Gran Turismo 6 Tops the Media Create Sales Charts, Wii U Surges, PS Vita Improves

on December 11, 2013 6:31 PM

It’s Wednesday, and as every Wednesday Media Create released its software and hardware sales charts, giving us a good glimpse on what happened last week in the Japanese video game market.

Here’s the software chart between December the 2nd and December the 8th. As usual new titles are bolded and lifetime sales are in parenthesis.

  1. Gran Turismo 6 – 15th Anniversary Special Edition – PS3 – 204,784 (204,784) 
  2. Dragon Quest X, titled Sleeping Heroes and Allies on the Road Online – Wii – 117,432 (117,432)
  3. Pokémon X & Y – 3DS – 111,790 (3,200,919)
  4. Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Humanity – 3DS – 93,471 (93,471)
  5. Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy Big Bang / SuperNova – 3DS – 91,643 (91,643)
  6. Dragon Quest X, titled Sleeping Heroes and Allies on the Road Online – Wii U – 70,648 (70,648) 
  7. Super Mario 3D World – Wii U – 43,844 (183,245)
  8. Bravely Default: For the Sequel – 3DS 35,617 (35,617) 
  9. Yu-Gi-Ho Zexal Clash! – 3DS 26,497 (26,497) 
  10. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII – PS3 21,600 (358,755)

And here’s the hardware chart:

  1. 3DS LL – 92,375
  2. Wii U – 48,762
  3. 3DS – 32,894
  4. Vita – 25,594
  5. PS3 – 24,085
  6. PSP – 4,416
  7. Vita TV – 3,772
  8. Wii – 767
  9. Xbox 360 – 473

Gran Turismo 6′s dominance at the top of the chart is pretty much as surprising as a Chistimas tree on December the 25th, so there’s nothing much to say there. It actually almost doubled the sales of PS3 consoles compared to the previous week, which is interesting since you’d think that whoever wanted a PS3 in Japan already had one… or two.

The expansion of Dragon Quest X debuted nicely, selling well across the Wii and the Wii U. The version on the older console outsold the one on the Wii U quite soundly, proving that there are a lot of Dragon Quest X players that are still waiting to make the jump. That’s quite a bit of untapped potential right there for Nintendo, and if I were them I’d try to strike a deal with Square Enix to further encourage upgrading.

That said, this week definitely went well for Nintendo, with almost 50,000 units of the Wii U sold thanks to those that did do the upgrade for Dragon Quest X and more rather solid sales of Super Mario 3D World, even if the new adventures of the plumber seems to be still quite far from the usual massive sales of the franchise.

The PS Vita has absolutely no games on the top 10, yet it managed to sell a very nice 25,600 units, which is a solid improvement from last week. Looks like the momentum brought by the new model is holding, despite the lack of a sizable price cut.

 /  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.