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Japanese Sales Charts: inFAMOUS Fails to Jump Start PS4 as Wii U Overtakes

Posted by Sammy Barker

System needs a jolt

Project Beast may prove pivotal to the PlayStation 4 in its home region, as nothing is stopping the system’s slide at the minute. Despite exclusive inFAMOUS: Second Son deploying in the East last week, the game did little to supercharge the system’s sales, as it accrued a lowly 7,543 units according to the latest data compiled by Media Create. This put the recently released platform behind the Nintendo Wii U for the first time, with the House of Mario’s machine managing a slightly more tolerable 9,024 units.

Honestly, we doubt that either manufacturer will be pleased with these numbers, as the Land of the Rising Sun slowly starts to shrug aside home consoles. Sony’s portable format the PlayStation Vita performed a little better with 14,070 units, though it still couldn’t overcome the Nintendo 3DS family. Software sales did at least fare favourably for the PlayStation marker, with PES 2014: Pro Evolution Soccer topping the charts on the PlayStation 3, a little ahead of Sucker Punch’s abovementioned superhero game.

As always, we’ve included the full software and hardware charts in the space below. What do you think that the Japanese giant can do to resurrect its ailing hardware on its home turf? Solve the sales problem in the comments section below.


1. 3DS LL – 18,374 (18,350)
2. PlayStation Vita – 14,070 (12,810)
3. Wii U – 9,024 (6,716)
4. PlayStation 3 – 7,565 (7,339)
5. PlayStation 4 – 7,543 (6,792)
6. 3DS – 4,850 (5,250)
7. PSP – 1,479 (1,642)
8. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,142 (1,055)
9. Xbox 360 – 202 (201)


1. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (Konami, 05/22/14) – 35,656 (New)
2. [PS4] inFAMOUS: Second Son (SCE, 05/22/14) – 34,801 (New)
3. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 33,974 (984,009)
4. [PSV] To Love-Ru Darkness: Battle Ecstasy (FuRyu, 05/22/14) – 22,327 (New)
5. [3DS] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (Konami, 05/22/14) – 16,762 (New)
6. [PS3] The Idolmaster: One For All (Bandai Namco, 05/15/14) – 12,488 (95,883)
7. [PSV] Genkai Tokki: Moero Chronicle (Compile Heart, 05/15/14) – 9,492 (42,450)
8. [PSV] Amnesia World (Idea Factory, 05/22/14) – 8,650 (New)
9. [PSP] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (Konami, 05/22/14) – 7,245 (New)
10. [3DS] Mario Golf: World Tour (Nintendo, 05/01/14) – 7,069 (93,279)
11. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo, 03/20/14) – 6,741 (377,925)
12. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Pokemon, 10/12/13) – 5,489 (4,068,956)
13. [PSV] Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (Bandai Namco, 04/24/14) – 5,267 (206,648)
14. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 4,244 (3,281,369)
15. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/11/14) – 4,055 (588,563)
16. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01/11) – 3,960 (2,322,537)
17. [3DS] Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (Square Enix, 04/24/14) – 3,057 (123,606)
18. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Square Enix, 10/10/13) – 3,020 (778,762)
19. [3DS] Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode Yokubari Sengen! Tokimeki Up! (Nintendo, 04/17/14) – 2,972 (39,121)
20. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 2,932 (3,727,633)


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User Comments (20)



Punished_Boss_84 said:

Its depressing all round, look at those 3DS numbers! It used to be in the six figure region.

9. [PSP] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (Konami, 05/22/14) – 7,245 (New) Time for Konami to transition.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Well I hope it carries on because then we might get ports of titles like yakuza restoration and ishin etc



rjejr said:

@CanisWolfred - Soon as in today. Which was actually yesterday already in Japan.

And if Wii U numbers don't at least quadruple this week the Wii U is dead. Though I still can't find any info on a MK8 bundle in Japan.



rastamadeus said:

@get2sammyb In fairness to the 3DS, it's sold so much literally everyone in Japan must have one by now so hardware sales will drop. Until the next 3DS model arrives.

@MadchesterManc Exactly the same amount of people who would read too much if the Vita overtook 3DS for a week again. Fanboys will always be fanboys, regardless which company they wank over.



Demi_God said:

It's no wonder why Sony didn't launch in japan first. Why bother launching something in Japan when the people aren't going to run out and support it right away. European countries and North American are far more supportive and this proves it. They like their handhelds in japan, I personally hate handhelds.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Perhaps the Morpheus will boost sales significantly... If they made the vita or a new handheld Morpheus compatible then maybe they'd stick it to Nintendo...



eLarkos said:

@SimonAdebisi The Morpheus isn't exactly portable, It's designed to be used in the home. I don't think many Vita owners would carry a Morpheus to school or ride the train wearing one.



Munkyknuts said:

It seems that Japan just into consoles...I read somewhere, possibly here, that they are mainly into gaming on phones now?



Zombie_Barioth said:

Yep, and handhelds of course. Gaming on the go is a lot bigger over there since people commute to work more.

Theres also the issue of space, but I think not being home as much plays a bigger role. Most people probably don't see the point in owning both, especially with the way mobile tech is progressing.



JaxonH said:


No it's not man, come on. A dead system is a system that receives no more support. Discontinued. Abandoned. Dead.

Sales be damned- the Wii U will stay very much alive for the entirety of this generation. You and I both know Nintendo fully backs their consoles. They will continue to support the system regardless. PLEASE can we stop with the dramatic "this console is dead" stuff, knowing full well we've got plenty of games coming. In fact, we just got one of the biggest releases of the year TODAY. That sort of thing doesn't happen on a "dead" console.

I'm a gamer. I'm going to assume you are too, right? Ok, so as long as Nintendo is still making games for the console, what does it matter if it's performing poorly? As long as Nintendo is backing the console, it CAN'T die. The Wii- now THAT is dead. As in, no more games. No more support. Done for. Out of production. The Wii U has it's best years ahead of it, and you're talking about "oh the Wii U is dead if it doesn't achieve X amount of sales from this one particular title"? What Mario Kart 8 sells, that's what it sells. Be it 200k or 20 million, either way it's not going to make a split of difference for us, the gamers. Either way, we're going to continue to see great games for years to come.

Not to mention, look at the recent boost Vita has seen in Japan. After what, going on 3 full years at market? Proof that it's NEVER too late to pique consumer interest. In fact, every release bolsters the library to be 'that much' more appealing, little by little, game by game. And games are the lifeblood of any console. Until Nintendo stops production of Wii U games and cancels all 3rd party exclusives and collaborations, blood will continue to flow.

I think we should settle this difference of opinion the old fashioned way... we race for it. Should you decide to accept my challenge, my NNID is JaxonH. Oh, and I was born ready



Gamer83 said:


There's nothing to read into. It's an expensive system with not many games that appeal to the Japanese market which has been down for a while now anyway. It's a sad state of affairs over there and who knows when FF XV and KH 3 will be out to help spur sales a little bit. Hopefully MGS V: The Phantom Pain will give PS4 a bump next year but with it also being on PS3 it might not. Sadly these kind of numbers are why Japanese developers try more to appeal to the Western market, the problem is nobody in the West asked for their favorite Japanese made games to change so much to the point they lost their identity.

Wonder what those Xbox One numbers will look like in Japan.



Xaessya said:

Mostly handhelds, which is why 3DS and Vita are doing so well.
Also they have alot of apps and games on their phone that you can't get outside of Japan. Like a robot that you play with using your phone as the remote controller.



jayclayx said:

ps4 is doing it well overseas and the wii U is getting better and honestly the console deserves it, I got both and right now I am playing mario kart 8 over watch dogs for my ps4 and I am so happy with it.

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