Wii U Sales Jump Again as Nintendo Maintains Hardware Dominance in Japan

It's the most wonderful time of the year

After a year of enjoying the triumph of 3DS in Japan while wincing at Wii U sales, it seems both of Nintendo's systems are now showing strong form in Japan. This week's results see another major leap for the Wii U, while the 3DS has an outstanding week along with the highest selling software titles.

To start with the games, the smartphone phenomenon Puzzle & Dragons has made its début on the 3DS, clocking an outstanding start at over half a million units. Pokémon X & Y also had an impressive week, while Super Mario 3D World continues to show very decent momentum over the Holiday shopping season. The top 20 is below with lifetime sales in parenthesis.

1. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z (GungHo Online Entertainment, 12/12/31) – 543,630 (New)
2. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 159,244 (3,360,163)
3. [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo, 11/21/13) – 57,862 (241,107)
4. [PS3] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation (Tecmo Koei, 12/12/13) – 54,590 (New)
5. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind (Spike Chunsoft, 12/05/13) – 42,311 (135,782)
6. [PS3] Call of Duty: Ghosts Dubbed Version (Square Enix, 12/12/13) – 37,519 (New)
7. [PS3] Gran Turismo 6 (SCEJ, 12/06/13) – 37,306 (242,090)
8. [3DS] Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy Big Bang / Supernova (Level-5, 12/05/13) – 30,517 (122,160)
9. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 27,921 (3,030,279)
10. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/13) – 26,409 (3,522,987)
11. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life (04/18/13) – 22,189 (1,545,717)
12. [3DS] Aikatsu! 2-ri no My Princess (11/21/13) – 18,415 (117,675)
13. [3DS] One Piece: Unlimited World R (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 17,906 (141,280)
14. [3DS] Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life (Namco Bandai, 08/01/13) – 17,628 (350,022)
15. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, 07/28/13) – 15,128 (2,158,254)
16. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Konami, 11/14/13) – 15,058 (243,425)
17. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo, 03/20/13) – 15,051 (958,510)
18. [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, 11/21/13) – 14,837 (373,592)
19. [3DS] Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 (Sega, 11/28/13) – 14,566 (121,499)
20. [Wii U] Taiko Drum Master: Wii U Version (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 13,980 (51,436)

The hardware sales bring even more cheer for Nintendo, with the 3DS (both the LL / XL and standard) enjoying sizeable increases; both were no doubt helped by the impressive software sales figures of Puzzle & Dragons Z as well as X & Y. We suspect the Wii U number will give greater cause for relief, however, with an increase of over 26,000 units to 74,903 for last week. Only Nintendo hardware enjoyed such substantial gains, and it's another week of valuable upward momentum for the home console. The results are below with last week's sales in parenthesis.

3DS LL – 130,710 (92,375)
Wii U – 74,903 (48,762)
3DS – 50,846 (32,894)
PlayStation Vita – 30,440 (25,594)
PlayStation 3 – 23,959 (24,085)
PSP – 6,475 (4,416)
PlayStation Vita TV – 5,506 (3,772)
Wii – 1,197 (767)
Xbox 360 – 536 (473)

An excellent week for Nintendo in its homeland, with the Wii U posting the sorts of numbers that are required to boost confidence in its fortunes. As for the 3DS, it just keeps accumulating impressive sales week after week; the portable can do little wrong in Japan.

[via gematsu.com]