It's that time of the week, once again, for Media Create Japanese chart results, and there are some strong sales for the latest Wii U exclusive, matching up to chatter that stock had been scarce due to demand; Wii U hardware sales jumped, too.

We're referring, of course, to Splatoon, the colourful shooter that's been generating a lot of hype since its launch. There have been plenty of posts on social media suggesting that a number of stores were selling out of stock, and that's been reinforced by the results - it's claimed top spot with over 140,000 sales. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX claims second place for 3DS, while there are a couple of notable landmarks further down; Mario Kart 8 has passed one million retail sales, and Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition has passed a quarter of a million sales.

The top 20 is below, with lifetime sales in brackets.

  1. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 144,818 (New)
  2. [3DS] Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (Sega, 05/28/15) – 41,442 (New)
  3. [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Spike Chunsoft, 05/21/15) – 22,454 (89,839)
  4. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 12,449 (179,625)
  5. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 11,654 (1,006,719)
  6. [PSV] Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons tr. (Bandai Namco, 05/28/15) – 11,215 (New)
  7. [3DS] Downtown Nekketsu Jidaigeki (Arc System Works, 05/28/15) – 9,444 (New)
  8. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (GungHo Online Entertainment, 04/30/15) – 8,920 (252,479)
  9. [3DS] Assassination Classroom: Grand Siege on Kurosensei (Bandai Namco, 03/12/15) – 6,620 (75,242)
  10. [PSV] Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence with Power-Up Kit (Koei Tecmo, 05/28/15) – 6,360 (New)
  11. [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kira Kira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 6,282 (140,808)
  12. [XBO] Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (5pb., 05/28/15) – 4,593 (New)
  13. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 4,501 (2,631,071)
  14. [PSV] Possession Magenta (Idea Factory, 05/28/15) – 4,172 (New)
  15. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 3,507 (2,237,443)
  16. [PS4] Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster (Square Enix, 05/14/15) – 2,994 (2,237,443)
  17. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 (Bandai Namco, 08/07/14) – 2,858 (207,938)
  18. [Wii U] Mario Party 10 (Nintendo, 03/12/15) – 2,607 (146,290)
  19. [PS4] Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair (D3 Publisher, 04/02/15) – 2,554 (45,143)
  20. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 2,526 (3,977,777)

The hardware chart brings positives, too, with the Wii U in the unconventional position of leading the way. Its sales more than doubled, while the combined 3DS family sales pretty much match the home console's performance. Results are below with last week's sales in brackets.

  1. Wii U – 17,313 (7,611)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 12,517 (11,352)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 12,272 (12,096)
  4. New 3DS LL – 11,170 (10,134)
  5. New 3DS – 4,129 (3,609)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 3,069 (2,627)
  7. 3DS – 1,418 (687)
  8. 3DS LL – 919 (827)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 529 (423)
  10. Xbox One – 522 (308)

Splatoon has had a strong first week in Japan, then, which is more good news after its second place début in the UK. It'll be interesting to see how the shooter's momentum holds up in the next few weeks, too.

[via gematsu.com]