Mario & Luigi Has a Dreamy Japanese Chart Debut, Wii U Hardware Sales Drop by a Third

3DS hardware SKUs occupy both top spots

It's Media Create Sales time in Japan, which is our weekly insight into the best-selling software and hardware in Nintendo's homeland. Once again the 3DS rules the roost, even if last week's pleasing jump in Wii U hardware sales has dropped away in Pikmin 3's first full week in the market.

In terms of software, the debut of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team — known as Mario & Luigi RPG 4: Dream Adventure in Japan — has seen the title jump to the top of the charts with nearly 100,000 sales, which likely doesn't account for eShop contributions. Pikmin 3 dropped down to third place with sales under a third of what it achieved in its opening weekend; lifetime sales are in parenthesis, below.

1. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 99,972 (New)
2. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 29,102 (82,756)
3. [Wii U] Pikmin 3 – 28,513 (121,233)
4. [3DS] Danball Senki W Super Custom – 27,242 (New)
5. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 26,799 (1,286,646)
6. [PS3] Earth Defense Force 2025 – 20,255 (211,968)
7. [PSV] Toukiden – 12,953 (199,916)
8. [Wii U] New Super Luigi U – 12,132 (37,014)
9. [PSP] Toukiden – 11,008 (129,412)
10. [3DS] Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 10,826 (217,148)
11. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 10,075 (3,335,198)
12. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 9,366 (834,392)
13. [PS3] Dead Island: Riptide – 6,962 (25,423)
14. [PSP] DanganRonpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair – 6,447 (97,651)
15. [PS3] The Last of Us – 6,413 (179,594)
16. [3DS] Kuma Tomo – 6,019 (28,055)
17. [Wii] Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Wonderful Edition – 5,630 (522,496)
18. [PS3] Gundam Breaker – 5,279 (248,098)
19. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII-2 Digital Contents Selection – 4,890 (New)
20. [3DS] Digimon World Re: Digitize Decode – 4,155 (55,107)

In the hardware stakes the LL (XL) 3DS model enjoyed a healthy bump, no doubt assisted by the new Bros. release, while the original model crept ahead of the Vita into second place. The Wii U saw its sales drop by around a third, which is fairly disappointing and reminiscent of steep drop-offs after previous sales bumps earlier in the year. Pikmin 3's sales also dropping substantially after its launch weekend don't necessarily bode well for its ability to assist the Wii U with a sustained improvement in the next few weeks; last week's sales are in parenthesis.

3DS LL – 41,322 (29,594)
3DS – 15,703 (13,841)
PlayStation Vita – 14,392 (15,662)
Wii U – 14,280 (22,199)
PlayStation 3 – 11,413 (12,698)
PSP – 5,719 (5,830)
Wii – 1,463 (1,434)
Xbox 360 – 420 (393)

One game clearly isn't enough to help the Wii U tip over towards a regular sales total to surpass the Vita or even the original 3DS, so the impact of additional titles as the year wears on will be crucial. As for the 3DS, it's the same old happy story.

[via gematsu.com]