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Wii U Sales Surge 151% in Japan After Pokken Tournament Release

Pokken Tournament was the No. 1 best-selling game in Japan last week.


Wii U hardware sales surged by more than 150 percent last week following the release of Pokemon fighting game Pokken Tournament, according to sales numbers out of the island nation.

Data from Famitsu, as reported by MCV, reveal that the Wii U game sold 72,505 units in its first week in Japan. Wii U hardware sales jumped by 151 percent, from 3,836 units to 9,644 systems for the latest week.

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The PlayStation 4 came out on top for hardware, selling 27,354 systems during the week. At the bottom of the chart was the Xbox One, which sold just 75 units in the country last week.

Pokken Tournament was the No. 1 overall best-selling game in Japan last week, followed by Digimon World: Next Order, which sold 52,521 units. The Division, which was Japan's No. 1 title last week, fell down to third place, with unit sales dropping 69 percent week-over-week.

You can see the the Top 10 charts for hardware and software below.

In other news about Wii U hardware, a recent report claimed Nintendo was ceasing production on the underperforming system by the end of the year. Nintendo has since challenged the report.

Top 10 Best-Selling Games in Japan (week ended March 20)

  • Pokken Tournament – 72,502
  • Digimon World: Next Order Vita – 52,521
  • Tom Clancy's The Division – 26,208
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – 13,930
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD – 9,435
  • Pocket Monster Red/Green/Blue/Yellow <Download Card Version> – 9,323
  • Gundam Breaker 3 – 8,596
  • Senran Kagura: Estival Versus Sakura Edition – 8572
  • Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition – 8,263
  • Splatoon – 7,878

Best-Selling Systems in Japan (week ended March 20):

  • PS4 – 27,354
  • PS Vita – 19,474
  • New Nintendo 3DS LL – 14,734
  • Wii U – 9,644
  • New Nintendo 3DS – 4,730
  • Nintendo 3DS – 691
  • Nintendo 3DS LL – 194
  • PS VitaTV – 106
  • Xbox One – 75

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