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PS4 is so over in Japan



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Can we not turn this into yet another "is Switch a handheld or a console" discussion, it's one of the most overplayed, pointless and boring topics of recent years on VGChartz.



curl-6 said:

Can we not turn this into yet another "is Switch a handheld or a console" discussion, it's one of the most overplayed, pointless and boring topics of recent years on VGChartz.

Seems like the argument will never end so long as there are people trying to marginalize Switch's success. 



curl-6 said:

Can we not turn this into yet another "is Switch a handheld or a console" discussion, it's one of the most overplayed, pointless and boring topics of recent years on VGChartz.

pointless is a good way to put it, it almost literally doesn't matter at all. We get it, Switch is more likely to appeal to Japan than a regular home console. We get it, Switch may be less likely in it's current state to appeal to Japan than a regular handheld. We already know these factors and they don't need explaining.



I think the PS4 is going to do about as well as expected, which is finish right around the PS3. We do still have a few price cuts to go with the PS4, and some games that can push HW, but it can't be denied that the home console market has just dried up there. I do wonder if the appeal of the PS5 being B/C with all previous systems, if that turns out to be the case, could push its lifetime a little higher.



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HoangNhatAnh said:
Train wreck said:

Media Create Sales: Week 49, 2017 (Dec 04 - Dec 10)

01./00. [PS4] Yakuza: Kiwami 2 # (Sega) {2017.12.07} (¥7.590) - 131.931 / NEW
02./00. [PS4] Earth Defense Force 5 (D3Publisher) {2017.12.07} (¥7.800) - 111.075 / NEW <80,00%>
03./01. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) - 106.094 / 1.050.168 (-1%)
04./03. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) - 95.816 / 949.470 (+56%)
05./04. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 50.594 / 1.460.370 (+40%)
06./07. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 33.315 / 894.553 (+42%)
07./00. [PS4] Kamen Rider: Climax Fighters # (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.12.07} (¥7.600) - 21.971 / NEW
08./02. [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.12.01} (¥7.980) - 19.678 / 117.409 (-80%)


I don't get the criticism on Kingdom Hearts 3 second week drop. Were people saying the same when every other RPG that drops 80% w/w, like Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (which was released during the holiday season)?

Xenoblade 2? Are you serious? XC is a super niche series until XC2, while Kingdom Heart is a very well known franchise and the mainline game always sell big. KH3 is a system seller, yet it did nothing to help ps4 and drop just like nothing. Comparing a KH mainline game to a XC game is very very laughable logic

Why exactly? It's pointing out that almost all JRPGs have the same drop FW to second week. It's odd to say that KH2 dropped anything other than what was expected.



Train wreck said:
HoangNhatAnh said:

Xenoblade 2? Are you serious? XC is a super niche series until XC2, while Kingdom Heart is a very well known franchise and the mainline game always sell big. KH3 is a system seller, yet it did nothing to help ps4 and drop just like nothing. Comparing a KH mainline game to a XC game is very very laughable logic

Ok...Kingdom Hearts 3 ships 5 million first week, mainline game still selling big (check).  KH3 (and Resident Evil 2) helped move consoles for the past two weeks, game is still a system seller (check).  Nintendo inability to elevate Xenoblade from niche status has nothing to do with the question I asked... I was comparing a RPG dropping -80% being criticized when other RPGs (from megasellers like DQ IX -74%, DQ XI PS4 -79% 3DS -74%, other Kingdom Hearts games BBB -74%, DDD -80%) and the like have similar drops and I can't recall the same criticism.  RPGs have difficult launch week to second week drops, period.

How many weeks that XC2 still remain in the chart? KH3 should do at least the same if not more since it is one of the biggest JRPGs out there



outlawauron said:
HoangNhatAnh said:

Xenoblade 2? Are you serious? XC is a super niche series until XC2, while Kingdom Heart is a very well known franchise and the mainline game always sell big. KH3 is a system seller, yet it did nothing to help ps4 and drop just like nothing. Comparing a KH mainline game to a XC game is very very laughable logic

Why exactly? It's pointing out that almost all JRPGs have the same drop FW to second week. It's odd to say that KH2 dropped anything other than what was expected.

KH3 is the biggest JRPG on ps4 this year, it should be able to push ps4 number in at least 4 weeks, only 2 weeks is underwhelming



HoangNhatAnh said:
outlawauron said:

Why exactly? It's pointing out that almost all JRPGs have the same drop FW to second week. It's odd to say that KH2 dropped anything other than what was expected.

KH3 is the biggest JRPG on ps4 this year, it should be able to push ps4 number in at least 4 weeks, only 2 weeks is underwhelming

Someone already provided numbers. ALL JRPGs in Japan get the same drop on the second week. The numbers are still high enough to be number 1 comfortably, it's still selling well.

What is so hard to understand here? 



It is also important to note that KH3 did not follow the trend of other JRPG's on PS4 in Japan. That is to say, much lower than others in the series. KH3 did really well.

Comparing SE JRPG's from PS2 to PS4 era.

FFX did 2.26m in its first year. FFXV did about 1-1.1m with digital.

DQVIII did 3.5m. DQXI (PS4) did 1.4m in 4 months.

KH2 did 1.1m+. KH3 (PS4) did 700k without digital so far, and might match KH2.

KH3 being so close to KH2 is simply amazing.