It was a Nintendo-filled week for Japan in terms of game sales, with big names like Mario and Zelda in the top 10 for the week of November 28 to December 4 on the latest Media Create sales update. Mario Kart 7 raced its way to first place with 423,619 units sold, relegating Kidou Senshi Gundam: Extreme VS. to second place. A PlayStation 3 port of the arcade 3D fighter, the Gundam game sold 349,756 units in its first week of release.
Assassin's Creed: Revelations also made its chart debut this week, coming in at fourth place with 39,947 units sold. Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS went up to third place with 73,907 units sold, while The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii went down from first to fifth place with 32,191 units sold. The PS3 version of the arcade fighting title The King of Fighters XIII made its debut at 10th place with 21,525 units sold.
Meanwhile, on the hardware front, the 3DS saw a huge boost in sales thanks in part to the recently released Mario Kart title and Super Mario 3D Land. Nintendo sold 205,962 units for the week, which was close to double the sales of the system for the previous week. Sony sold 40,668 units of the PS3, which was good enough for second on the charts, just ahead of the PSP's 39,547 units sold.
In related news, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said on Nikkei that the 3DS will soon reach the 3 million sales mark thanks to the recent price drop and major releases like Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. He also said that he expects the system to sell 4 million units before its one-year anniversary in February.
JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF NOVEMBER 28 - DECEMBER 4
1. Mario Kart 7 / Nintendo / 3DS / 423,619
2. Kidou Senshi Gundam: Extreme VS./ Namco Bandai / PS3 / 349,756
3. Super Mario 3D Land / Nintendo / 3DS / 73,907
4. Assassin's Creed: Revelations / Ubisoft / PS3 / 39,947
5. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword / Nintendo / Wii / 32,191
6. Fortune Street / Square Enix / Wii / 27,640
7. Kirby's Return to Dreamland / Nintendo / Wii / 27,352
8. Power Pro Kun Pocket 14 / Konami / DS / 24,512
9. Kamen Rider Climax Heroes Fourze / Namco Bandai / PSP / 23,327
10. The King of Fighters XIII / SNK Playmore / PS3 / 21,525
3DS - 205,962
PS3 - 40,668
PSP - 39,547
Wii - 31,071
DSi XL - 2,899
Xbox 360 - 1,660
PS2 - 1,500
DSi - 1,516
DS Lite - 21