Wii Party U and Wii Fit U Deliver Major Increase to Wii U Hardware Sales in Japan

Pokémon X & Y dominate at number one, of course

The weekly Japanese charts often tell the same story, with the 3DS dominating the hardware scene and, in the recent software stakes, Pokémon X & Y doing the same. Those trends continue this week, but we actually have positive Wii U results to share as well, with Wii Party U and Wii Fit U bringing a major boost that sees the Wii U climb up to just behind the 3DS XL.

To start with software, X & Y dominates again and reaches 2,731,470 physical retail sales in the region. Wii Party U makes a relatively modest debut in sixth with 37,371 units, though judging by the increase in hardware sales interest in the family hardware bundle that also includes Wii Fit U + meter and last year's New Super Mario Bros. U was surely reasonable; these won't have necessarily been measured by Media Create in the software stakes (Update: we originally referred to the Wii Fit U trial download rather than this bundle). The top 20 games at physical retail is below, with lifetime sales in parenthesis.

1. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 162,347 (2,731,470)
2. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 – 52,826 (136,709)
3. [3DS] Danball Senki Wars – 50,217 (New)
4. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 46,729 (2,872,106)
5. [PSP] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 – 38,179 (74,181)
6. [Wii U] Wii Party U – 37,371 (New)
7. [PSV] Gundam Breaker – 33,775 (New)
8. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V – 32,666 (531,266)
9. [PSV] Hyperdimension Neptunia Re; Birth 1 – 31,811 (New)
10. [PS3] Tears to Tiara II: Haou no Matsuei – 24,422 (New)
11. [PS3] BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma – 14,307 (86,771)
12. [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle – 13,563 (76,137)
13. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 – 12,866 (37,197)
14. [PSP] Diabolik Lovers More, Blood – 5,929 (16,411)
15. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 5,421 (1,485,035)
16. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 5,263 (3,456,116)
17. [PSP] Shinsou Version: Heart no Kuni no Alice Wonderful Wonder World – 4,811 (New)
18. [PSV] DanganRonpa 1&2 Reload – 4,412 (100,574)
19. [PSP] Seishun Hajimemashita! – 4,352 (New)
20. [3DS] Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 4,156 (305,203)

In terms of hardware, the Wii U had its strongest week in recent memory, reversing a trend that saw its sales plummet to worrying levels. It's a significant increase for the home console, only coming behind the ever-impressive 3DS XL, which continues to drop closer towards pre- Pokémon sales levels — last week's sales are in parenthesis.

3DS LL – 58,627 (69,001)
Wii U – 38,802 (2,598)
3DS – 29,749 (40,507)
PlayStation Vita – 27,618 (24,513)
PlayStation 3 – 11,148 (11,460)
PSP – 3,680 (3,807)
Wii – 477 (742)
Xbox 360 – 328 (351)

So there you have it, a week that brings positive news for both of Nintendo's systems (and their iterations). While the Wii U hardware figures still won't have Nintendo's management rushing out to celebrate, they're far healthier than before and set the scene for upcoming releases to boost them further.

[via gematsu.com]