Yo-kai Watch Maintains Strong Run in Japan as 3DS Continues Battle with Vita

PS4 dips below 30,000, Wii U remains in four figures

It's Media Create charts time once again, our weekly insight into what's hot and not in Nintendo's homeland. It's a quiet week in terms of earth shattering revelations, but does continue some trends that have begun in the past few weeks.

The software top 20 has a strong 3DS contingent as always, though they're all unsurprisingly kept off the top by Dark Souls II's arrival. There are a couple of notable success stories, however, with Yo-kai Watch maintaining its strong run alongside its Anime series, while Kirby: Triple Deluxe has passed 500,000 physical retail sales in the country. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze remains the only Wii U title in the list in 17th place — the results are below, with lifetime sales in parenthesis.

1. [PS3] Dark Souls II – 255,197 (New)
2. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch – 37,247 (569,720)
3. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys – 18,728 (737,593)
4. [PSV] Soul Sacrifice Delta – 17,357 (66,143)
5. [3DS] Harvest Moon: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi – 15,883 (176,180)
6. [3DS] Kaseki Horider: Mugen Gear – 13,362 (93,900)
7. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe – 12,225 (501,835)
8. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 10,106 (3,994,938)
9. [PS3] Yakuza: Ishin – 10,034 (222,147)
10. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V – 7,910 (736,810)
11. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z – 7,755 (1,407,075)
12. [PS4] Battlefield 4 – 7,539 (55,286)
13. [PS3] Ar no Surge – 6,751 (33,7870
14. [360] Dark Souls II – 5,950 (New)
15. [PS4] Yakuza: Ishin – 5,451 (119,722)
16. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 5,132 (3,239,571)
17. [Wii U] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – 5,117 (72,401)
18. [3DS] Doraemon: New Nobita’s Great Demon — Peko and the Exploration Party of Five – 4,813 (9,665)
19. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 4,759 (3,692,937)
20. [PS3] Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost – 4,395 (338,323)

The hardware results, meanwhile, show more underwhelming results for Sony's new PS4, though Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes may give it a boost next week. The 3DS is still in an arm-wrestle with the Vita, meanwhile — Sony's portable is ahead of the 3DS LL (XL) once again, but as with last week combining the two 3DS models still takes it above its rival. The Wii U remains static in the absence of new releases on 7,654 sales; the results are below, with last week's sales in parenthesis.

PlayStation 4 – 29,677 (35,294)
PlayStation Vita – 28,270 (31,325)
3DS LL – 23,372 (24,192)
PlayStation 3 – 14,128 (12,102)
3DS – 10,772 (10,876)
Wii U – 7,654 (7,773)
PSP – 3,461 (3,425)
PlayStation Vita TV – 1,447 (1,962)
Xbox 360 – 278 (300)

Level-5's Yo-kai Watch — which seems to be its potential name for the West — has been a notable success story, hopefully boosting hopes of localisation. In terms of hardware, the rapid loss of momentum for the PS4 will be a concern for Sony and, in truth, the wider market. Both the 3DS and Wii U are awaiting big new releases to prompt another surge in their sales, with a bit of a wait ahead for the home console in particular.

[via gematsu.com]