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  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Back on Top with Several New Releases

    Final Fantasy XIV targets software summit

    The low stock Nintendo Switch situation has opened the door for the PlayStation 4 to return to the top of the Japanese hardware charts – albeit with relatively unimpressive figures all told. Combined sales of the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro propelled Sony’s console back to the summit, with several lower-profile...

  • News N. Sane Trilogy Plots the Return of Japanese Crash Bandicoot

    Face lift

    Veteran fans of Crash will know that the bandicoot has a slightly different face in Japan. As part of Sony’s localisation efforts for the original trilogy of games, it gave the titular character a bit of a facelift, attempting to make him more palatable to local audiences. It worked, too – Naughty Dog’s titles were a surprise hit in...

  • Japanese Sales Charts All's Quiet on the PlayStation Front

    Summertime snoozefest

    Bad news if you thought the Japanese sales charts were about to get interesting, because for the millionth week running, there's bugger all happening as far as PlayStation's concerned. There are no new PlayStation 4 releases in the top 20, with Tekken 7 the only current-gen release remaining in the top five. Bandai Namco's...

  • News Dragon Quest XI PS4 Gets a Funny Japanese Ad, as You'd Expect

    What are we even watching

    Sony sure likes its dumb Japanese adverts doesn't it? We've seen some corkers over the years - the Destiny one is still our favourite - but this new addition for Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time is no slouch either. Featuring singer and actor Takayuki Yamada, he loads up the game only to be blown away...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Read the E3 2017 News Instead

    Another slow week

    The Japanese sales charts are out, and as has been the case for several weeks now, there’s naff all going on apart from the Nintendo Switch getting a trickle of stock. PlayStation 4 sales are in the gutter, but it’s just a dry spell for the entire industry at the moment; expect sales to perk up across the board when Dragon...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Tekken 7 Juggles Its Way to Number 1

    Tekken it higher

    Well, there's only one worthwhile story to extract from the latest Japanese sales charts. Soaring straight to the top of the software list, Tekken 7 shifted 58,736 copies on PlayStation 4 during its debut. Certainly not an amount worth shouting about, but it's worth remembering that the series has traditionally moved more units in...

  • News Everybody's Golf Is Still Coming to Smartphones in Japan

    Nice shot

    Sony may have been quiet on the smartphone front, but its new mobile-focused subsidiary ForwardWorks is busy bringing some of PlayStation’s biggest brands to iOS and Android. And it looks like Everybody’s Golf may be the first franchise to arrive, with pre-registration for the title open in Japan right now. There’s also a new...

May2017

  • Japanese Sales Charts Ys VIII Dashes Straight to Number 1 as PS4 Stays Quiet

    Guilty Gear also rocks into top 5

    We'd still classify this as a pretty boring instalment of the Japanese sales charts, but at least we've got a few things to write about this time around. First off, the latest Ys game, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, shot straight to the top of the software charts, selling a kind-of-okay-but-actually-pretty-low 27,741...

  • News Sony Says Goodbye to the PS3 After 10 Years on the Market

    So long, old friend

    Sony has announced that PlayStation 3 production has ended in Japan, which essentially means that the console is done and dusted. Back in March, the company said that the end would soon be coming, and now it's put the final nail in the coffin. The PS3 launched over a decade ago in its homeland; it'll be 11 years old this...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Steady as Sales Slow Down

    Calm before the Dragon Quest?

    The post-Golden Week slump in Japan is still very real, with little to shout about in this week’s Media Create report. PREY was the “hottest” new release of the week, selling 7,105 units on the PlayStation 4. Danganronpa 1/2 Reload also charted for Sony’s new-gen system, shifting 3,880 units. You’ve got to...

  • News Capcom's Bringing More Resident Evil to PlayStation VR

    You are dead

    Resident Evil 7 is considered, by many, to be one of the best experiences that can be had on Sony’s PlayStation VR headset. It’s exciting, then, that Capcom is bringing more Biohazard to virtual reality; less exciting is the fact that Vendetta Z is merely a free experience designed to promote the upcoming CGI movie, Resident Evil...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Suffers Another Sales Dip During Post-Holiday Period

    Yawn

    Jeeeeez, when will it end? For weeks now we've been struggling to make articles out of the latest Japanese sales charts because... Well, there really hasn't been much to write about from a PlayStation perspective. Unfortunately, that's also the case this week; not a single new PlayStation 4 title entered the top 20. Of course, this was always...

  • News Sony Japan's Made Another Awesome Musical PS4 Montage

    Play! Play! Play!

    Sony Japan’s got a knack for creating amazing montages, and it’s launched its latest overnight to celebrate the wealth of software set to release on the PlayStation 4 over the coming months. This clip takes the form of a musical, with the star attractions being titles like Dragon Quest XI, Tekken 7, and Final Fantasy XII: The...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Golden Week Winds Up Weak

    Nothing to see here

    Golden Week did little to propel hardware or software sales in Japan, as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe once again ruled the roost. PlayStation 4 hardware enjoyed a small bump, but it was the Xbox One that scored the biggest increase – even if its numbers are little more than a statistical error at this point. NieR: Automata prevented...

April2017

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  • News Sony Will Publish Destiny 2 for PS4 in Japan

    Platform holder to bring shooter overseas

    Much like the first game, Sony will act as Destiny 2's publisher in Japan. The platform holder's said that it will fully localise the first-person shooter on Activision's behalf, adding both subtitles and voiceover in the nation's native tongue. It's obviously no surprise that it's going the extra mile given...

  • News Senran Kagura's Water Pistol Game Is Getting Dead or Alive DLC

    A match made in heaven

    Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash – the Splatoon-esque multiplayer water pistol shooter from Marvelous – is getting Dead or Alive downloadable content because of course it is. The pervey soak-'em-up will see Marie Rose, Honoka, and Ayane join the fray in Japan for ¥‎700 a pop or ¥‎1,800 for the full set. You'll also...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Steady in Slow Week for PlayStation

    Nintendo Switch got new stock this week which pushed its hardware and software numbers up significantly, but despite the new console on the block, the PlayStation 4 continues to sell steady. The system racked up another 30,000 or so units between the PS4 Slim and the PS4 Pro this week – an uneventful but sturdy statistic for the system. Horizon:...

  • News PlayStation Japan Still Has Faith in the PS Vita

    And it's working on a new IP

    Sony's not given up on the PlayStation Vita – well, not in Japan at least! The handheld still sells reasonable numbers in the platform holder's home territory, and that means that the Asian arm of Sony Interactive Entertainment is not ditching the device just yet. Speaking with Trendy Nikkei, gaffer Atsushi Morita...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Monster Hunter Makes a Peach Beach Splash

    Beast mode

    There are no surprises in this week's Media Create chart as Nintendo 3DS exclusive Monster Hunter XX topped the software charts with a frightening debut of almost 850k units. We wonder whether Capcom will use the success as a means to justify another couple of years of PlayStation Portable assets, or whether it's panicking over the fact...

  • News Sony Is Finally Killing Off the PS3 in Japan

    It's been available for over a decade

    Ah, the PlayStation 3. The last-gen machine launched over a decade ago in Japan, and even after the PlayStation 4 hit the market, it was still shifting units. Over the last couple of years, however, things have slowed dramatically; once the PS4 hit its stride in the East, PS3 sales fell off a cliff. With that in...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Ghost Recon: Wildlands Snipes Kingdom Hearts

    Tango down

    It's a bit weird to look at the latest Japanese software charts and see a new game like Ghost Recon: Wildlands sitting pretty at the top, but that's what we're dealing with this week. Ubisoft's open world stealth-shooter hybrid parachuted in at number one, selling a respectable 89,791 copies. It even managed to beat Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Numbers Hold Despite Switch Launch, Horizon Comes Second to Zelda

    Expected results

    The obvious talking point of the latest Japanese sales charts is the launch of the Nintendo Switch, which unsurprisingly rocketed to the top of the hardware charts. Ninty's newest moved 329,152 units, meaning that it surpassed the PlayStation 4's opening sales by around 20,000 units. Speaking of which, Sony's current-gen console...

  • Japanese Sales Charts NieR: Automata Gets Off to a Surprisingly Strong Start on PS4

    Sliced and diced

    The latest Japanese sales charts are in, and NieR: Automata has jumped straight in at number one. The PlayStation 4 console exclusive sold well, shifting almost 200,000 copies. That's a lot more than most new releases manage in their first week. It was followed up by the new Super Robot Wars game in second and third, on PS4 and Vita...

February2017

  • Japanese Sales Charts For Honor Fights Its Way Into First Place

    Nioh keeps slashing in second

    Not content with conquering the UK charts earlier this week, For Honor has fought its way to first place in the Japanese charts too, selling 40,062 copies on PlayStation 4. Not a huge number, but Ubisoft's latest had no real competition, with the likes of Nioh following just behind. Team Ninja's well received action...

  • News Play NieR: Automata with English Subtitles This Week

    NieR-er than you think

    Gagging for NieR: Automata? Of course you are – it's the next must-own PlayStation 4 exclusive after Horizon: Zero Dawn. And it's coming pretty soon: 7th March in North America and 10th March in Europe. But what if we told you there's a way to play it a little bit earlier? Tempting, eh? Well, pull up a pew, because we come...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Nioh Takes a Stab at Second Place

    PS4 continues to top hardware

    Unfortunately for PlayStation 4 exclusive Nioh, it's had to go up against a new Dragon Quest game during its first week on the Japanese market, meaning that it was never going to snatch that coveted top spot. The critically acclaimed action title skewered second place, selling 75,477 copies - not a gigantic amount,...

  • News PlayStation Japan Goes Daft Punk with Latest PS4 Line Up Trailer

    Technologic

    The PlayStation 4 has enjoyed a decent start to the year in Japan, being the only console on the market that's actually seeing growth year-on-year - and its diverse software line up should help it maintain its promising sales over the coming months. In order to get the word out, PlayStation Japan has launched a new trailer, and like...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Resident Evil 7 Regrows Its Limbs at the Top

    Boruto also enters the fray

    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has remained at the top of the Japanese software charts, selling a further 52,665 copies on PlayStation 4. The horror title has almost hit the quarter of a million mark now, and it'll likely surpass that goal this week. It's not the kind of number worth screaming about, but it's a reasonably...

  • Feature 2017 Is an Insane Year for Japanese Games on PS4

    The beast from the East

    Japan seems to be going from strength to strength when it comes to making PlayStation 4 games. The country had a solid 2016, pumping out notable titles like Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian, while smaller releases such as Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth and Dragon Quest Builders were very positively received here in the...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Resident Evil 7 Doesn't Quite Kill It

    Capcom's latest stalks the summit

    There's only one new release worth talking about in the latest Japanese software charts, and that's Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Capcom's well-received horror title entered in first place on PlayStation 4, selling 216,314 copies. Relatively speaking, it's not a bad number - most games these days do a lot less - but...

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  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Tops Hardware as Lifetime Numbers Pass Wii U

    Up and over

    Following the PlayStation 4's emphatic return to the top of the charts thanks to the introduction of the new Slim model, Sony's current-gen console hit another milestone last week when it surpassed the Wii U's lifetime sales in Japan. To date, Nintendo's console has shifted 3,265,329 units, while the PS4 has now sold through 3,267,243...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Numbers Skyrocket Thanks to Slim Release and Persona 5

    That's more like it

    Remember last week when we speculated that the PlayStation 4 would probably jump back to around the 20,000 mark and continue to stay there? Well, it turns out that we underestimated the Power of PlayStation, as it were. With the help of the newly released Slim model, sales of Sony's current-gen console absolutely skyrocketed,...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Hits Rock Bottom as Slim Approaches

    One more time

    The PlayStation 4 Slim launches tomorrow in Japan alongside Persona 5, meaning that regular PlayStation 4 sales have fallen off a cliff. The current-gen console managed to shift just 560 units last week, with the PlayStation 3 actually selling more than double that. All eyes are now on next Wednesday's charts, as they'll feature the...

  • News Japan Has a Killer PS4 Line Up Over the Next Few Months

    Crazy new ad says it all

    It's time for another crazy Japanese PlayStation television ad, so we hope that you've come prepared. Featuring a man who can only be described as incredibly enthusiastic, the clip highlights 16 titles coming to the PlayStation 4 before the year is out in Japan. Oh, and there's a mad mention of PlayStation VR as well...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Flatlines as Slim Model Nears

    The Witcher 3's back, though

    As you'd expect, PlayStation 4 sales are plummeting in Japan ahead of the Slim's imminent arrival. Sony's system sold through just 1828 units last week as the standard PS4 model is slowly phased out to make room for its sleeker sibling. Meanwhile, on the software side of things, there's no really too much to see. The...

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