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Yokai Watch 2 Passes Two Million Sales in Japan as Wii U Sales Increase

Posted by Alex Olney

3DS hardware also holds momentum

To the surprise of no one, Yokai Watch 2 has once again dominated the Japanese charts, bringing its sales to 2 million, and this figure doesn't even take into account any digital downloads so the total number is bound to be significantly higher than that. Not only this, but Level-5's original Yokai Watch takes ninth place – above several newly released titles.

Coinciding with the success of Japan's latest gaming craze, the 3DS also holds second and third place for software sales, with Mario Kart 8 being pushed down to sixth from fourth place. The figures don't lie though, and the racing sensation still holds strong months after its release.

You can check out all the figures below for yourself – lifetime sales are in brackets.

1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke – 120,682 (2,093,992)
2. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 – 81,584 (New)
3. [3DS] Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson – 46,494 (New)
4. [PS3] Ultra Street Fighter IV – 42,327 (New)
5. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island – 22,752 (114,229)
6. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 20,860 (599,414)
7. [PSV] Shin Hayarigami – 12,585 (New)
8. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure – 8,435 (127,842)
9. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 7,355 (1,234,622)
10. [PS3] Shin Hayarigami – 5,745 (New)
11. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V Low Price Version – 5,323 (38,997)
12. [3DS] Pokémon X / Y – 4,935 (4,121,836)
13. [3DS] Bravely Default: For the Sequel (Ultimate Hits) – 4,720 (New)
14. [PSV] Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines – 4,548 (123,884)
15. [3DS] Pokémon Art Academy – 4,326 (84,588)
16. [3DS] Gundam Try Age SP – 4,112 (37,043)
17. [Wii U] Dragon Quest X: All-In-One Package – 3,945 (New)
18. [PSV] Freedom Wars – 3,869 (275,667)
19. [PSV] Lost Dimension – 3,868 (New)
20. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 3,566 (2,362,577)

Sales figures for hardware show a decline for every console except 3DS and Wii U. The latter has had a small spike of interest with nearly 5,000 additional units sold compared to last week. No doubt Nintendo's marketing for Hyrule Warriors has had a part in this. It's a small increase but an increase nonetheless.

Glance at the numbers for yourself below – last week's sales are in brackets.

1. 3DS LL – 33,172 (31,740)
2. PlayStation Vita – 17,084 (17,179)
3. Wii U – 13,598 (9,646)
4. 3DS – 7,873 (7,019)
5. PlayStation 3 – 6,486 (6,605)
6. PlayStation 4 – 5,470 (5,695)
7. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,344 (1,506)
8. PSP – 301 (464)
9. Xbox 360 – 151 (157)

The Wii U and 3DS are still holding their own against their competitors. Will Gamescom and hype for upcoming releases help aid a similar trend away from Nintendo's homeland?

[via gematsu.com]

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User Comments (43)

Gerbwmu

#1

Gerbwmu said:

Hyrule Warriors comes out this week? I know it is soon and Bayonetta and Fatal Frame around the corner but 13K is a good week when there really isn't any software pushing the number up.

I wondered how low the numbers would dip but never really got below 8K after MK8 release. Seems like Wii U is starting to earn it's keep, at least in Japan.

Nintenjoe64

#2

Nintenjoe64 said:

Ultra Street Fighter IV should be on Wii U without doubt. It's annoying to see so many titles getting repackaged for other consoles where they're not going to sell in particularly huge numbers while being missing out the console that actually needs a Streetfighter/Tomb Raider/GTA/whatever game.

ricklongo

#3

ricklongo said:

They weren't kidding about Mario Kart 8 being an evergreen title. Chances are it will still hold on longer than pretty much every title on the charts, except maybe Yokay Watch 2.

Tsurii897

#6

Tsurii897 said:

@Gerbwmu yeah, it's released tomorrow/today ( I hink it's already the 14th in Japan? Really dang close at least)

I'm pretty sure, we will see Wii U REALLY close to the 3DS XL next week. Maybe even ahead. Hyrule Warriors/Zelda Musou will be huge for Japan.

And Yokai Watch's sales are just as ridiculous as ever :D
I really want to try that already ;)

Action51

#7

Action51 said:

Wii U doing pretty well with no major releases.

I wonder if E3 had an influence in Japan like they say it had here in the United States?

Gerbwmu

#9

Gerbwmu said:

How many weeks in a row will Wii U stay above the 10K mark in Japan?

I'm going with 12 weeks before we see a sub 10K sales week

Nintenjoe64

#10

Nintenjoe64 said:

@GamecubeComplex I would recommend downloading Street Fighter 2 Turbo - Hyper Fighting on the Virtual Console if you've never played any of the series. There's been hundreds of fighting games since it was released but SF2 would be in my top 3 fighting games to play in 2014.

BigH88

#11

BigH88 said:

@Nintenjoe64 I'd have bought day one. I remember when they were considering putting it on the Wii because of the success of Tatsunoku Vs Capcom, which is one of my favorite fighting games of all time. So it's more than possible for Wii U. They just don't want to.

S3OL

#12

S3OL said:

Yokai Watch is still selling, no way! Really want to try it now.

shigulicious

#13

shigulicious said:

Nice number cor the WiiU. With Hyrule Warriors this week, next weeks news should be encouraging. 20,000 perhaps?

rjejr

#15

rjejr said:

What's with downplaying the Wii U increase? Sure 5,000 may not be huge but it's a nearly 50% increase. 50% increase w/o any new releases last week is a nice boost.

And it's crushing the now Tomb Raider free PS4 ;-)

Big shout out to SK2 at #3, you can never have enough boobage.

AndyWARbear

#20

AndyWARbear said:

Amazing... Capcom will no doubt quote the usual install base crap for no Wii U port of SF IV. It's a shame the market isn't representative of most Wii U comments boards. If a company chose to support Wii U and announce it openly, then followed up with a high quality port, surely Wii U owners would flock to support this company and buy its releases. I honestly think the support base is large enough to make it profitable now... I just wonder if a third party is ready and fearless enough to take that step.

Chubblings

#23

Chubblings said:

I don't believe Hyrule Warriors is out in Japan yet. It comes out on the 15th (Friday), so we won't see sales figures for it until next Wednesday.

Samurai_Goroh

#25

Samurai_Goroh said:

Wii U is rising quite nicely and PS4 is really sinking. Nope, not the twilight zone, it's the empire of the rising sun.

Ryu_Niiyama

#26

Ryu_Niiyama said:

@Nintenjoe64

Agreed. My only serious complaint on the third party camp is the absolute lack of current fighting games. Before anybody suggests I have Tekken and Injustice already.

My dream is for Sega to put VF6 on WiiU. They ignore the franchise anyway so it can't harm the brand at this point. ...but I'll just take VF6...please?

GreatPlayer

#28

GreatPlayer said:

@Excep7ional True. I remembered begging my dad to get a SNES due to Street Fighter. I did not get it, but I would not like it anyway because I am not good at doing those moves.

GamecubeComplex

#31

GamecubeComplex said:

@Nintenjoe64 Yeah, if I only had a Classic or Pro Controller... come on, GameCube controller adapter! Please work with Wii and Wii U VC!
@BigH88 Still need to get Tatsunoko VS Capcom... because it has Viewtiful Joe in it.

mch

#33

mch said:

@Hy8ogen
Who is "we", are you Sony?

Sony eh, 10 Million sold, but deep in red numbers.
Yes Nintendo too, but they swim in cash compared to Sony and are investing big in more 1st-Party Games, amiibos and then the new (Quality of Life / second leg to pure gaming) console. ..unfortunately Nintendo seems not investing in marketing as much they should. Same old story..

Darknyht

#34

Darknyht said:

@rjejr Good to see the Wii U doing better, but I don't know if Tomb Raider is even a blip in the Japanese gamer radar. Plus, it is a timed exclusive like Call of Duty stuff used to be on Xbox 360.

@AndyWARbear You would think there could be a small niche market at least in porting over Ultimate Collection versions of some of the 360/PS3 back library to the Wii U.

Excep7ional

#36

Excep7ional said:

@GreatPlayer Haha, dude you shouldn't let that stop you. It's pretty beginner friendly now, and if you really want to learn how to play I can send you to a few good websites to help learn.

Fandabidozi

#37

Fandabidozi said:

Glad to see Ultra Street Fighter IV doing so well, it really is a gorgeous game.
Will definitely download it this month, when I inevitably burn out on New Leaf.
Been playing Yokai Watch 1, after a fashion, it's combat is very simple but fun, and it looks great in 3D.

sinalefa

#38

sinalefa said:

I will be getting USFIV on my PS3 because Capcom never bothered to offer a Wii U version.

Funny that Yokai 2 in a month or so is so close to MK7's lifetime Japanese sales, and that title has been there every week for a long time now.

NodesforNoids

#39

NodesforNoids said:

HILARIOUS. With USFIV releasing on PS3, this is yet another week the PS3 has outsold the PS4. I guess games really do move hardware.
I'd say it's a safe bet, considering the next six weeks, to say Wii U will continue outselling either Playstation and well into October.
Once Smash arrives, I think Nintendo's homefield advantage will really show.

NodesforNoids

#40

NodesforNoids said:

It's safe to say, when we include digital downloads, that YW2 has easily doubled YW's lifetime sales.
I think releasing YW on the eShop and doing a physical release for YW2 (and sometime in the next 6 months) would be a great localization strategy.

GreatPlayer

#41

GreatPlayer said:

@Excep7ional I did not know they have made it more beginner-friendly. I still remember trying to press a half circle on a d-pad in order to those special moves.

I'll try if they have demo. Nowadays I have spent too much money already on MK8, Baseball, and Indie games etc

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