Super Mario 3D World Underwhelms on Japanese Chart Début

Wii U hardware sales increase by just 5,000 units

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]

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