[Game] Japan Watch: Mario still partying with samurais & ghosts
Nintendo’s new Mario Party retained the top spot yet again ; Just Dance Wii U the only new game on top tenBy Jonathan Toyad 10 Apr, 2014
Mario Party: Island Tour reigned supreme as the top-selling 3DS game for the week of March 31 to April 6; it sold 47,106 units. Action game Samurai Warriors 4 went from fifth to second place with 25,572 sold, effectively proving that Japanese gamers still loved their brawler-type Warriors series.
The RPG Yo-kai Watch was still hanging around since its debut last year, with 23,663 units sold. The game mimics Pokémon to a degree, as players go around the game world collecting ghosts they can summon at will. Either they can collect them in the wild by baiting it with its favorite food or try their luck on a random generator called a Gasha Machine that feeds on in-game coins.
With that mechanic combined with various ghost designs all border-lining on cute and appealing, it really isn’t a surprise to see the game’s long-term appeal and sales life. What is surprising is that there’s no announcement for localizing this potential cash cow in English.
Just after the PS3 version of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (at fourth place with 20,799 units sold) comes Just Dance Wii U. The game sold 18,403 units. The major difference between this version and the American one is the addition of J-Pop songs that cater to the local market like ‘Flying Get’ by AKB48 and ‘Tell Your World’ by livetune featuring Hatsune Miku.
Speaking of the latter, both Project Diva F 2nd games stood on within the top ten list. The PlayStation Vita version sold 16,111 units while the PS3 version sold 10,278 units. The power of dance and music usually prevails for the next few weeks, so expect the Just Dance and Project Diva games to cling onto the top ten for a little while. At least until something bigger comes along.
Hardware sales more or less took a dive by half. The 3DS was at 32,038 units, while the PS Vita was at 26,388 units. The PlayStation 4 was at 13,401 units, while its baby brother the PlayStation 3 was at 10,871 units. This was most likely due to the recent consumption tax bill changes that saw an increase by 8 per cent starting this April. This may not bode well for the country’s gaming price economy in the far future.
Anyway, the top ten software sales and hardware sales for the week of March 31 is below.
The top ten software list (Name, Console, Publisher, Sales Number)
1. Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS, Nintendo) – 47,106
2. Samurai Warriors 4 (PS3, Koei Tecmo) – 25,572
3. Yo-kai Watch (3DS, Level-5) – 23,663
4. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS3, Konami) – 20,799
5. Just Dance Wii U (Wii U, Nintendo) – 18,403
6. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd (PS Vita, Sega) – 16,111
7. J-Stars Victory Vs (PS3, Bandai Namco) – 13,417
8. J-Stars Victory Vs (PS Vita, Bandai Namco) – 11,876
9. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd (PS3, Sega) – 10,278
10. Pro Baseball Spirits 2014 (PS3, Konami) – 10,081
3DS – 32,038
PS Vita – 26,388
PS4 – 13,401
PS3 – 10,871
Wii U – 7,962
PSP – 2,892
Xbox 360 – 276