It's that time of the week for the Media Create charts out of Japan, and there are a few major releases to consider; it's a mix of good and bad news for Nintendo.

To start with the good news, Capcom's Monster Hunter Stories on 3DS is number one for the second successive week; though it's tracking a long way below main series releases, it's still sold respectable numbers. The results get more disappointing as we come to Paper Mario: Color Splash, which came third with just 20,894 sales in its first week. That's well below the launch sales of Paper Mario: Sticker Star on 3DS back in December 2012, which hit 129,054 units. Though there are clear disparities in platforms and levels of hype, it's still a relatively poor outcome for the Wii U title.

Elsewhere in the top 20 there's Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4, PlayStation VR Worlds and a couple of other new releases; results have lifetime sales in brackets.

  1. [3DS] Monster Hunter Stories (Capcom, 10/08/16) – 67,133 (207,736)
  2. [PS4] Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration (Square Enix, 10/13/16) – 21,152 (New)
  3. [Wii U] Paper Mario: Color Splash (Nintendo, 10/13/16) – 20,894 (New)
  4. [PSV] Divine Prison Tower: Mary Skelter (Compile Heart, 10/13/16) – 18,358 (New)
  5. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura (Level-5, 07/16/16) – 11,255 (1,284,437)
  6. [PS4] Persona 5 (Atlus, 09/15/16) – 8,147 (354,101)
  7. [Wii U] Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Mojang, 06/23/16) – 6,472 (151,101)
  8. [PS4] PlayStation VR Worlds (SIE, 10/13/16) – 5,983 (New)
  9. [PS4] BlazBlue: Central Fiction (Arc System Works, 10/06/16) – 5,898 (26,507)
  10. [PS4] FIFA 17 (EA, 09/29/16) – 5,565 (74,125)
  11. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SIE, 03/19/15) – 5,559 (896,633)
  12. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons X: Kami no Shou / Ryuu no Shou (GungHo Online Entertainment, 07/28/16) – 5,080 (195,639)
  13. [3DS] Chou Sentouchuu: Kyuukyoku no Shinobu to Battle Player Choujou Kessen (Bandai Namco, 09/15/16) – 4,816 (23,645)
  14. [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot (Nintendo, 04/29/16) -4,504 (453,580)
  15. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Low Price Version) (10/08/15) – 4,157 (177,397)
  16. [PS4] Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (Konami, 09/15/16) – 3,419 (99,047)
  17. [3DS] Dragon Ball Fusions (Bandai Namco, 08/04/16) – 3,419 (99,047)
  18. [PS3] Persona 5 (Atlus, 09/15/16) – 3,195 (103,548)
  19. [PS4] LEGO Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Warner Bros., 10/13/16) – 3,184 (New)
  20. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 3,101 (1,482,283)

In hardware there's the launch of PlayStation VR to take into account. It naturally came in at number one and passed 50,000 sales in Japan, with the rest of the hardware chart being relatively static; the results below have last week's sales in brackets.

  1. PlayStation VR – 51,644 (New)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 30,154 (31,071)
  3. New 3DS LL – 15,905 (16,548)
  4. PlayStation Vita – 8,772 (9,282)
  5. 2DS – 8,203 (9,421)
  6. New 3DS – 2,983 (3,084)
  7. Wii U – 2,430 (2,545)
  8. PlayStation 3 – 814 (820)
  9. 3DS – 346 (449)
  10. Xbox One – 323 (90)
  11. 3DS LL – 71 (88)

All told it was a week of both positives and negatives for Nintendo, and Sony's VR hardware has successfully claimed top spot on its debut. We'll see how momentum of PSVR and Paper Mario: Color Splash hold up next week.

[via gematsu.com]