3DS sells close to 500,000 Japanese units in record week

Wednesday, 4 January 2012 01:11 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Media Create’s sales figures for the week ending December 25, 2011 -released over the holiday break – paint a grim picture for Sony’s new hardware.

Hardware – combined SKU

3DS – 482,200

PSP – 101,121

Wii – 91,176

PS3 – 75,943

Vita – 72,479

DS – 14,396

Xbox 360 – 4,245

PS2 – 1,582

After failing to equal the 3DS’s launch figures, sales of the Vita didn’t pick up pace in its second week at Japanese retail, shifting just 72,479 units.

In the wake of poor sales, PlayFront reports Japanese retailers have cut prices on the more expensive 3G version of the console by up to 20%.

The 3DS, on the other hand, had an exceptionally strong week, pulling 482,200 sales and passing the 4 million milestone.

It’s a one-sided battle at the moment, but the holiday delay means we’re getting close to Media Create’s next release, so stay tuned to see if New Year sales bring any change.

Software
On the software side, the Vita didn’t even enter the top 20. Again, the 3DS dominated – Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land proved holiday favourites, and Monster Hunter G charted again.

If not for franchise favourites Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Warriors Orochi 2 (that’s Warriors Orochi 3 by western numbering), Nintendo would have had a clean sweep of the top ten, with the ageing Wii surging once more.

See the full breakdown below, with last week’s sales in parentheses, and check last week’s figures here.

Software Top 20 by platform

Wii – 9
3DS – 5
PS3 – 3
DS – 2
PSP – 1

Media Create Software Top 20, December 19-25

  1. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 260,836 (1,050,706)
  2. [PS3] Warriors Orochi 2 – 200,526 (NEW)
  3. [3DS] Super Mario 3D Land – 174,566 (1,011,709)
  4. [3DS] Monster Hunter Tri G – 155,069 (885,456)
  5. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII-2 – 118,816 (643,033)
  6. [Wii] Kirby’s Return to Dream Land – 114,545 (513,061)
  7. [Wii] Just Dance Wii – 96,771 (420,064)
  8. [3DS] SD Gundam G Generation 3D – 90,873 (NEW)
  9. [3DS] Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine / Dark – 86,026 (221,285)
  10. [Wii] Inazuma Eleven Strikers 2012 Xtreme – 85,117 (NEW)
  11. [Wii] Wii Party – 71,461 (2,200,697)
  12. [PSP] Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s Portable: The Gears of Destiny – 57,320 (NEW)
  13. [Wii] PokePark 2: Beyond the World - 55,344 (219,362)
  14. [Wii] Taiko Drum Master Wii: Ketteiban – 55,256 (155,539)
  15. [Wii] Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games – 52,611 (117,185)
  16. [PS3] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Dubbed Edition – 51,156 (NEW)
  17. [DS] Magician’s Quest: Osharena Mahoutsukai – 50,074 (131,184)
  18. [DS] One Piece: Gigant Battle! 2 New World – 49,921 (257,379)
  19. [Wii] Wii Sports Resort with Wii Remote Plus – 48,929 (782,975)
  20. [Wii] Mario Kart Wii – 43,752 (3,428,903)

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