Media Create: 3DS Keeps Printing Money, PS4 Regains Top of Home Console Sales in Japan

on January 6, 2016 1:53 PM

It’s Wednesday, and Media Create resumed its regular release of weekly sales figures for the Japanese market. This week’s data, featuring sales between December 28th and January 3rd, is one of the most relevant of the year, as the “Otoshidama” (New Year’s money given by parents to their kids) tradition normally brings a nice influx of currency into the retail chain.

But without further ado, here are the software sales:

  1. Monster Hunter X – 3DS –130,063 / 2,521,859
  2. Monster Strike – 3DS –91,572 / 699,436
  3. Splatoon – Wii U – 60,447 / 1,153,989
  4. Super Mario Maker – Wii U – 52,753 / 726,885
  5. Yo-kai Watch Busters – 3DS –49,533 / 2,124,427
  6. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition – PS Vita – 48,222 / 584,717
  7. Rhythm Heaven: The Best + – 3DS –26,513 / 620,782
  8. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – 3DS –24,539 / 1,301,227
  9. Fallout 4 – PS4 – 22,378 / 178,420
  10. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam – 3DS –22,343 / 198,315
  11. Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Force – PS Vita – 20,508 / 107,763
  12. Disney Magical World 2 – 3DS –16,139 / 252,344
  13. Star Wars Battlefront – PS4 – 13,216 / 192,475
  14. Call of Duty: Black Ops III – PS4 – 11,150 / 266,459
  15. Downtown no Kagi no Tsukai ya Arahen de! – 3DS –9,962 / 22,420
  16. Mario Kart 8 – Wii U – 9,875 / 1,187,570
  17. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 3DS –9,828 / 2,421,040
  18. Minecraft: PS4 Edition – PS4 – 8,835 / 32,901
  19. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 3DS –8,499 / 4,110,542
  20. Mario Kart 7 – 3DS –8,122 / 2,589,230

And here are the hardware sales:

  1. New 3DS xL: 73,778
  2. PS4: 65,427
  3. PS Vita: 63,811
  4. Wii U: 53,547
  5. 3DS: 21,621
  6. New 3DS: 21,501
  7. PS3: 4,221
  8. 3DS xL: 3,205
  9. Xbox One: 765
  10. Ps Vita TV:670

Nintendo unsurprisingly keeps dominating the portable market, with strong sales for the 3DS, driven by the long tail of Monster Hunter X and Monster Strike.

On the home console side, Splatoon and Super Mario Maker keep pushing the Wii U, but this time it’s not enough to beat the PS4, that regains the top of its category after multiple weeks behind Nintendo’s console.

Considering the totals, though, we can definitely still say that Nintendo brought home the Japanese Holiday season in both categories, probably due to its consoles’ wider target.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.