It's Media Create charts time for Japan, once again, and this week brings more steady reassurance for Nintendo in the portable space, if not necessarily for Wii U. This is also a relatively quiet spell ahead of the Holiday season in Japan, so familiar names continue to make their presence felt.

At the top, still, is Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, with Capcom's release continuing its march onwards ahead of Level 5's Yokai Watch 2 and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Successful new releases are thin on the ground in what are — outside the top 3 — low sales numbers all around; The LEGO Movie Videogame has had little impact, in terms of numbers, on Wii U and 3DS in its first week. The top 20, with lifetime sales in brackets, is below.

1. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – 57,645 (2,104,844)
2. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke – 27,182 (2,842,890)
3. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – 24,509 (1,701,465)
4. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2014 – 9,070 (111,037)
5. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2014 – 7,661 (71,073)
6. [PS3] The Evil Within – 7,562 (82,932)
7. [3DS] Tales of the World: Reve Unitia – 5,280 (62,120)
8. [3DS] The LEGO Movie Videogame – 4,180 (New)
9. [Wii U] The LEGO Movie Videogame – 3,574 (New)
10. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 3,210 (699,588)
11. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 2,844 (3,805,306)
12. [PS3] Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – 2,676 (15,062)
13. [PS4] Metro Redux – 2,624 (8,782)
14. [3DS] Dragon Quest X Online – 2,501 (116,252)
15. [PS4] The Evil Within – 2,359 (66,956)
16. [PS3] Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix – 2,258 (129,660)
17. [PS4] Onechanbara Z2: Chaos – 2,245 (12,719)
18. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 – 2,158 (154,098)
19. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 2,033 (1,293,939)
20. [PSV] Super Hero Generation – 2,028 (22,856)

In the hardware stakes the New Nintendo 3DS models continue to go strong, with the LL (XL) still leading with both variations enjoying a boost. Sales also increased a small amount for Wii U, but while it waits for major releases it's still languishing at under 5000 unit sales a week. Results are below with last week's sales in brackets.

New 3DS LL – 50,619 (41,633)
New 3DS – 15,020 (14,040)
PlayStation 4 – 10,078 (8,906)
PlayStation Vita – 9,874 (10,688)
3DS LL – 9,083 (9,270)
Wii U – 4,787 (4,696)
PlayStation 3 – 4,666 (5,066)
3DS – 4,495 (4,730)
PlayStation Vita TV – 678 (718)
Xbox One – 513 (599)
Xbox 360 – 107 (79)
PSP – 25 (50)

Aside from the Wii U's continuing momentum issues, we suspect Nintendo will be relatively happy with the performance of the 3DS models and major releases on the system. The focus over the coming two months, we're sure, will be giving the Wii U a major boost in the country to lead it into a stronger 2015.

[via gematsu.com]