Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 26K, Wii U Sells 23K

Take a look at this week’s Japanese charts thanks to Media Create, albeit a little bit later than usual. Nintendo are doing well, dominating most of the chart and taking up the top 5 spots, with the top 3 being new entries. Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition launched this week and jumps straight in at the top spot, selling 180,000 units. Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Wii U finally arrives, maybe lower than anticipated, in at number 3 selling 85,000 units. Paired with Dragon Quest X: Legend of the Ancient Dragon Online, they pushed Wii U sales up from 7,000 last week to a whopping 23,000 this week. The rest of the new entries are taken by the PlayStation Vita which takes up most of the rest of the top 10. Here are the charts for you to take a look at yourself, and see what you think:

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (GungHo Online Entertainment, 04/30/15) – 179,926 (New)
  2. [Wii U] Dragon Quest X: Legend of the Ancient Dragon Online (Square Enix, 04/30/15) – 98,923 (New)
  3. [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X (Nintendo, 04/30/15) – 85,586 (New)
  4. [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer (Square Enix, 04/23/15) – 20,195 (120,242)
  5. [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 20,103 (99,007)
  6. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 16,166 (125,951)
  7. [PSV] Sakeano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend -Blessing Flowers- (5pb., 04/30/15) – 11,202 (New)
  8. [PSV] ToHeart2: Dungeon Travelers (Aquaplus, 04/30/15) – 10,956 (New)
  9. [PSV] Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy (5pb., 04/30/15) – 8,104 (New)
  10. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 7,955 (974,448)
  11. [3DS] Assassination Classroom: Grand Siege on Koro-sensei (Bandai Namco, 03/12/15) – 7,141 (63,814)
  12. [Wii U] Mario Party 10 (Nintendo, 03/12/15) – 6,888 (130,353)
  13. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 6,427 (2,610,284)
  14. [PS4] Dying Light (Warner Bros., 04/16/15) – 6,277 (38,837)
  15. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 5,618 (2,597,320)
  16. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 5,272 (2,220,527)
  17. [PS3] BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend (Arc System Works, 04/23/15) – 4,870 (20,420)
  18. [PS3] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 (Bandai Namco, 03/26/15) – 4,652 (146,633)
  19. [PS4] Tropico 5 (Square Enix, 04/23/15) – 4,495 (13,201)
  20. [PS4] Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II (Compile Heart, 04/23/15) – 4,369 (26,979)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Wii U – 22,898 (7,210)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 19,782 (20,112)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 17,748 (15,467)
  4. New 3DS LL – 17,062 (13,981)
  5. New 3DS – 5,901 (5,329)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 3,956 (4,248)
  7. 3DS – 1,520 (1,095)
  8. 3DS LL – 1,465 (1,253)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 687 (558)
  10. Xbox One – 341 (201)

Famitsu Reviews Xenoblade Chronicles X

Famitsu, the hugely popular Japanese magazine, has released its latest review scores— where a panel of four game reviewers cross-review certain games, scoring them out of 10. This week, they’ve reviewed Xenoblade Chronicles X.

Here are the scores:

  • Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bro. Edition (3DS) – 9/9/9/9
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U) – 9/9/8/8
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China (PS4/XBO) – 9/8/8/9
  • The Swapper (Wii U) – 9/8/7/8
  • Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy (PSV) – 8/8/8/7
  • Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved (XBO/360) – 7/8/8/7
  • Little Inferno (Wii U) – 8/7/7/8
  • White Robe Love Addiction (PSV) – 8/8/7/6
  • Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend – Blessing Flowers (PSV) – 8/7/7/7
  • Radio Hammer (3DS) – 7/7/7/7
  • Super Toy Cars (Wii U) – 7/7/7/5
  • Nashi-jiru Action! Funassyi no Yukai-na Ohanassyi (3DS) – 6/7/6/5


Here’s Why Axiom Verge Hasn’t Been Announced For Wii U

Dan Adelman has explained why Axiom Verge hasn’t been announced for Wii U. According to the former Nintendo of America executive, a Wii U version of the indie action-adventure title isn’t in development due to technical issues. For example, the game is made with MonoGame – a type of development software that isn’t supported by Nintendo’s console. Adelman did not, however, rule out the possibility of an eventual port of Axiom Verge for Wii U.

“We obviously would love to bring it to Nintendo platforms at some point and we’re looking at ways we might want to do that,” Adelman said. “Because of some technical reasons and the way the game was designed, it will take a little bit of time to get it ported over, so we’re looking into what that will cost us and how long it will take but that’s something we definitely are considering.”

Badland: Game of the Year Edition Announced For Wii U

Indie developer Frogmind has announced Badland: Game of the Year Edition for Wii U. The forthcoming side-scrolling action-adventure title features enhanced HD visuals, and its controls have been expanded for the Wii U GamePad’s analog stick and triggers – a change that each in-game level was tuned to accommodate. In addition, it promises to deliver over 15 hours of play, 100 levels of single-player story content, and 100 co-op and 27 multiplayer death-match stages in an up-to-four-person local multiplayer mode. Badland: Game of the Year Edition will be available this spring. An exact release date has yet to be announced.

The Verge Declares The PlayStation Vita The Best Handheld Gaming System

The Verge has gone against the grain and declared Sony’s ill-fated PlayStation Vita as the best handheld gaming system money can currently buy. The PlayStation Vita was put against the Nintendo 3DS, Apple’s iPad Mini, and Google’s Nexus 9. There’s a number of reasons why they opted for the PlayStation Vita including Remote Play, Visuals, Cross Buy, Analogue Buttons, and much more. You can see their verdict in the video which is posted above.

UK Handheld Market Is Down By Almost A Third During Black Friday

MCV is reporting that sales of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 went through the roof on Black Friday in the United Kingdom. The publication neglects to mention Wii U which presumably means it didn’t fare anywhere near as well as the other two consoles. What’s interesting is the publication reports that the handheld market is down by almost a third compared to the same stage in 2013.

Nicalis Teases The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth For Wii U

Nicalis has teased that it is bringing The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth to Wii U. This rumor stems from a new video posted by the developer, which briefly displays the Wii U dashboard before delving into a clip from the upcoming remake of the original dungeon crawler. Nicalis has yet to officially announce the game for Nintendo’s console. Confirmed platforms include PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and PC.