind of final fantasy spinoff I’m not aware of.

      • Luna Kazemaru

        Pretty sure it has nothing to di with them hating capcom lol. Also SFxT is kinda a poor example for the fact the vita alone is doing bad and most Japanese gamers don’t really consider capcom fighters as good fighting games. MH:TG could be explained for its low sales in wait for 4 so yeah has nothing to do with hate.

      • almostautumn

         Bravely Default is a handheld S-E game, man; they’re the best things around. It sells because it’s square and can be trusted right from the get-go (handheld wise, I say).
        **It’s formula isn’t very different from classic FF though. It’s a new project, but it isn’t very “new” gameplay wise.

        As for E.X— I dunno. I really loved the demo and had a blast online, so I just can’t comprehend it. It’d be a day one for me.

    • Kazziyan

      I don’t think it’s surprising that Pokemon sold more, to be honest.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      EX-troopers isn’t really a new IP its just a spin off of Lost planet I’m pretty sure the change in looks and setting could have turned off alot of players.

      • Which is sorta my point. If a game like E.X. Troopers struggles, what hope does a new IP with virtually no backing stand to accomplish?

        I felt like this spin-off was crafted to be more appealing to the Japanese gamers, far more than previous Lost Planet titles.

    • Lack of awareness is a logical reason to think of…

      With Nintendo and Square Enix and their advertisement power, Capcom doesn’t stand a chance…

  • MrKappa

    Saw this on NeoGAF which list the total system sales as well but I can not believe that Animal Crossing has sold a total of games that surpass the total amount of Vitas sold.

    The biggest surprise is how awful EX Troopers did, the demo was fun as hell.

  • EspadaKiller

    I’m still surprised COD sells in Japan, although their tastes in games shifted somewhat these past few years. Might be the surge of FPS games in the market now that’s why.

    E.X. Troopers not doing so good, I can’t even imagine how the PS Vita version would sell lol…

    Anyway, I noticed a slight bump on the PS3’s sales. Christmas coming that’s why?

  • RedWolfe

    Well there goes the chance of EX Troopers being localized, huh?

    • almostautumn

      I want to say don’t fret, but isn’t that the reason Last Ranker for PSP wasn’t localized?

      I mean, we did get Asura’s Wrath, and I don’t think there has been a single Console game Capcom hasn’t localized. But I wonder…

  • Marco Tinè

    The EX Troopers situation should be looked at from another perspective: it’s not “why didn’t it sell in Japan”, but “what’s wrong with the game”. It’s a quality issue, in my opinion. Most people tend to think that the penetration of western games in the japanese market has only pushed the local developers to emulate them in order to achieve success abroad. But to a certain degree, this phenomenon has given to the audience a different outlook on the quality factor. And if EX Troopers, in its complete versions, has proven to be the cute but simplistic and repetitive game I’ve seen from the PS3 demo, then I’d be inclined to believe it suffered from bad word of mouth among the same japanese. Maybe nowadays, a good anime characterisation is not enough to sell well in the land of the Rising Sun.

    • almostautumn

      I’m actually surprised by your response; I really loved the PS3 demo, and I thought the single-player portion was really well varied and cool. In particular, I thought the music brought so much style to the game and really had a blast.

      The online I enjoyed also because I, well, kind of sucked at it :P. It was great having another player involved and taking down the tougher bosses, and I really felt that MH vibe when I took down one of the bosses (there were two of them in one area; forget their names).

      What about it did you find repetitive? I agree with you that it is simplistic, but I actually liked that aspect.

      • Marco Tinè

        Thanks for asking :) Maybe I’ve missed the point a little using the term “repetitive”, what I actually meant was “not particularly original”, which is something that ties directly to Monster Hunter: I have played that game(s) for quite some time on the PSP, and I think that as a franchise, it has almost said all it had to say.

        E.X. Troopers is evidently a carefully put together product, but I think it could have built something a little more “risqué” on the MH basis, that’s all. The game has enjoyed a warm reception from the japanese press, but there’s an evidence of slow sales so… I wonder how the similarities to MH are seen by the people on the streets.

        I’d really like to ask some japanese gamers why didn’t they find E.X. Troopers as attractive as Call of Duty: maybe they had a similar impression to mine, something like “it’s okay but, doesn’t look unmissable”? Is it a matter of emulation, like “everybody plays CoD, so we’re going to do the same” (which is a very japanese attitude)?

        Something didn’t click with the core audience E.X. Troopers was aimed to, just like it happened to me – even though I’m certainly not in the core audience, being an european adult. But I’ve always been in love with japanese stuff: I watch anime and read manga on a regular basis. The reason why E.X.T failed to impress me is kind of puzzling.

        • almostautumn

          That is somewhat strange, but all the same I do see how that can be (a buddy of mine was pretty apathetic to the demo also). You also bring up a pretty interesting point; “I wonder how the similarities to MH are seen by the people on the streets.”  I hadn’t really thought about that, but this could have something to do with it sales-wise. There was another MH clone called Earth Seeker for the Wii and it’s another game that is really fun albeit not perfect/rated perfect, but its sales were literally garbage and I could never for the life of me figure out why.

          I actually read a comment on here the other day that said, “my conspiracy is that the Japanese view our games as fascinating pop-culture journeys as much we view theirs.” Maybe that’s true, and when competing shooters, with CoD2 being authoritatively western and E.X. distinctly Japanese, gamers were more intrigued by the other?

          Definitely a unique game, this E.X. Troopers. Suspiciously affordable for an import also— hmmm.

  • Well… I’ll be damned…

    COD actually sells in the land of the rising sun… And looking at the sales of EX Troopers, it goes to show that putting a new IP against a well-know game like COD is suicide…

  • PrinceHeir

    Ex Troopers and Braverly Default hanging on!!!

    no more Tekken tag 2 T___T

  • PrinceHeir

    and didn’t MW3 sold great in japan as well last year??

    i think Ex Troopers suffered due to the limited multiplayer options(2 vs 2 or 3 vs 3??)

    when LP1 and LP2 had 12 vs 12 with huge maps etc.