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Japanese charts still all about Nintendo

By Rachel Weber

Japanese charts still all about Nintendo

Wed 16 Jan 2013 2:49pm GMT / 9:49am EST / 6:49am PST

Nintendo 3DS XL still top in hardware

The latest charts for Japan show a drop in sales for all hardware, but continued dominance for Nintendo on both devices and games.

  1. 3DS XL - 56,377 (Last week - 156,184)
  2. 3DS - 36,284 (123,075)
  3. PlayStation 3 - 22,991 (64,352)
  4. Wii U - 20,715 (67,083)
  5. PSP - 17,069 (54,873)
  6. PlayStation Vita - 11,088 (33,309)
  7. Wii - 1,873 (5,632)
  8. Xbox 360 - 921 (1,893)

The 3DS XL and 3DS stayed at the top, while the Wii U slipped just below PlayStation 3. In software, Animal Crossing led a top five that was made up solely of 3DS titles.

  1. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 83,220 (Lifetime - 2,186,309)
  2. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. - 2 21,784 (1,855,840)
  3. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) - 14,809 (170,410)
  4. [3DS] Run For Money: Flee From the Strongest Hunters in History - 14,602 (387,698)
  5. [3DS] Paper Mario: Sticker Star - 14,472 (484,867)

Charts courtesy of Media Create, via Gematsu.

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Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University

436 497 1.1
Those Wii U sales are pretty damn awful, though. A little over one fifth of what Wii was managing at the comparable point in its lifespan, and 10k less than the far more expensive PS3 managed at the comparable point in its lifespan. I honestly thought Wii U would be ok in Japan, but it's quite clear Nintendo haven't brought the right software, services and pricing strategy to the table.

Posted:3 years ago


Doug Paras

117 61 0.5
The Wii was also $100 cheaper then the Wii-U Black Bundle which is selling out, its only the basic bundle thats sitting on store shelves from what I hear.

Posted:3 years ago


Jed Ashforth Senior Game Designer, Immersive Technology Group, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

120 211 1.8
@ Daniel - those are weekly sales, yeah? Where are you getting the lifetime figures from for comparison please, would be very interested to see those.

Posted:3 years ago

And now we settle back into post-holiday sales patterns.

Yes - the WiiU is a little low. But its still matching the PS3, so its not *that* bad. Look at the 360 sales for "bad". Handhelds have dominated Japan for years anyway, and sales won't boost until new titles start appearing.

Interesting that MediaCreate sales for Animal Crossing are so different from the Famitsu ones (passed 2.5m lifetime, without digital).

Posted:3 years ago


Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

1,025 1,486 1.4
Wii LTD sales at a comparable point in Japan were about 960K compared to about 700K for the Wii U, but at a comparable week in the Wii's life it was selling 95K a week compared to 21K for the Wii U.

Ultimately, yes, the Wii U lacks a "killer app" in software for any market at the moment, and it is unlikely to pick up until more stand-out titles are available. It will likely fall to near Vita levels before big software hits to convince the Japanese to get on board. That said, Nintendo has a lot of software that can sell systems to the Japanese in their catalog. Sony does not, and depends on third parties in their home territory.

@ Michael Always trust Media Create over Enterbrain. Media Create has far far more tracking sources.

Posted:3 years ago


Diego Santos Lećo Creative Director, GameBlox Interactive

25 26 1.0
The Wii U still doesn't have a killer app, wait for it.
Also, I wouldn't expect Nintendo, or anyone, to top the original Wii launch.

Posted:3 years ago


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