We've often reported that 3DS is performing particularly well in Japan, and that trend is continuing this week with the release of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, the eagerly anticipated RPG from Square Enix. When considered alongside recent positive news about 3DS software sales in North America, it seems as if Nintendo's handheld is enjoying a strong period.
In terms of 3DS hardware sales in Japan this week, the XL — or LL as it's known in Nintendo's homeland — shifted 52,079 units, while the original model sold 27,221. That's a combined weekly figure of 79,300, with lifetime sales to date in the country totalling 7,686,679 systems. That's a big number for Japan-only sales so far, and Nintendo's no doubt hoping that worldwide results will be equally impressive.
As expected, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy topped the software chart in its début week, with 141,529 sales, while Project X Zone entered the charts in third place with 85,539. There were five 3DS games in the top ten, which you can see below — lifetime sales are in parenthesis.
01. Bravely Default: Flying Fairy — 141,529 (3DS)
02. Resident Evil 6 — 92,921 (727,854) (PS3)
03. Project X Zone — 85,539 (3DS)
04. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 — 50,144 (274,028) (PS3)
05. Time and Eternity: Toki Towa — 32,215 (PS3)
06. New Super Mario Bros. 2 — 29,651 (1,246,707) (3DS)
07. Style Savvy: Trendsetters — 22,195 (122,391) (3DS)
08. Run for Money Tousouchuu — 18,458 (190,370) (3DS)
09. Rocksmith — 13,964 (PS3)
10. Diabolik Lovers — 13,173 (PSP)
Another good week for the handheld and some of its software, with no signs yet of significantly decreasing demand. It'll also be interesting to see whether 3DS sales are sustained once Wii U enters the scene later this year.