Japanese Retail Sales Struggle as Just 76 Units Separate PS4 and Wii U

Yo-kai Watch approaches one million retail sales

The Japanese chart results are in from Media Create, and unfortunately they continue the recent trends of poor sales across software and hardware. There are some bright-spots from a Nintendo perspective, though not necessarily radiant enough to lighten up the overall picture.

To start with software, new releases on PS3 and PS Vita seize the top two spots, but there's continuing good news for Level-5 with Yo-kai Watch on 3DS, as it's still going strong with over 30,000 physical retail sales in the past week — it's almost reached one million boxed sales. Outside of the top three all games shifted less that 10,000 units, though there are 12 3DS games and one Wii U classic within the top 20. The results are below, with lifetime sales in brackets.

1. [PS3] The Idolmaster: One For All – 83,395 (New)
2. [PSV] Genkai Tokki: Moero Chronicle – 32,957 (New)
3. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 30,305 (950,035)
4. [3DS] Mario Golf: World Tour – 9,439 (86,210)
5. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour – 8,049 (371,184)
6. [PSV] Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment – 7,868 (201,381)
7. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 5,553 (4,063,466)
8. [3DS] Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call – 4,594 (120,549)
9. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe – 4,504 (584,509)
10. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 3,386 (3,277,125)
11. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – 3,360 (219,568)
12. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 3,345 (2,318,577)
13. [3DS] Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode Yokubari Sengen! Tokimeki Up! – 3,161 (36,149)
14. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 3,040 (3,734,701)
15. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V – 2,968 (775,741)
16. [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World – 2,697 (544,874)
17. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z – 2,658 (1,454,778)
18. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind – 2,363 (294,700)
19. [PS3] Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – 2,339 (New)
20. [PSV] God of War Collection – 2,265 (New)

The hardware results bring little cheer, with every system suffering a drop in sales. The 3DS LL (XL) remains on top despite losing over 10,000 sales, while there are now just 76 units separating Sony's PS4 and the Wii U — results below with last week's sales in brackets.

3DS LL – 18,350 (28,414)
PlayStation Vita – 12,810 (17,143)
PlayStation 3 – 7,339 (7,684)
PlayStation 4 – 6,792 (8,480)
Wii U – 6,716 (7,613)
3DS – 5,250 (7,529)
PSP – 1,642 (2,022)
PlayStation Vita TV – 1,055 (1,351)
Xbox 360 – 201 (233)

Nintendo will no doubt be hoping for a major boost with Wii U once Mario Kart 8 arrives, while Level-5's accountants probably can't wait for the arrival of Yo-kai Watch 2 to support the evergreen original.

[via gematsu.com]

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