Big in Japan Nov. 21-27: Skyward Sword

New Zelda title is at the top spot of the Japan sales chart; Wii sales double but 3DS still number one.

Trust Nintendo to pull rank on the Japanese sales charts after the release of one of its major IPs. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii secured the top spot of the recent Media Create sales update for the week of November 21-27.

An elf's quest triumphed for the week of November 21.

The Wii title sold 194,978 units in its debut week, beating out other titles, like Sega's 7th Dragon 2020 (122,498 units), Saint Seiya Senki (66,557 units), and the PS3 version of Metal Gear Solid HD Edition (61,192). For comparison's sake, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for the Wii sold 139,011 units in its first week of release in 2006, while The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for the DS sold 302,887 units in its debut week in 2007.

Former number-one title Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3--distributed by Square Enix in the region--was bumped to 10th place, with 29,726 sold. Other former top-spot holders fell just below the top 10 spot for the week; One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 sold 27,379 units to finish in 11th place, while Ninokuni: Wrath of the White Witch sold 20,185 units and was at 13th place.

Wii sales doubled for the week, likely boosted by the launch of Skyward Sword. Nintendo sold 20,148 units of its console, an improvement over the 13,613 units sold for the week of November 14. Meanwhile, Nintendo sold 120,920 units of the 3DS, while Sony sold 34,031 units of the PS3 and 33,151 units of the PSP.

Japanese game sales for the week of November 21-27:

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword / Nintendo / Wii / 194,978
2. 7th Dragon 2020 / Sega / PSP / 122,498
3. Saint Seiya: Sanctuary Battle / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 66,557
4. Super Mario 3D Land / Nintendo / 3DS / 61,710
5. Metal Gear Solid HD Edition / Konami / PS3 / 61,192
6. Danball Senki Boost / Level-5 / PSP / 60,727
7. Weiss Schwarz Portable / Namco Bandai / PSP / 47,586
8. Uta no Prince-Sama: Music / Broccoli / PSP / 38,918
9. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Ketteiban / Namco Bandai / Wii / 32,098
10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 / Square Enix / PS3 / 29,726

Hardware
3DS - 120,920
PS3 - 34,031
PSP - 33,151
Wii - 20,148
DSi XL - 2,237
Xbox 360 - 1,678
PS2 - 1,294
DSi - 993
DS Lite - 35

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Discussion

30 comments
metalkitten
metalkitten

i dont get why anybody questioned nintendo...? and to whoever said that the ds dont have much 3d party support....yeah riiiight - i got over 90 ds games that prove u different i happen to love the ds cause of its huge game library and even though i can pick up a nintendo title here and there im actually not that much into their series since i was brought up with them lowering the prize of the 3ds was a smart move but do u really think the 3ds wouldnt sell when super mario game and mariokart gets released at x mas...? personally i got a list of third party titles im waiting for to be released on the 3ds - i think next year will be great and with that said i dont think any console got a decent game library until its been on the market for 2 years or so

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

You guys do realise that the 3DS only has a few heavy hitters like SM3DL and MK7 and it's already doing so freaking well,right? Wait till next year with all the must-buys and the 3DS sales will go BOOM.Nintendo,you're awesome.

Jebril
Jebril

I only came here to look at the 360's dissapointing sales. :| At least 1,600 were sold this week. :>

LJELLZ
LJELLZ

MK7 will have the biggest debut for 3ds worldwide. 3ds is going great!

vega13mv
vega13mv

awesome, looks like there's gonne be plenty of people for me to throw shells at online.

cjetter
cjetter

All you Sony fans are wrong, Zelda is the best

chyng85
chyng85

Zelda is always great~!

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Vgchart has a preview that says MK 7 will do 470,000 units. And there is still MH 3P for the 3DS. The system sales will explode after this. Nintendo will have a very nice Japanese holiday (Christmas is not celebrated in Japan). Great sales Ninty

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

It's because of Mario Kart 7, isn't it?

soulless4now
soulless4now

Ninokuni pretty much flopped. This is pretty sad. :(

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Congrats to the 3DS for high sales and to SS for being the top game this week.

SonicNextGen2
SonicNextGen2

If the 3DS becomes the JP oriented portable and not the Vita, then good for Nintendo, but bad for us not being able to play them.

spooky102
spooky102

Man, Nintendo knew what they were doing all along. Great strong sales for Skyward Sword. The game is awesome, have it myself. And glad to see the great sales figures for the 3DS and Wii.

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

Just picked up a limited edition Zelda 3DS on black friday. It's a pretty sweet little device and things can only get better for it as more games are released! Glad it has significant momentum in Japan.

thefyeman
thefyeman

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robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

Look at those 3DS sales!!!! Must be because of the upcoming release of Monster Hunter TriG

LtReviews
LtReviews

@ekalbtwin These are sale statistics for japan....Nintendo products ALWAYS are going to sell well regardless. Don't confuse mercantilism for success, especially since the larger markets are abroad. Its why Nintendo's systems, DS included, have the least amount of 3rd party support.

ekalbtwin
ekalbtwin

Good to see the Wii have a pick up in sales with the release of Zelda, and still still see the 3DS destroy everything in its path. That system has become a beast! I almost miss the days when all the haters were screaming that it was going to kill Nintendo.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

I forgot to mention that they misspelled "criticizing". Unless they edit the article,you can see they used an S,not a Z.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

"criticizing the title for its troublesome controls" And being wrong about it. Every single other reviewer I've looked at has praised the controls.Sorry GS,but you're very much the minority here,and thus,just simply wrong. Keep aggravating Link like this and you'll wake up with the Master Sword pointed just under your chin. Anyhow,much praise for Nintendo and its titles. I don't know why people haven't learned.There are always analysts and haters predicting doom for the Big N,poking fun at the Mario fans who keep saying wait for the holidays,first party games,etc.,and then the fans are right. When will people learn that Nintendo isn't going anywhere? The only things I hope they improve are their 3rd party relationships and their online community. We'll see with the Wii U.

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

@moviequest14 Its japan, of course nintendo will sell more, it has always been like this. Thats why sony is slowly turning to other markets.

DarkAceZ-
DarkAceZ-

Woah! Look at that number on the 3DS! (Especially compared to the rest!)

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

Good stuff! Can't wait to see how much Mario kart 3DS sold! I'm part of those numbers ^^ 3DS is awesome! Can't wait for the PSV in December ^^

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Wow 3D Land is still going strong there after so many weeks,and way to go Zelda. :)

moviequest14
moviequest14

Wow! This is mindblowing...makes it several weeks a row that 3ds has had sales more than all the other systems combined! Sorry haters..looks like Nintendo still reigns supreme.

emirblade
emirblade

Wow, the 3DS outsold everything this week. O.O