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Mario Kart 8 on top in Japan for third week

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.

Latest comments (3)

Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University2 years ago
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.
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Matthew Handrahan European Deputy Editor, GamesIndustry.biz2 years ago
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. :)
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Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University2 years ago
Ah, fair enough Matthew, I misread that. Thanks for clarifying!
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