Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 122K, Wii U Sells 4K


This week’s Japanese sales charts are now in courtesy of Media Create. The Nintendo 3DS has once again has another good week as the portable device sold 122,987 units. Monster Hunter 4 remained the best-selling game in Japan, fending off all competition. However, the Wii U fared even worse this week as the console only shifted 4.001 units. The Legend of Zelda: the Wind Waker HD doesn’t appear to have affected sales at all with the game dropping to tenth place in the charts. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware chart.

  1. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 # (Capcom) {2013.09.14} (¥5.990) – 140.538 / 2.542.615 (-34%)
  2. [PS3] Warriors Orochi 3: Ultimate # (Koei Tecmo) {2013.09.26} (¥6.615) – 24.612 / 105.010 (-69%)
  3. [PS3] Armored Core: Verdict Day <ACT> (From Software) {2013.09.26} (¥6.800) – 14.622 / 73.806 (-75%)
  4. [PS3] The Legend Of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki # (Nihon Falcom) {2013.09.26} (¥8.190) – 12.734 / 80.452 (-81%)
  5. [PSV] The Legend Of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki # (Nihon Falcom) {2013.09.26} (¥7.140) – 11.092 / 92.713 (-86%)
  6. [3DS] Friend Collection: New Life # (Nintendo) {2013.04.18} (¥4.800) – 7.922 / 1.458.442 (-15%)
  7. [3DS] Youkai Watch (Level 5) {2013.07.11} (¥4.800) – 6.964 / 194.790 (-19%)
  8. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf # (Nintendo) {2012.11.08} (¥4.800) – 6.586 / 3.431.589 (-11%)
  9. [PSV] Warriors Orochi 3: Ultimate # (Koei Tecmo) {2013.09.26} (¥6.090) – 6.538 / 32.021 (-74%)
  10. [WIU] The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Nintendo) {2013.09.26} (¥5.985) – 6.210 / 36.474 (-79%)
  1. Nintendo 3DS: 122.987
  2. PlayStation 3:  10.232
  3. PSP: 4.093
  4. Wii U: 4,001
  5. PlayStation Vita: 3,538
  6. Wii: 914
  7. Xbox 360: 354


  1. Its fucking Japan… They don’t buy anything any more. All they want is Monster Hunter and fucking Pokémon for the rest of there lives…

          1. The needs a price cut badly, Nintendo doesn’t seem to care about the Wii U. Just do what you did with the 3DS when it was suffering. Iwata has to go!

              1. Haven’t heard any news on how the price cut effected EU and America, but Nintendo still haven’t been advertising the console, so no one knows that there is a price cut.

        1. The XL doesn’t increase resolution, so games are not as sharp as they are on the regular screen… So it’s kinda an upgrade, but it’s a downgrade to how the games look. :\ I do like the larger screen though. :)

          1. Yea it is a downgrade in terms of looks. Nintendo just got lazy and didn’t wanna waste more money to change the resolution but either way I’m still happy with my XL

            1. Are you stupid by choice or birth? Defends Sony for an actual downgrade but bash Nintendo for an opinionated one?

              1. Stop crying like a little baby. Its not an actual downgrade. It comes with 1gb, better battery and is cheaper. XL comes with a bigger but worst screen, and is more expensive. i still prefer the bigger screen tho

                  1. No, he’s saying that the new Vita (hardware) comes with 1GB memory built in plus a 4 GB memory card comes with it too. 4 GB memory cards have been coming with the Vita since August 2012. It’s standard.

            2. Yep. I take my XL everywhere. I keep telling myself I should play on the smaller screen because it’s sharper, but I can’t give up the large 3D display.

    1. Yeah, Japan is waiting on the new Vitas that will be dropping tomorrow. It will give it a slight boost, but considering that Pokemon X, Y and the 2DS are coming too, I expect more of the Japanese market to be focused on Nintendo’s releases.

      Sony fans there will still support the new Vitas though.

    1. I know what there were hoping, though what they was hoping is a complete mystery.
      And it’s not a remake, it’s a remaster.

    2. spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa says:

      what they were hoping seems prettie obvious to me… make money perhaps?

    3. That’s a Excuse Nintendo already said they think its a System seller but the truth is there waiting for the PS4

      1. Yea it was never going to be a system seller only fanboys believed that a lazy remaster would be a system seller

  2. Isn’t surprising, Zelda isn’t as popular in Japan as it is in Europe and America, it was never going to boost sales that much.

    Mario on the other hand is hugely popular in Japan, and will most likely boost sales.

    1. Thats not the reason wind waker is not pushing consoles in Japan. Japan dosnt take kindly to HD version of old games.

  3. When you look at the difference between 3DS and Playstation 3, the Wii U sales don’t look as bad.

    Home consoles don’t seem to be popular in japan anymore…

    1. No. The difference is ps3 and 360 are about 7 years old so there isn’t much left in them and ps4,X1 are coming out soon so it’s excepted BUT the Wii U is a new “next Gen” console that is selling shitty and doing shitty so it makes Wii U sales even worst to look at

      1. Yea because the wiiu has a huge library of games that can make it compete with old consoles. You guys are under the assumption that because you are hype with the ps4 and xbone everyone’s is. I’m seeing a trend that could easily point that this gen will be the toughest of all for all consoles.

      2. If that’s the case then Sony wouldn’t be holding the PS4 back in Japan in order to concentrate on it’s target market which is the US and Europe.

        The fact that you think that the Xbone will sell in Japan indicates that you have no idea what you’re talking about.

        Home consoles are on the decline over there, look at how massively popular mobile gaming is, the 3DS is destroying everything, even the vita and PSP have sold units.

        The PS3 sold 70M worldwide, sold 9M in Japan, The Wii sold 100M worldwide, sold 9M in Japan. Compare that to the PS2 that sold 20M in Japan, you don’t have to be a genius to see what’s happening here..

        1. actually the Wii sold over 12m units in japan…but i get your point. You are right in the rest, there’s a clear decline

    2. Vita says hello. 3500 sold of the console once termed 3DS killer lol. The Vita and pride killed itself lol.

  4. And I still haven’t gotten my WWHD Ganondorf bundle from Game UK… last fucking time I order from there..!

    1. Oooo.. Got mine yesterday! Can’t wait to start playing the game! I’m busy with school for the week though… :,( Won’t b able to enjoy it til friday when I have my day off. 💋

      1. Yeah, it sucks to be a student right now! I never have time to play, and have completed neither Spliner Cell, Wonderful 101, ZombiU, Mario and Luigi and Kid Icarus… And it’s SO MANY great games coming in the holiday season, and I’m getting most of them! :P

    1. Yea its the best selling console right now and it’s going to sell even better once the NEW never before seen not rehashed mario game comes this holiday :) #fanboysarcasm

  5. Ouch, WiiU with one year outsells Vita who’s now with 2 years in market, that hurts doesn’t it, sonyans?

    1. New Vita models drop tomorrow; Sony supporters have been holding back since that TGS announcement. They Vita sales will pick back up once those come out.

  6. lol the Wii U is fucked this holiday season. Ps4 pre orders sold out in Japan when it started and once it launches R.I.P Wii U Mario isn’t going to save it either. Its going to be outclassed by 3ds in terms of 1st party Nintendo games and its going to be outclassed by ps4 in terms of everything

    1. I will agree, Mario 3D world will NOT be a system seller. Yea, maybe a spike, but it will flatline quick.

      Nintendo should be worried right now, because I guarantee kids are not begging their parents for a WiiU this year.

      Since Nintendo, in their wisdom, decided to release potential system-sellers AFTER the holidays, they are royally fucked this Christmas.

      Mark my words, we are going to see a serious business overhaul by the end of next year at Nintendo.

      1. “I guarantee kids will not ask their parents for a wiiu”? Must be talking dog who’s bugging my sister and neighbor then.

      2. Exactly that’s what people/fanboys don’t get. Nintendo has shit coming this holiday. Kids are going to want 3ds/2ds this holiday over a Wii U since its the once with all the good and alot of 1st party Nintendo games. Its 3ds/2ds for the kids and ps4 for the older audience. Wii U will be left out this holiday and its just a matter of time before it’s left out for good

        1. What are people picking up the PS4 for? Killzone Shadow Fall, Knack? Please. Oh yeah and cross gen multiplats. -_-

            1. I wish I could. But I have crappy Calc III, Communications, World Religions, and Modern University Physics I homework keeping me busy. I want to play games damn it!!!

          1. Killzone battlefield watchdogs and more. I my self won’t be getting a ps4 but people I know are and they are too hyped for the ps4 launch. Its going to outsell Wii U’s total sales just at launch lol

            1. True.Why buy a Wii u that got only 1party support.And a Gimmick Controller.Dreamcast U dont want u.

                1. The fact that pre order sold out in Japan in amazon in 40 MINUTES!!! and pre orders are sold out all over America id say yes it will out sell Wii U’s total sales at launch

                    1. Are you dense ? Pre orders do me something. If a system got no pre orders you can see how it will do at launch

                2. There’s no doubt PS4 will have a great launch, but don’t get too caught up in the hype.
                  Sony said they plan to sell about 5 mil by march. Even if PS4 sells like hot cakes, it would likely be supply constrained.
                  If you meant launch window, then it’s possible, but that assumes the hodidays+games have little-no effect on WiiU’s sales.

            2. 3DS was in a drought and was laughed at, look at the Machine now. Nintendo delayed DK to next year to Compete against the PS4’s release in Japan. Like how we humbled Aelous with the 3DS destroying the Vita, and the Unreal Engine 4 being on the WiiU ( CryEngine 4 ) is better any day by the way; you too shall eat crow and humble pie. Pride cometh before a fall, as Neutron and Bill when the said persona golden will push the Vita above 3DS earlier this year. The 3DS sold 80 000 that week with no real releases, and the Vita sold 60 000 with a major title lol.

            1. I know, I’m just hoping they get people excited about the WiiU again. That’s a start.

      1. It still has that newness “wow” factor. The WiiU has been out a while, and it’s reputation is in the gutter.

        If the WiiU were launching this holiday with it’s current library, I think it could have gone head to head with the PS4 and xBox.

        1. Yea if Nintendo waited and powered uo the Wii U more and planned a good launch line up they would have done well this holiday but it’s too late for the Wii U

          1. agree^^ and they could have continued to support the Wii for anotther 6months at least, i feel there was some juice left in the console

    2. The WiiU pre-orders were really good aswell and look at it now.
      Specially when there isn’t any “Amazing” game that’s coming only for the PS4. Damn, what an overrated piece of console.

      1. They weren’t as good as the ps4 pre orders and ps4 offers more than Wii U. More power, GB storage, ram , CPU, speed, games, its going to shit all over Wii U. This holiday

        game cube

        Wii U

        1. 3ds
          game cube
          Gameboy Colour
          Old Handys
          Gameboy Sp
          Gameboy Ds

          Wii u

    3. Dude take your meds and quit sucking Sony’s dick dry, Nintendo is not doomed and even if Wii U sales continue to fall which they wont, the 3DS will support it, 122k units sold in just one week… pretty much outsold all the all consoles put together douchsnozzle

        1. Yeah im sure Nintendo plotted to make the 3DS to kill the Wii U, its such a shame that by selling more 3dss its hurting Wii U, maybe you should spend less time bitching about the Wii U and more time in school you faggot

  7. After I finish Splinter Cell on realistic, complete my run through windwaker and finish 101, My WiiU will be resting a while.

    My 3DS, on the other hand, is getting all the games. :D

      1. The 3rd parties always blow on Wii U, sonic is for 3ds too. The only game Wii U has this holiday is Mario and that isn’t going to save it

        1. Sure do for the other console fanboys to trow a tantrum over a 2 year old port on wiiu ain’t that right deux dx human revolution?

        2. Never Doubt the Selling power of an official Mario Game. Many have made that mistake and lived to eat crow. Super Mario bros games have legs. Worry for the no first party having console Xboxdone. PS4 being ahead of microsoft works in Nintendo’s favor. Sony is forced to make great games that way, While Nintendo invented making great games.

          Xbot trying to justify X1 hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

          1. I think the Mario games that will help push the Wii U are still in the future: Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. Everyone loves Mario Kart, so hopefully that will really push the Wii U and Smash has always been a hit.

            We have to wait until 2014 for the Wii U to really pick up steam. If it doesn’t during 2014…. then Nintendo really has to reevaluate things, because that’s a problem (considering the 2014 lineup).

      2. I will check out sonic. It’s been FOREVER since I bought a sonic game. It looks like they went to a lot of work to innovate the game play, so yeah, I guess I will be picking that up. ;)

    1. I still haven’t completed either 101 and Splinter Cell, and WWHD hasn’t arrived yet.

  8. Honestly, it is probably more important for Nintendo to sell well in Europe and America than Japan, because Japan is a much smaller country population-wise. Still sucks though, because Japan is Nintendo’s home!!! 💋

              1. 3DS is the only console selling in japan Svenson, I thought Europeans from up North were wise, only the Commander stands and proves this to still be true. 10 000 PS3s sold, a console with over 500 games released really?
                Wonder why people did not notice that.

  9. Well its expected from japan they don’t like Consoles they like handhelds. From what I’ve seen and heard I have seen windwaker sold out in my area even the bundle. It was back in stock the next day. I think sonic and Mario could help get more wii u out there but Nintendo needs to FUCKING ADVERTISE!!!! Make it clear its a new system in commercial, show off a highlight commercial, have a big bill board… JUST Show ads

  10. Am I the Only one that realizes that Nintendo is doing phenomenally.

    122 000 3DSs. 140 538 MH4s sold. That’s 5 times more consoles than all others combined. The WiiU is fine, End of the month bundles in coming. Vita releasing new models two days before Pokemon hahahahahahaha. Sony is delusional.

    1. Monster Hunter is Capcom, so you can only really count the 3DS’ for Nintendo. However, when you look at the stream of time – the 3DS is actually doing worse than the DS did during this period of its life-cycle. Still, yeah, the 3DS is doing the best right now. Kudos to Nintendo for that, it’s a great handheld with awesome games.

  11. Another reason why Nintendo is stupid. Why after a year of Wii U being in the market and still no advertising?

    1. Yeah their marketing department sucks right now. Pikmin was the last ad I’ve seen for it. Why no damn windwaker hd ads they did it with Oot 3d. They need to get ride of their marketing team. I remember when the wii came out u could not see a damn channel without a ad for it. They need to do the same for the wii u

    2. They are, only pushing more and spending when the right time arrives, Holiday season, and when the PS4 releases in Japan. Worry more for the almost defunct Xboxdone. Steam releases from valve with Half life 3 lol.

      1. Believe it or not, the North American market can keep the Xbox One afloat, and the North American market *will* support it. There are a crap load of Xbox One supporters out there already.

  12. Nintendo needs to release a new Handheld in 2-3years (ish)

    My fear is that they will delay new hardware like they did the Wii, waiting until it is completely irrelevant before releasing a replacement.

    As we’ve seen, DS consoles seem to co-exist, so Nintendo wouldn’t have to quit supporting the 3DS when they release the 3DS HD. *wink, wink*

    They also need to keep their handheld hardware strong as they appear to be the only ones strong enough to hold their own against the tablet market.

    I just don’t want to see Nintendo handhelds suffer the same fate as their consoles. ;.; I would pay Vita prices for an HD version of the 3DS.

  13. Also if I were Sony, I’d be concerned as why PS3 sales are still pretty strong and PS4 is around the corner. Something in Sony’s division is about to bump heads and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be the PS3.

    1. I’ve said this before, the “next gen” will start when Sony and MS inevitably kill support for the PS3 and 360. That “graphical leap”, isn’t the same as last time around, it’ll take time to get everyone else to get on board.

      Plus you’ve got the steam box around the corner…

          1. spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa says:

            the huntsman said that about snowwhite… wasn’t true either…

      1. Thank you, another wise person that sees that xbox 1 and PS4 are in trouble once the officially release.

        1. We can’t claim trouble just yet. However, there are challenges for sure that the PS4 and Xbox One will have to face. We just have to wait and see how they deal with them.

      2. Good point that’s why i’m still playing my ps3 not getting a ps4 until KH or one of my fav sony titles come out like GOW or jak

    2. PS2 sales were still strong when the PS3 launched and Sony kept supporting the PS2 all the way into 2011 (five years AFTER the PS3 launched). They’ll be fine. They do this with all of their hardware.

    1. spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa says:

      the huntsman said that about snowwhite… wasn’t true either…

  14. Losing hope for Wii U. Give the Japs the price cut already. Wii U won’t sell like 3DS does Nintendo. It’s a different kind of story. You never learn Nintendo. You never learn.

  15. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! What a joke this epic failure excuse of a baby underpowered console is.

    4K units sold with Wind Waker HD lololol. The babies said just wait till Pikmin 3 releases and the Wii U will start selling good, nope didn’t happen. The babies said just wait till the Wonderful 101 releases and the Wii U will start selling good, nope didn’t happen. The babies said just wait till Zelda Wind Waker HD releases and the Wii U will start selling good, nope didn’t happen. I see the pattern here, babies are always wrong. Guess we have to wait some more right babies? Till when? 2014? 2015? when? What baby game is going to save the baby console?

  16. They need to give them a price cut and Make a monster hunter game and then bundle it with the system. Monster Hunter 5U

  17. Even if the wiiu don’t pick up sales I’m still happy with mines. Love playing off Tv, two screen play, miiverse, free on line , and love the games honestly I enjoy playing games on the wiiu for me its a better experience.

  18. Except for 3DS, all look sad, especially those WiiU and Vita numbers. It’s like 3DS is just absorbing everything.

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