Well, there goes that. At this point, it's abundantly clear that the PlayStation 4 is currently incapable of maintaining any kind of momentum in its homeland, as Sony's latest console saw its sales plummet by around 35,000 units. The new-gen machine saw a boost in popularity following the launch of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but it certainly hasn't had any lasting effect.
Speaking of which, the sandbox stealth-'em-up didn't actually do too bad in its second week on the Japanese market. Big Boss managed to stick around in third place in the software charts, selling 42,788 copies. Other than that, there isn't really much to see as far as new releases go.
Perhaps it's not all doom and gloom, though. Sony's obviously aware that the PS4 is struggling to find solid ground in Japan, which is why it announced that an official price drop is hitting the console at the start of next month. With any luck, we'll see the numbers begin to increase around that time.
- New 3DS LL – 21,504 (26,976)
- Wii U – 20,891 (10,232)
- PlayStation 4 – 18,555 (54,494)
- PlayStation Vita – 9,018 (11,099)
- New 3DS – 4,214 (5,179)
- PlayStation 3 – 2,628 (2,817)
- 3DS – 1,275 (1,692)
- 3DS LL – 836 (909)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 462 (609)
- Xbox One – 207 (180)
- [Wii U] Super Mario Maker (Nintendo, 09/10/15) – 138,242 (New)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village DX (Capcom, 09/10/15) – 59,456 (New)
- [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami, 09/02/15) – 42,788 (336,440)
- [3DS] Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (Square Enix, 08/27/15) – 42,577 (734,116)
- [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad (Nintendo, 07/11/15) – 39,949 (1,490,292)
- [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami, 09/02/15) – 22,639 (140,186)
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Nintendo, 07/30/15) – 20,733 (1,010,621)
- [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 17,490 (643,987)
- [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 7,379 (324,420)
- [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo, 06/11/15) – 7,079 (462,363)
- [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 4,923 (1,122,317)
- [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 2,948 (2,695,861)
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 2,875 (4,041,326)
- [3DS] Famicom Remix: Best Choice (Nintendo, 08/27/15) – 2,835 (21,437)
- [PS4] Dragon's Dogma Online Limited Edition (Capcom, 08/27/15) – 2,726 (35,702)
- [PSV] Infinite Stratos 2: Love and Purge (5pb., 09/03/15) – 2,094 (9,737)
- [3DS] Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright / Conquest (Nintendo, 06/25/15) – 1,910 (417,060)
- [PSV] Taiko Drum Master: V Version (Bandai Namco, 07/09/15) – 1,818 (94,811)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Best Price!) (Capcom, 07/30/15) – 1,781 (15,778)
- [Wii U] Yoshi's Woolly World (Nintendo, 07/16/15) – 1,737 (70,619)
[source 4gamer.net, via gematsu.com]
Massive drop-off, I thought it would settle around 25k-30k. If you look at the Wii U too, though, it's clear that the Japanese market is motivated mainly by big releases right now. The price drop should help, but I doubt we'll ever see the days where a home console shifts 50k units a week on its back catalogue alone.
It's just the way the market is over there now, it seems.
@get2sammyb Yeah, it's the drop that's crazy. You'd expect something at least a bit more gradual, like 25k, 20k, 18k, but to fall by 35,000 units just shows that there now has to be a constant string of blockbuster releases, which is obviously never going to happen.
Metal Gear confirmed dead.
and the drop its freaking huge, and no... the price drop announcement was after the data (week).
@Faruko Yep, if it was a drop after yesterday's announcement, then it'd seem more reasonable, as everyone would be waiting for the price to fall before buying. As such, there's a good chance this week's numbers and next week's numbers will end up falling to some embarrassing levels!
A Wii U jump of only 10k for the release of Super Mario Maker seems pretty mild. It's only going to drop again after that, you'd think.
But again, it doesn't seem that bad. The New 3DS is about 1/3 of the price of a PS4 and is widely accepted as doing really well in Japan, yet it only sold 3k more than the PS4 after its "awful drop". And that's with a new Monster Hunter game on 3DS, albeit a kind of kiddy spin-off. The Wii U just had a new Mario game - Mario, for crying out loud! - and is only 2k ahead.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but if it had stayed at selling about 50k a week, that would mean the PS4 would be selling about as much in Japan as it is in Europe, a continent with five times the population of Japan, and as much as North America, a continent with about three times the population that also happens to be the largest gaming market in the world. So yeah, that really wasn't going to happen.
@Matroska You've got to remember — I don't have the figures in front of me, so may be wrong — that the 3DS has sold like 20 million units in Japan since launch. In other words, everyone that wants one has probably bought it already.
PS4 by comparison still hasn't hit two million units in Japan.
I would call a cold reception for Mario Maker. WiiU jumped from 10k to 20k, and in japan where it seems stronger than here in the West.
I was expecting something more close to the reception of MGSV and Ps4 at launch week (that was amazing tbh).
@get2sammyb if that's right about the total numbers then MGSV has a pretty decent attachment rate. Things may pick long term over there when the likes of Yakuza, Dragon Quest and Persona 5 start showing up.
Sony can hardly complain though as they're not doing too bad elsewhere
Mario Maker is going to have legs so Wii U should settle around 18K to 25K the rest of the year with some big end of the year releases bumping it quite a bit around the holidays.
The drop off for both PS4 and MGS V is massive and should be very concerning for Sony. It looks to me like the company is trying but no matter what, it will never catch on in Japan and the continued support of PS3 isn't helping.
I wouldn't call 138K and topping the software charts and a 10K to 20K jump for hardware a cold reception.
Sony just announced a price drop in Japan for PS4. Likely people are waiting until October 1 to purchase at the lower price.
@arnoldlayne83 I think the numbers are pretty decent, it will have legs, and MGS5 numbers are super front loaded, they will do good for 1 or 2 weeks then dead.
@DarthDiggler These are last week's numbers - so these were before the price drop.
PS4 games tend to sell through most their stock right at launch, while Nintendo games tend to sell year round, throughout the generation.
@ShogunRok Good point I didn't consider the data wasn't real-time. Perhaps the price drop leaked? Honestly this isn't all that surprising, many in Japan were probably waiting for the new MGS game so a drop off is to be expected.
@DarthDiggler I guess it's possible that some potential buyers were waiting for TGS before seeing if there was a price drop, so there could be something in that.
I honestly don't care anymore about japan and the console market. As important as it is, when it comes to console gaming, Japan is dead. Time for them to move on and stop trying to grab those japanese sales because it's just not going to happen.
Yup, it seems that's been the trend the past couple gens at least.
A drop to 40K, sure, even 35K. But from 54K to 18K, that's significant and has to be concerning.
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