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An Updated Look at Japanese Game Sales on Steam [Steamspy figures - May 2016]

kswiston

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A couple of years ago Nirolak posted a thread detailing the state of Japanese game sales on Steam. Since then we have gained an invaluable tool in Steamspy, making long term sales tracking on Steam easier than any other platform out there. On top of that, we have seen an explosion of Japanese games hit Steam, especially from small publishers.

I have been using Steamspy weekly for well over a year now to look up game sales and to track the sales of specific games that interest me. I am creating this thread as a follow-up to Nirolak's original thread, as well as some of the more targeted JRPG Steamspy threads we have had in the past. Hopefully it will be of interest to some posters, especially those unfamiliar with Steamspy, or for those who would like a more curated view of the sales of Japanese games.

SOME NOTES:

1) All Steam numbers below reflect total owners on Steam, as reported by Steamspy on May 23, 2016. For those of you not familiar with Steamspy, keep the following in mind:

- These numbers are total owners on Steam and not sales through the Steam store specifically. Steamworks titles purchased on Amazon, Gamersgate, Green Man Gaming, the Humble Store, at retail, through key sellers, in bundles, or as promotions with video cards or other hardware are included in the figures.

- The numbers are all approximate. If you go to steamspy.com you can see the confidence intervals for each title. Low selling titles (under 30k?) tend to be a less accurate than higher selling titles. Because numbers are approximate (but still quite close in most cases), I have rounded all figures to the nearest 1000.

- Steamspy has a lag of about 3 days. Games that were released within the past 2-3 weeks (such as Final Fantasy X), or games that were heavily discounted over the weekend are most likely to be impacted.


2) I have listed games by publisher with an exception for Arc System Works (to keep their various series in one place). Series with more than 2 entries have been separated to make comparisons between entries easier. Otherwise publishers are listed alphabetically and games are listed in descending order of sales/owners.

I have tried to include all of the major and notable minor Japanese publishers/localization companies (the list below contains about 150 titles from 20 pubs). If I have made any glaring omissions, post the numbers below and I will add them to the OP. I omitted a few series (like Pac Man) on purpose as they differ widely in target audience from most other titles listed.

With a couple of exceptions, I left the Japanese indie scene alone. I am not knowledgeable enough to pick out those titles from the Western indie devs making the same stuff, and I don't really think there is a meaningful regional difference between indie devs.

3) Thanks to Sergey Galyonkin for creating and running Steamspy for all of our benefits.




JAPANESE GAME SALES/STEAM OWNERSHIP BY PUBLISHER:

ACCESS GAMES

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut - 197.000 (published by Rising Star)
D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die - 65.000 (published by Playism)


ARC SYSTEM WORKS (multiple Steam publishers)

Blazebue: Calamity Trigger - 182.000
Blazeblue: Continuum Shift Extended - 64.000
BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend - 29.000

Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- 68.000
Guilty Hear Isuka - 43.000
Guilty Gear X2 - 43.000
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R - 27.000
Guity Gear 2 -OVERTURE- 5.000

Melty Blood: AACC - 31.000
Arcana Heart 3: Love Max - 10.000
River City Super Sports Challenge - 7.000
Battle Fantasia - 5.000
XBlaze Code: Embryo - 1.000


CAPCOM

Resident Evil 6 - 789.000
Resident Evil 5 - 739.000
Resident Evil Revelations 2 - 585.000
Resident Evil Revelations - 560.000
Resident Evil 4 - 556.000
Resident Evil HD - 210.000
Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City - 93.000
Resident Evil 0 Remaster - 69.000

DmC: Devil May Cry - 803.000
Devil May Cry 4 - 286.000
Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition - 204.000
Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition - 142.000

Ultra Street Fighter 4 - 718.000
Street Fighter V - 168.000
Street Fighter x Tekken - 113.000
Street Fighter IV - 104.000

Lost Planet 3 - 448.000
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition - 428.000
Lost Planet 2 - 151.000
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition - Colonies Edition - 42.000

Dead Rising 2 - 450.000
Dead Rising 3 - 379.000
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record - 206.000

Strider - 406.000
Dragons Dogma - 300.000
Dungeons and Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara - 115.000
Megaman Legacy Collection - 41.000


CARPE FULGUR LLC

Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale - 455.000
Chantelise - 173.000
Fortune Summoners: Secret of the Elemental Stone - 128.000
This Starry Midnight We Make - 4.000


DRACUE (PUBLISHED BY PLAYISM):

Armored Hunter GUNHOUND EX - 20.000


GHOSTLIGHT LTD

Agarest: Generations of War - 196.000
Agarest Zero - 67.000
Agarest: Generations of War 2 - 47.000

Way of the Samurai 4 - 51.000
Mugen Souls - 16.000
Elminage Gothic - 8.000
Way of the Samurai 3 - 6.000


DEGICA:

Mushihimesama - 24.000
DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviours - 13.000
Deathsmiles - 12.000


G. REV:

Strania - 2.000


GUNGHO ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT

Grandia II Anniversary Edition - 54.000


IDEA FACTORY

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:Birth 1 - 267.333
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:Birth 2: Sisters Generation - 128.000
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:Birth 3: V Generation - 89.000
Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed - 40.000
Hyperdevotion Noire: Godess Black Heart - 16.000

Fairy Fencer F - 100.000
Amnesia - 41.000


KOEI-TECMO

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends - 186.000
Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 (untranslated) - 92.000
Romance of the Three Kingdoms Maker (untranslated) - 74.000
Dead or Alive: Last Round - 68.000
Dynasty Warriors 8 - Empires - 31.000
Nobunaga's Abition: Sphere of Influence - 21.000
Samurai Warriors 4-II - 20.000
Toukiden: Kiwami - 17.000
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z - 9.000
Bladestorm: Nightmare - 5.000
Arslan: The Warriors of Legend - 4.000


KONAMI

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - 941.000
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes - 636.000
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - 544.000


MASTIFF

Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure - 68.000


MOSS (PUBLISHED BY H2):

Raiden III - 16.000
Raiden IV: Overkill - 10.000


NAMCO

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition - 2.484.000
Dark Souls II - 1.044.000
Dark Souls III - 911.000
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin - 673.000

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 Full Burst - 480.000
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution - 269.000
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 - 101.000

Dragon Ball Xenoverse - 443.000
Ace Combat Assault Horizon - 269.000
Tales of Zestiria - 142.000
One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 - 92.000
Tales of Symphonia - 80.000
Saint Seiya: Soldier's Soul - 11.000


NIS America

Disgaea PC - 53.000
Cladun x2 - 11.000
htoL#NIQ: The Firefly Diary - 3.000
Clan of Champions - 1.000


SEGA

Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed - 728.000
Sonic Generations - 617.000
Sonic Adventure DX - 437.000
Sonic Adventure 2 - 330.000
Sonic CD - 204.000
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 ep1 - 181.000
Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing - 163.000
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 ep2 - 163.000
Sonic Lost World - 46.000

Jet Set Radio - 1.632.000
Valkryia Chronicles - 825.000
Binary Domain - 655.000
Crazy Taxi - 269.000
Space Channel 5 part 2 - 253.000
Nights Into Dreams - 252.000
Sega Bass Fishing - 252.000


SNK PLAYMORE

Metal Slug 3 - 590.000
Metal Slug X - 184.000
Metal Slug - 111.000
Metal Slug 2 - 2.000

The King of Fighters XIII - 378.000
The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited - 85.000
The King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match Final Edition - 81.000

Baseball Stars 2 - <1000
Shock Troopers - <1000


SPIKE CHUNSOFT

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - 47.000
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Dispair - 20.000


SQUARE-ENIX

Final Fantasy VII - 1.022.000
Final Fantasy XIII - 565.000
Final Fantasy VIII - 558.000
Final Fantasy XIII-2 - 335.000
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster - 171.000
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII - 148.000
Final Fantasy IX - 144.000
Final Fantasy IV - 137.000
Final Fantasy III - 137.000
Final Fantasy Type-0 - 133.000
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years - 63.000
Final Fantasy VI - 55.000
Final Fantasy V - 42.000

The Last Remnant - 868.000
Dragon Quest Heroes - 25.000


TREASURE

Ikaruga - 87.000


XSEED/MARVELOUS

YS Origin - 248.000
YS I & II - 162.000
Ys: The Oath in Felghana - 149.000
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim - 38.000

Half-Minute Hero - 445.000
Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - 181.000
Half-Minute Hero: Second Coming - 77.000
AKIBA'S TRIP: Undead & Undressed - 65.000
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC - 21.000
Corpse Party - 4.000
 

JaseC

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It's also worth noting that SteamSpy has a lag of a few days, even though the figures of older, non-discounted releases are unlikely to shift much.
 
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Considering I've bought many of these titles for next to nothing, a lot these sales figures seem surprisingly low to me.
 

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Had to do a double take for the Valkryia Chronicles' sales. 825K? Sweet Jesus that's amazing for what was it, a four-man port effort?
 

Einhander

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Wow. That's a wide margin between Trails in the Sky FC and SC. 181k and 21k. I don't understand why SC didn't sell a similar number, considering it's a direct sequel.
 
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After all this time, Dragon Quest Heroes never reached the low first month NPD on PS4. Square Enix has a lot of work to do with this franchise here.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 - 718.000
Street Fighter V - 168.000

Street Fighter x Tekken - 113.000
Street Fighter IV - 104.000

If anyone wonder what's going on here, USF4 had a free weekend, SteamSpy itself says the data isn't reliable in such case.
 

Crono27

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Wow. That's a wide margin between Trails in the Sky FC and SC. 181k and 21k. I don't understand why SC didn't sell a similar number, considering it's a direct sequel.

Cause 1st game was long and most people probably didn't finish it. I finished it but still haven't purchased 2nd due to so many other games currently to play. I'll get it eventually but it will be a while
 

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Two what stood out the most for me were:

Valkyria Chronicles
The Last Remnant


Those are insane figures for both!
 

kswiston

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I'm curious as to how snk are doing with all the kof games now available on pc.

I knew that I would forget something major. I will add SNK Playmore in a few minutes.

How many $5 sales does it take to sell 267k copies of Neptunia Re:Birth 1?

I don't think that I have seen Neptunia much cheaper than $6 actually. I does get a lot of $6-10 sales though.

It's also worth noting that SteamSpy has a lag of a few days, even though the figures of older, non-discounted releases are unlikely to shift much.

Good point. Added to the notes section.


You forgot one-
http://steamspy.com/app/253750
Ikaruga is at around 87,000 owners

Thanks! Added.
 

Nyoro SF

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Valkryia Chronicles - 825.000

To a million! Let's go!

Looking at the list, it appears that Namco is seeing the most success. I wonder if that's the result of releasing their titles day and date with console, as opposed to the mass majority of games that are late ports...

EDIT: Strange, I don't recall wrapping this in spoiler tags... maybe it's too late at night...
 

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Yeah the older games that have been on sale multiple times for deep discounts and/or included in bundles really skew the data. But there is a clearly a market for these kinds of games at full price in the 20-60k unit range for the "beloved" titles, I'd guess.
Things that PC gamers haven't had access to traditionally seem to do quite well (Trails FC, Disgaea PC even with the awful quality of the port on the latter).

I hope the developers doing this work are encouraged by the numbers here. I personally can't wait to play Trails 3rd.
 

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Cause 1st game was long and most people probably didn't finish it. I finished it but still haven't purchased 2nd due to so many other games currently to play. I'll get it eventually but it will be a while

I bougth SC day one on PSP and Steam but it released the day or a day before a Steam sale. That's never going to end well.
 

kswiston

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After all this time, Dragon Quest Heroes never reached the low first month NPD on PS4. Square Enix has a lot of work to do with this franchise here.

If anyone wonder what's going on here, USF4 had a free weekend, SteamSpy itself says the data isn't reliable in such case.

Free weekends only skew data when they are recent. Free weekends from close to a year ago likely have a fairly minimal impact on these numbers. USF4 was in some recent Humble bundles though. It was a higher tier, but the Capcom bundles typically have high average sales prices.
 

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Wow, compared to most of their other PC titles, those untranslated ROTK games sold quite well.
 

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Tales of Zestiria - 142.000
Final Fantasy Type-0 - 133.000

 

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I'm not sure which number makes me more sad, FFV or Trails SC.

Hopefully Grandia II did well enough for GungHo to continue porting GameArt's catalogue.
 

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I'm glad to see the Dark Souls and Metal Gear games doing so well. The fact that DmC is Capcom's highest seller is surprising and unfortunate. Don't get me wrong it's am OK game and all but there other more deserving games such as SFIV, RE4, RE5, DMC4 etc.

Also bundles have really skewed these results. Kind of calls into question the accuracy of SteamSpy in this instance.
 

Garou

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You should mark games that aren't Steam-exclusive like Dark Souls or Street Fighter IV.
 

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Final Fantasy XIII - 565.000
Final Fantasy XIII-2 - 335.000
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII - 148.000

Let's hope SE is done with Lightning forever.
 

kswiston

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I added in the games listed for SNK Playmore. Metal Slug 3 and King of Fighters XIII have been bundled if you are wondering why they are much higher than everything else.

NIS America also released Clan of Champions on Steam

http://steamspy.com/app/206230

Thanks. I wasn't sure what that was. Added.


Final Fantasy XIII - 565.000
Final Fantasy XIII-2 - 335.000
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII - 148.000

Let's hope SE is done with Lightning forever.


1.022.000 for Cloud. 1.048.000 for Lightning. The fans have spoken! :p
 

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Considering how late Resident Evil 5 arrived on Steam, those numbers are freaking crazy.

Its no surprise its the all time greatest selling Capcom game short of the combined sales of all the Street Fighter 2 versions.
 

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I added in the games listed for SNK Playmore. Metal Slug 3 and King of Fighters XIII have been bundled if you are wondering why they are much higher than everything else.


Thanks. I wasn't sure what that was. Added.

1.022.000 for Cloud. 1.048.000 for Lightning. The fans have spoken! :p

Exactly, Cloud reached that number with one game, the other with 3.