3DS is Back on Top of the Japanese Charts

Normal service is resumed

Last week the House that Mario Built may have been a little rattled, as 3DS was knocked off the top of the Japanese Media Create hardware charts for the first time — at least by our memory — since late 2011. Sony's Vita handheld combined a healthy price drop with the release of Soul Sacrifice to improve on its major increase the week before and seize top spot. It was a close run battle, but 3DS was pushed off top spot.

This week's results are now in, and normality has returned. While the 3DS may not be dominant in the West — not against all of the home consoles — it's reclaimed that status in Japan. There was only one high profile new software release on the system — Super Robot Wars UX — but both models nevertheless saw an increase for a combined total of 69,439 units. Wii U remains static, and is likely to do so for at least another week while Japan waits for Dragon Quest X and Game & Wario at the end of March. The results are below, with last week's sales in parenthesis.

3DS LL – 47,985 (39,801)
PlayStation Vita – 36,028 (63,581)
3DS – 21,454 (21,207)
PlayStation 3 – 20,676 (19,567)
PSP – 12,721 (18,023)
Wii U – 9,539 (9,454)
Wii – 1,323 (1,363)
Xbox 360 – 543 (738)

Two new games on Sony systems — one on its last-gen PSP — top the software charts, though Animal Crossing: New Leaf is still happily hanging around in the top five. You can see the top 20 below, with lifetime sales in parenthesis.

1. [PSP] Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment – 138,180 (New)
2. [PS3] Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix – 128,414 (New)
3. [3DS] Super Robot Wars UX – 115,384 (New)
4. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 58,578 (2,861,517)
5. [PSV] Soul Sacrifice – 29,121 (121,517)
6. [PS3] Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F – 26,248 (136,477)
7. [PS3] Dynasty Warriors 8 – 22,122 (272,211)
8. [PS3] God of War: Ascension – 19,744 (New)
9. [3DS] Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies – 14,976 (175,740)
10. [3DS] Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden – 14,813 (1,174,077)
11. [PS3] Far Cry 3 – 14,772 (48,054)
12. [PS3] Darkstalkers Resurrection – 11,591 (New)
13. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission – 11,396 (121,698)
14. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 8,747 (1,969,564)
15. [PSV] Tales of Hearts R – 8,409 (63,668)
16. [3DS] Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dougu Museum – 8,267 (21,035)
17. [PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance – 7,544 (394,452)
18. [PS3] Winning Post 7 2013 – 7,143 (New)
19. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price! SKU) – 7,098 (259,835)
20. [PSV] Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus – 6,902 (118,364)

So there you have it, Nintendo's handheld regains the lead in Japan; Animal Crossing: New Leaf, meanwhile, continues to be the very definition of "evergreen".

[via gematsu.com]