Tales of Berseria Sells Roughly 250,000 In Japan On Its First Week

Berseria dominates 1st and 2nd this week in video game sales

Tales of Berseria takes first and second place in the Japanese video games sales last week, reaching a total of roughly 250,000 sales on its first week of release cumulative for both PS4 and PS3 versions. 

According to MediaCreate's sales report, Tales of Berseria's PlayStation 4 version sold the most among video games in Japan for the week of August 15-21, 2016, garnering 173,537 sales. The PlayStation 3 version takes second place, selling 76,186 units. All in all, the game has garnered a total of 249,723 sales if the two platforms are combined, roughly 250,000 if rounded off.

The ranking of the top 20 is as follows:

  1. Tales of Berseria (PS4) – 173,537 *NEW!
  2. Tales of Berseria (PS3) – 76,186 *NEW!
  3. Yokai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura (3DS) – 62,343 (1,120,378)
  4. Dragon Ball Fusions (3DS) – 18,343 (127,652)
  5. Puzzle & Dragons X: Kami no Shou / Ryuu no Shou (3DS) – 16,370 (144,106)
  6. Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS) – 12,365 (407,297)
  7. Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Wii U) – 9,786 (91,410)
  8. Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (3DS) – 9,353 (2,871,259)
  9. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (3DS) – 8,155 (223,510)
  10. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Wii U) – 7,297 (81,445)
  11. Collar X Malice (PSV) – 7,271 *NEW!
  12. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (PSV) – 6,459 (854,061)
  13. Splatoon (Wii U) – 5,772 (1,452,067)
  14. Toukiden 2 (PSV) – 5,434 (86,122)
  15. Ratchet & Clank (PS4) – 5,114 (32,648)
  16. Etrian Odyssey V: The End of the Long Myth (3DS) – 4,436 (42,977)
  17. Sumikko Gurashi Mura wo Tsukurun Desu (3DS) – 4,436 (42,977)
  18. 12-Sai. Koi Suru Diary (3DS) – 4,099 (24,459)
  19. Toukiden 2 (3DS) – 3,756 (68,275)
  20. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Happy Price Selection) (3DS) – 3,626 (81,823)

Famitsu's own ranking has slightly lower but similar sales numbers. They also report an 80-100% sales rate of stocks, so it's still within Bandai Namco's expected sales numbers. (Thanks cgkt55)

So far, the Tales title to sell the highest in its first week is Tales of Xillia for the PlayStation 3, reaching a huge 510,000+ units in just its first few days of release, as announced by Bandai Namco Entertainment Japan during that time.

If counting sales of only the recent gen/current gen Tales games (i.e. PS3/Xbox 360 and up), Tales of Berseria would place 4th in terms of week one release, with Tales of Xillia 2 at 364,000+ and Tales of Zestiria for the PS3 at 340,000+ just above it. Just below Tales of Berseria would be Tales of Graces f for the PS3 with 210,000+ sales.

We unfortunately can't compare it to the first week sales rankings of the entirety of the Tales series, since MediaCreate sales reports weren't available for the way older titles. Though there seem to be other sales lists online, different sources (4gamer/MediaCreate, Dengeki, Famitsu) differ by the ten thousands, thus making a ranking turn out erroneous.

Tales of Berseria
Tales of BerseriaTales of Berseria is the latest mothership title of the Tales of Series which was first announced during Tales of Festival 2015. The game was released for both the PS3 and PS4 on August 18, 2016 in Japan, January 24, 2017 in North America and January 27, 2017 in Europe for the PS4 and PC. The game features a female protagonist named Velvet and a theme of pirates and ships. It's also confirmed as a distant prequel to Tales of Zestiria.

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  • Vesperia only had around 220k in the first week (PS3 version) Abyss had around 350k +/- if I remember it correctly.
    So the sales aren't bad at all. I guess some people are just wary of the PS3 version and wait for the day to get a PS4 eventually. Hopefully some will finally adjust to the design that has took root along the last few games.
    Wanna play it so bad. Curses to my inability to read Japanese. :/

    Also that is one mighty fine picture, thank you. *snatches it right away* 😀

    • Sano

      That's not a very good comparison, I'm afraid. Vesperia PS3 was an enhanced port of a game released a year or so prior that a decent amount of people had already played, not the great grand first release of a new Tales experience released across *2* different systems like Berseria is. The fact that it marginally outsold Vesperia PS3 first week is not something to be satisfied with, it's cause for worry and displeasure.

      The picture these sales paint is all the more disheartening because of the heightened sales train the mothership titles have been riding ever since Xillia 1. That games' sales were anomalous in this age of the series, but even after that particular case both Xillia 2 and Zestiria sold approximately 350,000 copies week 1 which are still great numbers. Berseria sinking as drastically as it has is undeniably not a good look.

      I can guarantee that the sales for Berseria are hardly the games' fault, however. I'm confident that people being wary of the PS3 version and waiting for a PS4 plays a fairly small part in it as well. Unfortunately, the real factor to blame for these sales would be Zestiria and its launch. Anyone who, like myself, pre-ordered Zestiria before its original japanese release and played through the game during its release window (January 2015) will know that that game was in borderline shambles at the time. Aside from its numerous flaws inherent to its design like its wonky-ass camera, somewhat excessive weightiness, etc., the original JP PS3 version had insane framerate issues at launch that put a serious damper on the gameplay experience. Add in the whole Alisha fiasco and its decidedly less-than-stellar writing and all that and Zestiria was by far and away the worst launch of the entire series. The countless 1-star Amazon JP reviews that bombarded it in the days following release and how its original japanese sales dropped like a rock in a lake in week 2 bear that much out.

      Doubtless more than a few people lost a good deal of faith in the series after that launch, and even beyond the launch a lot of people had issues with that game just on its fundamental qualities. I certainly have my fair share of issues with it, but I was still ultimately able to enjoy a good amount despite its plethora of shortcomings. Unfortunately, the pall that it has cast over the series--particularly in its home region of Japan--has seemingly come back to bite Berseria in the ass.with a good amount of people either not being interested in the game after Zestiria's failures or deciding to hold off and make sure Berseria's coast is clear before committing to buy it.

      With the prestige of the release, marketing push, anime exposure with Zestiria the X, and its release on 2 different systems, unfortunately--yes--Berseria's sales are bad to some extent, especially considering the greater sales success the series has carved out for itself since Xillia 1. The silver lining here, though, is that if a number of people are waiting out to see if the game is stable and solid before buying after a bad experience with Zestiria, then hopefully they will pick the game up in the coming weeks and give it good enough legs to make up for this lackluster first week.

      And they should. I pre-ordered as I always do and am about 18 hours deep. It's pretty great.

  • Pokenar

    Not half bad, seems Zestiria's poor reception didn't hurt the series as bad as some people feared.

  • Shon

    IIIRC TOV PS3 sales where the best but not at in first weeks (can't blame some people who didn't were hurry to buy game they already saw last year or even beat)
    TOX imo sold fine thanks to the fact that fans were hungry for new big tales game (not "small" form the sister studio which also aim at consoles of Nintendo and Sony's psps)
    And TOX also been seen as one of the sexiest tales of games so far and was the first to took complete new direction after TOV, so fans had good reason to buy it (though it was far from being TOV/TOS/TOTA)
    As for what come after... I have no clue, TOX2 was the closet game to succeed TOV but still lack a few things and suffered from what the first game had to offer
    TOZ was beh~ (but appreciate the effort)
    And for TOG and TOH... well.. I still wondering if someone seriously saw them as next big thing in Tales series since my impression (include my opinion) was that they not even were close to the main titles

    • a745

      Actually, based on sales records, overall best selling would be the older titles, Tales of Destiny and Destiny 2 reaching almost a million by around last year. Tales of Xillia is up there with them. Vesperia PS3 is below them along with some other older titles (Rebirth, Legendia, Abyss).

      Actually, Xillia already sold more than a million, but that's counting global sales for both Japanese and local sales, but its Japanese sales are already at the 800k mark.

  • cgkt55

    Famitsu is reporting a 80-100% sell-through rate. http://www.famitsu.com/biz/ranking/
    That's not bad and shows Bamco was anticipating those numbers. I'm curious how next week goes.