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Luigi and Nintendo 3DS on top in Japan

By Rachel Weber

Luigi and Nintendo 3DS on top in Japan

Wed 03 Apr 2013 3:08pm GMT / 11:08am EDT / 8:08am PDT

3DS XL outsells Vita, Luigi's Mansion sells 110,000

Nintendo is again dominating the software and hardware charts in Japan, with the 3DS XL moving into first place ahead of PlayStation Vita, and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon hanging on at the top of the software chart for a second week.

  1. 3DS XL - 38,442 (Last week - 40,924)
  2. PlayStation Vita - 31,795 (41,073)
  3. 3DS - 28,538 (35,629)
  4. Wii U - 22,829 (11,398)
  5. PlayStation 3 - 19,069 (22,942)
  6. PSP - 12,594 (12,690)
  7. Wii - 1,858 (1,720)
  8. Xbox 360 - 598 (610)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf might have slipped to third, but has now sold almost 3 million copies.

  1. [3DS] Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon - 110,840 (Lifetime sales - 390,991)
  2. [PSP] Fate/Extra CCC - 72,883 (New entry)
  3. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 57,835 (2,976,228)
  4. [PS3] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 - 56,457 (331,082)
  5. [PSV] Muramasa Rebirth - 45,660 (New entry)

Charts collated by Media Create, courtesy of Gematsu.

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

2,510 3,182 1.3
The 3DS was already ahead of Vita last week. But if you break it down by individual model (which I'll never for the life of me understand why that is done as only DS and 3DS consoles are given such treatment), then yes, the PS Vita was ahead last week.

Also noteworthy is the doubling of Wii U sales this week putting it ahead of the PS3. In fact, it, along with the Wii, were the only consoles with an increase in sales.

I'm quite surprised Luigi sold so high in the second week too. A first week of 280k normally sees a drop to below 100k for the following week.

Posted:3 years ago


Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

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Separating the 3DS and 3DS XL sales are kind of misleading, making it look like the gap between SONY and Nintendo's machines isn't that significant when in reality it is. They might as well separate the Wifi only with the Wifi+3G models of the Vita since they're two different SKUs. Haven't heard of any good games that's going to come out for Vita after Muramasa, unless people are still interested with a Final Fantasy port.

The data also showed that Wii U sales have doubled and surpassed PS3 sales with the release of two new games. It's not much of a lead but should be worth noting.

Posted:3 years ago

So neither Dragon Quest nor Game&Wario did any real numbers - I guess Ninty would have been hoping for more from Game&Wario at least (not sure what it scored).

PSV has had a lot of games released recently (including another 3 this week). If it will take over from the PSP re: new releases, then thats great for Sony - assuming software sales don't suffer.

Nintendo desperately need some 3rd-party love on the WiiU, especially in Japan. Bit surprised that more of those PS3 titles haven't been dual released on the WiiU.

Posted:3 years ago


Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

1,025 1,486 1.4
@ Michael You can see more detailed numbers in the source link, and neither piece of software did great, though one was a two year old port and the other was the latest in a series of less-than-successful games in Japan. Nintendo will need bigger software than that to get the Wii U out of its rut.

Vita officially runs out of major releases next week, so the sales will be telling. It won't have another major release for a couple months. Sony certainly timed their price drop impeccably, with four weeks in a row of solid releases.

Also worth noting is that Animal Crossing is actually over 4 million sold at this point. Nintendo had 800K digital sales at the end of January, and have surely gained another 200K in the last two months.

Posted:3 years ago


Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

260 206 0.8
Dragon Quest X is not Wii U exclusive, it's on the original Wii as well. Most who owns a Wii U probably already bought the Wii version since it was released months ago (August 2012). Game & Wario is not a system seller , most people don't normally go out and buy a new home console to play "micro" games with it. G&W is a quirky game that's there to complement whatever game the user already has.

Most of those PS3 games were already far in their development cycle, there probably just isn't enough time (or budget constraints) to port them coming from a complicated system like the PS3 to a new architecture like the Wii U.

Posted:3 years ago


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