3DS Hardware Sales Continue to Rise in Japan, Wii U Numbers Drop Again

Counting the days to The Wind Waker HD?

Wednesday is Media Create charts day in Japan, which often means more pleasing 3DS news. As we've become familiar with, however, it often means the opposite for the Wii U.

In terms of the software chart this week, there are no notable new releases on Nintendo hardware, meaning that some evergreen titles on 3DS, and Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Wonderful Version on the Wii, make up top 20 representation for the systems; lifetime sales are in parethesis.

1. [PSP] Uta no Prince-sama: Music 2 – 68,415 (New)
2. [PS3] Splinter Cell: Blacklist – 22,425 (New)
3. [PS3] JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle – 19,720 (445,437)
4. [PS3] Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate – 18,625 (New)
5. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – 12,336 (196,354)
6. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 11,814 (1,420,996)
7. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 11,466 (293,166)
8. [PSV] Killzone: Mercenary – 11,053 (New)
9. [3DS] Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 10,740 (255,309)
10. [3DS] Youkai Watch – 9,539 (164,230)
11. [PSV] Ragnarok Odyssey Ace – 9,383 (41,005)
12. [PS3] Puppeteer – 9,800 (New)
13. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 7,653 (3,402,742)
14. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 6,010 (891,248)
15. [PS3] Lost Planet 3 – 5,516 (33,019)
16. [PSP] Shirahana no Ori: Hiiro no Kakera 4 – 5,348 (New)
17. [360] Splinter Cell: Blacklist – 5,109 (New)
18. [360] Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate – 4,862 (New)
19. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 4,260 (2,116,096)
20. [Wii] Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Wonderful Version – 3,717 (556,290)

From a hardware perspective 3DS sales rose for both the standard and XL models, taking their impressive standard figures even further. The Wii U number decreased once again — a trend matched by every other system that isn't called 3DS — with the console seemingly in limbo as it awaits potential saviours such as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and a number of titles to follow. Last week's sales are in parenthesis.

3DS LL – 60,077 (49,149)
3DS – 19,114 (17,873)
PlayStation 3 – 13,790 (20,090)
PlayStation Vita – 7,314 (8,405)
Wii U – 5,702 (6,741)
PSP – 5,493 (6,218)
Wii – 978 (1,141)
Xbox 360 – 201 (177)

The 3DS continues to perform admirably in Japan, which will surely only continue with the hugely anticipated Pokémon X & Y and accompanying 2DS. Major first-party releases and, perhaps, Taiko Drum Master Wii U Version will aim to boost Nintendo's home console in the Land of the Rising Sun.

[via gematsu.com]

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