Big in Japan - Jan 2-8: 3DS, Mario Kart 7

Nintendo's portable system and games maintain edge on the competition in first week of 2012; Vita sales stabilize above 40,000 units.

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The start of 2012 looks a lot like the end of 2011, with Nintendo lighting up the sales charts in Japan. Just like the previous week, Nintendo's 3DS games and system topped the Media Create sales charts during the week of January 2 to January 8.

Mario Kart 7 keeps on motoring.

Mario Kart 7 was at first place with 157,188 units sold, while Super Mario 3D Land climbed back to second place with 119,093 units sold. Capcom's 3DS iteration of Monster Hunter went down a notch to third place with 98,355 units sold. In all, eight of the top 10 software sellers appeared on Nintendo systems (four for the 3DS, four for the Wii).

Two PlayStation 3 titles managed to retain spots in the top 10: Musou Orochi 2 from Tecmo Koei and Final Fantasy XIII-2 from Square Enix. The former sold 42,464 units and was placed fifth, while the latter sold 35,325 units and was placed seventh on the charts. As with the previous week, there were no signs of PlayStation Vita titles within the top 20 list.

On the hardware side, the PS Vita sold 42,915 units, a slight increase from the 42,648 it sold for the week of December 26. Nintendo's 3DS was still in the lead, as the company sold 240,819 units for the week. Sony sold 74,459 units of the PS3 and 71,033 units of the PSP.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF JANUARY 2-8

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. Mario Kart 7 / Nintendo / 3DS / 157,188
2. Super Mario 3D Land / Nintendo / 3DS / 119,093
3. Monster Hunter 3G / Capcom / 3DS / 98,355
4. Inazuma Eleven Go / Level-5/ 3DS / 56,134
5. Musou Orochi 2 / Koei Tecmo / PS3 / 42,464
6. Just Dance Wii / Nintendo / Wii / 37,266
7. Final Fantasy XIII-2 / Square Enix / PS3 / 35,325
8. Wii Party / Nintendo / Wii / 33,174
9. Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Nintendo / Wii / 33,040
10. Wii Sports Resort / Nintendo / Wii / 30,783

Hardware
3DS – 240,819
PS3 – 74,459
PSP – 71,033
Wii – 49,525
PSV – 42,915
DSi XL – 3,971
DSi – 3,565
Xbox 360 – 2,738
PS2 – 1,323

Discussion

21 comments
superxtreme101
superxtreme101

Wow nice job PS2, and glad to see the 3DS doing well

chyng85
chyng85

PS2 is still good currently~!

franzito
franzito

Super Mario always hit big!

ar6ra6sh9
ar6ra6sh9

@Oldboy08 heheheee how did u find out that one??? cause im from asia and living in asia and i know how people think about USA here and its just annoying cause americans just looks too friendly to them{ppl} but they are not and always tried to say we are so better than u!!! and its clear that far east country like japan always tried so hard to give the upper hand to their very own companys!!! and nintendo knows the value of it and always tried to give them something greatfulnd unique in the back but sony just dont look that ways from 2006. i am 100% sure that as an asian i love more of a 3ds and it games that a ps vita with uncharted!!! and i saw and met enough far eastern asia ppl to know how their think,i lived among them for years and right now!

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Looks like all the DS Lite got sold out.RIP DS Lite,I had my great memories with it. Next up is either PS2 or 360. And th VITA is doing much worse than what the 3DS did back then,because the 3DS always ended up in first beating the PSP by a little.While the PSV can't even have a place in top 3.Back to the drawing board Sony.

leeko_link
leeko_link

RIP DS Lite, you had a good run in 2006 - 2011 (in Japan) and thanks for the GBA support. You rock!

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

@ar6ra6sh9 an American talking about blind pride and patriotism in people from another country and saying it's a bad thing? Ha...good one.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

@solidty Apple is almost stupidly popular here in Japan. I ended up caving and getting an iphone4 here. I wish i waited for a good android to be released here...that being said. When it comes to games Japan really is Japan first, second, third, fourth, etc. That's just the way it is. They grew up playing their games and seeing as western games havent been popular for that long its not a surprise they still love Japanese games and Japanese games only here.

megakick
megakick

APPLE what? the hippster IPOD? Everybody knows the IPOD saved APPLE. If the IPOD never came to be APPLE wouldn't be.

megakick
megakick

XBOX 360 is USA? JAPAN buys JAPAN. Buy where you live? Unless you want your country to go bankrupt, Euro.

Emono
Emono

As big a Nintendo fanboy as I may be, I am really happy to still see the PS2 selling after all this time, proves that given support, a console can last ages. But still YAY 3DS! :3 Glad to see it doing well, a great console with a bright future.

pszone
pszone

12 Years Ps2 One best consle ever. Lets hope Ps3 could big up for 12 years but for know going strong . Well done for 3DS Again PSV not doing great at the momet and well done for nindendo with there games includeing ps2 ex exclslive moster hunter bring the next game for ps3 put online.

ar6ra6sh9
ar6ra6sh9

king ps2 still selling! that's because it was KING but i really wonder to see if ps3 sell one unite when ps4 is out ... heheheee!!! 3ds looks good as i expected and ps vita looks like a damn "lost game" in that list!!! im really accepting gamespot advice to sony: "make it 199$ and release games like skyrim and dark souls for it then we're all in" @Oldboy08 MS never gonna sell enough in japan and eastern asia becuase of their blind pride and patriotism! but MS looks damn too good anywhere els! :)

raziel2kain
raziel2kain

PS2 is entering its 12th year. does it sell in other parts of the world?

packtop
packtop

@JaxxRaxor i don't know about that. Japan loves Vita but not many good games they like. Western like consoles much more then handheld but have many games they might like with that Vita. Anyway in the end i think Vita sales in the western will be about the same as Japan. But i really hope i'm wrong really if for a changes Vita would sell more in the western then in Japan maybe Vita will get more support then the PSP did...

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

@megakick You can't compare the handheld market to the home console market. Ever since the Gameboy Nintendo has dominated the handheld space. I do think a major reason for why the PS Vita is flailing against the 3DS is the fact that it doesn't have many games that appeal to the Japanese market while the 3DS does. The Vita should do better in the West because you have Uncharted and other franchises that appeal to westerners. In terms of the home console market, the Playstation 3 has been doing better than the Wii in the last two years or so. I hope Sony learned from there mistakes with the PS3 launch back in 2006, and the PS4 will at worst be only slightly behind the next Xbox and Wii U, not massively getting crushed.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

@megakick based on the 360 sales, I'd say Micro$oft would be wasting their time even bothering to sell the Next X in Japan.

megakick
megakick

The 3DS sold five times as many units as the PSPVITA. PSPVITA is getting STOMPED. This doesn't look good for the PS4.

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

3DS sales actually went up from last week by about 50K units. I can't believe how FF13-2 is struggling in Japan. It hasn't been a complete disaster but still low sales relative to the previous iterations. It received a perfect score from Famitsu which is extremely rare.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

Man those two top games are too good. Picked them both up. Play them on the trains to school. Ridonkulous yo. Look at those 3DS numbers. I am a SONY guy but I gotta say the 3DS was a brilliant idea Nintendo. That price drop? Brilliant. Too bad you didnt tell me about it when I picked up my 3DS in March......and then didnt realize I hadnt gone to the e-shop and didnt get my free games either...:( poor PSV. I want you. But you arent selling yourself to me like the 3DS did. Not that popular here in Japan I guess. the games are no where to be found on this list.