Wii U Console Sales Climb in Japan as 3DS XL Maintains Dominance

Positive signs

While sales results in North America and Europe are infrequently shared and occasionally vague, it's easy to keep track of Japanese equivalents with the country's weekly charts. The trend has been largely the same for a long time — the 3DS is dominant. Last week brought a slightly underwhelming début for Super Mario 3D World, and while Mario's latest has had a relatively modest second week, the Wii U hardware sales have nevertheless continued an upward trend.

To start with software, top spot goes to new 3DS release Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2, while Pokémon X & Y returns to second place. Super Mario 3D World is in fourth place, with sales under half of its first week; results are below with lifetime sales in parenthesis.

1. [3DS] Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 – 88,708 (New)
2. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 86,391 (3,089,129)
3. [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII – 60,073 (337,155)
4. [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World – 39,812 (139,400)
5. [PS3] Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends – 35,472 (New)
6. [PS3] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – 35,348 (New)
7. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 – 25,166 (212,844)
8. [3DS] One Piece: Unlimited World R – 24,623 (108,228)
9. [PS3] Super Robot Wars OG Infinite Battle – 22,833 (New)
10. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 21,969 (2,981,758)
11. [PS3] Call of Duty: Ghosts – 21,217 (241,100)
12. [PSV] God Eater 2 – 20,556 (325,933)
13. [PSP] God Eater 2 – 18,071 (150,602)
14. [PSV] Criminal Girls: Invitation – 16,415 (New)
15. [3DS] Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live Kirakira My Design – 15,882 (New)
16. [PS3] Dynasty Warriors 8 with Xtreme Legends – 15,094 (New)
17. [3DS] Aikatsu! Futari no My Princess – 14,436 (86,524)
18. [3DS] Kamen Rider: Travelers Senki – 12,031 (New)
19. [PSV] Dynasty Warriors 8 with Xtreme Legends – 11,870 (New)
20. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V – 11,676 (605,046)

The hardware results bring some notable good news for Nintendo. The 3DS XL — LL in Japan — has enjoyed a handsome increase with new software and the ongoing popularity of X & Y. Most intriguingly, the Wii U has followed up its increase last week of around 5,000 units with another bump in sales, despite only Super Mario 3D World appearing in the software chart — its weekly boost of over 7,500 units makes it the second best selling system in Japan. Perhaps the result of the value bundles in the region, as well as other factors, it's a welcome improvement; last week's sales are in parenthesis.

3DS LL – 82,409 (63,709)
Wii U – 28,518 (21,002)
3DS – 25,964 (20,797)
PlayStation Vita – 20,202 (21,044)
PlayStation 3 – 13,311 (12,436)
PlayStation Vita TV – 5,391 (7,868)
PSP – 4,232 (3,546)
Wii – 588 (457)
Xbox 360 – 309 (342)

While still in the shadow of the phenomenal momentum of 3DS, it's pleasing to see the Wii U demonstrating an upward trend while securing a top three lock-out for Nintendo. It'll be interesting to see how these figures hold up next week.

[via gematsu.com]