Big in Japan Mar. 15-21: Yakuza 4

Next chapter in Sega's organized crime epic posts big numbers during first week of release, pushes PlayStation 3 to top of the hardware charts.

As Yakuza 3 was making its long-awaited international debut earlier this month, its sequel was already tearing up the Japanese sales charts. Media Create released its retail sales figures for the week of March 15-21, and Sega's PlayStation 3-exclusive Yakuza 4 was well ahead of the pack, selling 383,972 copies in its debut week.

Yakuza 4 ended the two-week reign of Pokemon Ranger in flashy mobster style.

For the fourth installment in the action series about Japanese criminal syndicates, Sega expanded the game's focus beyond former Yakuza Kazuma Kiryu and let players take control of three additional characters, all with intertwining storylines. Keeping the theme of "four" going, Yakuza 4 more than quadrupled the sales of the week's next best-selling game.

That title, Bandai Namco's PSP 3D action game Gundam Assault Survive, debuted in Japanese stores alongside Yakuza 4 and managed to sell 90,994 copies. The only other new release of the week to hit the top 10, Gundam Assault Survive features more than 300 of the titular giant robots pulled from multiple Gundam animated series.

Pokemon Ranger saw its streak atop the charts stopped after just two weeks, though it didn’t fall terribly far. Nintendo's latest monster catching DS game came in third with 49,548 copies sold, followed by long-term chart residents New Super Mario Bros. Wii (36,613 sold) and Tomodachi Collection (34,798 copies sold). Nintendo's fourth and final game on the top 10 chart was Wii Fit Plus, which finished seventh, selling 19,356 copies.

On the hardware front, Sony fared particularly well. No doubt aided by the launch of Yakuza 4, the PlayStation 3 topped the charts, adding another 50,164 to its Japanese installed base for the week. The console's portable counterpart was the next best-selling system, with consumers picking up 38,017 units for the week.

Nintendo continued adding to its own user base, with the Wii landing in third with 31,101 systems sold, and its trifecta of DS offerings taking the next three spots. The DSi LL (called the DSi XL internationally) sold 20,765 units, followed by the DSi (14,256 sold) and the DS Lite (3,953 sold)

While Sony laid claim to the top two spots on the hardware charts, it also owned the bottom two. The PlayStation 2 continued to wind down its life span with sales of just 1,711 new systems. Meager as that total might be, it was still sufficient to relegate the PSP Go to last place, as Sony's digital distribution-exclusive system sold just 1,491 new units for the week.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF MARCH 15-21, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1) Yakuza 4: Densetsu o Tsugumono / Sega / PS3 / 383,972
2) Gundam Assault Survive / Bandai Namco / PSP / 90,994
3) Pokemon Ranger: Hikari no Kiseki / Nintendo / DS / 49,548
4) New Super Mario Bros. Wii / Nintendo / Wii / 36,613
5) Tomodachi Collection / Nintendo / DS / 34,798
6) Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce 2 / Sony / PS3 / 19,545
7) Wii Fit Plus / Nintendo / Wii / 19,356
8) What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!? 3D / SCE / PSP / 18,466
9) Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (Ultimate Hits) / Square Enix / DS / 15,228
10) God Eater / Bandai Namco / PSP / 15,162

Hardware:
PS3 - 50,164
PSP - 38,017
Wii - 31,101
DSi LL - 20,765
DSi - 14,256
DS Lite - 3,953
Xbox 360 - 2,419
PS2 - 1,711
PSP Go - 1,491

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77 comments
gabsponge
gabsponge

@pip_boy_3000 I'm sure you can get it at a better price. It is an amazing game!

pip_boy_3000
pip_boy_3000

I still have yet to play Yakuza 3 (except for the demo), is it worth it's $60 price tag?

johny300
johny300

ps3 rules . and yeah yakuza series rules.hahaha.

lamprey263
lamprey263

we get Yakuza 3 over a year late and now they're getting Yakuza 4, sheesh

Arach666
Arach666

Yeah,call me again when it´s about Shenmue 3.

x8VXU6
x8VXU6

damn sega it didnt take you long to make Yakuza 4 but its killing you to make Shenmue 3

wwefanforlife
wwefanforlife

I just hope Yakuza 3 sells well so that Yakuza 4 and Yakuza Kenzan get localized it's a great series.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Hell Yeah!.. Yakuza 3 is solid and right on! Great story line that glues you to the game.. Awesome character emotion... And Yakuza 4 is to be better no doubt.. Yakuza 3 was not GTA but its still had enough in the game to make it fun and play to the end.. Go Yakuza 4

M3ran
M3ran

we all know PS3s are much better than MS Xbox360s, i only played one of the yakuza games in ps2,it was in japanese,:( i hope it has english subs or something...

KuRf
KuRf

japanese ppl love technology or gadget stuff....so its obvious they will buy ps3 because of psp and all sorts of gadgets that sony do...ie tv and everything else..maybe if microsoft do its own tv ppl there will buy them...

Seiki_sands
Seiki_sands

@BallisstiXXX Yes, but times are changing even in Japan. The recent game you mentioned Battlefield: Modern Combat 2 is on the list at #15, GS just didn't go down that far. A few weeks ago Call of Duty MW 2 was in the middle of the top 50 list somewhere and even Call of Duty MW 1, despite its age, was on the list at #50. If you know Katakana and follow games in general you can decipher most of the full top 50 here http://www.m-create.com/ranking/

Seiki_sands
Seiki_sands

@crazyshooter93 I think it's almost unquestionable that Yakuza would make Sega more money as a multi-plat, Japan is not the only region that game would appeal to. Besides, other than the game in question I only see 1 PS3 game on the list as well, Japan has been a handheld country this gen. And yes, the PS3 has outsold the 360 almost 5 to 1 in Japan overall, but compare that to the 46 to 1 the PS2 outsold the original X-Box. Microsoft will probably more than triple the original X-Box's sales in Japan before long and unlike the original X-Box, the 360 games have occasionally shown up on these top 10 charts.

Henninger
Henninger

Aight i c how they do now. Release the older game in the US literally rite b4 the new 1 comes out in Japan. Thats messed up. We gotta wait a year b4 we get 2 play Yakuza 4.

Charliesix
Charliesix

I wish Gundam games would return to the US. Some of they have been pretty good in recent years. Just release them on PSN, Bandai Namco!

BallisstiXXX
BallisstiXXX

You can really notice a difference between American and Japanese taste in video games. Americans(me included) love Battlefield, Call of Duty, and other shooting games. The Japanese love..... well alot of different things that tend to not sell very well in America.

BallisstiXXX
BallisstiXXX

Damn, here in America we are just now getting into Yakuza 3, and in Japan they already have Yakuza 4.

crazyshooter93
crazyshooter93

@jjjrrr11211 how many 360 games do you see on that list?

jjjrrr11211
jjjrrr11211

Yakuza needs to come to the 360 to make some real money

hememi
hememi

obvious that the list of great games is running dry when looking at this week in japan

hememi
hememi

ps3 actually beat the wii? . i guess weirder things have happened

crashndash
crashndash

lol ps2 sales is almost the same sales as 360 in japan now thats funny XD

xXvenom5150Xx
xXvenom5150Xx

@Sefrig That is actually what I meant. A system that old beating their most recent system in sales.

Sefrig
Sefrig

@Pixel-Perfect Ah, I stand corrected then.

Vojkan80001
Vojkan80001

Why is anyone surprised by low 360 numbers? Japanese people know faulty hardware when they see it. Besides PS3 is far far better console. 360 has an edge when it comes to online but i take quality and quantity of PS3 exclusives, blu ray, free online, great quality hardware over xbl. But that's just me

nate1222
nate1222

I may end up getting a PS3... in a year or so. If I do, Yakusa 3 & 4 are on the "get" list.

wolfgang_amon
wolfgang_amon

Good thing i can just buy the Japanese version of this game WITHOUT having to buy the Japanese console. Yes, I'm looking at my 360 as i type this.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

@iiIsSueZ I'm no fanboy myself (though I'm increasingly starting to believe that the PS3 IS the console to buy at present in case you do wish to own one). Was just surprised at the huge difference in numbers; hence posted my comment. As for your statement, "Japan is the main reason that PS3 sales and 360 sales are as close as they are.", I believe with the line-up of games for the PS3, this might very well be about to change. Again, this is just the opinion of a person not so good at such kind of analysis - me !!!

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

hopefully Yakuza 4 makes it to the U.S as well. =D

Sefrig
Sefrig

@xXvenom5150Xx Do you even know what you're talking about? The PS2 is a 10-year old system, while the PSP Go has been out for what, six months now?

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@ iiIsSueZ Agreed. Japan is the domain of PS3. It'll take a while for an outsider to make any headway although the 360 has done remarkably well all things considering. There have even been times where the 360 outsold competition! Surprise. But considering the number of specialized Japan-only games on Sony consoles, is it any wonder they have such loyalty?

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

So... the 360 can only outsell a 10 year old system and a financial disaster? Hmm...

xXvenom5150Xx
xXvenom5150Xx

More people bought PS2 than PSP Go. I think this says something Sony...

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

DSI LL what's that? :P Haha. But seriously for a second I forgot it was about Japan only and thought it said the new Yakuza game was selling well. I thought, "WOW, people actually going out and buying a really good game for once'? :P

Fed__X
Fed__X

@ isSuez Actually the name of the article is Big In Japan. I think that it justifies bragging rights on the subject.

iiIsSueZ
iiIsSueZ

@KrazzyDJ The amount of PS3's sold compared to 360's in Japan can't be taken as a bragging right for fanboys. Microsoft barely has a foot in the door in Japan and never will. Japan is the main reason that PS3 sales and 360 sales are as close as they are. I'm no 360 fanboy, infact I much much prefer my PS3. Just stating facts.

iiIsSueZ
iiIsSueZ

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alnors
alnors

hoooo ggrrrrrAAAA

kingsc453
kingsc453

I should have known 4 was out already. I wonder if they'll get Mafia 2 in japan. I'll trade em all the Mafia 2 and godfather games for 1 copy of Yakuza 4 and I do mean all thats a fair trade lol

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

Sadly this means little to nothing in terms of Yakuza 4's chances for localization. It's all down to how well localized Yakuza 3 sells.

gabsponge
gabsponge

@AnelZukic "the sales combined of all DS's surpassed the one of the PSP for just about 1000" but psp + psp go sales combined> ds (psp: 39,508 ds: 38.974)

2mrw
2mrw

where is Shenmue 3 ??? god damn it

Ice_man_1985
Ice_man_1985

pls sega release Y4 to the west, don't want to finish Y3 with regrets.

wolfyrabbit
wolfyrabbit

i think this is the figures in japan, so xbox is not that popular. u should look at worldwide figures. but ps3 rules anyway :D

AnelZukic
AnelZukic

I would like to see that strong sales of Yakuza in NA and Europa (and it is selling better in Europa then it does in USA) :) but at least it's selling great in Japan :) and the sales combined of all DS's surpassed the one of the PSP for just about 1000 :P and yeah for PS3 :D

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Whoa !!! Look at the gap in the sales figures of XBOX 360 and the PS3 !!!