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Business  28, Mar 2014

[Games] Japan Watch: Mario parties with samurais & manga heroes – March 27

Portable Nintendo party game took top software spot; Koei Tecmo’s Samurai Warriors 4, Konami’s Metal Gear Solid V prologue and J-Stars Victory Vs followed

Last Friday was a windfall for gamers craving for a new Mario, Samurai Warriors, Metal Gear or anime-based fighting game title. As such, video game software takes the spotlight during the week of March 17 to March 23, according to the recent Media Creates update.

The latest Mario Party title for the 3DS, called Mario Party: Island Tour, unsurprisingly took first place with 132,668 units sold. Nintendo first-party titles and anything that’s portable usually trends and sells very high and well, this being Japan and all. Expect the new Mario Party game to at least stay on the sales chart for the next few weeks and months, at least until Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U is out.

Following just behind the portable party favour was the PlayStation 3 version of Samurai Warriors 4. The latest in the long-line of historically-themed 3D beat-em-up action strategy games from the Dynasty Warriors developer sold 120,452 units. The PS Vita version sold 39,597 units and was placed ninth, proving the staying power of having a PS Vita port on standby.

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Both PS3 and PS4 versions of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes unsurprisingly did well, as Kojima Productions was and still is a well-lauded studio from a fan’s perspective. The PS3 version was at 119,615 units while the PS4 version was at 91,903 units. While these are early numbers, one should be wary of the possible chance that PS3 games are unintentionally cannibalising PS4 software sales numbers throughout the weeks to come.

The final noteworthy software launch was the PS3 and PS Vita release of manga/anime property collaboration fighting game J-Stars Victory Vs. The former version sold 118,240 units while the latter sold 97,821 units. Manga and anime-based action titles should do well than expected, since the game featured characters from the Naruto, Bleach, DragonBall Z and One Piece franchise. To be fair, the fight for the top spot last week was tough due to the popularity of a Mario, a Warriors, and a Metal Gear title.

Hardware sales-wise, portable consoles and next-gen sales went up to take top positions. The 3DS was at 40,276 units, while the PS Vita was at 37,128 units. Meanwhile, the PS4 saw a slight increase to 30,201 units since last week; this at least showed some ray of hope that Japan was slowly getting on board the next-gen train. It probably took the brand strength of the Metal Gear series to do it; how soon companies will start announcing more next-gen exclusives like Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III is anybody’s guess.

The top ten games and top-selling hardware are listed below:

The top ten software list (Name, Console, Publisher, Sales Number)

1. Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS, Nintendo) – 132,668

2. Samurai Warriors 4 (PS3, Koei Tecmo) – 120,452

3. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS3, Konami) – 119,615

4. J-Stars Victory Vs (PS3, Bandai Namco) – 118,240

5. J-Stars Victory Vs (PS Vita, Bandai Namco) – 97,821

6. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4, Konami) – 91,903

7. Pro Baseball Spirits 2014 (PS3, Konami) – 63,898

8. Yo-kai Watch (PS3, Konami) – 44,659

9. Samurai Warriors 4 (PS Vita, Koei Tecmo) – 39,597

10. Dark Souls II (PS3, Bandai Namco) – 37,285

Hardware

3DS – 40,276

PS Vita – 37,128

PS4 – 30,201

PS3 – 15,455

Wii U – 9,982

PSP – 3,563

Xbox 360 – 288

Jonathan Toyad

Jonathan Toyad

If you want an elaborate answer on who would win in a fight between Ultraman and Godzilla, Jonathan Toyad is your man. A six-year veteran in the game journalism industry, he did words and videos for outlets such as GameSpot, GameAxis, IGN and Stuff.TV. Fears coyotes and scorched earths.

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