Lightning Beats Mario on Media Create Sales Charts, but the Wii U Gets a Breather

on November 27, 2013 2:30 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 November the 18th and November the 24th. As usual new titles are bolded and lifetime sales are in parenthesis.

  1. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII – PS3 – 277,082 (277,082)
  2. Super Mario 3D World – Wii U – 99,588 (99,588)
  3. One Piece Unlimited World Red – 3DS – 83,605 (83,605)
  4. Pokémon X and Y – 3DS – 72,932 (3,002,738)
  5. Aikatsu! Futari no My Princess – 3DS – 72,087 (72,087)
  6. God Eater 2 – PS Vita – 39,052 (305,378)
  7. Winning Eleven 2014 – PS3 – 35,879 (187,678)
  8. Call of Duty: Ghosts – PS3 – 29,252 (219,883)
  9. Monster Hunter 4 – 3DS – 21,120 (2,959,789)
  10. God Eater 2 – PSP – 20,508 (132,531)

The hardware chart for the same period shows the following results:

  1. 3DS LL – 63,709
  2. Vita – 21,044
  3. Wii U – 21,002
  4. 3DS – 20,797
  5. PS3 – 12,436
  6. Vita TV – 7,868
  7. PSP – 3,546
  8. Wii – 457
  9. Xbox 360 – 342

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII gets a solid start, even if definitely not as big as its predecessors, managing to soundly beat Super Mario 3D World. 

Unfortunately the PS Vita and PS3 remake of Atelier Rorona, that looks really nice, didn’t debut very well, hitting 13 place on Vita and 14th on PS3, selling 32,000 copies combined. Ultimately most remakes really aren’t too hot in Japan.

The Vita TV seems to have definitely cooled down since it’s strong debut, but surprisingly (or maybe not too surprisingly) the PS Vita holds strong over 20,000 units despite the lack of strong titles launched last week.

The Wii U definitely catches a breather thanks to Mario (and Taiko Drum Master Wii U Version, that ranked 12th with almost 20,000 copies sold), but it’s interesting to notice that the classic franchise didn’t move nearly as many console as Wii Party U did a couple weeks ago. Are Japanese gamers starting to tire of everyone’s favorite plumber?

 /  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.