The Wii U Continues to Struggle in Japanese Charts

The Wonderful 101 departs the top 20 in its second week

The Japanese charts often provide solace for Nintendo, especially with 3DS hardware and software sales continually leading the way. While the portable's hardware performance retains its strong run this week, the Wii U's issues in the market have been brought sharply into focus once again.

The software chart doesn't bring much news of note for Nintendo systems, as four new releases on the PS3 and PS Vita have occupied the top four spots. Some evergreen 3DS titles continue to shift units, however, while the Wii U's Pikmin 3 hangs on in the top 20; unfortunately The Wonderful 101 — which we rate very highly here at Nintendo Life — has followed up its debut week of 14th place and just 5,258 sales by dropping out of the list altogether.

1. [PS3] JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle (Namco Bandai, 08/29/13) – 425,718 (New)
2. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square Enix, 08/27/13) – 184,018 (New)
3. [PSV] Ragnarok Odyssey Ace (GungHo Online Entertainment, 08/29/13) – 31,622 (New)
4. [PS3] Lost Planet 3 (Capcom, 08/29/13) – 27,503 (New)
5. [3DS] Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life (Namco Bandai, 08/01/13) – 17,061 (244,570)
6. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Nintendo, 07/18/13) – 16,723 (281,700)
7. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life (Nintendo, 04/18/13) – (1,409,182)
8. [PSP] Saki: Achiga-Hen Portable (Alchemist, 08/29/13) – 13,806 (New)
9. [3DS] Youkai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 10,895 (154,691)
10. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 8,702 (3,395,088)
11. [PS3] Super Robot Wars OG Saga Masou Kishin III: Pride of Justice (Namco Bandai, 08/22/13) – 7,822 (47,077)
12. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo, 03/20/13) – 6,854 (885,238)
13. [PSV] Conception II (Spike Chunsoft, 08/22/13) – 5,558 (24,436)
14. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01/11) – 5,314 (2,111,835)
15. [3DS] Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Nintendo, 06/13/13) – 4,546 (263,003)
16. [Wii U] Pikmin 3 (Nintendo, 07/11/13) – 4,364 (175,765)
17. [3DS] One Piece: Romance Dawn (Namco Bandai, 08/08/13) – 4,265 (51,476)
18. [Wii] Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Wonderful Edition (Namco Bandai, 11/29/12) – 4,209 (553,574)
19. [3DS] Fantasy Life Link! (Level-5, 07/25/13) – 4,201 (53,075)
20. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, 07/28/12) – 4,170 (2,087,158)

On the hardware side of the charts, both 3DS models saw an increase, in particular the more popular LL (XL) equivalents; the Wii U continued its decline, however, to the levels that were prominent prior to the release of Pikmin 3 earlier in the summer.

3DS LL – 49,149 (35,044)
PlayStation 3 – 20,090 (12,689)
3DS – 17,873 (16,053)
PlayStation Vita – 8,405 (11,507)
Wii U – 6,741 (7,030)
PSP – 6,218 (5,735)
Wii – 1,141 (1,103)
Xbox 360 – 177 (196)

It's clear that The Wonderful 101 has failed to add any notable momentum to the Wii U in Japan. There are a host of major releases on the way that may reverse these trends, but it seems a pity that the terrific PlatinumGames title hasn't enjoyed a stronger performance.