Kirby: Triple Deluxe Remains Number One in Japan as Hardware Sales Dip

Well, it is January

It's Wednesday, which means Media Create Japanese chart results, and this week brings further cheer for everyone's favourite pink ball, as Kirby: Triple Deluxe retains top spot in the software chart. The hardware positions remain the same, but with every system seeing a drop in sales.

To start with the software top 20, Kirby follows up his impressive launch sales with more solid numbers, while a remainder of established games eke out more sales to add to their totals. 3DS titles are dominant once again, with Puzzle and Dragons Z and Pokémon X & Y still picking up the runners-up honours. Super Mario 3D World is the Wii U's sole entry in 10th position; the results (physical retail only) are below, with lifetime sales in parenthesis.

1. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe – 81,069 (295,276)
2. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z – 48,788 (1,265,209)
3. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 23,600 (3,893,725)
4. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 19,039 (327,985)
5. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – 17,897 (341,398)
6. [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle – 17,057 (241,926)
7. [PS3] Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster – 14,026 (255,759)
8. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 13,297 (3,192,848)
9. [PSV] Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster Twin Pack – 12,805 (207,212)
10. [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World – 10,500 (463,020)
11. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 8,491 (3,649,813)
12. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V – 7,381 (682,216)
13. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 – 5,834 (296,844)
14. [PS3] Shin Gundam Musou – 5,507 (207,036)
15. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 5,401 (2,263,720)
16. [PSV] Shin Gundam Musou – 5,352 (103,234)
17. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 5,334 (1,651,030)
18. [PS3] Gran Turismo 6 – 5,081 (302,433)
19. [3DS] Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy Big Bang / Supernova – 5,062 (222,026)
20. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 4,817 (2,236,013)

Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering the dearth of new releases, hardware numbers dropped across the board. The 3DS remains on top, both with the XL / LL individually and with both models combined, while the Wii U remains behind the PS3; last week's results are in parenthesis.

3DS LL / XL – 32,393 (40,038)
PlayStation Vita – 24,755 (29,494)
3DS – 15,045 (20,116)
PlayStation 3 – 13,243 (14,845)
Wii U – 11,443 (14,020)
PSP – 4,024 (4,758)
PlayStation Vita TV – 2,208 (2,522)
Xbox 360 – 273 (281)

It's been a strong opening fortnight for Triple Deluxe in comparison to some previous titles starring the mascot, and Nintendo will no doubt hope for a positive reaction when it is eventually localised for the West; as for hardware, Nintendo will naturally want to bring the Wii U back up to its stronger Holiday levels — at which time it was second behind the 3DS XL — in the coming months.

[via gematsu.com]

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