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Japan: Super Mario 3D World Lands At Number Two, Wii U Outsold By Vita

This week’s Media Create sales charts are now in from Japan. The recently released Super Mario 3D World entered in the all-formats chart at number two, but was beaten to the number one position by Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII for the PlayStation 3. The Nintendo 3DS was the best-selling format, however the Wii U continues to struggle as it only sold 21,002 units. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware charts.

  1. [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, 11/21/13) – 277,082(New)
  2. [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo, 11/21/13) – 99,588 (New)
  3. [3DS] One Piece: Unlimited World R (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 83,605(New)
  4. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 72,932 (3,002,738)
  5. [3DS] Aikatsu! 2-ri no My Princess (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 72,087 (New)
  6. [PSV] God Eater 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/14/13) – 39,052 (305,378)
  7. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Konami, 11/14/13) – 35,879 (187,678)
  8. [PS3] Call of Duty: Ghosts (Square Enix, 11/14/13) – 29,252 (219,883)
  9. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 21,120 (2,959,789)
  10. [PSP] God Eater 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/14/13) – 20,508 (132,531)
  1. 3DS LL – 63,709 (47,852)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 21,044 (46,350)
  3. Wii U – 21,002 (15,906)
  4. 3DS – 20,797 (22,250)
  5. PlayStation 3 – 12,436 (12,019)
  6. PlayStation Vita TV – 7,868 (42,172)
  7. PSP – 3,546 (4,353)
  8. Wii – 457 (518)
  9. Xbox 360 – 342 (404)

 

127 comments

      1. If you only think about it on a fanboy war perspective, yeah, do as you please. But what if the Vita TV started selling like hotcakes next week and it was just a supply shortage? Then you look dumb

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      2. When did I say that wasn’t the reason? If the vita TV sells well good for Sony but don’t come asking people for having a open mind when you did not.

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      1. When the Wii u came out the PS3 still outsold it. in Europe and America the PS3 is still outselling soooooooooo That objection is mute.

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      2. If we want to put our negative goggles on, in a way, that can be a bad thing for both.

        Bad for the Wii U because it had a large release that should have moved more systems whereas the Vita didn’t have a major new release this week.

        On the other hand, bad for Vita because it’s a handheld struggling in a region that is dominated by portable gaming devices.

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      3. Well there is two sides to every story. On one side you could point out that the Average Wii U sells in Japan has been around 8-9 K a week. so 21 K is a good week. (So is anything above that average) However on the other hand that is still not good but it is a improvement. In the end it really does not matter.. the Wii U is not going anywhere. The PS4 will dominate the gaming market and XBOX will still most likely be third at least in Japan this generation.

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  1. “The Vita outsold the Wii U” – it sold 42 more copies – why are you mentionning that? its just stupid! 21’000 Is not that bad! also it seems that almost 100000 mario copies sold is a pretty good launch

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    1. I so agree with you…. I don’t like how this site is posting their articles. They made it sound like the vita blew away the wii u in sales. KMFT.

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      1. Yea i remember that. Recently the journalist here are doing only troll bait article. This is a Nintendo site but yet they always downplay the wii u in their headings. That pisses me off, this one push me over the edge. KMFT.

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      2. It also sold more this week then the week before while vita sold less the the week before…. its all in the wording really. This site seems to love trolling us these days.

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  2. I can’t believe Japanese gamers are suckers enough to buy more of Shameful Fantasy XIII than of 3D World. This market disappoints me in some way.

    I used to have a taste that resembled a lot that of the Japanese market, but this year, I’m finding out it isn’t the case anymore…

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    1. Well, what the hell did you expect from a place where freakin’ Monster Hunter becomes the biggest seller they got? Even most Western “casuals” have a better taste in games than the Japanese do…

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    1. If anything the Wii U is improving as it was selling 2k a few weeks ago and 15k last week? Excellent reporting there.. still gotta reel those trolls in though don’t we? ; )

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  3. The Wii U’s install base is just over 1M in Japan so SM3DW is doing great and obviously will entice more people to pick up the system.

    There’s now a steady stream of games coming out for the Wii U, Nintendo now need to drive up that install base.

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  4. This is not good, no matter what way you paint it. 20,000 consoles sold is bad. Not that they were ever coming back but 3rd parties will be running even further away.

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    1. If it stays between 20 to 25k the sales will at least be stabilised for a while. If Nintendo can get it up 35 to 40k It will be a plus for Nintendo. Hopefully itll get over 60k in Christmas.

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    2. well you do realize this is a handheld dominated country right? Most console don’t sell that well in Japan, mainly the handhelds so I kinda got you there

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  5. So should we say 3DS XL out sold the Vita AGAIN? Plus putting how the vita out sold the Wii U by 42 copy’s is a little sad and embarrassing for this site. No REAL gamer is going to go OH MY GOD Look at the DIFFRENCE in numbers.

    This site does nothing but start flame wars cause it’s trying to make a name for its self as a credible gaming site. Which is a joke and you guys need to stop. If you don’t care for Nintendo any more then stop reporting on them and move on and become every other gaming site.

    Any REAL Nintendo fans on this site should go to Nintendo Life and dump this site.

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    1. I agree with you… I wanna subscribe from the emails that come to me. How do i do that. I don’t want no more notification from this site at all.

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    2. I think you have a point, this site is becoming too negative and is being invested by trolls, iceazeama, you thought, pinwheel, rukiarukia, all trolling and Sickr does nothing, you know what that settles it im going to Nintendo Life, Peace out

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    3. Nintendo life is good? I’m gonna check it out. I’m tired of all the negative crap from so called journalists and fanboys. Nintendo for life!(and Sony) Wii U master race!

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      1. NintendoLife isn’t a great site in all honestly, the posters there are retarded fanboys most of the time..

        Playeressence.com is better for nintendo news as you just get the news without the doom and gloom, also the posters don’t tend to act like “utter cretins”…

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  6. WOW I THOUGHT MARIO WAS GOING TO BE A SYSTEM SELLER. WII U SOLD 6K MORE THAN LAST WEEK.

    AND 99K? THATS REALLY ALARMING. EVEN PIKMIN SOLD MORE THAN MARIO.

    IF THOSE ARE THE RESULTS FOR AMERICA NEXT WEEK I CAN DECLARE WII U IS DEAD FOREVER AND EVER.

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    1. pikmin sold 95,000 its first week. Mario usually stays more stable then pikmin and around the 20-25 dec in japan his sales jump

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      1. YEAH SORRY I GOT CONFUSED BY NA AND JP SALES. BUT STILL MARIO SOLD SAME AS PIKMIN. THATS WHY IM WORRIED. I WAS EXPECTING AT LEAST 200K.

        I DONT KNOW WHAT TO THINK I GUESS WHAT EVERYBODY IS SAYIN ITS TRUE WE ARE DOOMED

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      2. why are u typing in all caps? Mario has a different since of balance then pikmin. Pikmin has a small following, compared to mario. Japan is in a different setting with consoles then the US. I don’t think the ps4 will do that great in japan either. 3ds and vita will out sale both the
        wii u and ps3. mario galaxy only sold around million copies in japan, even with a high install base. I was expecting 100 thousand and I was close, but with setting of final fantasy in air for that week mario won’t have much against him during the holidays in japan.

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    2. Ignoring you don’t have all 3D Mario nor Pikmin 3 info. Playing dumb as if digital sales for Pikmin 3 and 3D world were ever released.

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    3. Ignoring Wii u price cut got Wii U above 10k so 3D World did less consoles but Pikmin 3 got it from 2k to 8k. So the bundle and price cut kept Wii u from 2k a month.

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  7. LMAO so i think it’s safe to say that the Wii U is doomed. I was wrong about the scores but i wasn’t wrong when i said this game wasn’t going to sell well. 99,588 is SHIT for a launch game and now you fanboys will damage control and say “Japan” is handheld market bla bla. If that’s the case then mine as well NOT sell consoles or games there right ? Lol wrong!! this game wasn’t going to be a system seller like i said JUST LIKE W101, WWHD, and pikmin 3 and with that being said R.I.P Wii U this is what they get for catering to the kiddy market where all the kids only want brain wash tablets and smart phones

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      1. While I considered that you gotta keep in to account that so far all the Wii U games that were going to be “system sellers” and push the Wii U to very high sales had ok first weeks and then the sales declined.

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      1. plus its a different install base then the wii, we didn’t get a wii sports to push the installbase before mario arrived. considering the wii had 4 million when galaxy came out and wii u has 1 million when 3d world came out. plus most of galaxy’s sales came from the US japan only had a million copies sold

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      2. That is shit. Look how much games like Pokemon, GTA, COD, 3D Land sell they sell millions at launch baring 3d land which sold 300K in the FIRST week even lighting returns sold a great amount all those games sell great and i didn’t even count in digital but for a dying system like Wii U 99k isn’t good at all and its going to keep decreasing just like pikmin, W101, and WWHD did

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      3. GTA,COD,and lighting was going to install base of 10-11 million, mario 3d land was on a handheld which has different market even though u may not want accept, pokemon again on handheld and has bigger love in japan then mario, mario actually does rather well during the holidays of japan. Hell even FF has more love in japan then mario of course it was going to out sell mario.
        I not acting like a fanboy but dude agian wait till all data is out before jumping the gun,

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      4. The fact still remains that this game sold horrible for the first week. I mean 100k for and install base of about 1mil is pretty bad look at the new article this Mario sold the worst while other CONSOLE Mario games sold great so that why I don’t really buy the handheld market bull shit also if things don’t pick up for the holidays then what ? Not you but the fanboys on this site are really running dry on damage control excuses.

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      5. well the hand market in market is true ds sold 32 million, psp 20, million. wii 12 million, and ps3 11 million compared to the US market its a huge difference. I have friend a japan and he told me people in japan don’t always have the time to play consoles at home as much because of the work economy there. Handhelds gve them the experience on the go. He told me most adult business men or adult workers have hand handhelds. He doesn’t have a wii or ps3, only a psp ,and 3ds(currently saving for vita). As for mario the last true console mario launch was N64 and mario was pushing sells by himself there for months. only sold around 160,000 i believe but he did reach to masses, snes and nes had mario as a packin so his sales were combine with both console (not sure if he was in japan). Later years other games had to push sales for mario so he could do well. wii sports pushed the wii install base for mario and gamecube setting pushed it for mario. 3D world did what what I expected to do. The wii u install in japan is low compared to wii’s. Now do i expect the wii u to be number 1…no I expect it to do better then xbone I think most people want it because it could be the push to kill off microsoft and doesn’t want those a holes dead.

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      1. You make a strong argument, but let’s not forget that Nintendo has started to hand out free Wii U’s to people on planes so that will increase the install base. Anyway, a lot of people are waiting until Super Smash comes out to buy the system so it shall be okay

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  8. 20,000 in just HALF A WEEK.

    The sales statement is from the 18th – 24th. Mario 3D World was released in Japan on the 21st. So it has only been out for 4 days (just over half a week)

    Love how this site chooses to leave that part out..

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  9. hmmm but the numbers are not that good for japan and for a new mario game. seems like nintendo is really loosing a lot of drive over there.

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  10. YEAH WITH STILL HAVE THAT AND MK. DONT COUNT BAYO BECAUSE ITS HARDCORE AND SADLY WILL SELL LIKE SHIT.

    I DONT KNOW I HOPE NINTY CONTINUE GIVING WII U FOR FREE… TRAIN STATIONS, BUS STOPS, AIRPORTS, MALLS, DISNEY, CHINATOWN WHATEVER JUST MAKE IT POPULAR.

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  11. It’s over, WiiU is finished lol. The system seller managed to sell 5-6k units more than a week before it’s release. And square enix RPG for hardcore gamers outsells the system seller that is for VERY broad audience more than twice. oh well

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  12. Who is the asshole writing this? “Wii U continues to struggle” “outsold by Vita” It was by 40 units and “only 20,000 units”? It’s by far the bestselling console in the market. What is your fucking problem?

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    1. why are you people taking this site seriously ?
      it has been widely known for years that this website is not pro Nintendo, they are pretenders, they are really trolls.

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  13. When the Wii U sold 5K a week
    The Wii U continues to struggle
    When the Wii U sold 10K a week
    The Wii U is struggling
    When the Wii U sells 20K a week
    The Wii U continues to struggle, as its the best selling home console in Japan.
    This sites journalism is troll bait heavy!

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  14. So… why is it everyone is jumping on the Wii U is doomed bandwagon? I mean, I am sure half of you will not bring up the 3ds in this argument since it was doing just as bad at the time. So did the PS3 which only became profitable in 2011, we can’t call anything dead now because we simply DON’T know because if history repeats itself, the Wii U will pick up and Nintendo will be just fine. Besides has Mario always been steady in Japan, and this game also had like 2-3 days of being on sale so 100,000 for a few days is nice. So I am confident the Wii U will stay steady and this game will sell well but I don’t know about all the stuff Reggie said like Mario Kart 8 selling more than MKWii and them reaching like 9 million for this holiday season.

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  15. The Vita outsold the Wii U by 38 units. Yeah, definite outsell there. Look at the amount of sales for Pokémon X and Y in Japan alone. They outsell both the Xbox One & The PS4 in terms of combined sales to this Thursday. Can you tell what it is yet?

    Anyway, the Japanese love their RPGs, so Mario debuting at Number 2 isn’t a bad thing. Hell, was it bad when Animal Crossing New Leaf held its own against The Last of Us out here in the West, and even worse when it outsold it for a period of time (see UK charts)? No, not at all.

    Sensationalised rubbish.

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  16. Well there just went any hope of anymore third party support. Now they will just flock to PS4 and Xbox One and leave the Wii U to whither and die all on it’s own. I really don’t know who to fault here, Nintendo’s retarted mistakes or the Japanese gaming market being obsessed with petty handhelds (I’m not including 3DS or Vita in that).

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  17. 2D Mario definatly seems to be more popular in Japan than 3D Mario, they are still good numbers considering. I looked on VGChartz (no idea how reliable they are) and they stated that NSMB Wii (over 900k) outsold both Galaxy Games (as stated above) on the first 3 days of release. NSMBU (over 160k) had outsold SM3DW by half in their 1st 3 days.

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  18. Well, for a Final Fantasy game and from a console that has sold A LOT MORE THAN THE WII U ALREADY, I think Final Fantasy did worst than Mario, the Wii U has sold like shit in Japan, and the game managed to be at number 2, while the Final Fantasy game, which Japan goes crazy for, in a console that has been out since 2006, it sold just a little bit more. So it’s just the number 2 that has people going NINTENDO IS DOOMED!

    Oh, and Wii U is the best selling home console right now in Japan, it will be hard to outsell the handhelds. When the PS4 and Xbox One comes out, IT IS OBVIOUS THEY WILL BE AT THE TOP AND THE WII U WON’T BECAUSE THEY WILL BE EXCITED TO BUY THESE NEW CONSOLES, so I want to bet that this gaming site will right an article saying NINTENDO WII U FALLS TO 10K UNITES WHILE PS4 SELLS AT NUMBER 1 WITH X NUMBER OF UNITS! Which is obvious is going to happen, but this side will just focus on that to make Nintendo look bad. I don’t know, it’s just that this site feeds the trolls A LOT!

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  19. I love how the Vita is getting DESTROYED by the 3DS and I haven’t seen ONE SINGLE SONY IS DOOMED BECAUSE OF THE VITA article anywhere yet. When at the moment the 3DS was out and wasn’t selling well, even if the Wii was selling like crazy that time, because of the 3DS low sells there were NINTENDO IS DOOMED BECAUSE OF THE 3DS articles FUCKING EVERYWHERE! And now that the 3DS is destroying the Vita people are just like “Yeah… 3DS won…” but no trolling against Vita, no doom articles about Sony, AT ALL! And now that it is the 3DS selling like crazy and the Wii U having a hard time selling, it’s all these WII U IS DOOMED articles.When it’s Nintendo winning, like they were with the Wii and now with the 3DS, no one writes Sony or Microsoft is doomed articles, but when Nintendo has lower sales than another console, IT IS DOOMED! *sigh*

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