Media Create Sales: 3DS Sales Slip, Wii U Surges

Well, there’s a headline I wasn’t expecting to write today! This week’s Japanese sales numbers show 3DS finally starting to come down from its incredible numbers that were fueled by the combination of Monster Hunter 4 and Pokémon X & Y, and Wii U sales have multiplied by nearly fifteen. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.

Software Sales

  • [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 162,347 (2,731,470)
  • [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) – 52,826 (136,709)
  • [3DS] Danball Senki Wars (Level-5, 10/31/13) – 50,217 (New)
  • [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 46,729 (2,872,106)
  • [PSP] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) – 38,179 (74,181)
  • [Wii U] Wii Party U (Nintendo, 10/31/13) – 37,371 (New)
  • [PSV] Gundam Breaker (Namco Bandai, 10/31/13) – 33,775 (New)
  • [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two, 10/10/13) – 32,666 (531,266)
  • [PSV] Hyperdimension Neptunia Re; Birth 1 (Compile Heart, 10/31/13) – 31,811 (New)
  • [PS3] Tears to Tiara II: Haou no Matsuei (Aquaplus, 10/31/13) – 24,422 (New)
  • [PS3] BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (Arc System Works, 10/24/13) – 14,307 (86,771)
  • [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle (Namco Bandai, 10/17/13) – 13,563 (76,137)
  • [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) – 12,866 (37,197)
  • [PSP] Diabolik Lovers More, Blood (Idea Factory, 10/24/13) – 5,929 (16,411)
  • [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life (Nintendo, 04/18/13) – 5,421 (1,485,035)
  • [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 5,263 (3,456,116)
  • [PSP] Shinsou Version: Heart no Kuni no Alice Wonderful Wonder World (QuinRose, 10/31/13) – 4,811 (New)
  • [PSV] DanganRonpa 1&2 Reload (Spike Chunsoft, 10/10/13) – 4,412 (100,574)
  • [PSP] Seishun Hajimemashita! (Honeybee, 10/31/13) – 4,352 (New)
  • [3DS] Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life (Namco Bandai, 08/01/13) – 4,156 (305,203)

Hardware Sales

  • 3DS LL – 58,627 (69,001)
  • Wii U – 38,802 (2,598)
  • 3DS – 29,749 (40,507)
  • PlayStation Vita – 27,618 (24,513)
  • PlayStation 3 – 11,148 (11,460)
  • PSP – 3,680 (3,807)
  • Wii – 477 (742)
  • Xbox 360 – 328 (351)

Pokémon X & Y continue to top the charts, but their effect on 3DS sales has run its course, as the handheld has dipped back down to a more believable number at just under 100 thousand. Vita sales saw a slight spike, but Wii U is the real winner this week. After free-falling to an abysmally low 2,598 units sold last week, Wii Party U has breathed some life into the system, as it sold nearly 40 thousand this week. While this is not likely a game that will produce longterm sales for the console, the message to Nintendo is clear: Wii U needs more games.

Source: 4Gamer via Gematsu

  • DexterMike

    Aaaaaaaand Wii U is back on track.

    • RockyAlboa

      Yes, on track to sell less less than the gamecube, and be the worst selling ninty console. This may be a huge rise for one week as it’s been hitting record lows of sub 3k in prior weeks but it needs to maintain these kinds of numbers for the next year to go anywhere near what he gamecube was tracking. So in other words, this is still very low overall for it unfortunately.

      What this article didn’t mention is this rise is mostly attributed to the release of the wii party u in JP and the new bundles, which may be a sign that the wii casual audience may be interested in the system which is hopeful for its future because this is the audience they’re need to capture to sell big numbers again.

      • Churze

        “Yes, on track to sell less less than the gamecube, and be the worst selling ninty console”
        It’s hilarious how no one tries to remember the console-that-shall-not-be-named. Anyway, it is sad to see just how small the truly core Nintendo audience is. Can someone tell me what Sony’s secret is? How they know to get gamers so attached to them? Well, I’m sure a huge part of it is pushing the name “Playstation,” like Nintendo is with DS.
        A lot of factors have to be taken into account when comparing 8th Gen to 6th Gen. As we all know, Games cost more than ever to develop. The economy is also worse. Sinking economy+rising development costs is not a good combination. Companies are overestimating how much people are willing to pay for a console. I refuse to buy any console for over $300, so Nintendo has been pushing me. I try to own Playstation+Nintendo+Ninty Handheld, but I could shift to only handheld in the future. Seriously, Nintendo needs to make that impossible to say that. Wii U’s lineup is way to similar to 3DS to justify purchase buy any Non-Nintendo Gamer. Wii U seems to be made only for the most hardcore Nintendo fans (yet that haven’t given us Metroid, F-Zero, Star Fox, Fire Emblem…), and I can’t see myself recommending it to a casual Nintendo Fan.

        • chris

          Sony isn’t the “bringer of fans.” It’s the games themselves. Games like CoD and such for the “OMG GRAPHIX,” and “OMG FPS” crowd. Gamers who wouldn’t know a great game if it bit them in the ass.

          How I miss the days of 8-16bit graphics. Days where the gameplay mattered more than HD blood/bullets/shiny.

          • Churze

            “How I miss the days of 8-16bit graphics. Days where the gameplay mattered more than HD blood/bullets/shiny.”
            I honestly think Gamers (and Devs) have become spoiled by all the bells and whistles that come with modern games. I’m 14, and I live in the northeast corner of the U.S, so I basically live in the pinnacle of Microsoft/some Sony Fanboyism. In terms of my gaming life, it absolute hell. I have this one friend who was gonna buy Skyward Sword, so I let him play some at my house. He learned you couldn’t kill people, which means the game isn’t worth his time…

            • Andy24

              Many big developers have become lazier, but the small ones haven’t. I’m actually glad with how the industry is changing, we’re getting so many amazing titles from the little guys. The problem is they aren’t as popular as COD or AC and many kids don’t see those indie titles as attractive as the classic AAA title. Although, your friend kinda made the right choice, I don’t think SS is a really good game just average. Ironically, when it comes to zelda and other old franchises the best titles are from the 16 bit era.

          • Andy24

            Sony is a pretty good company as well, I think their secret is they’ve tried to appeal to a broader audience by having different types of games. Also the 3rd party support they got is pretty solid. That’s something nintendo lacks, and the same reason why each gen I try to eventually buy a sony console and a nintendo one. It just gives me the chance of not missing any amazing titles and franchises like MGS. I got a PS3 in 2012 to play several indie titles I wanted to try, it was my only choice because last gen nintendo’s support to indies was lacklustre to say the least. That being said, this gen things might be different as more indies are working with nintendo. However, other big 3rd party titles and small ones like Octodad and Resogun might never come to the Wii U so once again I will probably buy a PS4 in 2 years, I’m planning on getting a Wii U first.

        • Comrade Cold

          I think Sony appeal is that they just accept that maybe even if they werent the first person to do something doesnt mean they wont try thier best to do it and do it well, for example Sony cobbled a controller together from the innovations of the SNES and N64 controllers and lets face it, it works pretty damn well, where as Nintendo are refusing to see that Xbox live model of Online play works pretty well and instead of trying to reinvent the wheel they should have just instituted an account system, some sort of over arching achievement system and god damn unified voice chat. Dont get me wrong I like Miiverse im just sick of Nintendo thinking that this needs to be some alternative, why cant they do both at the same time?

          • chris

            The account system will happen soon; I hope. Achievements aren’t required as I don’t care for them. Some arbitrary trophy system for things I was going to do in a game anyway is useless to me. Voice chat also needs to happen so I can talk smack in a Smash Bros or Mario Kart match.

            • Comrade Cold

              I personally didnt really care about an achievement system till recently, basically when I realized that I had played over 35 games on my 3DS and I think it would be great to show your equivalent of gamer score or trophies every time you street pass someone I think they seem made for each other

              • chris

                Oh, you mean on the 3DS!! Makes much more sense lol.

                • Comrade Cold

                  Well of course with unified accounts profiles both would be combined at the same time wouldn’t they, like you street pass someone and all of your Wii U and 3DS games make your total, so it would be even better to owners of both but wouldnt exclude just 3DS owners

      • chris

        I find your lack of faith disturbing.

        • RockyAlboa

          Well, those are the facts if you’ve been following media create charts weekly this past year. I want to have faith, but a miraculous turnaround is unlikely at his point. No point in having false hope, burying my head in the sand and pretending it’s selling well when it isn’t.

  • Nevan Lowe

    Is it just me, or is the Wii U selling more than the 360 and PS3 combined?

    • Erimgard

      To be fair, those are last gen systems at the end of 7-8 year life cycles. 95% of people who want a PS3Box already have one. It should be expected that Wii U outsells them, not praised as a welcome surprise. Still, it’s a good start.

      • the_mags

        also, these are just the JP numbers, but good to see Wii U sales improve.

      • MusubiKazesaru

        also Xbox 360 sales are abysmal in Japan in general, it sold 1.5 million there in its lifetime

      • Churze

        Exactly. Am I the only one who wasn’t impressed at all though? Remember a time when last gen consoles used to dwindle away into oblivion? Why is 7th Gen still so alive (except for Wii…that died in 2011)! Neither Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo have convinced me their consoles are worth a huge investment. I’m happy with 3DS. I will be getting Wii U though. Gotta have a Zelda Gamepad.

    • Aryy Soriano

      Is selling more than the 360 the PS3 and the PSP combined.
      Or the PSVITA and the PS3 combined ^^

    • Dadoong21

      Nintendo is a big seller in Japan. It’s nothing to get excited over. Especially the 360, Microsoft are a non-entity there.

      • mr magic mike


        Japan loves Nintendo, and hates Microsoft. That’s definitely no secret, however, the Wii U is falling short of expectations everywhere… even in Japan. So, this is very exciting news. Furthermore, you have to consider that the new Mario hasn’t come out yet and we’re currently on the eve of the holiday season.

        This is great news for Nintendo.

    • Nathan

      Because these are Japanese sales numbers for last-gen consoles that have successors arriving within the year.

  • Sabrina Nguyen

    Well, this is good news. It’s a step in the right direction at least.
    I hope with the SMBU bundles help and SM3DW on the way, that these sales continue to pick up.

  • Tensei

    If they want to hit that 9m goal and if Iwata wants to keep his job beyond March 2014, they are going to need every sale they can muster.

    • Churze

      “if Iwata wants to keep his job beyond March 2014″
      Wait will he get fired?

      • Tensei

        Depends…he promised 100bill yen profit by the end of their fiscal year (March 2014), they are not even close. He also promised 9m sales forecast for Wii U for the same date. That means they need to sell a million consoles a month if they want to reach it by March. It depends how investors react when he will all but certainly miss those two major milestones he promised.

  • mr magic mike

    Nice, this is a good sign for Nintendo heading into the holiday season.

    The 3DS is such a BEAST, and the Wii U really needed this surge.

  • Craig Räisänen

    Wait till everyone who pre-ordered a Link Between Worlds 3DS XL bundle numbers come in. Although it doesn’t say it online, they allow in store pick up at gamestop.

    • Erimgard

      Well, these are the Japan numbers, and A Link Between Worlds doesn’t come out this year in Japan. America/Europe get it a few months earlier than the home crowd, because they’re more Zelda-friendly in recent years than Japan.

  • Jordan DeBono

    Wow can’t believe some good Wii U news. But Nintendo will always do pretty well in Japan. It’s overseas which is the problem.

  • Ricardo Longo

    Now that’s a nice article to hear. :)

    I love my Wii U and hope the upward trend continues with the new releases.

  • MusubiKazesaru

    Looks like Pokemon is about to overtake MH4

  • RockyAlboa

    Good job wii u, but these numbers are just for one week after new bundles released in JP. Should be interesting if it can maintain this boost and gather momentum leading up to SM3DW and after that even. The consoles had bumps here and there with a big release, but sales usually plummet soon after. ninty need to push the marketing bigtime if they don’t want weekly sales sub 5k again.

  • http://www.gengame.net/ Alex Plant

    To echo what others are saying: NSMBU/Wii Party U and NSMBU/Wii Party U/Wii Fit U bundles just launched. We’ll see what happens next week.

  • Andy24

    Nice to see the Vita up there with the Wii U and the 3DS, but I don’t think it will gain momentum. Now when it comes to the Wii U, that’s another story, with all these new bundles and upcoming games I certainly believe it will do pretty well this holiday season.