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Monster Hunter 4 Continues to Devour Competition in Japan

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Passes 2.5 million physical retail sales

It's time for the weekly Japanese sales progress report via Media Create, and Monster Hunter 4 continues its strong momentum, hopefully boding well for the future of the series' growing partnership between Capcom and Nintendo. While that blows all competition away in the software chart, the 3DS is doing a similar trick in the hardware stakes, easily outselling all rivals combined.

To start with the software top 20, it was a week with just one new entry and, beyond Capcom's behemoth, modest sales figures. There's disappointment for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, which sees its already modest sales plummet to four figures; lifetime sales are in parenthesis.

1. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 140,538 (2,542,615)
2. [PS3] Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate – 24,612 (105,010)
3. [PS3] Armored Core: Verdict Day – 14,622 (73,806)
4. [PS3] The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki – 12,734 (80,452)
5. [PSV] The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki – 11,092 (92,713)
6. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 7,922 (1,458,442)
7. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 6,964 (194,790)
8. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 6,586 (3,431,589)
9. [PSV] Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate – 6,538 (32,021)
10. [Wii U] The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – 6,210 (36,474)
11. [3DS] Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 5,767 (285,326)
12. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 5,614 (324,414)
13. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – 5,199 (221,355)
14. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 4,442 (910,989)
15. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 3,734 (2,132,348)
16. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 3,454 (2,105,202)
17. [PS3] Oreimo Happy End – 3,324 (34,378)
18. [3DS] Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion – 3,263 (8,832)
19. [3DS] Spec: Kan – 3,044 (New)
20. [3DS] Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 2,384 (277,466)

The hardware chart tells the usual happy tale for the 3DS, with just a slight dip on its impressive figures from last week. It's rather grim for the Wii U, however, joining the negative momentum of other platforms in dropping further to just over 4,000 units; last week's sales are in parenthesis.

3DS LL – 85,885 (93,757)
3DS – 37,102 (40,487)
PlayStation 3 – 10,232 (11,382)
PSP – 4,093 (4,805)
Wii U – 4,001 (5,909)
PlayStation Vita – 3,538 (6,031)
Wii – 914 (866)
Xbox 360 – 354 (511)

While the Wii U naturally hopes for improved fortunes in the Holiday season, Nintendo must just be relieved to see the 3DS flying so high.


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Spoony_Tech said:

@Burning_Spear Yes! Just look at the life time sales of the psp and ds. There is plenty of them that don't have it! Plus with about 12 million users in Japan and about 25% of them have it!



cookiex said:

And now we take shelter 'cause 3DS sales this coming weekend is going nuclear.



cfgk24 said:

@Spoony_Tech 80% of my streetpass hits in Tokyo have been playing MH4.! Macdonald s is full of people playing MH4. They have power sockets at every table!



XCWarrior said:

@Burning_Spear It's still early, MH4 sales haven't even topped Animal Crossing yet. But as for if everyone has a 3DS in Japan yet, you'd think that would be the case. But those keep selling. Console gaming in Japan might be weak, but 3DS owns the handheld market.



AdanVC said:

Yes, the 3DS XL is selling like pancaques (or in this case, like sushi) in Japan, they don't need the 2DS at all! My god and this is just the beginning, with Pokémon X/Y releasing next week, I believe Nintendo literally is going to run out of 3DS to sell! Wii U on the other hand... : / but it's so great to know that games are slowly coming, Super Mario 3D World is the one who would save Wii U though.



Conocotarious said:

It's weird to me that sales for Power of Illusion are still going strong over there, but it was a fun game so I'm glad someone is buying it.



WiiLovePeace said:

Wow, makes me wonder what the digital sales were as that seems like a game that would be handy to have in the 3DS at all times.



Caryslan said:

Sadly, this news kinda comes with a bit of bad news. The Wii U will be buried next week, and its numbers are not likely to rise any further. If this is the best Wind Waker HD can do with just Monster Hunter 4 around, then Pokemon will bury it.

So, on one hand its great news for Nintendo's handhelds. On the other hand, things are only going to get worse for the Wii U next week. Wind Waker HD will be buried by the hype that surrounds Pokemon X/Y and Monster Hunter 4.

Although the funny thing is that its the reverse on the Sony side of things. The PS3 is still burying the Vita in terms of sales and games. Looks like the PS3 is the last console standing that is trying to fight off the domination of handhelds in Japan.

I love the Japanese charts.



Senario said:

@Caryslan I can't see how this is bad news. Sure the Wii U could do better but as a whole Nintendo is fine because their 3ds is killing everything and anything in terms of handheld or console sales. All good news imo.



Reverandjames said:

I don't understand why this wasn't released exclusively on wii would have definitely been a system seller!



Freakazoid said:

Japanese are waiting for the bundles which were announced is the only thing i can think of of these sales drop for wii u



Reverandjames said:

@Senario I should have worded my comment better: They shoukd have released it similar to what they did with Monster hunter 3 would sell more as it is a brand new MH experience that people will want to get their hands on



3DSAllDay said:

And as usual Japan gets all the cool new toys while we all watch them play with it and hope it releases everywhere else.



JaxonH said:

I have a feeling the Wii U will catch on in the west considerably more than in Japan. The west likes the games on Wii U much more than the Japanese. Which is strange considering they eat up all those 3DS titles. What gets me is Windwaker HD only selling 33,000 units to date in Japan, when we know there are over 1 million Wii U owners. Well, that number is probably skewed from digital downloads big time, but nonetheless, what do Wii U owners play over there? I know the game is a re-release but it's still a re-release of a great game, and in full HD with fixed mechanics and for $10 less than most other games. We'll see how Japan shapes up over the course of the next 15 months, when some of the really big flagship titles release.



IceClimbers said:

Since Monster Hunter 4 released, the 3DS has been selling over 100,000 units every week in Japan. It's safe to say the 3DS has surpassed N64's lifetime sales by now. Glad to see MH4 dominate the charts for yet another week, but this week is where it will be dethroned by Pokemon X/Y. Can't wait to see the sales charts a week from now.



FarukoSH said:

At this point Nintendo and Sony should just stop trying, one could argue that these new bundles could be the reason for this disaster, but i dont know... the WiiU doesnt have a game that could change this untill 3DWorld and the Vita its releasing new models but... its not cheaper than the normal Vita (and it doesnt have an OLED screen) and not to mention its being released 2 days before the most anticipated game on the 3DS (one that its already supposed to be selling around 2m first Week

The Viita U are dead they wont recognize this because a) they can handle this disaster and b) they have pride

And everyone that was thinking that an HD port at $60 dollars would make some changes its just naive, Zelda on consoles (the handheld ones sold really really well actually, and im expecting around 1m for A Link Between Worlds) havent sold really well anyway, at least in Japan... Zelda its a monster here in the west



Will-75 said:

I really don't see the Wii U doing any better till spring (Mario Kart, Smash Bros.) Mario 3D will help but the Wii U really needed Mario Kart 8 before Christmas to sell systems , it's a shame though cause Wii U is in my opinion the BEST console on the market people are missing out on an Amazing system the Wii U is an AWESOME system I really hope more people discover how AMAZING it is .



rdp223 said:

I think it's all going to be over come Saturday. Not to mention everyone buying a 2DS bundle with Poké pretty sure my workplace will have some kind of deal on that which they always do.

I just can't wait til we get MH4 and I'm glad 3DS is finally doing it's thangg! haha.

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