Apparently the new Harvest Moon game is quite a bit better than the previous 3DS titles(which makes it better than the DS entries as well) so I'm curious to see how this one does considering the success the series has seen over the course of this generation.
It's probably a combination of a lot of factors. Low userbase, the userbase's attraction to the genre is suspect, there have been few (if any?) games to test that genre's feasibility on that platform, mismanaged expectations, etc. I imagine in five years it will be considered a cult classic, but that doesn't really help its poor sales.
- Story of Seasons is the best selling game of the week, but it was sold only by one store, Rakuten Books, something that shows a decline regarding other entries. Minecraft sold better than expected, and got some interest. Caligula and Refrain both were out of stock on various retailers in the marketplace.
- On hardware, PlayStation 4 is the best selling console of the week. Rakuten shows some re-stock for Wii U in both models. Nintendo 3DS new models keep selling, so the handheld could possibly be in first place.
- The most pre-ordered game is Yo-Kai Watch 3, Sushi version being the most popular of both. Also the Double Set is kinda popular, sold only by Rakuten Books. Final Fantasy XV and the Limited Edition of The Last Guardian were one of the games with most reservations.
- For next week, Super Robot Wars especially the PS3 version could take the first place. Zero Time Dilemma on its PS Vita version is also something to be aware.
* Note: Rakuten, Inc. is Japans largest online marketplace with more than 25% of marketshare, doubling its nearest competitor, Amazon.
* Note 2: More than 90% of Japan's Internet population is registered on the site, approximately 108 million users.
Yeah, I suppose the DRPG market (certainly for first-person gridders) has been showing decline on Vita recently (most notable in Experience Inc's games - Demon Gaze > Operation Abyss > Stranger > Ray Gigant > Operation Babel).
Still, with Harada doing the art I'd have thought that would help with its commercial viability.