The Media Create results for Japan are out, and this week has a few interesting talking points to consider in terms of both hardware and software.

Starting with the latter, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam makes its debut in second place with just under 50,000 sales; its launch numbers are actually a little under half the equivalents for predecessor Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, which is sure to disappoint Nintendo and AlphaDream. Nevertheless Monster Hunter X (Cross) follows up its emphatic debut with another 332,478 sales, which is more than the rest of the top 20 combined. Splatoon and Super Mario Maker continue to go well for Wii U, though a Yo-Kai Watch dancing spin-off hasn't had much impact. The top 20 is below with lifetime sales in brackets.

  1. [3DS] Monster Hunter X (Capcom, 11/27/15) – 332,478 (1,820,845)
  2. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (Nintendo, 12/03/15) – 49,266 (New)
  3. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad (Level-5, 07/11/15) – 38,434 (1,798,622)
  4. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 35,256 (861,197)
  5. [Wii U] Super Mario Maker (Nintendo, 09/10/15) – 32,155 (442,588)
  6. [PS4] Bloodborne: The Old Hunters Edition (SCE, 12/03/15) – 20,455 (New)
  7. [3DS] Disney Magical World 2 (Bandai Namco, 10/05/15) – 13,906 (130,980)
  8. [3DS] Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Nintendo, 07/30/15) – 11,734 (1,147,540)
  9. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 11,179 (424,367)
  10. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops III (SCE, 11/06/15) – 11,092 (231,500)
  11. [PS4] Star Wars Battlefront (EA, 11/19/15) – 9,487 (151,736)
  12. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi Omise Hajimerun Desu (Nippon Columbia, 11/19/15) – 7,654 (29,447)
  13. [Wii U] Yo-kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version (Level-5, 12/05/15) – 7,060 (New)
  14. [3DS] Aikatsu! My No. 1 Stage! (Bandai Namco, 11/26/15) – 6,298 (31,217)
  15. [PSV] Himouto! Umaru-chan: Umaru's Training Plan (FuRyu, 12/03/15) – 6,063 (New)
  16. [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo, 06/11/15) – 5,743 (509,822)
  17. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes (Nintendo, 10/22/15) – 5,305 (110,757)
  18. [3DS] Pokemon Rumble World (Pokemon, 11/19/15) – 5,229 (21,479)
  19. [3DS] Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon (Pokemon, 09/17/15) – 5,107 (269,781)
  20. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition (SCE, 12/03/15) – 4,630 (New)

Moving onto hardware results, the New 3DS LL (XL) is still well out in front, albeit with an inevitable dip in the second week of the new Monster Hunter release. Of particular note is that the Media Create figures have Wii U showing impressive growth past 30,000 units; it's the shopping season and so all hardware has improved, but it's certainly the strongest performance we've seen from the home console in quite some time. Results are below with last week's sales in brackets.

  1. New 3DS LL – 76,779 (105,629)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 35,782 (26,598)
  3. Wii U – 32,604 (20,256)
  4. PlayStation Vita – 21,860 (14,765)
  5. New 3DS – 17,202 (18,052)
  6. 3DS – 7,915 (6,095)
  7. PlayStation 3 – 1,916 (1,643)
  8. 3DS LL – 1,113 (1,247)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 646 (625)
  10. Xbox One – 289 (591)

A terrific week for Capcom, once again, while Nintendo will no doubt be pleased with hardware figures and continuing momentum for two key Wii U games. The only slight disappointment is with the new Mario & Luigi game, which isn't matching up to its predecessor's sales.

[via gematsu.com]