3DS Software and Hardware Still Leading Japanese Charts

Wii U momentum remains low

It's that time again, when the Japanese chart results emerge and show us that Nintendo's homeland is still in love with the 3DS. It's been a period of sustained success for the handheld in the region, and in light of the Q3 financial report listing 29.84 million sales β€” as of 30th December β€” we can be pretty confident that the 30 million landmark has long been passed.

This week's software top 20 continues the usual trend of featuring plenty of 3DS games, while both Wii and Wii U are represented by one game each; lifetime sales are in the final set of parenthesis.

1. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 65,740 (2,431,866)
2. [3DS] Fantasy Life (Level-5, 12/27/12) – 20,606 (208,378)
3. [PS3] DmC Devil May Cry (Capcom, 01/17/13) – 15,157 (157,213)
4. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, 07/28/12) – 12,546 (1,899,022)
5. [PS3] PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (SCEJ, 01/31/13) – 11,758 (New)
6. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) (Capcom, 11/15/12) – 11,330 (207,573)
7. [PS3] Accel World: Kasoku no Chouten (Limited Edition) (Namco Bandai, 01/31/13) – 10,551 (New)
8. [PSV] Demon Gaze (Kadokawa Games, 01/24/13) – 10,424 (35,740)
9. [Wii] Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Wonderful Edition (Namco Bandai, 11/29/12) – 10,125 (377,290)
10. [PSP] Accel World: Kasoku no Chouten (Limited Edition) (Namco Bandai, 01/31/13) – 8,633 (New)
11. [3DS] Inazuma Eleven Go 2 Chrono Stone Nepuu / Raimei (Level-5, 12/13/12) – 7,754 (408,085)
12. [PS3] The God and the Fate Revolution Paradox (Nippon Ichi Software, 01/24/13) – 7.606 (31,024)
13. [3DS] Paper Mario: Sticker Star (Nintendo, 12/06/12) – 7,537 (511,644)
14. [PS3] Hitman: Absolution (Square Enix, 01/24/13) – 7,490 (29,723)
15. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Chibi Dragon and the Mysterious Orb (Namco Bandai, 07/12/12) – 7,450 (408,575)
16. [PSP] Digimon Adventure (Namco Bandai, 01/17/13) – 7,397 (69,195)
17. [3DS] Run For Money: Flee From the Strongest Hunters in History (Namco Bandai, 07/05/12) – 7,288 (413,432)
18. [PSP] Renai 0 Kilometere Portable (Limited Edition) (Alchemist, 01/31/13) – 6,884 (New)
19. [Wii U] New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo, 12/08/12) – 6,338 (454,929)
20. [PS3] Call of Duty: Black Ops II Dubbed Edition (Square Enix, 12/20/12) – 6,166 (119,129)

The hardware sales are very similar to the previous week, which is excellent for the 3DS XL and original model, but means a continuation of comparatively modest sales for Wii U. As Nintendo itself has acknowledged, major game releases from Spring onwards are likely to be what is required to get the systems flying off shelves; last week's sales are in parenthesis.

3DS LL – 51,654 (48,226)
3DS – 26,028 (26,898)
PlayStation 3 – 18,106 (18,322)
Wii U – 12,959 (13,746)
PSP – 12,191 (12,897)
PlayStation Vita – 9,596 (9,748)
Wii – 1,904 (2,093)
Xbox 360 – 870 (611)

The usual trends continue, helped along by a certain game that many of us are dying to play; 2.5 million sales must only be a couple of weeks away for Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

[via gematsu.com]

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