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Luigi's Mansion holds top spot in Japan

Nintendo and the 3DS are familiar victors in a slow week for releases

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon retained the top spot in Japan last week thanks to a barren release schedule that offered little competition.

According to data from Media Create, published by Gematsu, sales of Nintendo's celebrated 3DS release have dropped from more than 390,000 units on its launch week to 68,423 units. However, it was enough to secure a number one finish in a week that saw only one new release hit the top 20: Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge on the PlayStation 3, which entered at number 15 with 9,659 sales.

Nintendo and the 3DS also took second place with Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which shifted 49,140 units to hit more than 3 million in lifetime sales.

This was reflected in the supremacy of the 3DS in the hardware charts. In a week where every platform lost momentum, the 3DS XL and the 3DS took first and second place with 34,180 sales and 22,684 sales respectively. The biggest loser of the week was the PlayStation Vita, which slumped by almost 13,000 sales to finish the week on 19,328 units.

The full software chart is below. Lifetime sales are in parentheses.

  • 1. [3DS] Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo, 03/21/13) - 68,423 (459,413)
  • 2. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) - 49,140 (3,025,368)
  • 3. [PS3] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 (Namco Bandai, 03/21/13) - 26,878 (367,959)
  • 4. [PS3] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2013 (Konami, 03/21/13) - 15,411 (141,665)
  • 5. [PSP] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2013 (Konami, 03/21/13) - 14,086 (117,839)
  • 6. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission (02/28/13) - 11,674 (151,881)
  • 7. [Wii] Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Wonderful Edition (Namco Bandai, 11/29/12) - 11,533 (442,322)
  • 8. [PSV] Muramasa Rebirth (Marvelous AQL, 03/28/13) - 11,135 (56,795)
  • 9. [PSP] Fate/Extra CCC (Marvelous AQL, 03/28/13) - 11,128 (84,011)
  • 10. [Wii U] Game & Wario (Nintendo, 03/28/13) - 11,064 (33,555)
  • 11. [PSP] Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment (Namco Bandai, 03/14/13) - 10,611 (180,009)
  • 12. [Wii U] Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online (Square Enix, 03/30/13) - 9,900 (43,202)
  • 13. [PS3] Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (Square Enix, 03/14/13) - 9,801 (183,176)
  • 14. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, 07/28/12) - 9,669 (1,990,057)
  • 15. [PS3] Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (04/04/13) - 9,659 (New)
  • 16. [PSV] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 (Namco Bandai, 03/21/13) - 8,085 (85,579)
  • 17. [PSP] Dungeon Travelers 2: Ouritsu Tokoshan to Mamono no Fuuin (Aquaplus, 03/28/13) - 7,566 (39,305)
  • 18. [PSV] Soul Sacrifice (SCEJ, 03/07/13) - 7,032 (155,614)
  • 19. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01/11) - 6,923 (2,020,351)
  • 20. [3DS] Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies (Level-5, 02/28/13) - 6,389 (199,246)

The full hardware chart is below. The prior week's sales are in parentheses.

  • 1. 3DS LL - 34,180 (38,442)
  • 2. 3DS - 22,684 (28,538)
  • 3. PlayStation Vita - 19,328 (31,795)
  • 4. PlayStation 3 - 16,807 (19,069)
  • 5. Wii U - 14,783 (22,829)
  • 6. PSP - 8,876 (12,594)
  • 7. Wii - 1,718 (1,858)
  • 8. Xbox 360 - 536 (598)
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