Mario Kart 8 Claims Top Spot in Japanese Charts, Wii U Remains as Number One Home Console

3DS top overall, Yo-kai Watch keeps on going

Nintendo's enjoying a run of pleasing sales-related headlines right now, with the recent NPD results for May showing strong performance for Mario Kart 8 and a related bump in Wii U sales, in particular. The latest weekly Media Create charts for Japan are out, and they continue the positive trend, albeit with overall numbers on the modest side.

To start with software, Mario Kart 8 claims the number one spot in a field mostly populated by established titles, showing that it's got positive momentum as a whole. Yo-kai Watch continues its irrepressible run on 3DS, meanwhile, with a special mention also due for Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth; One Piece: Unlimited World Red had a very quiet launch on Wii U, well below equivalents on Sony platforms. You can see the results below, with lifetime sales in brackets.

1. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 42,461 (441,205)
2. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 32,960 (1,087,217)
3. [3DS] Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – 31,472 (218,329)
4. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 20,264 (103,267)
5. [PSV] The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki Evolution – 19,659 (New)
6. [PS3] One Piece: Unlimited World Red – 18,026 (New)
7. [PSV] One Piece: Unlimited World Red – 10,348 (New)
8. [PS4] Thief – 8,772 (New)
9. [3DS] Card Fight!! Vanguard Lock-On Victory!! – 7,315 (39,568)
10. [PS4] FIFA 14 World Class Soccer – 6,264 (41,436)
11. [3DS] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 6,218 (42,914)
12. [PS3] Thief – 4,899 (New)
13. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 4,834 (4,083,184)
14. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour – 4,617 (393,544)
15. [Wii U] One Piece: Unlimited World Red – 4,209 (New)
16. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 4,195 (2,335,837)
17. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 3,835 (3,293,056)
18. [PSP] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 3,470 (18,612)
19. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe – 3,379 (599,510)
20. [PS3] Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories – 3,295 (93,733)

In the hardware stakes the only notable increase is for the Vita, which brings it up above Wii U. The 3DS LL (XL) is still top despite a meaty drop, however, while Nintendo's HD system is still currently the best-selling home console in Japan.

3DS LL – 21,267 (30,924)
PlayStation Vita – 13,299 (11,450)
Wii U – 12,249 (13,766)
PlayStation 4 – 8,395 (9,466)
PlayStation 3 – 6,564 (6,561)
3DS – 5,308 (5,346)
PSP – 4,325 (9,365)
PlayStation Vita TV – 1,436 (1,193)
Xbox 360 – 231 (255)

Some good headlines for Nintendo this week, though we should add that these are modest, unremarkable sales numbers in general. If Nintendo can retain its top spots during a quiet, tough spell in the Japanese market, it at least bodes well for a busier release line-up later in the year.

[via gematsu.com]

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