Titanfall finally made its Japanese debut this week, but it didn’t exactly take the market by storm. Seeing as Xbox One has not yet launched in Japan, it was limited to a number nine debut on Xbox 360. Meanwhile, 3rd Robot Wars Z: Jigoku Hen took both the number one and two spots on PlayStation 3 and Vita respectively, but both consoles (and, in fact, all consoles) saw declined numbers this week. Hit the jump for the breakdown.
This week in Japan Mario Party: Island Tour has reclaimed the number one spot after briefly being knocked down last week. Overall sales were quite disappointing, as every single console reported lower numbers this week. A likely contributing factor is a recent sales tax hike in Japan. PlayStation 4 had an especially disappointing week, as its sales dropped to just barely above PlayStation 3. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
This week’s Media Create sales are a perfect example of the Japanese gaming market. Handheld sales are on the rise with 3DS topping the charts and Vita coming in second. Meanwhile, console sales are in decline, with PlayStation 4′s slow start get even slower.
The two games with the biggest impact this week are also indicative of the Japanese market. Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd took the top spot and pushed Vita sales. Meanwhile, 3DS sales jumped by around 25,000 this week with only one new entry in the top twenty: dating simulator New Love Plus+. You can catch the full breakdown after the jump.
Media Create Sales: Mario Party Tops the Charts, Vita Gaining Steam, Ground Zeroes Fails to Boost PS4
This week’s numbers are in from Japan, and Mario Party: Island Tour is topping the charts. However, counting games that released across multiple platforms, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is number one overall, landing both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions in the top six. Unfortunately for Sony, this was not enough to boost sales of PlayStation 4, which is off to a sluggish start in Japan. Conversely, Vita sales are on the rise, with the standard edition Vita taking the number one hardware spot, and all combined Vita model sales sitting at second behind combined 3DS model sales. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
Back in 2011 Sony spent $380 million to acquire Gaikai. Recently, they officially unveiled PlayStation Now as the end result of that purchase. Sony’s upcoming streaming service will allow gamers to pay a monthly fee in order to stream freely from a library of select video games or ‘rent’ games on an individual basis. One big question that went unanswered was a price model. A recent re-design to the Gaikia website appears to offer us some answers. Hit the jump to catch the details.
The second week since PlayStation 4′s Japanese launch has wrapped up, and the young console is still on top. With just over 65,000 sales, PlayStation 4 didn’t break any sales records, but it easily beat out the competition for this week’s top spot. Meanwhile, Harvest Moon: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi (Connect to a New World in English) had a strong debut on 3DS, taking the number one spot on the software charts. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
The next installment in the Lego video game series, Lego The Hobbit, is set to release on April 8 in North America and April 11 in Europe, according to Warner Bros.
In direct correlation with Peter Jackson’s films based off of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the game will follow the events from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Video game sales have been dismal across the board in Japan since the new year kicked off, but now there’s a new console on the market. PlayStation 4 launched this week in Japan with over 300,000 sales in its first two days, easily securing the number one spot. Hit the jump for the breakdown.
Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys topped the charts with its Japanese debut last week, and it still has a firm hold on that number one spot this week. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze managed number two for its debut, but its 35,717 sales were quite modest and failed to boost Wii U significantly. Elsewhere, it was a pretty quiet week for Japanese video games in the final sales report before PlayStation 4′s release. Hit the jump to catch the breakdown.
Already released in Japan and Europe, the new Vita Slim model has been confirmed for North America. Lighter, thinner, and cheaper, the Vita Slim swaps out the more expensive OLED screen for an LCD screen and boasts longer battery life. Vita Slim will launch sometime this spring bundled with Borderlands 2 for $199. You can catch the video announcement after the jump.
This week’s Japanese sales figures are in, and Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost on PlayStation 3 has a commanding lead. Sony games made up four of the top five this week, but Vita sales slumped yet again and PlayStation 3 sales saw only a slight increase, as gamers are likely saving their cash for PlayStation 4. 3DS saw a slight decline as well, with no new games in the top twenty this week. You can catch the full breakdown after the jump.
In an effort to improve Vita sales, Sony has released a cheaper Slim model in Japan, and it’s on its way to the UK next week. The Vita Slim, set to replace the original model when its stock runs out, is cheaper partially due to the fact that it’s using an LCD screen instead of the OLED of the regular Vita. How much will this affect the visual quality of games? Click below to see what Sony had to say on the matter.