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Persona Q Gives 3DS a Boost in Japan, Wii U Takes Second Spot

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Mario Kart 8 approaches 400,000 physical retail sales

After a chart topping performance from Mario Kart 8 and Wii U in Japan last week, the latest Media Create results bring the 3DS back to the fore with a major new release.

Kicking off with software, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth has arrived at number one in Nintendo's homeland, which represents a series début on Nintendo hardware. Mario Kart 8 falls to second but adds 73,051 physical retail sales; Yo-kai Watch continues on its merry way in third place. The top 20 is below, with lifetime sales in brackets.

1. [3DS] Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – 186,856 (New)
2. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 73,051 (398,943)
3. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch – 33,380 (1,054,257)
4. [3DS] Card Fight!! Vanguard Lock-On Victory!! – 32,253 (New)
5. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 19,941 (83,003)
6. [PS3] Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories – 8,390 (90,438)
7. [3DS] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 7,668 (36,696)
8. [PS4] Wolfenstein: The New Order – 7,448 (New)
9. [PS4] FIFA 14 World Class Soccer – 5,126 (35,172)
10. [360] Stranger of Sword City: White Palace – 5,060 (New)
11. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour – 4,938 (388,927)
12. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 4,699 (2,331,642)
13. [PS3] Rain – 4,536 (New)
14. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 4,435 (4,078,350)
15. [PS3] Wolfenstein: The New Order – 4,341 (New)
16. [PSV] Chou Megami Shinkou Noire Gekishin Black Heart – 4,249 (32,646)
17. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 4,112 (3,289,221)
18. [PS4] inFAMOUS: Second Son – 3,973 (47,396)
19. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe – 3,709 (596,131)
20. [PS3] The Idolmaster: One For All – 3,598 (106,391)

Persona Q's release has given the 3DS LL (XL) a welcome boost as it returns to top spot, while the Wii U has seen a drop but remains as the second-highest selling console overall. The results are below, with last week's sales in brackets.

3DS LL – 30,924 (18,776)
Wii U – 13,766 (19,312)
PlayStation Vita – 11,450 (12,859)
PlayStation 4 – 9,466 (6,508)
PSP – 9,365 (1,421)
PlayStation 3 – 6,561 (6,922)
3DS – 5,346 (4,957)
PlayStation Vita TV – 1,193 (1,098)
Xbox 360 – 255 (225)

A strong week for the 3DS, while the Wii U sees momentum drop — as expected — in Mario Kart 8's second week; its second place finish reflects a struggling overall hardware market in Japan.


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User Comments (38)



CrazyOtto said:

The reason the PSP sold over 9000 this week is because it's getting discontinued. This may be its last week on Media Create.



sinalefa said:


Insert DragonBall meme here

That was a great boost in sales, and there is not even one PSP game in the top 20. Meanwhile, MK7 is still there.



HylianJowi said:

Hell yeah, Persona. The series is massively popular over there, so this should help 3DS momentum quite a bit moving forward. Also, it's Persona. Need I say more?!



GuardianKing said:

Is @Tsuchinoko still in Japan (on that matter, is he still a part of this site)?

I'd love someone to inform me, and the rest of the Persona fanbase, whether or not Persona Q has social links/character interactions of any kind, or if it's another chess-piece story like Etrian Odyssey (the lack of character personality, along with some bad dungeoneering mechanics, really bothered me in EOIV).



Spoony_Tech said:

Persona on a Nintendo system. How awesome is that. Plus at least Wii U is holding its own over there. Consoles just aren't what they use to be with the line between them and handhelds disappearing everyday.



Peach64 said:

Glad to see the 3DS get a bit of a boost after a disappointing 6 months. Hopefully third parties pick up the slack with Nintendo so focused on Wii U. I saw a new Final Fantasy spin-off got announced, so that's good news.



Mahe said:

Massive drop for Mario Kart 8, and Wii U... didn't have much to drop from. MK8 has sold less than 66 % of what Mario Kart Wii did just on its first week, and it's only going to get worse from here. People just do not want to buy a console riddled with an obnoxious Gamepad controller, even to play Mario Kart.



Spoony_Tech said:

@GuardianKing First of all you butchered his name lol. Can't remember the exact spelling but I've seen him from time to time. If you spell his user name right he might see this.

Edit: sorry, he must of changed his user name from what I last remembered. He posted about 7 hour's ago so maybe he'll see this.



Spoony_Tech said:

@GuardianKing Did you try EO: Untold. It has a story mode and you might like the dungeons better since its basically the original with a new dungeon and updated graphics. Btw EOIV was excellent.: P



MussakkuLaden said:

Okay, the overall numbers of all consoles are low. But still I think that some months (or even weeks) ago, hardly anyone had expected that at this time, and after the release of the PS4, the Wii U would take the second spot.



sinalefa said:


Too bad that despite including your sworn enemy the Gamepad, Wii U still managed to sell the most home consoles unit this week in Japan too.



GuardianKing said:

@Squid ....That would be really surprising in all the wrong ways. After all, most of the animated trailers (yeah, they're not in-game footage, but point remains) show the characters interacting with one another. Removing that aspect, which they are clearing advertising, would seem like a giant misstep in my opinion.



Ryno said:

@Mahe: The GamePad for Japanese gamers is a great way to play console games because of how many people live together and share a TV in their culture.



eaglebob345 said:

@Mahe Did the gamepad slap your mom, steal your girlfriend, then shoot your dog? If not, then what's is with all of the complaining?



jakysnakydx said:

@Mahe You know? I actually really doubt thats the reason. In my neckbof the woods and demigraphic no one has heard about Wii U and when they do they love iit. They find the game pad to be a fun and innovative inclusion.



MAN1AC said:

I did not expect PQ to sell that well out the gate. Good for Atlus. They're not P4G numbers but solid nonetheless.

Now lets get these other games out the way so I can play Persona 5 already.



ricklongo said:

@Mahe Uh, Mario Kart Wii is the highest-selling non-bundled console game EVER. Saying Mario Kart 8 didn't sell as much, especially on a console with a fraction of the instal base and with the current market situation in Japan, doesn't seem like it means anything.



Rafie said:

@dumedum Yeah in Japan. I agree though. It's good to see the Wii U on top for a change. Things will get better from here.



BluesDrive said:

I can't wait for Persona Q. Shame that the limited edition XL won't make it to the west. It looked great.



Nintendofan83 said:

I could care less about sales. I love my Wii U and the games announced at E3 or before it look great. I will enjoy it and continue to buy a lot of games. Nintendo developed a great console but it lacks mass-marketability and the gamepad isn't for everyone. This feels like a GCN era to me. Low sales, incredible games and an extremely loyal fan base that will treasure the games for a long time to come. Over the past tweny years, we've seen Nintendo go through peaks and valleys and this is no different today. N64 was a monster, GCN failed commerically, Wii smashed all the records, Wii U is guess is the next console will get the big N back on the horse.



Nintendofan83 said:

Just remember the NPD numbers will be for 2 days. You'll have to wait until mid-July to see how Mario Kart has done this month. The NPD numbers will look sexy because of the pre-orders, day 1 sales etc. I'm really interested in the enitre month of June.



JaxonH said:

It's one thing to personally not like the gamepad. It's an entirely different story when you SOMEHOW logically conclude that having a screen on a controller (something that's actually COOL) is the reason for all the Wii U's misfortunes, so damning it even caused Mario Kart 8 to not be a huge system seller.

It's crazy hearing what some people actually believe on the internet...



MoonKnight7 said:


Amen, Amen...

The fact of the matter is, the Wii U had a perfect storm of problems in the beginning. Nintendo had a very strong E3 showing off new ideas for the gamepad. The gamepad has great possibilities ahead, you're absolutely right. This person's always immediately pointing their finger at the gamepad. It's a completely asinine and one dimensional position, which leads me to believe that @Mahe is nothing more than a common troll who belongs in the IGN comment section.



Wolfgabe said:

@Mahe Remember this is Japan we are talking about here, a market where home consoles are pretty much dead. According to a tweet from David Gibson Mario Kart 8 in NA sold 450,000, boosted Wii U sales 4.1x, and currently has an attach rate of 18%. All those figures are practically double that of Mario Kart 7 which is very good

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