Nintendo Conquers the Christmas Week in Japan: Wii U Shines as 3DS Overtakes 20 Million Units Sold

on December 30, 2015 11:35 AM

The Christmas week and the New Year week are  the biggest for Japanese shopping. While Media Create will post its data late due to the holidays, Famitsu provides a good alternative in time .

If you’re interested in seeing how Christmas went in the archipelago of the rising sun, check out the software chart below (the second number are sales totals).

  1. Monster Strike – 3DS – 211,411 / 636,709
  2. Monster Hunter X – 3DS – 174,061 / 2,441,977
  3. Yo-kai Watch Busters – 3DS – 104,670 / 1,965,202
  4. Splatoon – Wii U – 98,096 / 1,064,897
  5. Super Mario Maker – Wii U – 97,281 / 674,194
  6. Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Force – PS Vita – 69,985 / New
  7. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – 3DS – 60,393 / 1,282,880
  8. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam – 3DS – 55,583 / 174,674
  9. Minecraft: PS Vita Edition – 47,249 / 478,478
  10. Rhythm Heaven: The Best + – 46,645 / 607,343
  11. Disney Magical World 2 – 3DS – 44,355 / 247,617
  12. Fallout 4 – PS4 – 28,268 / 149,367
  13. Genei Ibun Roku #FE – Wii U – 23,806 / New
  14. Medabots 9 – 3DS – 21,735 / New
  15. Sumikko Gurashi Omise Hajimerun Desu – 3DS – 19,944 / 80,617
  16. Mario Kart 7 – 3DS – 12,226 / 2,492,693
  17. Super Run For Money Tosouchuu Atsumare! – 3DS – 11,655 / 97,576
  18. Zelda: Tri Force Heroes – 3DS – 11,591 / 141,525
  19. TV Anime Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls G4U! Pack Vol 7 – PS3 – 10,659 / New
  20. Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival – Wii U – 10,540 / 43,490

And here’s the hardware chart:

  1. New 3DS – 155,397
  2. Wii U – 101,122
  3. PS Vita – 66,069
  4. PS4 – 60,330
  5. 3DS – 5,050
  6. PlayStation 3 – 3,459
  7. Xbox One – 479

Turns out Nintendo completely conquered the Christmas week in Japan.

While the 3DS dominating portable consoles is not at all surprising, the Wii U left behind the PS4 by quite a long margin for home consoles. The reason for that are multiple: the Splatoon and Super Mario Maker bundles are definitely a factor. Their popularity has carried Wii U sales for quite a while.

The other big factor is that the Wii U’s target is obviously broader than the PS4’s. While Nintendo’s top games are good gift ideas for both adults and kids, the PS4, that also did not have major Japanese releases in the past few weeks, doesn’t appeal as much to the lower end of the age range. The inevitable result is that the Wii U dominated Christmas shopping, that involves a lot of buying gifts for teens and pre-teens.

For the same reason, I expect Nintendo consoles to dominate the New Year week as well, during which the “Otoshidama” tradition prompts parents to give envelopes full of celebratory yen to their sons and daughters.

Incidentally, today’s figures bring the 3DS to over 20 million units sold in Japan, which is definitely a rather big milestone.

The only sad note is the performance of Genei Ibun Roku #FE, debuting weakly despite the Holiday push. Unfortunately, it was to be expected, but one always hopes to be surprised.

 /  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.
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