Hyrule Warriors can't beat Yokai Watch 2 in Japan

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.

Latest comments (3)

Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 3 years ago
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

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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 3 years ago
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

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
"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.
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