Big in Japan October 7-14: Bravely Default, Resident Evil 6

New Square Enix RPG at top spot and above Resident Evil 6 and new Namco Bandai RPG; 3DS XL back in high sales groove.

The latest role-playing game from Square Enix was Japan's flavor of the week for the October 7 to October 14 period, followed by Resident Evil 6, a few others from Namco Bandai.

Quirky JRPGs beat out zombies and soccer last week in Japan.

According to the latest Media Create numbers, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy was at first place on the software charts with 141,529 units sold. The 3DS RPG is a new IP from Square Enix and features turn-based combat, a brave and default stance switch system, and multiple job classes to mix and match. The collector's edition of the game features a poster, a soundtrack album, an art book, and an exclusive cover.

Past top spot holder Resident Evil 6 went down a notch from the past week. The PS3 version of the game sold 92,921 units while the Xbox 360 version was at 34th place with no sales number stated. For more information on Resident Evil 6, check out GameSpot's review and video feature.

Namco Bandai's new RPGs made their debuts for the week. Project X Zone for the 3DS was at third place with 85,539 units sold while Tokitowa was at fifth place with 32,215 units sold. The former is a strategy RPG where characters from Sega, Capcom, and Namco Bandai team up and fight in a newly created universe, while the latter is a fully 2D-animated RPG that combines turn-based and action elements.

The 3DS did well sales-wise due to Bravely Default and Project X Zone being released for the platform. The XL version topped the list at 52,079 units while the regular version sold 27,221 units. The PS3 moved 26,312 units while the PSP was at 15,585 units. The PS Vita was still at 6,134 units, a low number compared to its older cousin.

Top Japan Game Sales of October 7-14

Software
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Sales Unit
1. Bravely Default: Flying Fairy / Square Enix / 3DS / 141,529
2. Resident Evil 6 / Capcom / PS3 / 92,921
3. Project X Zone / Namco Bandai / 3DS / 85,539
4. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 / Konami / PS3 / 50,144
5. Tokitowa / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 32,215
6. New Super Mario Bros. 2 / Nintendo / 3DS / 29,651
7. Wagamama Fashion: Girls Mode / Nintendo / 3DS / 22,195
8. Tousouchuu: Shijou Saikyou no Hunter-Tachi Kara Nigekire! / Namco Bandai / 3DS / 18,458
9. Rock Smith / Ubisoft / PS3 / 13,964
10. Diabolik Lovers / Idea Factory / PSP / 13,173

Hardware
3DS XL – 52,079
3DS – 27,221
PS3 – 26,312
PSP – 15,585
PS Vita – 6,134
Wii – 4,476
Xbox 360 – 2,400
PS2 – 911
DSi -282
DSi XL - 255

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King_Dodongo
King_Dodongo

If they manage to localize Bravely Default, I'll be a happy panda. :P

jinseinoseikou
jinseinoseikou

I'll take a jrpg over a zombie action game any day of the week, any time of the year.

jules2626
jules2626

potentially RE6 had a chance to be much bigger that it is now. it just feels like it was released too quickly. a few more months in development and it would of been fantastic. But now new game releases are strategically planned to maximise profit. they dont want to be released the same time as other "blockbusters" So called overated games like GOW etc.

Japan is developing less quality in the hd gaming market because any talent that they did have have long since seperated.  Capcom saked Shinji Mikami after  the GREAT res 4, The new ninja gaiden game no longer has Tomonobu Itagaki. And with the final fantasy games, anybody who worked on those ps1 classics have long since seperated. So will there be a remake of FF7? not likely. some questionalbe desicions that these game developers are doing.  They want to favor new talent, but they are talentless and degrading the japanese gaming industry.

Bring back the people who knew how to make good games. At least now we still got platinum games for japan and dark souls. i hope they will find a way to make great games again.

 

Cheddarchet
Cheddarchet

I seriously want that collector's edition of Bravely Default. Thinking I might have to pick it up within the next few days... That said, I hate the thought of buying another 3DS just to play it (it is region locked, correct?). :/

lm316
lm316

more psps sold over vitas... thats sad sony

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

they should bring project x zone over i have a 3ds so i would buy it.

Jyakotu
Jyakotu

On the hardware side, it's nice to see that all of Sony's consoles are up there and still selling. It was a surprise to see that the PS2 is still moving units, which is nothing short of amazing since the PS2 is still the best selling console of all time. However, seeing that the PSP is outselling the PS Vita makes me even more worried for its future. The Vita's hardware is so amazing, but it's the lack of 3rd party support and advertising is what's hurting it. I really hope in the coming months and in 2013 that the PS Vita will get some better titles and support. 2013 for the PS3 is shaping up to be a great year, especially 1st party wise (The Last of Us, anyone?). Come on Sony, show the PS Vita some love and advertise it for what it is first: A PORTABLE PS3!!!

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

you would think square would release bravely default on the consoles online stores to help move more copies. i'm sure there are quite a few people who would pick it up that way.

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

i wanna know what ever happened to the Resident Evil 6 on PC?was it like THAT BAD that they said ok we don't wanna hear Insults from PC players OH NO THEY ARE THE WORST! an answer from Editor plz?

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

wow bravely default was a success.... hope it comes over...

sad to see project x zone bombed :P...but i still hope that one comes over too.

jules2626
jules2626

here is a theory, i think in japan, handheld sales are booming because more and more people just dont have room for large hd tvs. especially in places tokyo. even the hotels are pods there. Or maybe they just dont dig microsoft lol.

 

NoobNationUK
NoobNationUK

I'm I glad I bought the 3ds xl, soo may good games now, plus lots more to come! Fire Emblem 3ds announcement made me get rid of my Vita a while back! Best decision ever!

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Looking at the console sales, why does MS still bother with Japan? It feels like they're trying to sell a DVD to a person without a player at this point. They can't possibly be making any money there. 

franzito
franzito

As always, PS2 just keeps kicking! GO PS2, GO!!

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

People in Japan are idiots. RE 6 is probably one the worst games ever created in the history of Mankind.

Hate_Squad
Hate_Squad

persona 4 golden already out of the top 10?damn and i thought vita would get a small boost:P

sangdolee
sangdolee

the best console in the world is sony and thats for sure everyone has own likes but for me sony is the best

GameYakuza
GameYakuza

the PS2 is really the greatest console of all times

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

capcom RE series has been terrible in my eye's since code veronica, dont like the new emphasis on guns nor the over the shoulder gameplay, prefer the old stlye much more, only thing I like from capcom in recent year's was asura wrath and that  was more of a interactive anime with gameplay teasing,

staranise
staranise

unimpressive numbers for re6.........looks like ca$hcom or crapcom is feeling the burn..........think twice when your gonna release re7 and this time listen to fan angst more closely.

MalakTawus
MalakTawus

Great! I'm very happy that BD is selling well, this increase the chances for an european version :)

 

.....and come on SE, you can port it to the Vita, right? Come on!

phoenixto
phoenixto

@King_Dodongo they already did, it should come out end of year or 2014, i have it pre ordered

gargungulunk
gargungulunk

 @KBFloYd I'm hoping for the same.  I just checked something--- It's been said that BD-FF is a spiritual successor to FF-4 Heroes of Light...which, well, it is. 

If history repeats itself, that game came out in Japan on 10/29/09. ...it came out everywhere else early October of 2010.  ...Hopefully it takes less than a year to get this game.  I Could learn Japanese in the amount of time : )

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

 @jules2626 I think it has more to do with the number of people using mass transit. With so many people on trains and the like, portable gaming is simply more convenient than console gaming.

 

The house which I spent my homestay in was two stories, but still felt somewhat cramped compared to my own two story home.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

 @jules2626 lol please don't post about countries you obviously know nothing about as it makes you look incredibly ignorant.

NoobNationUK
NoobNationUK

@jules2626 hence why he wii u controller will sell bucket loads in the land of the rising sun...

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

 @NoobNationUK good games if you have a jpn xl as from what i hear the 3ds is region locked and these 2 games don't have localization announcements as far as i'm aware :/

jules2626
jules2626

 @KingofCabal

thats a bit harsh, Res 6 was a good game,, the mercs is the best thing about it. i dont agree with 4.5. after finishing the game myself, 4.5 is quite slanderous. at least shoud be a rental. but i also dont agree with 39/40 that famitsu gave it. totally unjustified.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

 @KingofCabal ...because nobody bought the game outside Japan? I'm pretty sure it sold well everywhere, regardless of quality.

franzito
franzito

 @KingofCabal Japanese folks like to praise their things, you have to respect that. And for what is worth, RE6 is not that bad if you can handle a handful of Hollywood style action scenes and some Dark Souls punishing moments.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

 @Hate_Squad well its a slightly enhanced port on an expensive handheld. its not that surprising that it wouldn't do that well. it didn't have big enough differences that people would choose it over the ps2 version. the least they could of done was add a femc and lots of costumes like p3p did. plus a crap load of people already played the original version of p4.

snkcapcom411
snkcapcom411

 @staranise  You must not have seen the total sales for "Resident Evil 6" so far. It is crushing just about everything out worldwide and selling like hot cakes in Japan. Go Capcom!!!

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @MalakTawus 

If it utilizes both screens then it probably won't, at least the Vita is capable of AR because I know that's used in BD.

jules2626
jules2626

 @shadowysea07

 i said it was just a theory. i somehow touched a nerve with you in my comment? so enlighten me on how you are so knowledgeable about this? oh and i have been to japan twice.

j_kizi
j_kizi

 oh no! why did you have to bring back such painful memories.... (think happy thoughts) "woosa"

aluccard
aluccard

 @TheCyborgNinja  @KingofCabal It did sell well across the board.  But  I'd love to live in the world where RE6 is the worst game ever created.  It must be filled with the most amazing games.

MalakTawus
MalakTawus

 @leeko_link Obviously since i want to play BD on Vita (yup, i don't like 3ds too much tbh), that's why i want a port :)

foxfacer2d2
foxfacer2d2

 @jules2626  @shadowysea07  I would agree, even cars are strictly controlled with expensive parking spaces in apartments . if the cars there are few because it is cramped why not the the household being cramped as well.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

 @ABEzilla116  @leviathanwing the pc can look better than console true but that doesn't make the console versions crap in comparison. and the pc loses in that there are far fewer titles and it costs quite a bit to get a good gaming pc. the money spent on that can buy hundreds of games.

aluccard
aluccard

 @alenth  @snkcapcom411 I'm pretty sure he's serious.  Re6 is at like 3 million worldwide already. It will have large drops now, but it had the largest launch in the series.