Last week we reported on the continuing dominance of the 3DS XL in Japan, and the hope that the launch of Super Mario 3D World would provide a notable boost to the Wii U hardware sales; unfortunately, that hasn't quite been the case.

To start with software, Media Create's charts show that Mario's critically acclaimed 3D adventure sold 99,588 units in its launch weekend — that's physical retail sales — and was comfortably outsold by fellow PS3 newcomer Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Japan-only release Taiko Drum Master: Wii U Version made its début in 12th place. A positive landmark has been passed by Pokémon X & Y, meanwhile, as it's now sold more than three million physical retail — likely to also include download cards from retailers — copies; lifetime sales are in parenthesis, below.

1. [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII – 277,082 (New)
2. [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World – 99,588 (New)
3. [3DS] One Piece: Unlimited World R – 83,605 (New)
4. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 72,932 (3,002,738)
5. [3DS] Aikatsu! 2-ri no My Princess – 72,087 (New)
6. [PSV] God Eater 2 – 39,052 (305,378)
7. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 – 35,879 (187,678)
8. [PS3] Call of Duty: Ghosts – 29,252 (219,883)
9. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 21,120 (2,959,789)
10. [PSP] God Eater 2 – 20,508 (132,531)
11. [PS3] Monster Hunter Frontier G Beginner’s Package - 19,334 (New)
12. [Wii U] Taiko Drum Master: Wii U Version – 19,265 (New)
13. [PSV] New Atelier Rorona: The Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland – 17,536 (New)
14. [PS3] New Atelier Rorona: The Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland – 14,060 (New)
15. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V – 13,548 (593,370)
16. [3DS] Daigasso! Band Brothers P – 12,635 (52,831)
17. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 – 9,485 (190,659)
18. [PS3] Battlefield 4 – 9,134 (150,124)
19. [PSP] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 – 7,624 (24,600)
20. [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle – 7,046 (102,350)

On the hardware front the 3DS — particularly the LL / XL — reasserts its dominance, with sales of the PS Vita and Vita TV dropping sharply as the LL enjoys a notable bump. The Wii U sees an increase, but in truth it's a disappointing return alongside the arrival of both Super Mario 3D World and Taiko Drum Master: Wii U Version; last week's sales are in parenthesis.

3DS LL – 63,709 (47,852)
PlayStation Vita – 21,044 (46,350)
Wii U – 21,002 (15,906)
3DS – 20,797 (22,250)
PlayStation 3 – 12,436 (12,019)
PlayStation Vita TV – 7,868 (42,172)
PSP – 3,546 (4,353)
Wii – 457 (518)
Xbox 360 – 342 (404)

Unless a substantial delayed increase arrives through bundles or retail promotions we may not see a major reverse in Wii U fortunes in Japan this year — time will tell.

[via gematsu.com]