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3DS back on top in Japan

By Matthew Handrahan

Thu 22 Sep 2011 9:34am GMT / 5:34am EDT / 2:34am PDT

Reclaims number one from PS3 despite poor software sales

The Nintendo 3DS returned to the top of the Japanese hardware charts last week, Andriasang reports.

According to data from the Japanese sales tracking firm Media Create, the 3DS sold 58,837 units despite only having one game in the top ten software chart - The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D, which sold 10,504 units.

Sales of the PlayStation 3 fell to 36,061, nearly half of last week's total of 64,786. Only the Wii enjoyed any significant sales growth, adding nearly 5000 units to reach 15,406.

  • 1. 3DS: 58,837 (49,076)
  • 2. PS3: 36,061 (64,786)
  • 3. PSP: 25,122 (25,391)
  • 4. Wii: 15,406 (10,743)
  • 5. DSi LL: 2,869 (2,882)
  • 6. DSi: 2,234 (1,957)
  • 7. PS2: 1,317 (1,386)
  • 8. X360: 1,295 (1,219)
  • 9. DS Lite: 78 (51)
  • 10. PSP go: 7 (13)

More than 20,000 of all the PlayStation 3's sold were special edition Tales of Xillia consoles, though the game itself suffered a large decline in sales - from 500,000 units on its debut week, to less than 50,000 last week.

While that was enough to claim the number two spot, the most popular game by a wide margin was the newly released Dragon Quest Collection, which sold 263,398 units.

  • 1. Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary (Square Enix, Wii) 263,398
  • 2. Tales of Xillia (Bandai Namco, PS3) - 47,297
  • 3. Resident Evil: Revival Selection (Capcom, PS3) - 17,614
  • 4. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii) - 15,109
  • 5. Rhythm Heaven (Nintendo, Wii) - 14,647
  • 6. Monster Hunter Freedom 3 HD Ver. (Capcom, PS3) - 13,230
  • 7. Kirby Mass Attack (Nintendo, DS) - 10,888
  • 8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (Nintendo, 3DS) - 10,504
  • 9. Grand Knights History (Marvelous Entertainment, PSP) - 10,078
  • 10. Monster Hunter Diary: Pokapoka Felyne G (Capcom, PSP) - 9,378
  • 11. Hot Shots Golf 5 (PlayStation 3 the Best Reprint) (Sony, PS3) - 8,454
  • 12. Pokemon Rumble Blast (Pokemon Co., 3DS) - 7,698
  • 13. Gekka Ryouran Romance (Idea Factory, PSP) - 6,948
  • 14. Dunamis 15 (5pb., PS3) - 5,970
  • 15. Super Sentai Battle: Ranger Cross (Bandai Namco, Wii) - 5,739
  • 16. Uta no Prince-Sama: Repeat (Broccoli, PSP) - 5,659
  • 17. Pokemon Black / White (Pokemon Co., DS) - 5,202
  • 18. Resistance 3 (Sony, PS3) - 5,136
  • 19. Call of Duty: Black Ops - Dubbed Edition (Reprint) (Square Enix, PS3) - 5,077
  • 20. Winnie the Pooh: 100 Acre no Mori no Cooking Book (Disney Interactive, DS) - 5,064

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

1,269 943 0.7
Meh! Most of these consoles are on their final leg, with VITA looming on the horizon it makes sense that the PSP isnt selling as much. As much as I love Nintendo the whole 3DS launch to me was a massive failure. It simply had no software, and by the looks of it, it will be quite sometime before anything noteworthy comes out.

Posted:5 years ago

@Rick: Well, Super Mario Land 3D will be out in about a month - with Mario Kart out a few weeks later. Not sure what is hitting between now and then...

Still, a 10k rise in unit sales for no new releases (or new colours? or was there?) is pretty decent.

Posted:5 years ago


Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

1,269 943 0.7
Im still crossing my fingers things get better for the 3DS. I would like to see the core gaming market and the casual/smart phone market be seperate. And the success of both 3DS and Vita is crucial. I would hate a future were we are stuck playing farmville and angrybirds on a portable device for the rest of my life. And no one is better to lead the charge then Nintendo and SONY.

Posted:5 years ago


Robert Oelenschlager Independent Game Developer

21 18 0.9
It's probably just me, but I can't help but notice how xenophobic that top game sales list looks. There's maybe three western games on that list? And the topper is a tired beaten to death franchise. No wonder Microsoft is having so much trouble with market penetration over there. The way I see it anyway.

Posted:5 years ago

I think traditionally, the western penetration is hard in the japanese market on any given day

Posted:5 years ago


Tony Johns

520 12 0.0
And yet here in the west, where is our version of the special 25th anniversery of Dragon Quest on the Wii?

It better come to PAL territories too :(

Posted:5 years ago


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