Youkai Watch 2 sold over 1.2 million units during first 4 days in Japan (Famitsu)

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Famitsu just announced it. Number doesn't include DL sales, but DL cards are included (as usual). Exact number is 1 281 096 units.

Reminder: first game sold over 50k during the first 4 days. First game is currently at ~1.170.000, so this sequel did better in just 4 days.

Top 5 biggest opening:

3DS : Pokémon X / Y ( Pokémon Co. ) { 2013-10-12 } - 2,096,050
3DS : Monster Hunter 4 ( Capcom ) { 2013-09-14 } - 1,875,115
3DS : Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke ( Level 5 ) { 2014-07-10 } - 1,281,096
3DS : Dragon Quest VII: Eden no Senshitachi ( Square Enix ) { 2013-02-07 } - 836,654
3DS : Animal Crossing: New Leaf ( Nintendo ) { 2012-11-08 } - 721,786

Million sellers:

3DS : Pokémon X / Y ( Pokémon Co. ) { 2013-10-12 } - 4,398,073
3DS : Animal Crossing: New Leaf ( Nintendo ) { 2012-11-08 } - 4,154,825
3DS : Monster Hunter 4 ( Capcom ) { 2013-09-14 } - 3,488,051
3DS : New Super Mario Bros. 2 ( Nintendo ) { 2012-07-28 } - 2,270,879
3DS : Mario Kart 7 ( Nintendo ) { 2011-12-01 } - 2,269,779
3DS : Super Mario 3D Land ( Nintendo ) { 2011-11-03 } - 1,961,311
3DS : Tomodachi Life ( Nintendo ) { 2013-04-18 } - 1,648,095
3DS : Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate ( Capcom ) { 2011-12-10 } - 1,589,804
3DS : PazuDora Z: Puzzle & Dragons Z ( GungHo Online Entertainment ) { 2013-12-12 } - 1,419,931
3DS : Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke ( Level 5 ) { 2014-07-10 } - 1,281,096
3DS : Dragon Quest VII: Eden no Senshitachi ( Square Enix ) { 2013-02-07 } - 1,227,377
3DS : Yo-Kai Watch ( Level 5 ) { 2013-07-11 } - 1,160,576
3DS : Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon ( Nintendo ) { 2013-03-20 } - 1,011,955

Pokémon comparison:

3DS : Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke ( Level 5 ) { 2014-07-10 } - 1,281,096 / 1,281,096
GBA : Pokémon Ruby / Sapphire ( Pokémon Co. ) { 2002-11-21 } - 1,245,003 / 5,337,045

(doesn't include digital sales)
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Obligatory

These are the only games in Japanese history that have sold over 1milllion first week that aren't Pokemon, Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, or Monster Hunter (no first week data available for Famicom or Super Famicom):

[GB] Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters 4 - 1,228,599 / 2,210,162 (Dec 7, 2000)
[PS1] Biohazard 3 Last Escape - 1,005,020 / 1,383,282 (Sept 22, 1999)
[PS1] Biohazard 2 - 1,389,733 / 2,154,975 (Jan 29, 1998)
 
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The release for the second game was on a completely different scale. Higher production, more money on advertising, the incredibly high popularity of the TV anime (the anime was not airing when the first game was released)
I would assume that they have some sort of a gaming preview block after each airing of the anime similar to the block that Pokemon gets to promote its upcoming products.

All of this plus the game likely having a much higher budget does not make me surprised
 

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Two copies sold? That's not a bomb guys, stop trolling!!!
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Yokai Watch 2 Complete
Yokai Watch 3
Yokai Watch 3 Complete
Yokai Watch Sports
Yokai Watch Racing
Yokai Watch Teaches Typing
Yokai Watch: The Video Game Based On The Card Game Based On The Video Game
Yokai Watch Fighting
Puzzle de Yokai Watch

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Wactheimo: How can my Yokai be this cute?
 

Aostia

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Imagine if Nintendo made Amiibo's for this franchise.
This would be interesting. I think that going for the "interactive toys" category they could try to not overlap the Bandai agreement with L5.

Oh yeah, that.

They'd be stupid not to at least try.
Yea. And the anime rights are already sold for western hiring, so maybe they'll do it for real.
and hopefully quicjer than Little Battlers.
 
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Yea. And the anime rights are already sold for western hiring, so maybe they'll do it for real.
and hopefully quicjer than Little Battlers.
I mean, the games are super Japanese, but it could definitely work in the West. With these sales, it'd be silly not to. Especially with the localization of the cartoon.

great great sales, are there monsters involved in this game? cause that could explain it :p
Yeah, there are a couple.
 
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so much for mobile killing Japan

now we need to find a way to keep Level 5 from shooting itself in the foot as they tend to do with IPs
Not trying to defend them but L5 killing franchise eventually is somewhat intentional IMO.
The reason I'm guessing so is the franchise is tied to other entertainment industries too tightly (tv stations, toy makers like Bamco, Shogakukan publishing, etc.) In every 3-4 years they want something new, and franchise will be "refreshed" for that purpose.