The Weekly Japan Preview: 1/27 Edition (Calm before Smash & DMC4)

Jacob Mazel of VGChartz writes, the Japanese market remains quiet this week – with only one new title selling over 100,000 units. PS3 and Xbox 360 continue to have no software debut in the preliminary data – as has been the case for roughly two months. Next week, Devil May Cry 4 is likely to chart for both platforms. DS sold the most software in the preliminary data, though Wii, PSP and PS2 had decent weeks as well. PS2 continues to decline slowly, but saw a fairly big release to offset the rapidly declining software share. Wii software was in a bit of a down turn this week as well – though Wii Fit continues to perform very well. Overall, the market is in a normal seasonal down turn – except for the occasional spikes that can accompany big games. When Super Smash Brothers Brawl and Devil May Cry 4 launch in the coming days, the down turn will be interrupted by a large spike – before normalizing again.

Key Points:

-Preorders – if the preliminary data is taken to be fully representative of Japan - for Smash Brothers and Devil May Cry 4 are enormous for their user bases.

-Wii Fit continues to drive Wii sales, while Xbox 360 and PS3 hardware sales are hurt by a game drought.

Hardware Prediticion:

DSL: 80,000 to 90,000
PSP: 60,000 to 70,000
Wii: 55 000 to 65000
PS3: 25,000 to 30,000
PS2: 10,000 to 14,000
360: 3,000 to 5,000

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Cyrus3653678d ago

Indeed, the calm before the storm. I wonder what PS3 and 360 version of DMC 4 will sell.