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Wii U and 3DS Hardware Sales See Slight Increase in Japan as Yokai Watch 2 Stays on Top

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Yoshi's New Island makes chart début in second

It's time again for Media Create chart results from Japan, with Nintendo hoping for good news in both the software and hardware stakes; the 3DS sees a game release that the West has been enjoying since Spring.

It should surprise no-one that Level 5's Yokai Watch 2, available in two versions, remains at number one; its physical retail sales are rapidly approaching two million units. A new entry for 3DS at number two is Yoshi's New Island, which wasn't exactly critically acclaimed in the West but has shifted 58,285 copies in its launch week in Japan; Mario Kart 8 is still up in third place. The top 20 is below with lifetime sales in brackets.

1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke – 180,880 (1,829,533)
2. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island – 58,285 (New)
3. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 18,129 (560,487)
4. [PSV] Oreshika: Tainted Bloodblines – 17,690 (111,465)
5. [PSV] Tokyo New World Record: Operation Abyss – 15,242 (New)
6. [PSV] Corpse Party: Blood Drive – 13,688 (New)
7. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 10,620 (1,218,698)
8. [PS3] Under Nigh In-Birth Exe:Late – 9,171 (New)
9. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure – 9,080 (110,558)
10. [PS3] Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea – 7,432 (51,177)
11. [3DS] Gundam Try Age SP – 7,110 (28,634)
12. [3DS] Pokemon Art Academy – 5,768 (75,404)
13. [PSV] Freedom Wars – 5,344 (267,771)
14. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y – 5,089 (4,112,000)
15. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V Low Price Version – 5,026 (28,685)
16. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 4,591 (3,316,196)
17. [PS3] Watch Dogs – 3,684 (63,269)
18. [PS4] FIFA 14 – 3,587 (71,128)
19. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 3,346 (2,355,647)
20. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 3,068 (3,764,042)

The hardware results show all non-Nintendo hardware falling away — the 3DS LL / XL and standard model both see small increases, as does the Wii U to reaffirm its status as the current top-selling home console in Japan. Results are below with last week's sales in brackets.

3DS LL – 31,789 (31,192)
PlayStation Vita – 21,875 (27,352)
Wii U – 9,429 (8,209)
PlayStation 3 – 7,175 (7,389)
3DS – 6,656 (6,185)
PlayStation 4 – 5,581 (6,456)
PlayStation Vita TV – 1,767 (2,249)
PSP – 489 (556)
Xbox 360 – 122 (129)

A reasonable week for Nintendo against the context of generally low numbers, while Level 5 is no doubt delighted with the ongoing performance of Yokai Watch 2. It'll be interesting to see how Hyrule Warriors performs on Wii U in a few weeks, as the first of a number of major titles set to kick off the late Summer / Fall season for the big N's home console.


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User Comments (30)



6ch6ris6 said:

freedom wars fot vita is doing bad i think. i thought the game would sell really well and even move units for sony.



MoonKnight7 said:

Given the financial news today, I think it's time for Nintendo to convince Level 5 to bring Yokai Watch to N.A. and Europe. At least try to get a new franchise going worldwide.



Hero-of-WiiU said:

Cool , isn't much to say. But everyone thought PS4 would dominate Japan and that's not quite the case.



unrandomsam said:

Nobody with any sense expected the PS4 to do anything in Japan in the near future (Including Sony) .



TheWPCTraveler said:

Wow. Yo-Kai Watch 2 is just...impressive.

At this rate, it may as well break the 2 million mark by mid-August.



Tsurii said:

@unrandomsam this

I think Hyrule Warriors has a good chance to move some units. Not quite sure, but I think Musou games are doing pretty well in Japan AND I think I remember someone saying that was one reason for the Zelda spinoff since that one is not half as popular in Japan as in the rest of the world (correct if I'm wrong about it :/)



Gerbwmu said:

And as if on queue...........Less then positive results for 1st quarter are followed up with decent sales news from Japan. Anyone know why the spike for Wii U and MK8? Are they having the same free game promotion as the rest of the world and a few people rushed out to get the free game in time?

Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta can't come out fast enough though......we need some fresh games for the Wii U



Wouwter said:

@MoonKnight7 Maybe they are already working on that, Fantasy Life was basically announced out of nowhere. For Yokai Watch they should bring over the anime as well, that might be a lot of work.



Blast said:

The Wii U is doing okay.... but seriously... the PS4 is doing horrible in Japan and the big media outlets just don't care. I've only seen one article about how the PS4 is doing bad in Japan.



BigH88 said:

Wonder why the increase in Wii U sales. Either way great week in Japan for Nintendo.



Jazzer94 said:

@Blast Lets just cut the rubbish both are tanking horribly in Japan when they struggle to get even to five figures each week.



MoonKnight7 said:


I'm sure they are working on it. It would be a wasted opportunity not to at least try.


Yeah, when the PS4 started to drop, it dropped quickly. This says a lot of how much the market has changed in Japan.



rjejr said:

@Gerbwmu - "Anyone know why the spike for Wii U"

I was curious and did a quick Google search and couldn't find much. HW is out in 2 weeks - Aug 14 - so maybe it's just anticipation? They certainly have enough collectors edition to advertise. (I'm a firm believer that advertising sells systems, Nintnedo apparent has other ideas.) Maybe anybody buying the Wii U for HW picked up MK8 to kill time the next 2 weeks?



Takerkaneanite6 said:

@MoonKnight7 Or at peast convince them to release a new Yokai Watch game for Wii U, now that and 1 or 2 more RPGs would significantly increase Wii U sales in Japan...



MoonKnight7 said:


Absolutely they should. However, that is probably more difficult than it sounds, especially since they've been concentrating most of their recent efforts on portable games.



sinalefa said:

The gap between Yokai 2 and Yoshi is huge, and then another big gap for MK8. Nice to see Wii U closer to five digits.



PuppyToucher said:

Can someone please explain yokai watch to me? I literally know nothing about it and I want to understand it's appeal



Hy8ogen said:

Dang, the PS4 is really doing badly over there. If this trends keeps going, I don't think the Japanese 3rd parties is going to abandon the PS3 and move to the PS4 anytime soon.



DualWielding said:

Nobody thought it would dominate Japan, everyone knows Handhelds dominate Japan. However, it'll probably be the best selling home console in Japan once games come out for it



Jazzer94 said:

@unrandomsam Of cause it is important as Japanese third parties aren't going to rush to support the console if it isn't selling and I like Japanese games.



NodesforNoids said:

PS4 sales didn't drop nearly as much as the PSV. Over 20%, despite a few top 10 games? It's not as if the Vita TV picked up much slack either.
Wii U bumped by over 1200 units, twice as much as the 360 and PSP did combined.
I'm seeing August and September as two months Nintendo can really use to pull away from Sony, at least in Japan.



Jimmy_G_Buckets said:

I think Hyrule Warriors will give the WiiU a massive bump in Japan. And Monster Hunter 4 is just...beastly. I will be holding out as long as I can upon its release to see if it gets ported to the big screen. I play so much Monster Hunter that my hands can't handle the 3ds. First world issues...



kupo said:

Hey! Level-5! Bring that wristwatch game over to the States pronto! I wanna play it.



Excep7ional said:

What kind of game is Yokai Watch anyway? That game is seriously killing in Japan. I need to look up some gameplay on it.

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