Theatrhythm: Curtain Call Helps 3DS XL Double Its Sales, But Japanese Retail Continues To Struggle

Square Enix's new game shifts 80,523 copies, with 27,914 3DS XL units sold

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]

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