Media Create: 3DS and PS4 Sell Like Hotcakes in Japanese Christmas Week, but Wii U Slump Still Hurts

on December 30, 2016 7:24 AM

With a slight delay due to the Holidays, Media Create released its weekly sales chart, giving an clear idea of how the Japanese market fared in the Christmas week, between December 19th and December 25th.

Keep in mind that Media Create counts only retail sales, so digital sales are not included.

  1. Pokémon Sun and Moon – 3DS – 279,436
  2. Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS – 3DS – 269,368
  3. Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki – 3DS – 174,180
  4. Momotaro Dentetsu 2017: Tachiagare Nippon!! – 3DS – 132,875
  5. Minecraft: PS Vita Edition – PS Vita – 51,723
  6. Miitopia – 3DS – 47,688
  7. Final Fantasy XV – PS4 – 39,438
  8. Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Wii U – 32,213
  9. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life- PS4 -29,917
  10. Sumikko Gurashi Mura o Tsukurundesu – 3DS – 25,442
  11. Mario Party: Star Rush – 3DS – 23,708
  12. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball Heroes – 3DS – 22,412
  13. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo – 3DS – 22,289
  14. Osomatsu-San Matsu Matsuri! – 3DS – 16,911
  15. Splatoon – Wii U -15.860
  16. Kirby: Planet Robobot- 3DS – 15,359
  17. Monster Hunter Stories- 3DS – 15,021
  18. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 3DS – 14,754
  19. SaGa: Scarlet Grace- PS Vita – 14,499
  20. Super Mario Maker – Wii U – 14,364

Below you can check out the hardware chart:

  1. New 3DS XL – 111, 513
  2. PS4 – 90, 140
  3. PS Vita – 57, 170
  4. 2DS – 51,077
  5. New 3DS – 13,694
  6. PS4 Pro – 10,098
  7. Wii U – 8,348
  8. PS3 – 1,234
  9. Xbox One – 830
  10. 3DS – 169
  11. 3DS XL – 109

3DS software topped the software chart, with Pokémon Sun & Moon reaching a total of 2,858,396 units sold in Japan since its release. Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS reached a grand total of 717,528 units, while Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki passes the 500,000 mark, and is now sitting on 512,159 copies sold.

Minecraft: PS Vita Edition overtook the millionth sale milestone at Japanese retail, reaching 1,018,699 units sold, while Final Fantasy XV keept on trucking with another 40,000 units, that bring it at 854,041 units sold at brick and mortar stores.

Hardware numbers are perhaps the most impressive, with the 3DS and the PS4 selling like hotcakes (or should I say ramen bowls? Baked Sweet potatoes?). The 3DS and PS4 units that found a loving Japanese home were a total of 176,562 and 100,238 units respectively, obliterating their sales in the previous year’s christmas week, which were 154,818 and 53,023 respectively.

Unfortunately, Media Create reports that if you count the two weeks before Christmas, the Wii U’s early demise is still felt, with hardware sales amounting to 85.17% of last year’s, and software sales reaching only 88.39% of the copies moved in 2015.

 /  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.