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Wii U continues to improve in Japan

Wii U continues to improve in Japan

Wed 04 Dec 2013 2:26pm GMT / 9:26am EST / 6:26am PST

Nintendo console shows gains for second week running, Assassin's Creed 4 makes the top ten

The Wii U continued to feel the benefit of Super Mario 3D World's existence, picking up another 7000 sales in Japan to hold on to second place in the hardware chart.

The Wii U showed significant improvement for the second week running, rising from 21,000 to 28,000 units sold. That makes Nintendo's console the second most popular platform in Japan, albeit sandwiched between its sister systems the DS and the 3DS.

The hardware chart is below, with previous week's sales in parantheses:

  • 3DS LL - 82,409 (63,709)
  • Wii U - 28,518 (21,002)
  • 3DS - 25,964 (20,797)
  • PlayStation Vita - 20,202 (21,044)
  • PlayStation 3 - 13,311 (12,436)
  • PlayStation Vita TV - 5,391 (7,868)
  • PSP - 4,232 (3,546)
  • Wii - 588 (457)
  • Xbox 360 - 309 (342)

The software chart was relatively quiet, with Sega's Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 narrowly beating out Pokemon X and Y - which was released almost two months ago - for the top spot with 88,000 sales.

The other big new entry was Tecmo Koei's Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, which charted in fifth place with 35,000 sales. From a western perspective, however, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag was the other key launch of the week, and it charted directly behind Dynasty Warriors 8 by a deficit of 124 copies.

An abbreviated software chart is below, with lifetime sales in parentheses:

  • [3DS] Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 (Sega, 11/28/13) - 88,708 (New)
  • [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) - 86,391 (3,089,129)
  • [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, 11/21/13) - 60,073 (337,155)
  • [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo, 11/21/13) - 39,812 (139,400)
  • [PS3] Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends (Tecmo Koei, 11/28/13) - 35,472(New)
  • [PS3] Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft, 11/28/13) - 35,348 (New)
  • [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Konami, 11/14/13) - 25,166 (212,844)
  • [3DS] One Piece: Unlimited World R (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) - 24,623 (108,228)
  • [PS3] Super Robot Wars OG Infinite Battle (Namco Bandai, 11/28/13) - 22,833(New)
  • [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) - 21,969 (2,981,758)

Thanks, Gematsu.


Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

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In other notable news, Monster Hunter 4 passed 4 million units sold today (including 1 million digital units), putting it on pace to be the best selling Monster Hunter of all time.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Nicholas Pantazis on 5th December 2013 4:57am

Posted:9 months ago

Nintendo have pulled this off just in time. Sales will now increase every week until the new year, due to Xmas purchasing.

Additionally, it looks like Sony's efforts have sort of failed - 45k HW sales across the PS3, PSP, PSV, Vita TV ... pretty poor for this time of year. Lets see if the PS4 changes things.

Posted:9 months ago


Christian Keichel

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@ Michael

Compared to 2012, the Vita is doing much better in Japan. According to Media create, the Year-to-Date sales Week 48 2012 were 623596, this year they are 1016487.
The PS3 fell from Year-to-Date sales of 1042881 to 746652, but I think this is expected, there is a limit of what a stationary console can sell in Japan and Life-to-Date sales are now 9.6 million, it looks like the PS3 will end 1.5 - 2 million short of the Wii. (12.7 million), remembering the poor performance of the console in it's first years, that's definitely more, then many people (including me) expected.
I don't think the PS4 will do wonders in Japan, the market for stationary consoles in in decline in Japan for almost 10 years now, and in the same time the handheld market outgrew the stationary console market. The strong performance of the 3DS seems to indicate this trend will continue.
The Vita will do most probably fine for the rest of the year (TV Vita won't, but then this device didn't cost Sony tons of money to develop), with FF X on the horizon, the sales have the chance to stay above 20K with spikes around new releases, so that the device has the chance to sell in 2013 more then twice of what it sold in 2012.
It won't catch up to the 3DS, but I think in Japan Sony turned the Vita around.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Christian Keichel on 9th December 2013 11:32am

Posted:9 months ago


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