3DS Continues Hardware Sales Dominance in Japan

Sony platforms dominate software, however

The 3DS LL (or XL, as it is known over here) saw a massive sales spike in Japan last week, jumping from the previous week's total of 38,089 to 63,993 units sold, according to the latest chart information. It was followed by the standard 3DS model, which racked up just under half of its larger counterpart's sales with 29,996 units sold.

Interestingly, this sudden sales increase is not the result of a new release. In fact, the Japanese software chart for last week shows that eight out of the top ten games were all titles for Sony systems. In something of a rare occurrence, the only Nintendo titles to grab one of the top spots were New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, which ranked in at fifth and sixth place respectively.

The top four titles were all new titles, with Namco's Tales of Xillia 2 beating everything else with an impressive 364,439 sales. You can view all the details of the top ten hardware and software sales in Japan below:

Top ten hardware (followed by previous week's sales)

01. 3DS LL – 63,993 (38,089)
02. 3DS – 29,996 (23,453)
03. PlayStation 3 – 21,310 (20,364)
04. PSP – 13,868 (14,541)
05. PlayStation Vita – 4,842 (5,806)
06. Wii – 3,806 (3,744)
07. PS2 – 1,351 (1,006)
08. Xbox 360 – 1,339 (1,931)
09. DSi LL – 341 (214)
10. DSi – 227 (227)

Top ten software (followed by total sales)

01. [PS3] Tales of Xillia 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/01/12) – 364,439 (New)
02. [PS3] Okami HD (Capcom, 11/01/12) – 68,644 (New)
03. [PS3] Yakuza 1&2 HD Edition (Sega, 11/01/12) – 58,138 (New)
04. [PSP] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2013 (Konami, 11/01/12) – 38,388 (New)
05. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, 07/28/12) – 24,696 (1,320,330)
06. [3DS] Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (Square Enix, 10/11/12) – 20,454 (234,413)
07. [PSP] The Idolmaster: Shiny Festa – Honey Sound / Funky Note / Groovy Tune (Namco Bandai, 10/25/12) – 14,435 (133,567)
08. [PS3] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2013 (Konami, 10/04/12) – 13,828 (338,986)
09. [PS3] Resident Evil 6 (Capcom, 10/04/12) – 13,688 (808,039)
10. [PS3] Dark Souls with Artorias of the Abyss Edition (From Software, 10/25/12) – 13,163 (80,165)

It will be interesting to see whether these 3DS sales are sustained over the next few weeks.

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[via gamesindustry.biz, gematsu.com]

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