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Mario Kart 8 on top in Japan for third week

Mario Kart 8 on top in Japan for third week

Thu 19 Jun 2014 7:39am GMT / 3:39am EDT / 12:39am PDT
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Nintendo's racer zooms past 400,000 sales

Mario Kart 8 remained in pole position in Japan last week, thanks in no small part to an absence of strong competition.

It was the third week at number one for Nintendo's long-running franchise, which sold another 42,000 units. That would no doubt be higher if the Wii U had a larger installed base, but Mario Kart 8 has had a positive impact on its trajectory.

In the three weeks prior to Mario Kart 8's launch, the Wii U sold between 6,000 and 9,000 units. On launch week, however, it sold 19,000 units, and has settled between 12,000 and 14,000 since. That isn't quite in keeping with Reggie Fils-Aime's claims of a 4x boost, but it's certainly a better showing for a console in dire need of a change in fortunes.

The software top ten is below, with lifetime sales in parentheses:

  • [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) - 42,461 (441,205)
  • [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) - 32,960 (1,087,217)
  • [3DS] Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Atlus, 06/05/14) - 31,472 (218,329)
  • [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (Konami, 05/22/14) - 20,264 (103,267)
  • [PSV] The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki Evolution (Falcom, 06/12/14) - 19,659 (New)
  • [PS3] One Piece: Unlimited World Red (Bandai Namco, 06/12/14) - 18,026 (New)
  • [PSV] One Piece: Unlimited World Red (Bandai Namco, 06/12/14) - 10,348 (New)
  • [PS4] Thief (Square Enix, 06/12/14) - 8,772 (New)
  • [3DS] Card Fight!! Vanguard Lock-On Victory!! (FuRyu, 06/05/14) - 7,315 (39,568)
  • [PS4] FIFA 14 World Class Soccer (EA, 02/22/14) - 6,264 (41,436)

The full hardware chart is below, with the prior week's sales in parentheses:

  • 3DS LL - 21,267 (30,924)
  • PlayStation Vita - 13,299 (11,450)
  • Wii U - 12,249 (13,766)
  • PlayStation 4 - 8,395 (9,466)
  • PlayStation 3 - 6,564 (6,561)
  • 3DS - 5,308 (5,346)
  • PSP - 4,325 (9,365)
  • PlayStation Vita TV - 1,436 (1,193)
  • Xbox 360 - 231 (255)

All charts courtesy of Media Create, via Gematsu.

4 Comments

Daniel Hughes
Studying PhD Literary Modernism

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That isn't quite in keeping with Reggie Fils-Aime's claims of a 4x boost, but it's certainly a better showing for a console in dire need of a change in fortunes.
Perhaps because Reggie is President of Nintendo of America...?

Either way, hardware sales for every format in Japan are very soft.

Posted:2 months ago

#1

Christian Keichel
Journalist

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It was the third week at number one for Nintendo's long-running franchise, which sold another 42,000 units. That would no doubt be higher if the Wii U had a larger installed base,
Don't know why this is mentioned, because it's the same with every game on every platform in the world, FF XIII sold 1.5 million in it's first week in Japan back in 2009. That would no doubt be higher if the PS3 had a larger installed base, so what's the use in pointing it out?

Posted:2 months ago

#2
Hi Daniel. I was actually pointing out that the Wii U's sales in Japan haven't been boosted to quite the same degree as America. I was taking Reggie's position at Nintendo as a known fact.

And Christian, I did it just for you. It brings out your sunny side. :)

Posted:2 months ago

#3

Daniel Hughes
Studying PhD Literary Modernism

436 496 1.1
Ah, fair enough Matthew, I misread that. Thanks for clarifying!

Posted:2 months ago

#4

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