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3DS Reclaims Top Spot in Japan

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

A return to form

There's been some positive news for Nintendo in Japan with the 3DS reclaiming top spot in the Hardware charts, according to Media Create weekly sales charts. The 3DS sold 58,837 units to seize the crown, an increase on the previous week: with no major new releases on the handheld last week it is a reasonably impressive showing. It could be argued that the modest bump in sales is a positive reaction to the Tokyo 3DS press conference on 13th September, with a number of high profile game announcements made. Whatever the reason, it is a welcome boost for the company.

There was also success for software on the Wii, with Dragon Quest Collection, a bundle of the first three Dragon Quest titles, storming to the top of the charts. Rhythm Heaven on the Wii remains in the top five, with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Super Pokémon Rumble being the only representatives for the 3DS in the top 20.


1. 3DS: 58,837 (49,076)
2. PS3: 36,061 (64,786)
3. PSP: 25,122 (25,391)
4. Wii: 15,406 (10,743)
5. DSi LL: 2,869 (2,882)
6. DSi: 2,234 (1,957)
7. PS2: 1,317 (1,386)
8. X360: 1,295 (1,219)
9. DS Lite: 78 (51)
10. PSP go: 7 (13)


1. Dragon Quest Collection (Square Enix, Wii): 263,398
2. Tales of Xillia (Namco Bandai, PS3): 47,297 (572,902)
3. Resident Evil Revival Selection (Capcom, PS3): 17,614 (111,382)
4. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii): 15,109 (552,116)
5. Everyone's Rhythm Heaven (Nintendo, Wii): 14,647 (452,560)
6. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver. (Capcom, PS3): 13,230 (374,013)
7. Atsumete! Kirby (Nintendo, DS): 10,888 (219,156)
8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time 3D (Nintendo, 3DS): 10,504 (380,138)
9. Grand Knights History (MMV, PSP): 10,078 (94,419)
10. Monster Hunter Diary Poka Poka Felyne Village G (Capcom, PSP): 9,378 (192,720)
11. Hot Shots Golf 5 PlayStation 3 the Best (SCEJ, PSP): 8,454 (20,812)
12. Super Pokemon Rumble (Pokemon, 3DS): 7,698 (161,645)
13. Gekka Ryouran Romance (Idea Factory, PSP): 6,948 NEW!
14. Dunamis 15 (5pb., PS3): 5,970 NEW!
15. Super Sentai Battle Ranger Cross (Namco Bandai, Wii): 5,739 (22,196)
16. Uta no Prince Sama Repeat (Broccoli, PSP): 5,659 (73,285)
17. Pokemon Black & White (Pokemon, DS): 5,202 (5,308,519)
18. Resistance 3 (SCEJ, PS3): 5,136 (25,478)
19. Call of Duty Black Ops Dubbed Version Budget Version (Square Enix, PS3): 5,077 (20,414)
20. Winnie-the-Pooh 100 Acre Forest Cooking Book (Disney Interactive Studio, DS): 5,064 NEW!

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User Comments (27)



Lobster said:

I notice Wii Sports Resort is still top five also. The Wii is still going strong, and I'm impressed.



SkywardLink98 said:

Wow, the ps2 selling better than the 360. That's kinda shocking considering it's a past generation.



NintyMan said:

Wow, Ocarina of Time 3D is still going strong. Thanks to the price cut and new color, the 3DS can hopefully stay on top or remain in the top-tier. Keep it up!



Kifa said:

Considering theese numbers it's quite curious why investors are panicking so much and suggesting that Nintendo should stop making hardware. And I constantly hear from gamers in my area that "3DS is dying"... Except it's not.



Tigus said:

This is why Nintendo always has and always will keep raising the bar.



19Robb92 said:

Great for the big N. Hopefully they'll keep it up with a solid release of software titles and no big dry periods without games, like the Wii got.

If they just have a steady flow of software they'll be fine.



SunnySnivy said:

LOL 7 people bought a PSP Go. XD

Seriously, glad to see the 3DS is selling. It's had/having a rocky start. But if anyone can pull through a rocky start on a console, it'll be Nintendo.



FluttershyGuy said:

Man, I want Dragon Quest Collection. Classic DQ titles are just ignored outside Japan. And I guess would continue to be, with the Wii VC in drought mode, I guess until Wii U's release. Sometimes it royally sucks not to be a Japanese (or, these days, European) gamer.

Also: Winnie the Pooh 100 Acre Forest Cookbook? Would say that's an odd entry, except I LOVE Pooh and company! Japanese have good taste. Or not. Can't imagine eating Woozle cheeseburgers or BBQ Heffalump!



Thwiidscube said:

Well, it looks like the DS Lite is losing popularity. It's becoming old anyway! Why have a DS that doesn't have internet, a shop, or other stuff like that? Oh, and by the way, THE 3DS RULES!!!!



Cengoku said:

I saw the first months of the ds, ds lite and unfortunately, I can say that's low sales for the 3DS. BUT there will be a new mario, mario kart 7 and other games which will be released next year. Hopefully, it will increase its sales.



Supremeist said:

Go 3DS! Man they sell systems like CRAZY. I want Ocarina of Time 3D on the top of the chart!

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