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Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 29K And Wii U Sells 18K

This week’s Japanese sales charts are now in courtesy of Media Create. It’s not been a bad week for Nintendo as the creative Super Mario Maker has shot to the top of the charts. Splatoon isn’t doing too badly either as it has jumped to number six. Wii U console sales seem to be improving too as it was the best-selling home console this week. Here’s the best-selling video games this week in Japan.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [Wii U] Super Mario Maker (Nintendo, 09/10/15) – 52,396 (245,182)
  2. [3DS] Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon (Nintendo, 09/17/15) – 44,555 (196,379)
  3. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad (Nintendo, 07/11/15) – 39,468 (1,566,740)
  4. [PSV] Utawarerumono: False Mask (Aquaplus, 09/25/15) – 26,252 (New)
  5. [3DS] Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Nintendo, 07/30/15) – 21,785 (1,050,673)
  6. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 20,736 (681,495)
  7. [PSV] Genkai Tokki: Moero Crystal (Compile Heart, 09/25/15) – 18,721 (New)
  8. [PS4] Utawarerumono: False Mask (Aquaplus, 09/25/15) – 18,635 (New)
  9. [3DS] Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (Square Enix, 08/27/15) – 17,790 (776,665)
  10. [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami, 09/02/15) – 15,158 (372,233)
  11. [PS3] TV Anime The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls G4U! Pack Vol. 5 (Bandai Namco, 09/25/15) – 13,287 (New)
  12. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami, 09/02/15) – 11,217 (167,691)
  13. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 10,770 (343,434)
  14. [PS3] Utawarerumono: False Mask (Aquaplus, 09/25/15) – 10,693 (New)
  15. [3DS] Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village DX (Capcom, 09/10/15) – 10,197 (83,687)
  16. [PSV] Hakuouki: Shinkai Kaze no Shou (Idea Factory, 09/25/15) – 10,064 (New)
  17. [PS4] The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition (NIS, 09/25/15) – 8,902 (New)
  18. [PS4] Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul (Bandai Namco, 09/25/15) – 6,938 (New)
  19. [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo, 06/11/15) – 6,830 (475,059)
  20. [PSV] Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Capcom, 09/17/15) – 5,765 (21,698)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 21,765 (19,811)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 19,078 (19,471)
  3. Wii U – 18,024 (16,033)
  4. New 3DS – 5,069 (4,672)
  5. PlayStation 4 – 4,071 (8,375)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 2,630 (2,411)
  7. 3DS – 1,529 (1,527)
  8. PlayStation Vita TV – 790 (739)
  9. 3DS LL – 747 (729)
  10. Xbox One – 232 (737)

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59 thoughts on “Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 29K And Wii U Sells 18K”

  1. The haters were like…..

    ” Super Mario Maker won’t be a system seller. Sure it may sell ok but as far as it moving Wii Us, not gonna happen. It doesn’t stand a chance against Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain. It’s gonna get crushed by it. ”

    Since then

    Wii U sales in Japan – 34,057
    PS4 sales in Japan – 12,446

    Damn that crow must taste good LOL

    1. The WiiU always get’s a short spike after a new release, and I wouldn’t say 30K is epic numbers. The game is selling great, I always thought it would as WiiU owners A.) Are already hardcore Mario Fans, or B.) Have slim pickings if they want a new game.

      10-20k more systems isn’t going to move the needle that much. Nintendo’s making a profit selling to the millions who already own the system, not by the 10-20 thousand that decided to pick it up. I don’t this this is the epic victory you’re hoping for. It will take YEARS of last weeks sales for Japan to shift ONE more million units. Hardly a system seller sir.

      1. Whoa… I was wrong, WiiU only sold 18K…ugh, so whatever I said, x2 – Definitly not a system seller unless it’s amassing mad sales in America.

      2. Do you really think that Wii U owners are only buying this game for one of those two reasons? How about because it’s a great game? When has any video game company ever given you the option to officially design your own levels? The ‘Super Mario’ series is one of the most commonly modded series; perhaps the most modded. This is the kind of game that people have been waiting for. I’m in no way a hardcore Mario fan. This is the first Mario game I’ve bought for the U. And I have a large enough library of games that I haven’t yet gotten bored with the U. I bought this game because it’s a great idea.

          1. Did you read my entire comment? I’m typically not a Mario fan. You don’t have to be a hardcore fan of something to recognize it as great. In no way does “It’s a great game.” fall under A.

            1. My bad. I actually didn’t read the whole comment.
              I guess given how many unit’s it’s sold, maybe it does appeal to more than Mario fans?
              I’ll be sure to read your whole comment ne,t time. I kinda rushed through that one.

              1. I understand the “New Math” they teach in schools these days is hard and outright a pain in the ass. But like I said, it would take 3-4 years minimum for Mario Maker to sell 1 million WiiU’s in Japan, given the entire bump from 10-12k to 18k is solely because of Mario Maker.

                If WiiU sales were 4x that in america, only and specifically because of the WiiU, that would be 1 million units in one year. (which I think is a high estimate.)

                I’m not saying Mario Maker is a bad game, hell sounds like a ton of people like it. And no doubt there are people who bought a WiiU just for the game, but i think it’s a very far stretch to think it’s a “System Seller.” I’d bet money most who bought it already owned a WiiU.

                1. Nintendo Tetrarch Quadramus-NX

                  >>>It’s actually more fun than all other Mario games released on the Wii U combined, and future DLC will only make it even better>>>

                1. Vita doing well in Japan isn’t a change. It has been this way for the past two years. Wii U doing well is great though. A few titles can really make a difference.

                2. PS4 is getting a price drop which is the reason for the low 2 weeks sales. Next wek chart will have the price drop sales.

                  1. The PS4 wasn’t selling that great in Japan to begin with and regardless it’s still getting crushed by the Wii U. Even when the week of the price drop of the PS4 week comes, the sales won’t probably change that much and it’s gonna get even more worse for the PS4 once Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem and Pokkén Tournament gets released over there

                    1. I cannot say how well it will do. If I understand correctly, bloodborne is not bundle with the price cut skus. Next week will give the answer. Wii U selling more than PS4 means nothing and vice versa means nothing.

                    2. You talk like the WiiU has some amazing numbers, lmao. 18k really isn’t all that much – either way, at least it’s better than before, so that’s a thing.
                      Also, Pokken probably isn’t going to do much for the WiiU, as it’s already available in arcades; it seems unlikely to me that a game that’s been playable in arcades for several months already will convince a significant amount of people to buy a WiiU. Amiibo Festival (unfortunately) and SMG x FE will probably do well though, but it’s impossible to tell at this point, all we can do is speculate. Besides, you shouldn’t forget the PS4 will be getting some huge games too, such as Persona 5, FFXV, Yakuza and Toukiden, to give some examples.
                      But yea, I don’t know, is it really reasonable to try to defend the WiiU in terms of sales by using the PS4 as the comparison? Because, well, we all know how things truly are. You seem to be trying a bit too hard, I’m afraid. You should just appreciate the improvement of the numbers and leave it at that, if you start comparing the WiiU to the competition in that respect, you’ll just end up making a fool out of yourself for obvious reasons.

                      1. Eh, I think it will do fine. I mean seriously who goes to arcades these days? I don’t even know a single person who does, I don’t even know where these arcades are! Plus it’s nice to just pay once, own the game, not have to leave your house, stuff like that. They might even add Wii U exclusive content, to lure in buyers. I imagine it will do atleast decently, if not very well just because it’s a Pokemon game. But maybe I’m wrong, who knows for sure.

                        1. The game’s out only in Japan at this time, and arcades are actually pretty huge over there.
                          But yea, I was merely speculating, all we can do is wait and see to know how things are truly going to turn out.

                        2. A home console selling double digit numbers in the thousands on a weekly basis, in a gaming market that primarily caters to portable gaming is very impressive. Pokkén Tournament won’t do much for the Wii U in Japan? Are you insane? Do you know how big Pokémon is over there? Hell, Pokémon is even huge in North America and Europe. Yeah the PS4 will have some big titles in Japan but the Wii U is still getting momentum from Splatoon and will probably still have it with Super Mario Maker plus I didn’t even mention Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash and Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Edition which are bound to sell well too. Nintendo will continue it’s dominance in Japan but Sony may make it interesting though

                          1. So you think the PS4’s numbers a couple weeks ago were impressive too? I don’t, honestly. 30k+ would be impressive for home consoles in my view, anything below that not so much, but maybe that’s just me.
                            And yes, while the Pokemon franchise is insanely huge pretty much everywhere, and especially Japan, it’s mostly the main Pokemon games that hit the remarkable numbers. Spin-offs like Mystery Dungeon or Pokemon Ranger, for example, don’t do as good comparatively in Japan. Of course none of that guarantees the game to do poorly or anything, to me it’s mostly the fact that Pokken is already available in arcades which makes me question the potential success of the WiiU version. But yea, at this point there really isn’t much to do other than to wait, it’s all pure speculation right now.

                            1. Rogue Master XenoRidley X3

                              Sadly for the stubborn “fans”, history is not on their side. But who knows. Maybe this being a fighting game might just help it sell more than we’re expecting it to. But since it’s on the Wii U, I don’t have my hopes up.

                            2. Personally I don’t think 30k is anywhere near impressive. That would only amout to about 1.5 mil a year. I don’t know though maybe that is impressive for a typical week. I typically don’t pay too much attention to sales trends.

                              Pokken does seem to be getting a lot of excitement. Plus it could pull in Tekken/fighting fans just because of the gameplay style. I don’t think it’ll be a console seller though. I mean it’s not like a Zelda or Metroid title. But like you said, only time will tell.

                              1. Rogue Master XenoRidley X3

                                The sad truth is not even Zelda & Metroid are system sellers. I’d go so far as to say Mario isn’t really a massive system seller, either. And even when it seems like they are system sellers, it’s not because of those franchises alone but a slew of other titles being released in close proximity to each other. This is why the Wii U is failing because there’s such a huge drought between major releases.

                                1. Good point. I think most of the Mario titles are cash cows really. They’re popular so they bring in a lot of money and allow Nintendo to fund their bigger projects. Every now and then you see one that had a lot more work put into it like Mario Sunshine or Mario Galaxy

                                2. I agree, generally seen, 30k really is not very impressive. But for a place like Japan in particular, where mobile gaming seems to be completely taking over dedicated home consoles, I would see it as impressive if a home console indeed managed to sell 30k during weeks with no significant software releases.

                                  And yes, Pokken not being too likely what I was trying to say in my first comment. To me, it just doesn’t seem to have the potential to be a system seller; if it does well, I believe it will be mostly thanks to people who already own a WiiU. But again, just speculations, of course.

                                3. Nintendo Tetrarch Quadramus-NX

                                  >>>In the bad days of gaming today when the Appling disease are corrupting gamers and civilians alike, anything over 10k is impressive enough>>>

                                  1. I don’t get how you’re saying its Apple that’s killing gaming. They’re not even that serious in the gaming market..yet but Android is also another platform that’s destroying it. In fact, it’s Microsoft that ultimately doomed gaming from the start.

                                4. The reason why we pay such attention to Japan numbers is that we like to suffer as sadistic people do. Those numbers show that the gaming industry has been going mobile. People who prefer better experiences on home consoles will be like a dog without a bone in the future.

                                              1. Rogue Master XenoRidley X3

                                                Nope. Video games is actually another great thing the United States gave the world; Japan simply revolutionized it. You’re welcome, world!

                                            1. Rogue Master XenoRidley X3

                                              Another small, temporary victory for the Wii U. In truth, it’s still getting it’s ass kicked by the 3DS, PS4, & Xbox One (unfortunately.)

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                                                1. This is the only nice thing you’ll hear me say about the vita: I think, Like the PS3, it was way ahead of it’s time, only unlike the PS3, it didn’t have the “Well at least it’s a bluray player” going for it.

                                                  If I remember, PS3 Had a game drought and was sucking hard, but it was beefy enough to still be relevant when games started flowing. Some still swear by it.

                                                  WiiU is a dedicated gaming system, that also had a game drought, but is quickly becoming outdated. (some would say it launched outdated)

                                                  What the fuck was I talking about?
                                                  Right. Vita.
                                                  It’s ashame Sony seems to have never supported it properly. It seems like solid hardware… I think the 3DS needs a healthy competitor.

                                                  I just hope Nintendo doesn’t get laxy on the 3DS successor given Sony doesn’t seem interested in a Vita sequal. Given Nintendo’s track record, we’ll be lucky if the Next Ninty handheld compares to tge Vita hardware quality. I really hope it does, or I hope if the NX is handheld hybrid tech. Maybe it could surpass the Vita.

                                                  PS. That post was way too fucking long. Apologies.

                                                  1. I own a Vita, and I can say that it is indeed a pretty solid handheld with a fantastic hardware. Despite what most of people say, it does have great games and provide a joyful experience. And you are right when you said that Sony never supported it properly. Most of the library came from 3rd parties, showing that Sony was completely uninterested to give it uniqueness and prolong its lifespan.

                                                  2. PS3 wasn’t ahead of its time lel

                                                    It copied everything good about Xbox (Live), it had a supposedly alien CPU – which inside the PS3 hardware/architeture was nothing short than a fucking paperweight, it had a shitty menu, most exclusives were shit, most third party games ran like shit (shout out to Bethesda), the Bluray player speed was shit. It’s the best console for Netflix though.

                                                    Dang I hate the PS3, worst Sony console ever

                                                2. It’s weird to get so burned out on handhelds that I just retired from the 3DS. Yet I see there’s still SO many people who are still into it, and going strong. It’s almost like dying, then looking down from Heaven and seeing that life still goes on.

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