You know it's the middle of the week when the Media Create chart results emerge in Japan, and in recent times they've brought happy news for Nintendo fans. That trend continues this week, with a major release on 3DS and hardware positives to consider.

Starting with software we have Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia making its debut at number one with 131,668 sales. By comparison the multiple iterations of Fire Emblem Fates sold over 300,000 units on debut, but it's worth remembering that those results included two distinct versions and it was a 'main' entry in the series, whereas Echoes is a reimagining of Fire Emblem Gaiden.

Elsewhere Pro Yakyuu Famista Climax - a Baseball game - arrived in second place for 3DS, while Minna de Waiwai! Spelunker came in a modest 9th place for Nintendo Switch. All told 3DS and Switch games account for seven of the top 10; results are below with lifetime sales in brackets.

  1. [3DS] Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 04/20/17) – 131,668 (New)
  2. [3DS] Pro Yakyuu Famista Climax (Bandai Namco, 04/20/17) – 48,142 (New)
  3. [PS4] Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition (Bandai Namco, 04/20/17) – 33,088 (New)
  4. [PSV] Dungeon Travelers 2-2: The Maiden Who Fell into Darkness and the Book of Beginnings (Aquaplus, 04/20/17) – 27,381 (New)
  5. [3DS] Monster Hunter XX (Double Cross) (Capcom, 03/16/17) – 27,283 (1,393,376)
  6. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 20,364 (395,655)
  7. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 9,790 (186,158)
  8. [PS4] PaRappa the Rapper Remastered (SIE, 04/20/17) – 7,649 (New)
  9. [NSW] Minna de Waiwai! Spelunker (Square Enix, 04/20/17) – 7,447 (New)
  10. [3DS] Mario Sports Superstars (Nintendo, 03/30/17) – 7,007 (68,886)
  11. [PS4] NieR: Automata (Square Enix, 02/23/17) – 6,125 (307,084)
  12. [PS4] Ghost Recon: Wildlands (Ubisoft, 03/09/17) – 5,281 (164,711)
  13. [Wii U] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 4,143 (104,689)
  14. [3DS] Pokemon Sun / Pokemon Moon (Nintendo, 11/18/16) – 4,012 (3,245,611)
  15. [3DS] Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 12/01/16) – 3,809 (1,023,243)
  16. [NSW] Super Bomberman R (Konami, 03/03/17) – 3,552 (73,677)
  17. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (Level-5, 12/15/16) – 3,163 (707,846)
  18. [PS4] Horizon: Zero Dawn (SIE, 03/02/17) – 2,874 (204,517)
  19. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (Square Enix, 03/09/17) – 2,851 (105,132)
  20. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf Amiibo+ (Nintendo, 11/23/16) – 2,830 (165,015)

Moving on to hardware we see another strong week for Nintendo Switch in which it gains sales despite the only software arrival being that Spelunker port. The New 3DS LL (XL) also holds off the PS4 standard model to hold on to second place - the results are below with last week's sales in brackets.

  1. Switch – 48,694 (45,673)
  2. New 3DS LL – 17,570 (18,115)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 15,222 (17,067)
  4. PlayStation Vita – 5,164(5,592)
  5. PlayStation 4 Pro – 4,112 (4,855)
  6. 2DS – 3,945 (4,475)
  7. New 3DS – 1,114 (1,234)
  8. PlayStation 3 – 367 (432)
  9. Wii U – 262 (271)
  10. Xbox One – 68 (142)

Another good week from Nintendo's perspective, then, and it'll be interesting to see how big an impact Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will have in the next set of results.

[via gematsu.com]