It's that time of the week, once again, for the Japanese Media Create sales charts. Pleasingly for Nintendo a spin-off for one of its most successful franchises has had a strong start, allaying fears that it would struggle to grab attention.

That title is Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, which launched with various bundles, amiibo cards and also the standalone NFC reader for use with older 3DS systems. The game itself has performed rather well, passing 500,000 sales - its success hasn't quite matched the launch figures of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but the results are good nonetheless. Beyond that other evergreen titles like Yo-Kai Watch Busters and Splatoon are still selling well on Nintendo hardware; lifetime sales are in brackets below.

  1. [3DS] Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Nintendo, 07/30/15) – 522,556 (New)
  2. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad (Nintendo, 07/11/15) – 107,945 (1,117,850)
  3. [PSV] IA/VT Colorful (Marvelous, 07/30/15) – 38,881 (New)
  4. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 28,256 (483,413)
  5. [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo, 06/11/15) – 14,382 (373,985)
  6. [PSV] Date A Live: Twin Edition Rio Reincarnation (Compile Heart, 07/30/15) – 13,107 (New)
  7. [PS3] Sengoku Basara 4: Sumeragi (Capcom, 07/23/15) – 12,029 (70,919)
  8. [3DS] Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright / Conquest (Nintendo, 06/25/15) – 11,018 (388,794)
  9. [PSV] Ray Gigant (Bandai Namco, 07/30/15) – 8,673 (New)
  10. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 8,553 (272,040)
  11. [PSV] Taiko Drum Master: V Version (Bandai Namco, 07/09/15) – 7,464 (74,423)
  12. [Wii U] Yoshi's Woolly World (Nintendo, 07/16/15) – 7,176 (50,067)
  13. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 6,963 (1,081,476)
  14. [3DS] Corpse Party: Blood Covered:… Repeated Fear (5pb., 07/30/15) – 6,664 (New)
  15. [3DS] The Great Ace Attorney (Capcom, 07/09/15) – 6,090 (175,251)
  16. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 6,009 (4,013,053)
  17. [PS4] Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner Bros., 07/16/15) – 5,977 (67,053)
  18. [PS4] Sengoku Basara 4: Sumeragi (Capcom, 07/23/15) – 5,564 (40,725)
  19. [PSV] Makai Shin Trillion (Compile Heart, 07/23/15) – 5,221 (23,726)
  20. [PSV] KLAP!! Kind Love And Punish (Idea Factory, 07/30/15) – 5,047 (New)

The positive news for Nintendo continues with hardware sales, with the aforementioned bundles clearly helping sales of the New 3DS LL (XL) while all other versions of the portable also saw increases. The 3DS is the runaway leader overall, but the Wii U has also shown solid momentum with an increase, despite the absence of any fresh releases on the home console. The results are below, with last week's sales in brackets.

  1. New 3DS LL – 44,994 (21,028)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 18,740 (17,656)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 13,214 (13,843)
  4. Wii U – 11,938 (11,257)
  5. New 3DS – 7,671 (5,753)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 2,540 (2,956)
  7. 3DS – 1,585 (1,286)
  8. 3DS LL – 874 (807)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 527 (642)
  10. Xbox One – 186 (211)

A strong week for Nintendo, then, with Happy Home Designer proving to be a successful spin-off at launch; Nintendo will no doubt be counting the Yen from amiibo card sales, too.

[via gematsu.com]