Nintendo game sales dominate the Japanese holiday period

Monday, 6 January 2014 10:48 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo scored big in the Japanese software market over the holiday break, with several high-profile entries shifting a not-insignificant amount of units.

It comes from Famitsu’s weekly sales figures, which look something like this:

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds — 225,418 (3DS)
  2. Puzzle & Dragons Z — 198,968 (3DS)
  3. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster — 182,638(PS3)
  4. Pokemon X and Y — 156,483 (3DS)
  5. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster — 134,645 (Vita)
  6. Wii Party U — 87,262 (Wii U)
  7. New Super Mario Bros. U — 75,131 (Wii U)
  8. Super Mario 3D World — 71,159 (Wii U)
  9. Monster Hunter 4 — 40,338 (3DS)
  10. Animal Crossing: New Leaf — 37,300 (3DS)

Only two of those games don’t appear on Nintendo formats.

In hardware, the 3DS family of handhelds placed top after shifting 208,893 units, while Wii U came second with 79,174, sitting ahead of PS Vita’s 75,207.

Nintendo Life adds that Mario Kart 7 ranked in 25th place, with Mario & Luigi: Dream Team in at 29.

Could this be the start of a sales turnaround for Nintendo? Will the influence spread west? Time will tell.

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