Nintendo Cleans Up in Sales For the Holidays

Regardless of the sparse Wii U releases, Nintendo has had a very good year, what with the likes of Mario Maker, Splatoon, Yo-Kai Watch and Xenoblade Chronicles X. And it would seem the company dominated the holiday charts this past week in both software and hardware. According to Media Create and the Famitsu sales charts, the 3DS and Wii U really mopped up the competition. Let’s take a look at the sales for this past week:

Software

  1. [3DS] Monster Hunter X – 191,000 (2,392,000)
  2. [3DS] Monster Strike – 170,000 (608,000)
  3. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad – 120,000 / 2.075.000
  4. [Wii U] Super Mario Maker – 98,000 (674,000)
  5. [Wii U] Splatoon – 95,000 (1,094,000)
  6. [PSV] Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs-Force – 87,000 (NEW)
  7. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition – 62,000 (536,000)
  8. [3DS] Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – 52,000 (1,277,000)
  9. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam – 48,000 (176,000)
  10. [3DS] Disney Magic World 2 – 44,000 (236,000)

Hardware

  • 3DS range – 160,447 (147,688)
  • Wii U – 101,122 (80,301)
  • PS Vita – 66,069 (46,182)
  • PS4 – 60,330 (49,634)
  • PS3 – 3,459 (2,381)
  • Xbox One – 479 (446)

What’s most interesting about all of this is, while the Wii U saw a spike in sales, there wasn’t a new release to provoke that spike. In fact, in that top 10, there are only two Wii U games. This goes to show that the software that the Big N has indeed put out over the last year, while indeed lacking in quantity, has serious staying power. It’s especially impressive seeing as console gaming hasn’t exactly been a hot thing in Japan for the past few years; so seeing the Wii U (and even the PS4) doing so well is heartening to hear.