Mario Kart 8 and the Wii U Take Top Spots in Japanese Charts

Yo-kai Watch passes one million retail sales

As was the case in Western markets, Mario Kart 8 has arrived in Japan to give the Wii U a lift in performance — it's had a notable impact in the software and hardware Media Create charts. Elsewhere popular Level-5 title Yo-kai Watch has finally gone past one million physical retail sales in these results, which is an impressive achievement.

Level-5's 3DS title is still number three in this week's software chart, but the results are all about Mario Kart 8. It sold 352,892 units, a meaty contribution to the 1.2 million worldwide sales over its launch weekend. A number of other 3DS titles are battling it out in the list, with some new releases on Sony hardware joining in — the results are below, with lifetime sales in brackets.

1. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 325,892 (New)
2. [PS3] Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories – 82,048 (New)
3. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 36,868 (1,020,877)
4. [PSV] Chou Megami Shinkou Noire Gekishin Black Heart – 28,397 (New)
5. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 27,406 (63,062)
6. [3DS] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 12,265 (29,028)
7. [PS4] inFAMOUS: Second Son – 8,622 (43,423)
8. [PS3] The Idolmaster: One For All – 6,910 (102,793)
9. [PS3] Arcana Heart 3: Love Max – 6,273 (New)
10. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour – 6,064 (383,989)
11. [PSP] Heart no Kuni no Alice: Wonderful Twin World – 5,920 (New)
12. [PSV] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation – 5,648 (New)
13. [3DS] Mario Golf: World Tour – 5,388 (98,666)
14. [PSV] Genkai Tokki: Moero Chronicle – 5,160 (47,609)
15. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 4,960 (4,073,915)
16. [PSP] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 4,552 (11,798)
17. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 4,406 (2,326,944)
18. [PSV] To Love-Ru Darkness: Battle Ecstasy – 3,963 (26,289)
19. [PSV] Amnesia World – 3,898 (12,548)
20. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe – 3,858 (592,422)

The hardware results bring drops for almost all non-Nintendo systems, with both 3DS models gaining small percentages. It's the Wii U that's enjoyed the biggest jump of over 100%, edging out the 3DS LL (XL) for top spot, and for this week notably selling out both the PS3 and PS4 combined — results below have last week's sales in brackets.

Wii U – 19,312 (9,024)
3DS LL – 18,776 (18,374)
PlayStation Vita – 12,859 (14,070)
PlayStation 3 – 6,922 (7,565)
PlayStation 4 – 6,508 (7,543)
3DS – 4,957 (4,850)
PSP – 1,421 (1,479)
PlayStation Vita TV – 1,098 (1,142)
Xbox 360 – 225 (202)

It's an eye-catching software number for Mario Kart 8, though we can't help but feel that the Wii U bump, considering the volume of game sales, is modest. It was clearly mostly existing owners that took the plunge, and this isn't anywhere near the scale of increase we saw during the lucrative Holiday season with the arrival of Super Mario 3D World. The performance for Wii U next week will be interesting to see, but the positive perspective is that it has enjoyed an increase, with big numbers for the latest kart racing classic.

[via gematsu.com]