3DS Tops Japanese Hardware Chart as Wii U Secures Home Console Crown

Put away the champagne, the numbers are still low

It's time for the weekly Japanese Media Create results, and they bring a couple of notable headlines this week. We see a boost for Wii U ahead of the 29th May launch — it's a day earlier in Japan — of Mario Kart 8, while Level-5's latest success story keeps on going.

The software charts see three top 10 entries tapping into the FIFA World Cup craze, with Konami the beneficiary. The main headline from a Nintendo perspective belongs to Yo-kai Watch, which is still mixing it in 3rd place and moving towards one million physical retail sales. With a sequel on the way and localisation to the West a possibility, they're good times for Level-5 and, by extension, the 3DS — results are below, with lifetime sales in brackets.

1. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen — 35,656 (New)
2. [PS4] inFAMOUS: Second Son — 34,801 (New)
3. [3DS] Yokai Watch — 33,974 (984,009)
4. [PSV] To Love-Ru Darkness: Battle Ecstasy — 22,327 (New)
5. [3DS] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen — 16,762 (New)
6. [PS3] The Idolmaster: One For All — 12,488 (95,883)
7. [PSV] Genkai Tokki: Moero Chronicle — 9,492 (42,450)
8. [PSV] Amnesia World — 8,650 (New)
9. [PSP] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen — 7,245 (New)
10. [3DS] Mario Golf: World Tour — 7,069 (93,279)
11. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour — 6,741 (377,925)
12. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y — 5,489 (4,068,956)
13. [PSV] Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment — 5,267 (206,648)
14. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 — 4,244 (3,281,369)
15. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe — 4,055 (588,563)
16. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 — 3,960 (2,322,537)
17. [3DS] Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call — 3,057 (123,606)
18. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V — 3,020 (778,762)
19. [3DS] Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode Yokubari Sengen! Tokimeki Up! — 2,972 (39,121)
20. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf — 2,932 (3,727,633)

As for the hardware results, once again the 3DS LL (XL) is on top followed by PS Vita. Most noticeably the Wii U has seen an increase that has carried it up to third in the rankings, making it the biggest selling home console in Japan last week. The results are below, with last week's sales in brackets.

3DS LL – 18,374 (18,350)
PS Vita – 14,070 (12,810)
Wii U – 9,024 (6,716)
PlayStation 3 – 7,565 (7,339)
PlayStation 4 – 7,543 (6,792)
3DS – 4,850 (5,250)
PSP – 1,479 (1,642)
PS Vita TV – 1,142 (1,055)
Xbox 360 – 202 (201)

So there you go, admittedly low Wii U numbers at least going in the right direction and coming in ahead of its Sony rivals. It'll be interesting to see what impact the system's karting blockbuster can have next week.

[via gematsu.com]

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