Yokai Watch 2 Sells a Whopping 1.3 Million Copies in Launch Week, Boosts 3DS Sales

Wii U sales drop again, but retains top home console spot

The latest Media Create chart results are in for Japan, and they bring an extraordinary début week for Yokai Watch 2, along with a boost in 3DS hardware sales and another dip in the equivalent Wii U figure.

To begin with software, Level 5's Yokai Watch 2 — released as separate Ganso and Honke editions — has sold an incredible 1,316,707 copies, according to Media Create's figures; that's only physical retail sales, too. To emphasize the impact of the release, it has already outsold its predecessor that was released last November, no doubt helped by the inclusion of two distinct offerings. Further down the top 20 the trends remain consistent with previous weeks, with Mario Kart 8 still up in fourth place. Results are below, with lifetime sales in brackets.

1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke – 1,316,707 (New)
2. [PSV] Freedom Wars – 20,617 (252,665)
3. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 19,153 (1,195,287)
4. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 15,143 (527,366)
5. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure – 14,713 (92,220)
6. [PS3] Watch Dogs – 10,273 (53,957)
7. [3DS] Pokemon Art Academy – 7,465 (63,922)
8. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V Low Price Version – 6,121 (18,570)
9. [PS4] Watch Dogs – 6,000 (82,378)
10. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y – 4,738 (4,101,986)
11. [3DS] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 4,666 (67,111)
12. [PS4] FIFA 14 – 4,569 (63,447)
13. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 4,279 (148,779)
14. [PS3] Kamen Rider: Battride War II – 4,194 (77,494)
15. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 3,684 (3,307,700)
16. [3DS] Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – 3,024 (245,399)
17. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 2,973 (2,349,594)
18. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 2,950 (3,758,394)
19. [PSV] Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment – 2,925 (222,886)
20. [PSV] God Eater 2 (PlayStation Vita the Best) – 2,731 (New)

The hardware results are dominated, as always, by portable systems; the 3DS LL / XL enjoyed a healthy boost, which was needed to see off a substantial jump in the Vita. While the Wii U remains the top-selling home console, meanwhile, its sales of just 8,658 are unlikely to bring any cheer for Nintendo — the results below have last week's sales in brackets.

3DS LL – 55,531 (21,914)
PlayStation Vita – 38,907 (18,438)
Wii U – 8,658 (9,961)
PlayStation 3 – 7,763 (7,511)
PlayStation 4 – 7,150 (7,876)
3DS – 6,425 (5,424)
PlayStation Vita TV – 1,803 (2,217)
PSP – 779 (1,579)
Xbox 360 – 140 (180)

An extraordinary launch for Level 5's franchise, then, boosting the 3DS in the process; it looks set to be one of the top sellers for the whole year in Japan.

[via gematsu.com]