Nintendo Atop the Hardware and Software Charts this Week in Japan

This week in Japan saw the release of some big games, most notably Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, the new Dragon Quest X expansion, as well as Xenoblade Chronicles X, the behemoth sequel to the Wii’s critically acclaimed JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles. There were a few other releases as well, but according to the MediaCreate sales data, Nintendo reigned supreme, with the aforesaid titles taking the top three spots on the chart respectively.

Firstly, Puzzle & Dragons nearly moved 200,000 units, which shouldn’t be a huge surprise considering the game’s success on mobile devices. Nevertheless, we would’ve assumed everyone in Japan already had the game on their phone (rendering a 3DS version irrelevant); thus, seeing a staggering number like 200k is pretty shocking just the same. Another surprise comes in the form of Dragon Quest X’s newest expansion, which despite the game being on practically every console ever, sold close to 100,000 copies on the Wii U. It goes to show just how popular the Dragon Quest series is, when Japan — a traditionally non-MMORPG market — is still gobbling up all things DQX.

The most pleasant news from these numbers, though, comes in the form of Xenoblade Chronicles X, which sold just shy of 86,000 units. While there have been some crying that the game “bombed,” that number is anything but bad. In fact, Chronicles X sold more than Xenoblade Chronicles when it launched on the Wii, despite the Wii U having a tenth (A TENTH!) of the install base the Wii had at the time of the original Xenoblade’s release, and hence is a fairly big success all things considered. Not only that, Xenoblade X managed to put up those numbers amidst a market where console gaming is already struggling, and Wii U games very rarely make the top 3 unless it’s a massive franchise (Mario Kart, Smash Bros.). Xenoblade Chronicles X also put up comparable numbers to last week’s Bravely Second debut, which has been a huge success in Japan.

Needless to say, it was a good week for Nintendo. That said, handhelds really continue to dominate the charts in the East, though that’s nothing new. It’s still sad to see the Xbox One pumping out measly numbers such as this week’s 341 hardware units. Poor Microsoft.

For a look at the details, check the data below.

Software Sales:

  1. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition – 179,926 / NEW
  2. [WIU] Dragon Quest X: Inishie no Ryuu no Denshou Online – 98,323 / NEW
  3. [WIU] Xenoblade Chronicles X – 85,586 / NEW
  4. [3DS] Bravely Second – 20,195 / 120,242
  5. [3DS] Girls Mode 3 – 20,103 / 99,007
  6. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition – 16,166 / 125,951
  7. [PSV] Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata -Blessing Flowers- – 11,202 / NEW
  8. [PSV] To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers – 10,956 / NEW
  9. [PSV] Tokyo Shinseiroku: Operation Babel – 8,104 / NEW
  10. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 – 7,955 / 974,448
  11. [3DS] Assassination Classroom: Grand Siege on Kurosensei – 7,141 / 63,814
  12. [WIU] Mario Party 10 – 6,888 / 130,353
  13. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire – 6,427 / 2,610,284
  14. [PS4] Dying Light – 6,277 / 38,837
  15. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 2: Shinuchi – 5,618 / 2,597,320
  16. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – 5,272 / 2,220,527
  17. [PS3] BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend – 4,870 / 20,420
  18. [PS3] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – 4,652 / 146,633
  19. [PS4] Tropico 5 – 4,495 / 13,201
  20. [PS4] Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II – 4,369 / 26,979

This week’s hardware sales:

  • Wii U – 22,898
  • PS4 – 19,782
  • Vita – 17,748
  • New 3DS LL – 17,062
  • New 3DS – 5,901
  • PS3 – 3,956
  • 3DS – 1,520
  • 3DS LL – 1,465
  • Vita TV – 687
  • Xbox One – 341

Last week’s hardware sales:

  • PS4 – 20,112
  • Vita – 15,467
  • New 3DS LL – 13,981
  • Wii U – 7,210
  • New 3DS – 5,329
  • PS3 – 4,248
  • 3DS LL – 1,253
  • 3DS – 1,095
  • Vita TV – 558
  • Xbox One – 201