3DS XL Given A Close Run by Vita and Vita TV in Japanese Charts

Wii U sales dip again, but remain above PS3 et al

The madness of Nintendo Direct meant that we skipped the Japanese chart update last week, which saw the 3DS remain on top and the Wii U sales dip to 17,737 units, which was still a long way above the lows it had suffered in previous months. We have been in the midst of a relative dip in new software on Nintendo hardware in Japan, too, as the Pokémon X & Y sales train gradually slows down.

To start with the software chart, the top places are dominated by new releases on PS3, PS Vita and PSP, with some 3DS and Wii U veterans doing their best to make a mark; that said Daigasso! Band Brothers P, which looks delightfully quirky, makes its début in sixth place.

1. [PSV] God Eater 2 – 266,326 (New)
2. [PS3] Call of Duty: Ghosts – 190,631 (New)
3. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 – 151,800 (New)
4. [PSP] God Eater 2 – 112,024 (New)
5. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 82,705 (2,929,806)
6. [3DS] Daigasso! Band Brothers P – 40,196 (New)
7. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 26,358 (2,938,669)
8. [3DS] Medabots Dual Kabut Ver. / Kuwagata Ver. – 21,454 (New)
9. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V – 29,144 (579,822)
10. [PS3] Battlefield 4 – 19,291 (140,990)
11. [PSP] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 – 16,976 (New)
12. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 – 13,590 (181,174)
13. [360] Call of Duty: Ghosts – 12,950 (New)
14. [3DS] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 – 11,444 (New)
15. [PSP] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 – 8,943 (107,799)
16. [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle – 7,981 (95,304)
17. [Wii U] Wii Party U – 7,352 (60,693)
18. [PSP] Arcana Familia 2 – 6,198 (New)
19. [PSV] Akiba’s Trip 2 – 6,074 (39,550)
20. [3DS] Model Oshare Audition Dream Girl – 5,999 (New)

The hardware chart is perhaps the most interesting that it's been for a good number of weeks, with God Eater 2 pushing Vita sales close to those of the 3DS XL / LL, while the PS Vita TV system launched reasonably well: it's a budget-priced micro-console that allows you to play a large proportion — not all — of Vita games on a television. The Wii U figures dipped due to a lack of major new releases hitting the charts, but remain at a steady level well above the abysmal four figure tallies of recent months.

3DS LL – 47,852 (53,190)
PlayStation Vita – 46,350 (21,764)
PlayStation Vita TV – 42,172 (New)
3DS – 22,250 (28,627)
Wii U – 15,906 (17,737)
PlayStation 3 – 12,019 (11,867)
PSP – 4,353 (4,010)
Wii – 518 (579)
Xbox 360 – 404 (346)

Next week's results will be significant for the Wii U in Nintendo's homeland, as Super Mario 3D World arrives without competition from the Xbox One or PS4 — both arrive in Japan in 2014. We've said much about major releases boosting hardware sales, but this will be a major test of that principle in the region. Will Mario provide the Wii U with a surge to the top of the hardware chart?

We'll find out next week.

[via gematsu.com]