Nintendo Conquers the Christmas Week in Japan: Wii U Shines as 3DS Overtakes 20 Million Units Sold
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).
- Monster Strike – 3DS – 211,411 / 636,709
- Monster Hunter X – 3DS – 174,061 / 2,441,977
- Yo-kai Watch Busters – 3DS – 104,670 / 1,965,202
- Splatoon – Wii U – 98,096 / 1,064,897
- Super Mario Maker – Wii U – 97,281 / 674,194
- Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Force – PS Vita – 69,985 / New
- Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – 3DS – 60,393 / 1,282,880
- Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam – 3DS – 55,583 / 174,674
- Minecraft: PS Vita Edition – 47,249 / 478,478
- Rhythm Heaven: The Best + – 46,645 / 607,343
- Disney Magical World 2 – 3DS – 44,355 / 247,617
- Fallout 4 – PS4 – 28,268 / 149,367
- Genei Ibun Roku #FE – Wii U – 23,806 / New
- Medabots 9 – 3DS – 21,735 / New
- Sumikko Gurashi Omise Hajimerun Desu – 3DS – 19,944 / 80,617
- Mario Kart 7 – 3DS – 12,226 / 2,492,693
- Super Run For Money Tosouchuu Atsumare! – 3DS – 11,655 / 97,576
- Zelda: Tri Force Heroes – 3DS – 11,591 / 141,525
- TV Anime Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls G4U! Pack Vol 7 – PS3 – 10,659 / New
- Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival – Wii U – 10,540 / 43,490
And here’s the hardware chart:
- New 3DS – 155,397
- Wii U – 101,122
- PS Vita – 66,069
- PS4 – 60,330
- 3DS – 5,050
- PlayStation 3 – 3,459
- 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.