Minecraft proves that it’s popular throughout the world as it reveals sales figures of more than one million in Japan alone.
According to Japanese website Famitsu, the PlayStation Vita version of the popular sandbox game has sold 1,001,468 units in Japan as of April 24, 2016. This figure includes both retail and download sales, with almost 800,000 units coming from sales of the retail version.
This is pretty impressive considering that Minecraft PS Vita was released in the Japan just over a year ago on March 2015. It’s also pretty surprising in a country where PS Vita games haven’t really took flight since gamers’ attention has shifted to other platforms.
The fact that Minecraft PS Vita version has reached more than a million in sales may be a sign that gamers are slowly realizing the value of the handheld device — or they may just really, really want to play Minecraft on the go.
The PS3 and PS4 versions of Minecraft are also available in Japan. All in all, the total sales from the PS3, PS4, and PS Vita versions of the sandbox game amount to 1,645,000 units.
Missing Out on Super Mario
But, while the Minecraft PS Vita edition is performing well in Japan, fans in the U.S. and other countries are disappointed that the PlayStation versions of the game apparently won’t be getting the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack.
The well-loved video game character has been brought to life in the Minecraft world through the collaboration of Nintendo, Minecraft developer Mojang, and 4J Studio (which ports Minecraft games to video game consoles). Through the new mash-up pack, players will have access to 40 themed skins and make their Minecraft characters look like Mario, Luigi, Bowser, and Wario. They can also create worlds that look just like the locations in Super Mario games and battle familiar-looking enemies (which now look like the baddies that Mario has to face). They can even serenade themselves with several songs from Super Mario 64, which Nintendo has licensed for Minecraft.
The bad news is this: the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack is only available for the Nintendo Wii U. Mojang and its parent company Microsoft haven’t revealed whether or not the pack will be available for the PS3, PS4, and PS Vita versions of the game. Many industry experts are theorizing that the pack will never be made available to these platforms since Sony doesn’t have a partnership with the Super Mario franchise.
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