For over two years the Japanese market has been a fortress for Nintendo, with the 3DS in particular dominating the hardware and software charts. Recent times have brought a dip, however, especially since the release of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D provided a welcome boost in mid-February. In contrast to a dry run of major releases there have been a host of high-profile titles arriving on Sony platforms, with the latest Media Creates chart results showing a glut of new releases performing well for PS4, PS3 and Vita.

While 3DS games have often led the way in the software charts in Japan, the highest-placed game on Nintendo hardware is the Wii U's Mario Party 10 in 9th place, picking up respectable if unspectacular numbers in its second week. Two new releases on 3DS have made only minor progress - though Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is primarily an eShop game - while some evergreen games are in the lower reaches of the top 20. Results are below with lifetime sales in brackets.

  1. [PS4] Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (Square Enix, 03/19/15) – 92,094 (New)
  2. [PS3] Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Capcom, 03/19/15) – 73,373 (New)
  3. [PS4] Battlefield: Hardline (EA, 03/19/15) – 68,823 (New)
  4. [PS4] Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Capcom, 03/19/15) – 42,358 (New)
  5. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 36,151 (New)
  6. [PS3] Yakuza 0 (Sega, 03/12/15) – 29,568 (175,390)
  7. [PS3] Battlefield: Hardline (EA, 03/19/15) – 28,976 (New)
  8. [PSV] Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode 3 Deluxe Package (Sega, 03/19/15) – 26,289 (New)
  9. [Wii U] Mario Party 10 (Nintendo, 03/12/15) – 21,433 (71,645)
  10. [3DS] PriPara & Pretty Rhythm: PriPara de Tsukaeru Oshare Item 1450! (Bandai Namco, 03/19/15) – 21,261 (New)
  11. [PSV] Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (Bandai Namco, 03/12/15) – 20,166 (96,926)
  12. [PS3] Dragon Quest Heroes (Square Enix, 02/26/15) – 16,446 (442,854)
  13. [PS4] Yakuza 0 (Sega, 03/12/15) – 15,255 (105,761)
  14. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 11,353 (2,551,238)
  15. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (Nintendo, 02/14/15) – 10,851 (392,553)
  16. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 8,646 (2,568,569)
  17. [PS4] Dragon Quest Heroes (Square Enix, 02/26/15) – 7,915 (327,389)
  18. [3DS] Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Nintendo, 03/19/15) – 6,893 (New)
  19. [3DS] Assassination Classroom: Grand Siege on Kuro-sensei (Bandai Namco, 03/12/15) – 6,358 (31,852)
  20. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 6,293 (2,186,501)

These current trends are reflected in hardware results, with the PS4 continuing a strong run. Results remain consistent elsewhere, which see the 3DS 'family' leading the Vita when all models are included and the Wii U still performing modestly. The results are below with last week's sales in brackets.

  1. PlayStation 4 – 46,395 (33,826)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 20,923 (20,103)
  3. New 3DS LL – 17,652 (19,668)
  4. Wii U – 7,595 (7,054)
  5. New 3DS – 6,566 (7,164)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 6,352 (7,221)
  7. 3DS – 2,371 (2,666)
  8. 3DS LL – 2,115 (2,590)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 639 (688)
  10. Xbox One – 344 (307)

Nintendo's no doubt plotting its return to prominence, though the 3DS library for 2015 is certainly due to be fleshed out, albeit the latest Fire Emblem is pegged for Japan this summer. At present, however, there's undoubtedly momentum with Sony's systems.

[via gematsu.com]