Pokémon Art Academy Sneaks Top Spot in Japanese Charts as Console Sales Dip

3DS still top, Wii U remains as number one console

It's time once again for the Media Create Japanese chart results, and this week tells a tale of modest sales across the board. Though the numbers are low Nintendo still has plenty to cheer.

Pokémon Art Academy makes its début this week and sneaks into top spot, narrowly out-selling more established releases; that does suggest that it won't be a significant seller. Yo-kai Watch maintains its impressive run in second place while Mario Kart 8 secures third place. The results are below, with lifetime sales in brackets.

1. [3DS] Pokemon Art Academy – 31,080 (New)
2. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch – 30,394 (1,117,611)
3. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 28,112 (469,316)
4. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 20,600 (123,867)
5. [3DS] Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – 11,979 (230,307)
6. [PSV] htoL#NiQ: Hotaru no Nikki – 9,744 (New)
7. [PS3] CV: Casting Voice – 7,524 (New)
8. [3DS] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 6,307 (24,333)
9. [PS3] One Piece: Unlimited World Red – 6,307 (24,333)
10. [PS4] FIFA 14 – 5,867 (47,303)
11. [PSV] The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki Evolution – 5,657 (25,316)
12. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 4,828 (4,088,012)
13. [PSP] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 4,541 (23,154)
14. [PSV] One Piece: Unlimited World Red – 4,072 (14,421)
15. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 3,983 (2,339,820)
16. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour – 3,836 (397,379)
17. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 3,383 (3,296,439)
18. [3DS] Card Fight!! Vanguard Lock-On Victory!! – 3,284 (42,852)
19. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe – 3,051 (602,562)
20. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 3,004 (3,749,733)

Moving onto hardware, the 3DS LL (XL) retains top spot and is the only system (aside from Vita TV) with increased sales, with all others dropping away. Despite the fall the Wii U is still in five figures and the top selling home console; the results include last week's sales in brackets.

3DS LL – 21,459 (21,267)
PlayStation Vita – 11,937 (13,299)
Wii U – 10,715 (12,249)
PlayStation 4 – 7,009 (8,395)
PlayStation 3 – 6,339 (6,564)
3DS – 4,582 (5,308)
PSP – 2,335 (4,325)
PlayStation Vita TV – 1,444 (1,436)
Xbox 360 – 214 (231)

Another week in which Nintendo edges its rivals in Japan, though overall figures are still low. Let us know what you think of these results in the comments below.

[via gematsu.com]