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Japanese Sales Charts: This Is Why Vita Needs Monster Hunter

Posted by Sammy Barker

In the shadows of giants

A former PlayStation Portable breadwinner, Monster Hunter’s curious absence has been felt ever since the PlayStation Vita’s release. But the great dinosaur-sized hole is more pronounced than ever at the moment, as the hotly anticipated Monster Hunter 4 has just deployed on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. Unsurprisingly, it’s caused a little bit of a furore.

According to Media Create, the game sold a mind-numbing 1.7 million copies during its first day on store shelves. Even more impressively, it propelled Nintendo 3DS sales through the roof, with the handheld shifting a dizzying 276,792 units throughout the period spanning 9th September to 15th September. For purely illustrative purposes, the PlayStation Vita sold an embarrassing 6,020 units.

Granted, sales of Sony’s system may have been hindered by the recent announcement of the device’s upcoming hardware revision, but the console has been trending downwards ever since the release of Soul Sacrifice earlier in the year. And with the inevitably popular Pokémon X & Y lingering on the horizon, we suspect that things are only going to get tougher for the Japanese giant’s flagging format.


1. 3DS – 276,792 (79,191)
2. PlayStation 3 – 12,146 (13,790)
3. PlayStation Vita – 6,020 (7,314)
4. PSP – 5,449 (5,493)
5. Wii U – 5,003 (5,702)
6. Wii – 962 (978)
7. Xbox 360 – 244 (201)


[3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 1,715,060 (New)
[PS3] AKB1/149 Renai Sousenkyo (Namco Bandai, 09/12/13) – 27,052 (New)
[PSP] Brothers Conflict: Brilliant Blue (Idea Factory, 09/12/13) – 15,297 (New)
[3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life (Nintendo, 04/18/13) – 10,530 (1,431,527)
[PSP] Uta no Prince-sama: Music 2 (Broccoli, 09/05/13) – 10,343 (78,758)
[3DS] Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Nintendo, 07/18/13) – 9,428 (302,594)
[PS3] JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle (Namco Bandai, 08/29/13) – 8,906 (454,343)
[3DS] Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life (Namco Bandai, 08/01/13) – 8,822 (264,131)
[PS3] Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Ubisoft, 09/05/13) – 8,252 (30,677)
[3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 7,791 (172,022)
[3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 7,348 (3,410,090)
[3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo, 03/20/13) – 5,352 (896,600)
[PSV] Killzone: Mercenary (SCE, 09/05/13) – 4,304 (15,356)
[3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01/11) – 4,195 (2,120,291)
[PSV] Ragnarok Odyssey Ace (GungHo Online Entertainment, 08/29/13) – 3,969 (44,975)
[PS3] Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (Tecmo Koei, 09/05/13) – 3,566 (22,174)
[PS3] Puppeteer (SCE, 09/05/13) – 3,503 (12,403)
[3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, 07/28/12) – 3,400 (2,094,152)
[Wii] Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Wonderful Version (Namco Bandai, 11/29/12) – 3,390 (560,681)
[3DS] Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (Capcom, 07/25/13) – 3,336 (339,000)


User Comments (24)



Sanquine said:

Thanks sony! You burned a bridge with Capcom ( with MH) would be so good on vita!playing it on my Japanse 3ds right now



rjejr said:

@Sanquine - Did your GF buy you the imported 3DS or you still holding out for the PS4? When people were giving you a hard time on NL about your 10 hours in the airport you should have told them you bought her a car, they'ld be jealous as they're mostly too young to drive

@ferrers405 - "i feel sad that Puppeteer only sold 12,403 copies..."

I think it still did better than W101. Of course it has an exponentially larger install base to work with. They're both weird new IP games so it does kind of make sense though. Still sad, I agree.

Funny first reactions:
Sammy's - Vita needs MH.
Mine - Nintendo doesn't need Wii U.



get2sammyb said:

@rjejr It's going to be really interesting to see how the PS4 performs when it launches. It feels like the Japanese market may be moving away from home consoles, so if the PS4 doesn't take off, I think that's going to be the start of the end of the road. They seem to be assembling quite a strong launch lineup with Yakuza, so hopefully it does well.



InsertNameHere said:

@Sanquine I don't think it's because Sony burned any bridges. Apparently Capcom wants to keep releasing MH on different platforms, rather than having it stay exclusive to just 1- It started on PS2, moved to PSP, now it's on 3DS.



JavierYHL said:

ya such good sales on the 3ds might tempt capcom to let mh series remain exclusive on the its so stupid to let such a big game slip and the worst part is they dun have a back up plan...



Sanquine said:

@rjejr She bought it. But i bought her a vita and a 3ds. Had to choose between ps4 or 3ds( japanese) considering the import cost. I now pre ordered a ps4 myself. Also bought wonderfull 101 the loves it!

she loves her car btw. I also drive in it. Ford fiesta



Sanquine said:

@rjejr I couldn't care much about what some guys think of me at NL. Some people dont respond to your arguments. Like Damian who thinks GTA is more for the playstation crowd. Stereotype...

It's a shame that titles like puppeteer and the wonderfull 101 are doing so badly. They deserve more sales... The tought that some generic shooter like call of duty make billions make me sick.

You are right on the wii U though... Nintendo could dominate handheld gaming even more if there resources aren't spend on the revival of the wii U.

I dont know about the vita tough... Maybe it wil revive but i doubt it. Normally im a avid fan of playstation vita but i cant deny that things are looking bad. Hopefully with god eater 2 and some other hunting games, borderlands and playstation vita tv we will see some sort of a revival.



Gamer83 said:


I don't think Sony burned any bridges, it's just business and it made much more sense for Capcom to bring MH to 3DS. If there were trouble between the Sony and Capcom I don't think you'd see stuff like Deep Down getting announced for PS4.



8vpiper said:

@Gamer83 Is Sony Japan not helping with the panta rhei engine if I heard correctly during the stream? Deep down might being exclusive might be for that? Personally I just think they figure less effort, easier to rehash assets than building a MH for Vita ( would look much better........dat OLED hmmmmmm )



get2sammyb said:

@Gamer83 Yeah, I agree. I don't think there's any problem with Sony and Capcom's relationship at all - I do think that Nintendo and Capcom may have done some kind of deal on Monster Hunter, though.

Regardless, I think it's a bit unhealthy relying so heavily on a single brand. I think Sony's doing the right thing by at least attempting to build a competitor that it owns. Soul Sacrifice obviously has a LONG way to go, but it's a start.



rjejr said:

@get2sammyb - Seems like the PS4 has handhelds against it, and a Feb 2014 release date. I know very little about japanese culture but Feb isn't a big buying season for hardware in the US. Does the X1 have a japanese release date at all or are they just skipping it entirely? The Wii U might actually be able to gain a tenuous toehold by 2014 depending on release dates for MK8 and SSB.



Gemuarto said:

This sales isn't so good compared to sales of Monster Hunter 3rd for PSP. Capcom will definetly make PSV version of Monster Hunter 4.



rjejr said:

@Sanquine - "Also bought wonderfull 101 the loves it!"

Do you find yourself playing W101 and think you're on your PS3? it looks like a PS3 game to me. I'm still used to Nintendo games looking like Wii games. Even Pikmin 3, which looks good, doesn't make me think PS3. And I'm playing NSMBU and it feels like we're playing a better looking NSMBWii.

Got my kid a Classic Pro so we can play some W101 multiplayer when we finish up Mario. glad to hear it's good.



Ps4all said:

@Sanquine Ha! I didn't know that, that sucks. I've never played any of the MH series, but I heard they were really good.



8vpiper said:

@Sanquine @lvnlavitaloca MH Frontier is nothing short of a slap in the face!(one of those white glove slaps) Feels like capcom drop it's trousers whipped it out and slapped me on the forehead with it! I don't even like MH and that's how it feels, honestly Capcom why bother



banacheck said:

@rjejr It's going to be really interesting to see how the PS4 performs when it launches. It feels like the Japanese market may be moving away from home consoles, so if the PS4 doesn't take off, I think that's going to be the start of the end of the road. They seem to be assembling quite a strong launch lineup with Yakuza, so hopefully it does well.

I think myself the PS4 will do alright, a lot of Japanese buy both handhelds & consoles. There is just a limbo period between new hardware, which has always been the case. The only console that is in real trouble right now is the Wii U, all eyes will be on it this Xmas. especially with 3rd parties which meny have already said this xmas is make or brake. And Japan isn't really Sony biggest market for the PS4, the PSVita is not doing so well but outselling a new console.



rjejr said:

@Sanquine - Considering you paid for an imported 3DS from Japan just to play a MH game I'm thinking Frontier G must be really really bad. Really.

Thanks for the W101 feedback.



Sanquine said:

@rjejr It is really bad. You are welcome! I think Wii U is turning in a must have machine ( I dont think everyone is going to agree with me). But Pikmin 3 , W101 and Monster hunter ultimate is a big enough reason to buy a wii U. Now zelda windwaker is on release:D I want it so bad:D Sailing with link feels like a bad ass:D



rjejr said:

@Sanquine - ( I dont think everyone is going to agree with me).

Well probably not on this website, no.

TBH, as you may know I bought my Wii U about 5 weeks ago and was very torn in doing so thinking it might be a mistake. Well $50 price drop announcement a week later aside, Nintendo does seem to be doing better and I would actually recommend it to people now. Well tomorrow after the price drop goes into effect, it's still $349 in stores today. $299 w/ some good Nintendo titles coming up and the casual stuff that should have been there day 1 or at least last holiday, I think its a good Christmas gift for any kid or family this year. Santa can bring us a PS4 next Christmas 2014. Maybe Last Guardian will be out by then.

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