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Japanese Hardware Sales Slow Down For the Second Consecutive Week

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Tomodachi Collection: New Life knocked off top spot

This week's Japanese chart results are in, and show that the slow software release schedule in the past couple of weeks is causing a hit on hardware sales across the board. Only the PSP enjoyed a small boost, which can be attributed to the fact that this week's number one is for Sony's ageing handheld.

The software chart sees Tomodachi Collection: New Life slip off the top spot for the first time since release, but it's already accumulated nearly one million physical unit sales — it's likely to have easily surpassed that total thanks to download copies. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Animal Crossing: New Leaf continue their own consistent performance.

1. [PSP] Summon Night 5 – 105,511 (New)
2. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 63,055 (925,108)
3. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 20,304 (712,225)
4. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 16,492 (3,217,351)
5. [PS3] Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse – 12,373 (New)
6. [PS3] Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – 8,759 (178,755)
7. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission – 4,539 (189,056)
8. [Wii] Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Wonderful Edition – 4,351 (477,739)
9. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 3,851 (2,028,663)
10. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 3,354 (2,051,201)
11. [PS3] Tomb Raider – 3,276 (57,397)
12. [3DS] Run For Money: Flee From the Strongest Hunters in History – 3,033 (486,038)
13. [PSV] Photo Kano Kiss – 2,807 (46,167)
14. [PSP] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2013 – 2,577 (146,135)
15. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Chibi Dragon and the Mysterious Orb – 2,567 (485,981)
16. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) – 2,534 (307,473)
17. [PS3] Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 – 2,532 (125,507)
18. [PSP] Seven Dragon 2020 II – 2,324 (104,473)
19. [Wii U] New Super Mario Bros. U – 2,237 (512,244)
20. [NDS] Pokemon Black 2 / White 2 – 2,168 (3,005,619)

As we said at the start of this article, hardware has shown a notable drop for the second successive week; the 3DS is still dominant in terms of the sales that have come through, while the Wii U continues to slumber as it awaits new software.

3DS LL/XL – 24,123 (33,351)
3DS – 13,001 (16,412)
PlayStation 3 – 10,948 (12,793)
PlayStation Vita – 10,931 (12,331)
PSP – 6,524 (6,360)
Wii U – 6,037 (7,974)
Wii – 1,143 (1,506)
Xbox 360 – 349 (485)

The Japanese games scene is enduring a quiet spell at present, then, proving the well-worn concept that games sell systems; more tellingly that means those that are actually on the shelves, rather than calendars and wishlists.


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User Comments (17)



rjejr said:

I think those WiiU #s will look really good if/when the Xbox One releases in Japan. Though I don't know why they would even bother. Do they have fantasy sports leagues in Japan?



CaveDweller said:

Not really surprising, to be honest; the stream of big-title 3DS game releases have been slowing down a bit and it's still impressive that 3DS software continues to pretty much dominate the charts over there. ...and yet people doubt the Wii U's potential to recover like it did.



Zup said:

Why do they even bother to sell the X-Box 360 in Japan? It's just sad.



scrubbyscum999 said:

The Wii U is in a slump. On the other hand, I think MS should give up trying to sell their consoles in Japan. I mean look at those 360 numbers, they are below pathetic. I thought you would sell more than that just by having your item in stores and just letting it sit there till someone comes along.



Varia01 said:

@JuanitoShet Well said; I like totally agree. Doubters need to give the Wii U time to age and "evolve" with strong first party and (hopefully) third party games. At least Nintendo is starting to step up in its game.



DerpSandwich said:

It's weird that a game can sell so well in Japan and I can have absolutely no idea what it is or what it's about. I can tell that there are Miis in it...



The_Fox said:

"Run For Money: Flee From the Strongest Hunters in History"

Oh, Japan. You and your ridiculous titles.

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