Japanese Hardware Sales Slow Down For the Second Consecutive Week

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.

[via gematsu.com]