Almost Complete Nintendomination Appears in Major Japanese Retailer's Weekly Sales Charts

By Giuseppe Nelva

August 18, 2013

Every week the major Japanese retailer Tsutaya publishes its sales charts, that are normally considered a good indication on what the more precise Media Create sales charts will look like on Wednesday, considering that Tsutaya has a large number of stores spread across the whole country.

This week’s sales charts (from August the 12th to August the 18th) will definitely spark a few smiles atop Nintendo’s ivory tower (quite literally, since It’s a pretty anonymous white building) in Kyoto.

  1. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 3DS
  2. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 3DS
  3. Youkai Watch – 3DS
  4. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies – 3DS
  5. Dragon’s Crown – PS3
  6. Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 3DS
  7. One Piece: Romance Dawn – 3DS
  8. Pikmin 3 – Wii U
  9. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 3DS
  10. Fantasy Life Link! – 3DS

We get eight 3DS games in the top ten, plus Pikmin 3 that seemed to have had a small resurgence in sales and climbed up to 8th place from the 12th of the previous week. The only game on a non-Nintendo console that holds fast in the top 10 is Dragon’s Crown for PS3, while the PS Vita version slips in 11th place. Still, a strong showing for Vanillaware’s masterpiece in its fourth week of sales.

It’s interesting to notice that there was no major new release this week. As usual 3DS games tend to show a lot of staying power in Japan.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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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