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Hyrule Warriors can't beat Yokai Watch 2 in Japan

Hyrule Warriors can't beat Yokai Watch 2 in Japan

Wed 20 Aug 2014 5:04pm GMT / 1:04pm EDT / 10:04am PDT
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Zelda title settles for second place on software charts

Yokai Watch 2 has now survived six weeks in a row at the top of the Japanese software chart, this week beating Zelda spin-off and new entry Hyrule Warriors. The new game only managed 69,090 sales leaving it some distance behind the number one which achieved 118,526.

  1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke - 118,526 (Lifetime sales - 2,212,518)
  2. [Wii U] Hyrule Warriors - 69,090 (New entry)
  3. [3DS] Yoshi's New Island - 29,933 (144,162)
  4. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 - 28,221 (627,635)
  5. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 - 27,273 (108,857)

In hardware there was a rise in sales across the top of the charts with Nintendo 3DS XL still leading the charge by over 20,000 units.

  1. 3DS XL - 42,365 (Last week - 33,172)
  2. PlayStation Vita - 20,825 (17,084)
  3. Wii U - 18,161 (13,598)
  4. 3DS - 9,429 (7,873)
  5. PlayStation 4 - 6,913 (5,470)
  6. PlayStation 3 - 6,260 (6,486)
  7. PlayStation Vita TV - 1,491 (1,344)
  8. PSP - 416 (301)
  9. Xbox 360 - 160 (151)

Charts collated by Media Create and published by Gematsu.

6 Comments

Christian Keichel
Journalist

671 918 1.4
For comparison, the PS3 version of Samurai Warriors 4 debuted with 120k units in march this year, but then the PS3's install base is about 5.5 times, what the Wii U's install base is.

Posted:27 days ago

#1

Klaus Preisinger
Freelance Writing

1,090 1,044 1.0
Linearly increasing platform sales does not linearly increase the individual target audiences. They tend to shift across lifetime sales and from generation to generation. Riiiiiidge Racer.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Klaus Preisinger on 21st August 2014 9:15am

Posted:27 days ago

#2

Christian Keichel
Journalist

671 918 1.4
Linearly increasing platform sales does not linearly increase the individual target audiences.
To expect linearity is nonsense, but to ignore the install base when it comes to sales is nonsense as well. Somebody at Neogaf assembled the first week sales numbers of the last entries of the series on 3DS, Vita and PS4, this helps to get a picture, when it comes to sales of the Musou series on current gen consoles:

Samurai Warriors Chronicles (3DS) 43,044
Samurai Warriors Chronicles 2nd (3DS) 35,806
Dynasty Warriors VS (3DS) 15,607
Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn (PSV) 44,889
Samuari Warriors 4 (PSV) 43,545
Dynasty Warriors Next (PSV) 32,044
Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (PSV) 24,825
Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends Complete Edition (PSV) 11,627
Hyrule Warriors (WiiU) 78,773
Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends Complete Edition (PS4) 13,576
Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (PS4) 7,129

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Christian Keichel on 21st August 2014 10:15am

Posted:27 days ago

#3

Klaus Preisinger
Freelance Writing

1,090 1,044 1.0
This can be interpreted a few ways:

(1) They should stop making Dynasty Warrior games for anything but Nintendo consoles, because stuff on Nintendo clearly outsells everything. In Japan. In August.
(2) People who just spend 400 bucks on a PS4 are picky bastards.
(3) If you stick a popular brand to a game of questionable quality, you get more sales, because people will be happy just by seeing characters they like and not mind too much about gameplay. But Nintendo fans would never fall for that, right?
(4) Dynasty Warrior fulfills an important function on Nintendo consoles, since it is a guilty pleasure which dirties you up just enough, so Nintendo gameplay can cleanse you again. Although that might just be my personal opinion.

In any case, I do not take it as a sign suggesting third party should rush to release all their games on Nintendo, especially when those experiences were tailored to the average audience of PS4, XO and PC. Then again, what if Mario was the lead character in the new Call of Duty and Bowser would get to say the Kevin Spacey monologue? What if Princess Peach rose to become the new Tomb Raider? Guess, we'll never know.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Klaus Preisinger on 21st August 2014 11:14am

Posted:27 days ago

#4

Christian Keichel
Journalist

671 918 1.4
They should stop making Dynasty Warrior games for anything but Nintendo consoles, because stuff on Nintendo clearly outsells everything. In Japan. In August.
Except Yokai Watch ;-) Funny, I didn't wanted to make a statement with the numbers, just found them helpful to compare sales. Interesting, that every posting of sales numbers on a Nintendo system in comparsion to any other system is interpreted now as a political statement in the console wars :-)
If you stick a popular brand to a game of questionable quality, you get more sales, because people will be happy just by seeing characters they like and not mind too much about gameplay.
Don't know, haven't played the game, so I can't say if it has "questionable quality", do you? Or are you referring to the Musou series in general? It's a long running series with a very stable core fan base. The games are tailored for these customers, never heard them complaining about the "questionable quality". These games usually get no review scores in the 80s, because they are to niche for that, but - at least to me - it seems fans of the series are quite satisfied with what they got in the last years.
In any case, I do not take it as a sign suggesting third party should rush to release all their games on Nintendo, especially when those experiences were tailored to the average audience of PS4, XO and PC.
As I said above, I didn't said anything like that and haven't heard anybody say something like that. There were several entries of the Samurai Warriors series on the Wii, Warriors Orochi 3 was released on the Wii U and the 3DS also received 2 entries in the series, so I find it hardly unusual to see this kind of game on the Wii U and I am not sure, what you mean when you say "those experiences were tailored to the average audience of PS4, XO and PC"

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Christian Keichel on 21st August 2014 1:09pm

Posted:27 days ago

#5

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,174 1,122 0.5
"These games usually get no review scores in the 80s, because they are to niche for that..."

That depends on which Musou game you're talking about (and who reviews it). Hyrule Warriors has gotten excellent scores in Japan and should here, provided it's PLAYED to see that it's different than the straight DW games on a few fronts. I'd say the game having enough elements from them Zelda franchise (characters, music, the Adventure mode) would make it appeal more to those who know that series than someone going in with preconceived notions against all the DW games for being too repetitive to be fun.

Personally, I like the series because I've never gotten or felt shortchanged for what I've paid for the games I've bought (at least on a home console). Dozens to maybe hundreds of hours of gameplay and a series where you can toss a controller at nearly anyone and watch even the most skeptical person have fun makes each game worth it for me.

Posted:24 days ago

#6

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