The Japanese launch of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call allowed the Nintendo 3DS XL to double its weekly sales total, but on the whole the Japanese games market remains stuck in something of a rut, with hardware sales at a five year low in the period between April 14th to 20th.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call sold 80,523 copies, earning second place in the all-format chart behind Bandai Namco's PS Vita RPG Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, which shifted an impressive 145,029 units.

However, the launch of the game gave its host console a boost, with the 3DS XL (or LL as it is known in Japan) retailing 27,914 consoles — a jump from the 14,023 units sold the previous week. The original 3DS model sold 6,073 units in the same period, while the struggling Wii U could only manage 5,710 consoles.

Elsewhere in the software chart, Level-5's Yokai Watch and Mario Party: Island Tour continued to post decent figures, selling 43,136 and 15,654 copies respectively.

Here's the all-formats top ten, with lifetime sales in brackets:

  • 1. [PSV] Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (Bandai Namco, 04/24/14) - 145,029 (New)
  • 2. [3DS] Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (Square Enix, 04/24/14) - 80,523 (New)
  • 3. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) - 43,136 (798,046)
  • 4. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo, 03/20/14) - 15,654 (320,489)
  • 5. [PS3] 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku Hen (Bandai Namco, 04/10/14) - 12,240 (186,396)
  • 6. [Wii U] Famicom Remix 1+2 (04/24/14) - 11,079 (New)
  • 7. [PSV] BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (04/24/14) - 10,709 (New)
  • 8. [PSV] 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku Hen (Bandai Namco, 04/10/14) - 8,678 (154,669)
  • 9. [3DS] Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection (04/17/14, Capcom) - 6,473 (33,398)
  • 10. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami, 03/20/14) - 6,444 (204,498)

And here's the hardware chart, with last week's sales in brackets:

  • 1. 3DS LL - 27,914 (14,023)
  • 2. PlayStation Vita - 22,394 (17,905)
  • 3. PlayStation 4 - 12,712 (14,396)
  • 4. PlayStation 3 - 6,726 (6,468)
  • 5. 3DS - 6,073 (5,920)
  • 6. Wii U - 5,710 (5,204)
  • 7. PSP - 1,957 (2,094)
  • 8. PlayStation Vita TV - 1,548 (1,133)
  • 9. Xbox 360 - 242 (240)

[via gamesindustry.biz]