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This Week In Sales: Mario & Luigi Take The Leap, Monster Hunter X Stays Strong


    Period: The week of November 30th – December 6th (2015)

    Top-seller: Monster Hunter X – 332,478

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 7,915

    Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 1,113

    New Nintendo 3DS sales: 17,202

    New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 76,779

    PlayStation Vita sales: 21,860

    Vita TV sales: 646

    Wii U sales: 32,604

    PlayStation 4 sales: 35,782

    Xbox One sales: 289

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    This week marks the first week of the holiday season in December, meaning we’ll see a spike in software and hardware sales in Japan, among other interesting figures. Key new releases include Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Bloodborne: The Old Hunters Edition, and Yo-kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version as far as big names go.


    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam sits in 2nd place this week, having sold 49,226 units. While 2nd place might not sound like a bad deal, the sales figure would be considered a bit on the lower end if you compare it to the last Mario & Luigi or Paper Mario titles.


    When Paper Mario: Sticker Star first released in Japan in December 2012, it sold 129,054 units in its first week. Meanwhile, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team sold 99,972 units in its debut week. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam combines the two popular series for the first time, but things didn’t go as expected, which reminds me a bit of what happened with Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, which also released during the holiday season a few years back with similar results for the series.


    Yo-kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version saw merely 7,060 units sold in its first week, making it the worst-selling game with the Yo-kai Watch brand attached to it. While you can say that Level-5 tried something different with this one, its first-week sales numbers were a bit too low, even for a Wii U game, let alone a Yo-kai Watch game. However, Yo-kai Watch Busters is still selling well, and we can expect it to continue doing so for the rest of the month.


    Monster Hunter X, on the other hand, continues to sell well with 332,478 units sold this past week. Capcom mentioned earlier this summer that they expect the title to sell 2.5 million units, and at the rate it’s going, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the title pass the goal in another week or two, especially with the extra holiday boost.


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    01.01.Monster Hunter X332,4781,820,8453DSCapcom
    New02.Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam49,226New3DSNintendo
    07.03.Yo-kai Watch Busters White Dog Unit/Red Cat Troupe38,4341,798,6223DSLevel-5
    03.04.Splatoon35,256861,197Wii UNintendo
    04.05.Super Mario Maker32,155442,588Wii UNintendo
    New06.Bloodborne: The Old Hunters Edition20,455NewPS4SCE
    12.07.Disney Magical World 213,906130,9803DSBandai Namco
    14.08.Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer11,7341,147,5403DSNintendo
    15.09.Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition11,179424,367PSVSCE
    10.10.Call of Duty: Black Ops III11,092231,500PS4SCE
    05.11.Star Wars Battlefront9,487151,736PS4EA
    ???12.Sumikko Gurashi: Omise Hajimerundesu7,65429,4473DSNippon Columbia
    New13.Yo-kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version7,060NewWii ULevel-5
    02.14.Aikatsu! My No. 1 Stage!6,29831,2173DSBandai Namco
    New15.Himouto! Umaru-chan: Himouto Upbringing Project6,063NewPSVFuRyu
    ???16.Rhythm Heaven: The Best+5,743509,8223DSNintendo
    ???17.The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes5,305110,7573DSNintendo
    18.18.Pokémon Rumble World5,22921,4793DSPokémon Co.
    ???19.Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon5,107269,7813DSPokémon Co.
    New20.Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition4,630NewPS4SCE

    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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