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Nintendo Hardware and Exclusives Hold Firm at Top of Japanese Charts

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

3DS and Wii U see small increases

It's Media Create Japanese chart results time, once again, and they continue the usual trends — though there are a few talking points to consider.

In terms of software, the two iterations of Yokai Watch 2 had another dominant week, now just one week away — in all likelihood — from passing two million physical retail sales; it's been a spectacular success. Nintendo will likely be relatively pleased that Yoshi's New Island sales haven't gone off a cliff, meanwhile, posting respectable second week figures, while Mario Kart 8 continues to comfortably secured third spot. The top 20 is below, with lifetime sales in brackets.

1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke – 143,777 (1,973,310)
2. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island – 33,192 (91,477)
3. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 18,067 (578,554)
4. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure – 8,849 (119,407)
5. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 8,569 (1,227,267)
6. [PSV] Oreshika: Tainted Bloodblines – 7,871 (119,336)
7. [3DS] Happiness Charge PreCure! Kawa-Run Collection – 6,712 (New)
8. [3DS] SoniPro – 6,086 (New)
9. [3DS] Fate/Kaleid Liner: Prisma Illya – 5,532 (New)
10. [PS3] Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea – 5,258 (56,434)
11. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V Low Price Version – 4,988 (33,673)
12. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y – 4,900 (4,116,901)
13. [3DS] Pokemon Art Academy – 4,858 (80,262)
14. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 4,662 (3,320,858)
15. [PSV] Tokyo New World Record: Operation Abyss – 4,403 (19,645)
16. [PSV] Corpse Party: Blood Drive – 4,304 (17,992)
17. [3DS] Gundam Try Age SP – 4,297 (32,931)
18. [PSV] Freedom Wars – 4,027 (271,798)
19. [PSV] Child of Light – 3,893 (New)
20. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 3,364 (2,359,011)

Hardware sales will bring qualified cheer for Nintendo. The figures aren't particularly good in isolation, but the company's systems are holding solid momentum; the 3DS LL (XL) remains on top, while small increases for Wii U and the standard 3DS see them occupy third and fourth place, with the home console the best in its class in Japan. The results are below, with last week's sales in brackets.

3DS LL – 31,740 (31,789)
PlayStation Vita – 17,179 (21,875)
Wii U – 9,646 (9,429)
3DS – 7,019 (6,656)
PlayStation 3 – 6,605 (7,175)
PlayStation 4 – 5,695 (5,581)
PlayStation Vita TV – 1,506 (1,767)
PSP – 464 (489)
Xbox 360 – 157 (122)

Another week for celebratory cake in the Level 5 offices, while Nintendo is no doubt relieved to be having a happier time in Japan than its rivals.


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User Comments (31)



TheWPCTraveler said:

Here's to hoping the PreCure game gets localized soon.

Also, I'm counting on a 10k baseline later on the Wii U in the year thanks to that great set of games they have and the hype they've been trying to maintain.

Also, Level 5 is really schooling everyone else when it comes to marketing a hit.
They still hold up more sales than the rest of the top 20 combined, even after a couple weeks.



Tsurii said:

Hyrule Warriors doesn't release before we get the next sale figures, right? Because I think it'll be pretty interesting to see how the Wii U numbers will change after that game's release (I'm calling at least 20k and I actually think, that's relatively pessimistic )



Pod said:

Goshdarn, the 3DS family is outselling all other hardware combined.

Gaming specialized hardware really is suffering in Japan. Peculiar, when taking into account how marginalized the PC was throughout the 90s in that region.



Gerbwmu said:

Wii U is starting to creep towards 10K in Japan without a release. 3 fairly major releases in Japan over the next 2 months should keep things moving fairly well just in time for a holiday jump. Here's hoping for over 10 million world wide sales before 2015!



Peach64 said:

People still acting like 10k is some kind of achievement. It was selling over 10k a week in Japan this time last year. Same for the 3DS, it was doing 75k a week this time last year. The only thing that's a success in Japan right now is mobile



electrolite77 said:

Good to see there's one territory where the PS4 isn't destroying everything and Nintendo can at least outsell it even if the actual numbers are small. While Nintendo haven't got many games out this year they are titles that should do well in Japan.



Yurikun said:

These stats are always interesting to me. I wonder if developers in the west pay any attention to whats happening in the east to see if their titles will move here.



Hy8ogen said:

Man the PS4 is sinking further and further as weeks go by. People at Sony JP must be freaking out right now.



Blast said:

@Hy8ogen Its more like people at Sony Japan are waiting for Square Enix to release Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 on PS4. And those games aren't coming anytime soon.



DarkAvenger said:

Wii U is such an amazing console, i almost never turn it off... but i hate region lock and japan exclusives (i hope fatal frame is not the case) With hyrule warriors Wii U sales will improve without a doubt.



TwilightAngel said:

Damn Yokai Watch 2 is destroying everyone for no reason,now i want to play and see what's the fuss is about.



SparkOfSpirit said:

Poor Sony. The Vita's doing awful here and great in Japan while the PS4 is the opposite. What a mess they're in.



IceClimbers said:

Yokai Watch 2 continues to dominate! Would love to see the franchise become the 3rd most popular in Japan, beaten only by Pokemon and Monster Hunter. Actually, I'd argue that Monster Hunter is the most popular - Pokemon is a staple of Japanese culture at this point, going beyond the state of popularity.



NodesforNoids said:

Though I agree completely, Wii U (and MK8) are making the PS4 look.. About how it SHOULD look everywhere.
After all the criticism regarding Darksiders 2 (dark Zelda), Arkham City (GOTY), NG3 (the markedly improved Razor's Edge) and ME3 (GOTY) being at launch, the hypocrisy is running high.
Master Chief Collection, Rayman Legends, Tomb Raider: DE, FIFA: WC, The Last of Us Remastered and (inevitably) GTAV.
Lots of NEW and UNIQUE games, for sure.
Japan sees it.
Doesn't seem like anyone else does.
I guess they're too busy filming themselves playing Resogun nude.



NodesforNoids said:

My point being, no, it's not a big number. But compared to the competition (the newer, faster, 'better' competition), it's the best selling consoles.



Fandabidozi said:

I'm playing Yokai Watch atm. Wandering around aimlessly due to not being able to read Japanese lol. Battling the ghosts is cool tho, I get a Shin Megami Tensei vibe from this game.



Caryslan said:

@SparkOfSpirit What mess? The PS4 is the top selling next-gen console in the west, the PS3 is doing pretty decently, and the Vita is the second most popular console in Japan. In terms of gaming, they are doing pretty good, perhaps even better than Microsoft right now.

Their other products may have problems selling, but Sony is doing pretty good in the video game market.



Action51 said:

To the people spelling doom and gloom for PS4...just no.

Remember that the Wii U dealt with many sales slumps like this. The PS4 is just in a rough spot right now. I constantly hear gamers disappointed in the constant delays and lack of games for the much hyped system. That's the key.

The main difference in attitude being that the PS4 sold like gangbusters out of the gate, and also because the gaming media tends to judge each hardware manufacturer with a completely different set of rules.

  • So we don't really hear about the "game droughts" or slumps with the same level of apocalyptic glee and condescending snark. The truth is that the WIi U was not as big an epic failure of a system as the gaming media wanted everyone to think, and the PS4 is not the second coming of sliced bread that the gaming media constantly gush over...the simple truth is that when the great games are released, people buy the consoles.


SparkOfSpirit said:

I was talking about the PS4 not doing well in Japan and the Vita not doing well here. I fail to see what I was wrong about on those fronts.

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