PS4 at Top of Japanese Hardware Chart by a Huge Margin

February 26, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Media Create is a Japanese research and publishing firm that keeps track of console sales in Japan. Its estimates are highly reliable and are generally thought to give a good idea of how things stand in the gaming market. They just release the chart for last week’s sales, which includes data from the PS4. It’s on the top of the list, and the margin between it and the second console is huge.

  1. PS4 – 309,154
  2. 3DS LL – 22,253
  3. Vita – 16,857
  4. PS3 – 9,983
  5. 3DS – 9,898
  6. Wii U – 8,407
  7. PSP – 3,171
  8. Vita TV – 1,383
  9. Xbox 360 – 241

Remember, while these are last week’s sales, the PS4 only had two days of that week, while all the others had the full time span. In light of these numbers, as well as the other sales reports we’ve heard, it’s safe to say the PS4’s Japanese launch was a success. Now we just need to wait and see how it holds up in the weeks and months to come.

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322,083 Sales for PS4 in Its First Two Days in Japan

February 25, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Well, we’ve been waiting to hear how the PS4 sold following its release in Japan, and now we’ve got some numbers. According to the data gathered by Famitsu, the PS4 sold 322,083 units in Japan across its first two days.

That’s pretty impressive. To provide a comparison, the PS3 only sold 88,443 units in its first two days in Japan.

How far will the PS4’s sales numbers climb? It’s already doing better than anyone anticipated, Sony included. We’re glad to see such a good result from its Japanese launch, and we expect more success stories from the PS4 as time goes on.

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PS4 Sold Out at Japanese Retailers

February 24, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Everyone’s eyes were on Japan when the PlayStation 4 launched this past week, and when it didn’t immediately sell out, some people panicked. Well, you can stop panicking—Japanese sales of the PS4 are going strong, and it has begun to go out of stock at major retailers, including Amazon Japan, Edion, Rakuten, and Yodobashi Camera.

Now, if you are a Japanese gamer, you might consider this more cause for panic if you were planning on picking up a PS4 soon, but don’t worry. According to Japanese electronics retailer Yodobashi, Sony is sending out the next batch of consoles tomorrow, and they should be in most major stores by the 26th.

It now looks like the lack of an immediate sell-out was caused by a lot of online purchases, which left more consoles on the shelves for a longer period of time. We don’t have concrete sales numbers for you yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do.

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PS4 Launch in Japan Will Strengthen its Lead

February 21, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


In terms of sales the PS4 has been ahead of the Xbox One for quite some time now, with a significant gap between the two, and today, we expect it to widen even further.

The PS4 got its lead before it was released in Japan. That release occurred today—and so far, the response has been positive. Sony’s consoles typically sell well in Japan, and Microsoft’s typically sell poorly. When you combine the two, this means our natural expectations would be for the PS4 to far outsell the Xbox One in Japan.

So far, the Xbox One has a media-centric nature that appeals more to western audiences and a series of games that do the same. The PS4 still has a small library of games, but it’s still likely to be the more appealing choice for a majority of Japanese gamers.

Since the PS4 has done so well in the west, where the Xbox 360’s sales always had an edge over the PS3, we can’t imagine how much the Japanese launch is going to strengthen Sony’s lead.

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PS4 Becomes Japanese Best-Seller on Amazon

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Almost immediately after its launch in Japan, the PS4 hit the top of Amazon’s Japanese best-seller list. We’re talking about the console alone, without the camera—the version bundled with the camera didn’t make it nearly as far, and came in around 12th place.

On the other hand, when it comes to multiplatform game sales, more Japanese gamers are buying PS3 copies than PS4 copies.

The PS4 has been quite successful in the months since its launch elsewhere, and its launch event in Japan was met with much excitement. What sorts of sales numbers do you think we’ll be seeing for its first day on the Japanese market? We’ll keep you updated.

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PS4 Launches in Japan

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It’s time—the PS4 just launched in Japan.

A large crowd was present for the official launch, which was streamed for the world to watch live as well. Japanese musicians, actors, and more gave messages throughout the event. SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida, SCE Japan and Asia President Hiroshi Kawano, and Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House all gave speeches, while many game developers chimed in with their own thoughts and best wishes, either in person or through video messages. Exhibition matches of Killzone: Shadow Fall and FIFA 14 added to the gaming atmosphere.

Notable moments include when Shinji Hashimoto, the producer of Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, took the stage, and was almost sent off again by Hiroshi Kawano before he could actually say anything. Hideo Kojima was another noteworthy speaker, making a striking entrance and displaying the limited edition MGS: Ground Zeroes PS4 we showed you earlier.

All in all, the PS4’s reception in Japan was quite enthusiastic and we fully expect it to sell much better than the Xbox One there.

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Japanese Market Interested in PS4, Not so Much in Xbox One

February 20, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


We’re just two days away from the launch of the PlayStation 4 in Japan. With the high sales numbers Sony has seen for the console already, we’ve been wondering just how much of an impact the Japanese release will have. Well, if the data from Google Trends is any indication, it should give sales quite a boost.

Google Trends shows that a lot of people in Japan are searching for information on the PS4. Now, these searches won’t necessarily correspond to sales, as the poorly-selling Wii U has also seen a lot of searches, but at least the interest is there. That’s more than we can say for the Xbox One, which far fewer people in Japan have searched for.

The PS4 is very popular, but there aren’t a lot of strong Japanese titles available for it yet. How do you think it will fare when it releases in Japan on February 22? Let us know in the comments below.

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Localization of Yakuza 5?

February 16, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


One of the most devastating things fan of a series can hear is that the next entry will not be brought to their country. That happened to fans of Sega’s Yakuza series, when Yakuza 5 released in Japan in 2012 and never went any further.

Sega recently bought Atlus, and since Atlus has a history of localizing niche titles, there’s a new rumor that it may turn to Yakuza 5 as its next localization project.

This would be great news for fans of the series, but we aren’t holding our breaths, since there is little to back it up. We’ll keep you updated if we hear anything new.

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New PS4 Update May Coincide With Japanese Launch

January 31, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Fans have been wondering about when the next update for the PS4 would be released, especially with the rumor that it would implement support for the Pulse Headset. According to an inside source at Sony courtesy of, update 1.6 will is set for February 22, the same date as the launch of the PS4 in Japan.

However, the patch may not include headset support after all. The source said simply “there will be talk about the headset soon.”

It’s an interesting possibility, but keep in mind that we haven’t seen anything to prove the credibility of this source. Therefore, we’ll consider this just speculation until we hear otherwise.

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Xbox One launching in Japan between February and June 2014

September 17, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


The Xbox One has a not-quite-so-worldwide release date of November 22 for the United States and some European countries (full list below), but when’s it coming out in Japan? Some time between February and June 2014 apparently.

Microsoft broke the (painful) news at a press event recently held in the land the Playstation was born, saying that around February or March next year would be the earliest Japanese gamers can expect to get their hands on the successor to the Xbox 360, with the console definitely being released before the end of the financial year (ie by the end of June).

What’s the biggest reasons for the potentially long wait in Japan? One has to be the language and entirely different characters, the other has to be the lack of Japanese games… It certainly leaves the door wide open for Nintendo and Sony (the PS4 will be launched in Japan on 22 February).

Xbox One launch countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA.

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