It's a banner week for Nintendo 3DS hardware and software in Japan as Capcom's Monster Hunter Tri-G
and major first-party titles help bring in the biggest sales for the system yet.
Though the handheld hasn't left the top of the Japanese hardware sales chart since its drastic price cut in August, the 3DS debut of Capcom's phenomenally popular Monster Hunter
series, Mario Kart 7
, and Super Mario 3D Land
pushed the portable to record numbers last week
The glasses-free 3D system sold 350,321 units last week, according to Media Create data
posted by NeoGAF. Famitsu publisher Enterbrain previously reported
378,114 consoles sold, which would exceed the 3DS' launch high of 371,000-374,000 back in February.
Those sales were likely boosted by the introduction of a new limited edition Monster Hunter 3G
system bundle, and the special edition The Legend of Zelda
25th Anniversary 3DS sold on Nintendo's site. The contentious Circle Pad Pro accessory
also released in Japan last week.
PSP sales picked up last week by almost 12,000, selling 51,191 units and making it the second top-selling system. In third place, Wii saw its hardware numbers jump to 46,018, likely helped by its nine titles in the top 20 software chart -- more games on the list than any other console.
Despite dropping from the number two spot to number four, PlayStation 3 moved a few thousand more systems this month to reach 44,661 sold. And while sales doubled for Xbox 360 to 3,211, that wasn't enough to overtake the DS line at the number six position with 6,630 systems sold.
Below are the full sales rankings from Media Create for the week ended December 11, 2011. (The second chart lumps together sales of all models in a given line of hardware.)
|LW||TW||Platform||Weekly Sales||Last Week|
|LW||TW||Platform||Weekly Sales||Last Week|
Looking at software, Monster Hunter 3G
enjoyed a nice launch after selling 521,959 copies -- significantly more than the 471,055 reported earlier by Enterbrain. This is the strongest Japanese debut for any 3DS game, beating out Mario Kart 7
's 423,619 numbers last week.
Monster Hunter 3G
's first-week sales are almost identical to the original Monster Hunter 3
's launch on Wii, though that game came out much later in the system's lifetime, when it had a much larger userbase. Some major Japanese retailers have reportedly sold out
of their Monster Hunter 3G
Mario Kart 7
, though still the second highest-selling game of the week, saw significant drop-off from the week prior. Mario Kart 7
sold 57 percent less than the previous week with 183,834 units moved, but that's not as bad as Mario Kart Wii
's 75 percent dive in its second week back in 2008.
Super Mario 3D Land
's numbers improved by 21 percent, adding 89,743 copies for a lifetime total of 724,661 units sold. Other than Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7,
and Monster Hunter 3G
, there were no other 3DS titles in Media Create's top 20 software tally.
Bethesda Softworks' The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
, coming off the first perfect 40/40 review score for a Western game from Famitsu, sold 75,865 copies for PS3, making it the fourth biggest title this week. The Xbox 360 edition pushed 37,037 copies and was the ninth highest seller.
First-party Wii titles like Kirby's Return to Dream Land
and Just Dance Wii
continue to perform well, but The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
has fallen from number five last week to number 18. The game has sold 247,116 copies in the last three weeks, 19,947 of which are from the past seven days.
The complete top 20 chart, as supplied by Media Create, is shown below:
|NEW||1||Monster Hunter 3G||Capcom||3DS||521,959|
|1||2||Mario Kart 7||Nintendo||3DS||183,834|
|3||3||Super Mario 3D Land||Nintendo||3DS||89,743|
|NEW||4||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||Bethesda Softworks||PS3||75,865|
|2||5||Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs.||Bandai Namco Games||PS3||56,584|
|NEW||6||Magician's Quest: Oshare na Mahou Tsukai ||Konami||DS||46,042|
|NEW||7||Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi||Bandai Namco Games||PS3||44,593|
|7||8||Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Nintendo||Wii||44,570|
|NEW||9||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||Bethesda Softworks||360||37,037|
|14||10||Just Dance Wii||Nintendo||Wii||30,935|
|12||12||PokePark 2: Beyond the World||Pokemon Co.||Wii||30,521|
|NEW||13||Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games||Nintendo||Wii||30,222|
|NEW||14||Toaru Kagaku no Chou Denjihou||Kadokawa Games||PSP||29,016|
|NEW||15||Metal Max 2: Reloaded||Enterbrain||DS||24,233|
|19||16||Wii Sports Resort with Remote Plus||Nintendo||Wii||23,163|
|17||17||Taiko Drum Master Wii: Definitive Edition||Bandai Namco Games||Wii||21,471|
|5||18||The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword||Nintendo||Wii||19,947|
|16||19||One Piece: Gigant Battle 2||Bandai Namco Games||DS||18,696|
|6||20||Itadaki Street Wii||Square Enix||Wii||16,580|
The big release to look out for this week is the PSP's successor, PlayStation Vita, which launches alongside games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Little Deviants, Katamari Damacy No-Vita, Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Ridge Racer, Virtua Tennis 4
, and Army Corps of Hell
Other big games out this week: Final Fantasy XIII-2
for Xbox 360 and PS3, two different versions of Inazuma Eleven Go
for 3DS, and Blazblue: Continuum Shift Extend
for Xbox 360, PS3, and PS Vita.