Yokai Happy

Though the start of 2015 has been eventful in terms of announcements from Nintendo, it's been typically quiet on the game release front. That's certainly reflected in the latest Media Create charts in Japan, though the status-quo happens to suit Nintendo's 3DS systems rather well.

In terms of software we still have Yo-kai Watch 2: Shinuchi dominating proceedings, with all of the top five being on 3DS and four of those titles being well-past the two million sales mark. Overall we have nine Nintendo system releases in the top 10 - with two on Wii U - to show that even in post-Holiday dips of sales the big N is still leading its home market. The top 20 is below, with lifetime sales in brackets.

  1. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Shinuchi – 50,244 (2,372,371)
  2. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire – 24,964 (2,457,623)
  3. [3DS] Kenka Bancho 6: Soul & Blood – 24,274 (New)
  4. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – 15,588 (2,428,056)
  5. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – 15,443 (2,111,958)
  6. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – 12,858 (560,986)
  7. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke – 7,906 (3,082,408)
  8. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 6,915 (895,979)
  9. [PSV] Gundam Breaker 2 – 6,670 (117,899)
  10. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 6,142 (3,899,253)
  11. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V – 6,006 (150,882)
  12. [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers – 5,515 (244,319)
  13. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V Budget Version – 4,886 (112,500)
  14. [PSV] Diabolik Lovers More Blood Limited V Edition – 4,083 (New)
  15. [PS3] Gundam Breaker 2 – 4,032 (115,082)
  16. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 3,474 (2,458,465)
  17. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 – 3,175 (147,350)
  18. [3DS] Aikatsu! 365-Hi no Idol Days – 2,672 (103,141)
  19. [3DS] Kirby Triple Deluxe – 2,639 (692,358)
  20. [3DS] Tomodachi Life – 2,602 (1,779,383)

The hardware results tell a similar tale, with all systems showing a drop from last week but, nevertheless, Nintendo remains on top. The New Nintendo 3DS LL (XL) is top and supplemented by the smaller model, with the originals now well down on their previous peaks. The story's less pleasing for Wii U, which has fallen back into four figures; sales are below with last week's numbers in brackets.

  • New 3DS LL – 25,299 (30,455)
  • PlayStation Vita – 16,823 (21,536)
  • PlayStation 4 – 15,480 (19,118)
  • New 3DS – 9,916 (14,226)
  • Wii U – 8,894 (10,803)
  • PlayStation 3 – 7,036 (8,216)
  • 3DS LL – 4,776 (6,308)
  • 3DS – 4,238 (6,685)
  • PlayStation Vita TV – 682 (791)
  • Xbox One – 300 (563)

We'll have more major game releases filtering through in the coming weeks, so it'll be interesting to see what sort of improvements in hardware sales these will bring. Ahead of its financial reports, though, Nintendo can at least point to the 3DS helping it maintain the number one spot in its homeland.

[via gematsu.com]