Number one for another week

In recent weeks there has been one trend that has been impeccably reliable: that the 3DS is outselling its competitors in Japan. Its software has also invariably sold well, with multiple titles camped out in the top 10.

As reported by Andriasang, 3DS is once again the top selling hardware in The Land of the Rising Sun with 70,744 sales, a small drop from 76,322 the previous week. Unlike previous weeks the console didn't outsell all other rivals combined, mainly due to PS3 rising sharply to 65,116 sales, undoubtedly helped by its runaway software chart number one, One Piece Pirate Musou, which sold an incredible 655,774 copies.

The fact that Nintendo's portable held off the PS3 challenge without a similar new hit is impressive, and the software charts do once again lend support to the company's belief in producing games that have a lasting appeal. With six 3DS titles in the software top 10, it's notable that Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and Monster Hunter 3 G are still amongst that group despite being released in late 2011, all with well over one million sales in Japan alone.

More good news for Nintendo in its homeland, but will next week continue the good run?