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Submitted by GreenRanger 1152d ago | news

Japanese chart: Yakuza 5 Outsells Wii U Launch Games

computerandvideogames.com: The PS3 exclusive sold 357,000 copies, which was more than the combined total of the top three Wii U launch games. (PS3, Wii U, Yakuza 5)

GreenRanger  +   1152d ago
The Wii U leads the weekly hardware sales with 308,142 units sold.
Ares90  +   1152d ago
Good for Nintendo and good for Sony.
yoshiroaka  +   1152d ago
Brother is that you?

I think my avatar needs updating -_-

Hope Yakuza 5 gets a NA release date soon.
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ABizzel1  +   1152d ago
@Yoshiroaka

Likely March 2013. By the way has the Yakuza HD Collection come out yet?
Ares90  +   1152d ago
lol, I don't own this pic. I just loved the first Max Payne.
Vandamme21  +   1152d ago
That's impressive..I hope it comes Y5 comes to the US next year.
SoapShoes  +   1152d ago
Did anyone think this was not going to happen? Yakuza always sells a ton and boosts hardware sells as well. I hope it comes to the US as well!
wishingW3L  +   1152d ago
Yakuza 5 sold more than Mario and Monster Hunter combined. I think this should be enough for Capcom to re-think their approach. If Monster Hunter 3 would have stayed on the PS3 it would have sold so much more than the mere million it sold on the Wii.
Hicken  +   1152d ago
I think they saw the huge numbers of Wiis out there and thought they could capitalize on it, but didn't consider that many of those who would buy it had not bought a Wii.
Qrphe  +   1152d ago
It probably wouldnt have. The HD remake didnt sell millions in the PS3 neither.
Knushwood Butt  +   1152d ago
To be fair,

1) Nearly every man and his dog had MH3 on the PSP

2) The PS3 version was a lazy PSP port that got slammed by practically everyone
Knushwood Butt  +   1152d ago
This is so true.

That BS Capcom came out with at the time (high dev costs so they moved to the Wii) was a joke. Nintendo paid them off.
DigitalAnalog  +   1151d ago
No. CAPCOM is simply run by knuckleheads that is plaguing the game industry that believes in the "I-don't-cater-to-the -fans-but-I-like-the-bigger-mar ket" approach. In other words, the same idiots that believes the smartphone industry would kill the core gaming industry.
Knushwood Butt  +   1150d ago
@ Digital

I agree with what you are saying but I don't think it's true in the case of Monster Hunter Tri.

Capcom had already had several sales failures on the Wii and knew that it wasn't the market for their games. They took a big wad of cash from Nintendo to keep that game on Nintendo platforms. That's why the 3DS got the follow up and the Wii U got the port of that.
mafiahajeri  +   1152d ago
I guess Yakuza Muscled its way to the top ;)
cleft5  +   1152d ago
Kind of like saying Halo 4 or Black Ops 2 outsells the WiiU launch games. Of course those major games that people have been dying to play will outsell any WiiU launch title. Especially considering that WiiU only sold around 400k units.

On a separate note, it's surprises me that Yakuza 5 didn't sell way more than 357k copies. This is a huge game in Japan, so I expected much higher numbers.
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dkgshiz  +   1152d ago
Thats a lot for a game in Japan. Look up the sales numbers of most games in Japan and you will see why.
cleft5  +   1152d ago
Ah okay, I didn't realize their was such a difference in major sells numbers. I guess I was just thinking along the lines of how like a big game will sell millions in the West. But I am glad to see that this is good news, hopefully Yakuza 5 comes out in the West too.
ABizzel1  +   1152d ago
@cleft5

Games in Japan RARELY sell 1,000,000 copies in their first week, and most games struggle to sell 1,000,000 in lifetime sales in Japan. I don't know what's going on over there, but they're not buying games and not really buying consoles. Mobile is definitely a possibility since Japan has many of the most advanced cell phones in the market there (Japan has several quad core phones out while the US is just getting it's 1st Galaxy Note 2).

Selling 1,000,000 copies of a game in Japan is like Call of Duty numbers here in the states.

Highest selling games by platform in Japan.

Wii: 4.6 million copies of New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Bundled w. Wii's)
PS3: 1.9 million copies of Final Fantasy 13
3DS: 1.9 million copies of Mario Kart 7
Xbox 360: 250,000 copies of Kinect Adventures.
PS Vita: 240,000 copies of Persona 4: The Golden

Japan's the smallest of big 3 territories now.
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bobacdigital  +   1152d ago
Yes because most games sell at 80 to 100% of its install base... The Wii U in Japan sold what 300k units? Did they expect Nintendoland or Mario to sell at 100% of that install base after its release?

Lets not forget the most popular sku is the the deluxe which comes packed in with a game.. This makes people less likely to buy another game during launch... Does anyone know if they include deluxe bundles as part of software sales?

Sites just trying to make headlines off people who dont fully understand the economics of the situation.
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grassyknoll  +   1152d ago
It's madness that anyone can disagree with you. Mario isn't gonna sell millions when there's only 300,000 consoles, it happened when the same way when the PS3 & Xbox 360 too. Why gamers will things to fail these days is beyond me. The competition between the console manufacturers means they fight harder for gamers money. If any of the big 3 went (or PC gaming) it would be worst for everyone.
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dantesparda  +   1152d ago
Nintendoland is a game? who would buy that crap?
MariaHelFutura  +   1151d ago
"dont fully understand the economics of the situation."

You mean basic math.
jc48573  +   1152d ago
may i ask why yakuza isn't as popular over here in the us?
dc1  +   1152d ago
The series is awesome and has a very consistent dedicated following in the US.
The lack of overt sells can primarily be attributed to the lack of mainstream marketing and lack of English Voice-overs.

However, as I briefly referenced above; the series is by far my favorite in gaming... right next to Metal Gear and FF. Always a day one for me.
MaxXAttaxX  +   1151d ago
Because many people in the West aren't open minded enough and consider every open-world game that takes place in a city a sub-par Grand Theft Auto rip off ...or something like that.

It's unfortunate though.
scotchmouth  +   1151d ago
It would sell better if they actually put some marketing dollars behind it
Tidybrutes  +   1152d ago
Makes sense seems the install base for PS3 is much larger than a console which literally just launched.

I only fear that Sega's Financial troubles may impact or delay localization of Yakuza 5...

And personally I hope they develop a Yakuza game for vita, even though i know its a long shot I just think that the game style and pacing of a Yakuza game would be brilliant on vita.
akiraburn  +   1152d ago
Actually, I believe they are going to be developing a Vita-based Yakuza title. When the Vita was first being shown off, Toshihiro Nagoshi had a running demo scene of Yakuza: Dead Souls (aka Ryu Ga Gotoku: Of The End) and was talking about how powerful the hardware is and how he is looking forward to working with it. With how strong a seller the Yakuza series is in Japan, I think it is only a matter of time until it happens.

The real question would be if a Vita title like this could ever get a localization. Considering that the Yakuza: Black Panther titles never received localization, plus the tough financial position that Sega is in now, I think the only way that could end up happening is if Yakuza 5's sales in EU and NA regions exceed their expectations by a decent amount. I don't know how practical that is, but as a huge fan of the series I definitely would love to see it happen. The key thing they'll need to make that happen is a better advertising and release plan. As you may remember, the last several releases in NA and EU have been poorly timed (around other very big releases) without almost any marketing to back it up.
Kamikaze  +   1152d ago
alright class
more ps3's in japan than there are wii u's right now would almost guarantee more sales even combined the are millions of ps3's and a few hundred thousand wii u's
and remember kids
think before you troll
ThePsychoGamer  +   1152d ago
Really the Yakuza Franchise is almost as big as monster hunter games in Japan, so with the bigger install base it's no surprise Yakuza 5 would sell so well.

Also there's the fact that Yakuza games are awesome.
Legend_Killer  +   1152d ago
Why even compare the software sales of a console that's been out for six years to one that came out just a few days ago? what is the aim? things as stupid as this plague N4G
stragomccloud  +   1152d ago
Uh... PS3 has an install base of what, like 70 million? And Wii U is only up to about 1 million.
Bowzabub  +   1151d ago
So you're counting all 70 million for Japan? Seems kinda skewed!
stragomccloud  +   1151d ago
Woops.

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