The Media Create Japanese sales for last week have emerged, and this time around feature a high profile spin-off from Capcom, while Arc System Works enjoys a positive launch on PS4 and PS3.

Starting with software, Monster Hunter Stories arrived in Japan, an intriguing RPG spin-off that targets fans old and new to the series. It took top spot with 140,603 sales, decent numbers in isolation but disappointing by the standards of the IP. Monster Hunter X (Cross) (known as Generations in the West) by comparison shifted nearly 1.5 million units at launch in Japan, showing that the ‘main’ entries still carry far broader appeal. Elsewhere in the top 20 there are a number of evergreen titles and a few new arrivals on Sony hardware.

  1. [3DS] Monster Hunter Stories (Capcom, 10/08/16) – 140,603 (New)
  2. [PS4] BlazBlue: Central Fiction (Arc System Works, 10/06/16) – 20,608 (New)
  3. [PS4] Persona 5 (Atlus, 09/15/16) – 13,169 (345,954)
  4. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura (Level-5, 07/16/16) – 12,423 (1,273,183)
  5. [PS4] FIFA 17 (EA, 09/29/16) – 11,547 (68,559)
  6. [PS3] BlazBlue: Central Fiction (Arc System Works, 10/06/16) – 9,674 (New)
  7. [Wii U] Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Mojang, 06/23/16) – 6,810 (144,629)
  8. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SIE, 03/19/15) – 5,714 (891,075)
  9. [PS3] Persona 5 (Atlus, 09/15/16) – 5,343 (100,353)
  10. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons X: Kami no Shou / Ryuu no Shou (GungHo Online Entertainment, 07/28/16) – 5,246 (190,559)
  11. [PS4] Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (Konami, 09/15/16) – 5,053 (95,628)
  12. [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot (Nintendo, 04/29/16) – 4,944 (449,076)
  13. [3DS] Dragon Ball Fusions (Bandai Namco, 08/04/16) – 4,138 (174,184)
  14. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Low Price Version) (10/08/15) – 4,089 (173,240)
  15. [3DS] Chou Sentouchuu: Kyuukyoku no Shinobu to Battle Player Choujou Kessen (Bandai Namco, 09/15/16) – 3,720 (18,830)
  16. [PS3] FIFA 17 (EA, 09/29/16) – 3,558 (16,519)
  17. [PSV] Demon Gaze II (Kadokawa Games, 09/29/16) – 3,350 (17,322)
  18. [PSV] Norn9: Norn + Nonet Act Tune (Idea Factory, 10/06/16) – 3,505 (New)
  19. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 3,401 (2,906,837)
  20. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 3,320 (1,479,181)

Moving on to hardware, the PS4 retains top spot but the notable numbers since the launch of the ‘Slim’ model continue to dip. The New 3DS LL (XL) enjoyed a small boost alongside Monster Hunter Stories, but in general sales remained relatively static across the board.

  1. PlayStation 4 – 31,071 (36,251)
  2. New 3DS LL – 16,548 (13,701)
  3. 2DS – 9,421 (10,595)
  4. PlayStation Vita – 9,282 (9,357)
  5. New 3DS – 3,084 (2,655)
  6. Wii U – 2,545 (2,111)
  7. PlayStation 3 – 820 (907)
  8. 3DS – 449 (406)
  9. Xbox One – 90 (121)
  10. 3DS LL – 88 (67)

It’ll be interesting to see what Capcom says about those sales in financial briefings, as it may have hoped for far better. Stories has still achieved a solid launch, but it’s underwhelming by the giddy heights that the Monster Hunter series has set on 3DS. In the meantime, we still hope to see this charming title localised to the West.



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