Submitted by ajames347 542d ago | news

PS4 Sales Face Steep Drop While 3DS and PS Vita are Stable, Wii U Still Low

Media Create and Famitsu software and hardware sales from last week have been released today, which will give us a good look into the overall sales of last week’s Japanese market.

Here’s the software charts between March 3rd and March 9th. (3DS, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Dragon Quest Monsters 2, Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World, Knack, Pokemon X and Y, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Soul Sacrifice Delta, Wii U, Xbox 360, Yakuza Ishin)

KrisButtar  +   542d ago
"Knack was the only PS4 title to make it to the top ten list."

That surprised me, I would have thought a couple PS4 games would have made it because the launch was only a few weeks ago.
ajames347  +   542d ago
Yeah that surprised me too. It's really unfortunate but maybe next week will be better.
darthv72  +   542d ago
the ? for me is how Famitsu and Media Create are so different.

Famitsu is a journalist source and would generally be reporting the info that MC releases. So why the difference?
WiiUsauce  +   541d ago
Japan doesn't give a sh*t about consoles. They're on the 3DS and Vita.
Theantidote619  +   541d ago
You're a week away from a Metal Gear Solid Bundle. Of course people are waiting.
Neonridr  +   542d ago
and Knack only made it because it was a pack-in for a PS4 bundle.
scissor_runner  +   542d ago
I think Americans are buying those ps4s. The initial game releases would turn off most Japanese gamers. Sons and metal gear may not help. While smash and mk8 or coming.

Japan is not as afraid of ms as the English speaking countries. All sony had to say is we are not ms to get hype this gen. Then they still made you pay for online lol. It's a good deal if you want Netflix gaming.
Hicken  +   541d ago
Dude, what the hell are you talking about?
scissor_runner  +   541d ago
You must be to young to know about military bases in Asia. Where do you think Xbox sales come from?

There is some thing going on with the Japanese market.
NeoTribe  +   541d ago
Please never comment again. That was total nonsense.
scissor_runner  +   541d ago
Says the guy with one bubble. What are you guys 12?
Wh15ky  +   541d ago
I, for one, understand your first paragraph but the second one has me baffled.

"Japan is not as afraid of ms as the English speaking countries"

What does that mean?

"All sony had to say is we are not ms to get hype this gen."

Are you still talking about Japan?

"It's a good deal if you want Netflix gaming."

Ah! as I was typing 'what?' in response to this, the penny dropped.

You mean a game rental type of service similar to Netflix, you weren't refering to Netflix itself, as with the xbox you need a gold account to access your Netflix account.

I enjoy PS+ very much and I think it's a bit harsh comparing it to Netflix. By the time decent movies come to Netflix they're at least 3 years old and you've seen them a dozen times already.

I'd describe PS+ more as Now TV gaming. Now TV is another streaming service we get in the UK, there are a lot less films to choose from but the new films are generally less than a year old and there's always something decent that you haven't seen.
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scissor_runner  +   540d ago
Ha sorry long day of making cool stuff. We where just talking about this at the studio. Sorry I didn't explain more but whisky wins the prize.

At least Netflix has breaking bad! I really don't want any of the games on ps now. It would be nice if sony made more challenging games with reply value.

Gamers are really afraid of ms. Xbone just confirmed a lot of that. So the ps4 wins by default since you can't play a wiiu and be cool.

Yet the wiiu will be getting some serious games. The I need this many games to get a wiiu is getting really close to a must buy, where you don't have to wait on the good games.... most of them are already out.

Now if Nintendo had a Nintendo now I would pay a large premium for that across a console and handheld.

Even if the wiiu doesn't sell we still get what we want the same goes for sony gamers so we all win luckily.
Wh15ky  +   540d ago
Now I don't know if we're talking about PS+ or PS Now. Is PS Now even available yet?

"Gamers are really afraid of ms."

Not sure afraid is the right word, I think alot are certainly very annoyed with them though.

"Xbone just confirmed a lot of that."

I don't think so. If you're refering to the nose dive in sales following launch, I think alot of factors have to be included.

Alot of what MS have done over the years has annoyed alot of gamers:

1. RROD was inexcusable IMO. I don't care about the extended warranty, the only reason they eventually decided to offer it was because the alternative was to admit defeat and leave the console market.

2. Heavy Kinect focus for the second half of the last gen left the majority of their faithful fans alienated.

3. Closing studios resulting in a severe lack of first party games for the second half of last gen.

4. The xbox one reveal was an absolute shambles.

I think MS got cocky. They thought they had a firm grip on the console market and their success from last gen would automatically carry onto this gen. However,I think Sony made such a mess of the PS3 early on with the high price, the delays, complicated hardware, lack of quality games, poor online service etc. that the 360 was a success "by default".

"So the ps4 wins by default"

I don't know if it wins by default. I think it is winning, primarily, because of the Playstation brand. The PS3 won the second half of last gen hands down by almost rebuilding the playstation brand and they have now managed to carry that momentum onto this new gen.

"since you can't play a wiiu and be cool."

Possibly. Well... that and the Playstation brand.
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DeadlyFire  +   542d ago
They will get a big boost in a couple of months.
PoSTedUP  +   542d ago
and when one tiny little no-name JRPG hits Japan: ppl will jump on the PS4 like its the last chopper out of Vietnam. XD.
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THamm  +   541d ago
That was hilarious
DaGamingKing  +   541d ago
I understand that Knack was included in PS4 consoles in Japan meaning all 300,000 consoles sold accounted for 300,000 copies of knack, or so I am told.
THamm  +   541d ago
A Sega title would have helped, Launches aren't the same without Sega sadly...
G20WLY  +   541d ago
Isn't Yakuza Sega? Trouble is, many just bought it for PS3.
BelkingOfSony  +   542d ago
'PS4 sales face steep drop'

obviously the sales are going to drop after launch, every console faces a drop in sales after launch.
thezeldadoth  +   542d ago
it was obvious this was gonna be one of the first comments lol this site is pathetic
stragomccloud  +   542d ago
Ummm... how is stating an empirical fact pathetic?
ShutUpDonny  +   542d ago
You are one frustrated little fellow, aren't you ?
TheTwelve  +   542d ago
Make your own site that has news you like or hush/stop visiting.
AsimLeonheart  +   542d ago
Your trolling is pathetic.
MysticStrummer  +   542d ago
This site is pathetic for comments like yours.

What BelkingOfSony said is something people in the business call a "fact", and it's backed up by something called "statistics".
stragomccloud  +   542d ago
Obviously, PS4 sales will pick up again when the drought is over.
kenshiro100  +   541d ago
He's right. That's not an excuse. Even the XB1 dropped off after launch.
PeaSFor  +   542d ago
how dare you to be logical...
Muffins1223  +   542d ago
Yea but it launched in america a month ago and it dident do that now did it?I understand sales will drop but it shoudent drop this drastically. And it shoul have more than 1 game in the top 10 list.
SilentNegotiator  +   542d ago
Because PS4 has games that people in the West are actually interested in.
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AsimLeonheart  +   542d ago
The answer is simple. The kind of games available on the system. The games currently available appeal to the western market but not to the Japanese market as much. There no JRPGs, visual novels, dating sims, train sims, anime based games, Resident Evil, Metal Gear (until another week), Final Fantasy, Tales of, Shin Megami Tensei, Devil May Cry, Star Ocean or any other Japanese developed games. There is nothing to drive Japanese people in to a frenzy right now. Yet the PS4 is the number 1 selling home console system in Japan so that is good enough for now.
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PeaSFor  +   542d ago
japanese have different game tatses, right now there's nothin other than yakuza ishin for them.
marloc_x  +   542d ago
Would you like a tissue?
Subaruwrx  +   542d ago
The new MGS game coming out soon will probably help sales.
ritsuka666  +   542d ago
I could see PS4 dropping to 10-20k next week. just watch.
Inception  +   542d ago
Next week japan had MGS: GZ. I doubt it will drop at 10-20k. Just watch.
Muffins1223  +   541d ago
Yea, just wait till some Japanese games come out..the Japanese will go crazy.
knifefight  +   541d ago
The release date is the 20th, so the next round of sales actually won't have numbers for the MGS:GZ release. It will have reports for March 10th-16th. Two sales reports from now, we will see Ground Zeroes numbers.
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danny818  +   542d ago
This was a given. Japanese dont buy a system without any games of their liking. Theres like 1 or two tailored to the japanese.
RiPPn  +   542d ago
Still the best selling hardware over there. Really looks like the whole industry is down, maybe this is a slow time for them, like our January.
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   542d ago
They are waiting for MGS, FFXV, and KH3!
AsimLeonheart  +   542d ago
This! Why would they continue to buy the system in droves if there arent any Japanese games or JRPGs available for it at the moment?
Zodiac  +   542d ago
Those games don't even have tentative release dates. KH3 and FF don't even have a year of release assigned to them. Why would they be waiting for that?
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   542d ago
pfft why wouldnt they?! I havent bought a PS4 because Infamous:SS is'nt out yet. Why buy a new console it theres nothing you want to play on it.


Granted its a small survey.
TheTowelBoy  +   542d ago
Yeah, man everyone's preppin' for InFAMOUS! :D
Jay70sgamer  +   542d ago
No everybody in japan prepping for mario kart 8 just saying
OtakuDJK1NG-Rory  +   542d ago
not in Japan.
That game wasn't even on Famitsu Japan Readers Most Wanted list.
kratos17  +   542d ago
+Bubs because your avatar is awesome.
DEEBO  +   542d ago
new metal gear ps4 plus infamous
Zodiac  +   542d ago
Vita TV isn't a Vita. Why are they combining them?
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ragincajun77  +   542d ago
For the same reason they combine the 3DS and 3DS XL.
worldwidegaming  +   542d ago
If they had monster hunter they would buy....
vergilxx3  +   541d ago
+bubble for you
RPG_Lover  +   542d ago
Wii U for its first 3 weeks on the market, outsold what PS4 is doing 3-1. That shows you how bad it is going to get for PS4.
OtakuDJK1NG-Rory  +   542d ago
Well Wii U did get Monster Hunter Tri G. Early
RPG_Lover  +   542d ago
Not that early.
Hicken  +   541d ago
Wii U for its first 3 weeks on the market, was being sold during the holidays. That shows you how desperate you're getting.
AsimLeonheart  +   541d ago
For a better perspective here are some minor details you forgot when comparing PS4 and Wii U sales,

Holiday season vs. Slump season.
Japanese games vs. Western games.
26,250 Yen vs. 39,980 Yen

Oh and how has the Wii U been doing worldwide since January 2013? It is considered dead by the gaming industry and the PS4 wiped its one year lead in THREE MONTHS! I know it hurts bro and you need to find something to make yourself feel better... You have my sympathies and condolences.
OtakuDJK1NG-Rory  +   541d ago
funny that no one came up with that excuse for Vita vs 3DS Japan launch when it the opposite season but Nintendo still top.
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dcj0524  +   541d ago
Wii U was out in December. PS4 was out in Feburary...... yeah exactly.
Benjaminkno  +   542d ago
Wow, WiiU could potentially close the gap with Ps4 in Japan by the end of the year. I played Knack for a few hours and had to get BF4, then that for KillZone, and Im looking to trade that in for 15 dollars at gamestop. It's still better on Ps3.
I'm not interested in Thief. So far, everything I've really enjoyed were Black Flag or free plus games.

I'm glad my Ps4 was only 5 bucks.
The only games I want to play right now are Monster Hunter4, Titanfall, WDogs, and Mk.

I wonder when Americans are going to see the superiority of the Gamepad. I'm a bit baffled by how short-sited Sony was with Vita integration. Right now, Nintendo's in a position of releasing "fusion", which may be a portable WiiU3ds hybrid console. I mean, there should be no need for 2 separate pieces of hardware anymore. A dreamer can dream though right?
Right now I don't have enough reasons to get a Vita, but I think this year might change. I'd love to play Witcher 3 when I'm on break.
I really do hope the Ps4 sells over a 100 million. I just don't think it's worth it right now. No need to get political.

I would've paid the XB1 price of admission for a WiiU, I enjoy it so much more.
Nocando  +   542d ago
Those of you that think ANY console will sustain 50-75k per week are fooling themselves. Japan is the land of handhelds now.
MultiConsoleGamer  +   541d ago
According to one of my closest friends the PS4 is readilly available in every store in Tokyo.

zero_gamer  +   541d ago
PS4 does great globally, that's great, but I worry about Japan the most. I don't want my PS4's selection of games to consist mainly of EA, Ubisoft, Activision, and indies. I have my PC for these. I want my NIS, Atlus, Xeed, Namco Bandai, etc. These kind of games will come, but like the PS3, they will not come in an abundance if the PS4 gets little support from Japan.
Inception  +   541d ago
"I want my NIS, Atlus, Xeed, Namco Bandai, etc. These kind of games will come, but like the PS3, they will not come in an abundance if the PS4 gets little support from Japan."

What a way to draw conclusion from one week sales. And you could be more wrong about PS3 doesn't have big support from japanese devs.

But i gave you some recap here:

- NIS workin on PS4

- Falcom workin on PS4

- Namdai already making games for PS4 such as Idolmaster and Gundam. After Tales of Zestiria released, i'm sure they shift the franchise to PS4. And it's obvious Harada will make Tekken 7 for PS4 / multiplat.

- Atlus still busy with Persona 5 for PS3 and Shin Megaten x Fire Emblem for WiiU. After both title released, i'm sure they will shift their project for PS4.

- Sega already making Yakuza Ishin for PS4. I expect more titles coming from them.

- Arc System Works already making Guilty Gear Xrd for PS4. They even said that they will make a new fighting games for PS4

- Team Ninja making games (new NG?) for PS4

And the list goes on. So i don't think you need to worry about PS4 got little support from japan.
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dcj0524  +   541d ago
Considering it's against Mobile, 3DS, VITA and PS3 which are much cheaper and have more high-quality games I'm not that surprised.
AWBrawler  +   541d ago
who really expected japan to go crazy over the ps4 like america did? seriously? its aimed at western audience right now and japan is portable nation.
mochachino  +   541d ago
What games are their for the Japanese gamers? They're not big fans of BF4, COD, and AC or sports games.
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zero_gamer  +   541d ago
Japan is probably waiting for FFXV and a few other "big hits" to get a PS4 because they can. They don't worry about shortages like us western gamers do.
vergilxx3  +   541d ago
PsVita is starting to kick ass in japan almost same sale as 3ds
"Ps Vita I Dead" Yeah right You keep telling yourself that buddy
zero_gamer  +   541d ago
If the PS4 isn't going to sell better than the PS3 in Japan, you can kiss goodbye to any hopes of a substantial jRPG revival, or any genre that Japan is notorious for. In exchange, us westerners will sit through another long generation dominated by CoD and its clones, pseudo-movies, and sequels of Assassin's Creed.
Flames76  +   541d ago
Knack sold horrible to the point that had to bundle it with the PS4
No1up  +   541d ago
I actually tried cheese pizza for the first time ever... Like all cheese, no meat or anything, just cheese. It was pretty good.
Mister_G  +   541d ago
Pffff! Early days yet :)
mysteryraz11  +   541d ago
its a combination of lack of games and limited supply
Olih14  +   541d ago
I am really not sure about limited supplies since every shop I went recently had the PS4 available in Tokyo. Bic Camera, Toys R Us, Yodobashi at least have stocks.
No_Limit  +   541d ago
Ouch for the PS4! It went from 309,00 at launch to 65,000 for second week to 35,294. That is some steep drop. Hopefully it will recover when some good games start coming out.
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