This Week In Sales: Christmas Week

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    Period: The week of December 22nd – December 28th (2014)

    Top-seller: Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner (3DS) – 262,310

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 15,171 | Tot. sales: 9,769,458

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 25,653 | Tot. sales: 6,832,623

    New Nintendo 3DS sales: 49,503 | Tot. sales: 369,306

    New Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 105,947 | Tot. sales: 867,058

    PlayStation Vita sales: 42,405 | Tot. sales: 3,373,714

    Vita TV sales: 1,090 | Tot. sales: 150,213

    Wii U sales: 43,950 | Tot. sales: 2,143,580

    PlayStation 4 sales: 33,150 | Tot. sales: 970,667

    Xbox One sales: 1,162 | Tot. sales: 43,267

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    Christmas week in Japan didn’t see much in the way of new releases. Instead, games that are popular with Japanese consumers benefited from the holiday boost, carrying the retail games industry on their shoulders.

     

    The highest-selling game of the week was, of course, Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner, which is now at 2 million copies sold at retail. Meanwhile, the new Pokémon releases, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and the two versions of Smash Bros. made up the rest of the top 5.

     

    At #6 was Square Enix’s Final Fantasy Explorers, which has now sold over 200,000 copies. Retail chain Tsutaya says that Final Fantasy Explorers has been facing stock shortages, so the game appears to be doing better than Square Enix expected, despite Japanese consumers voicing concerns about its level of polish.

     

    The top-20 software sales chart for Christmas week can be found below. The top-20 chart for the week after Christmas will be posted tomorrow (January 8th).

     

    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    01.01.Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner262,3102,039,2053DSLevel 5
    02.02.Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire165,3292,283,3443DSPokémon Co.
    05.03.Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS91,8572,001,9353DSNintendo
    04.04.Super Smash Bros. for Wii U85,776471,236WiiUNintendo
    09.05.Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate51,3062,345,2603DSCapcom
    03.06.Final Fantasy Explorers49,671210,8693DSSquare Enix
    08.07.Yo-kai Watch 2: Head/Founder42,7653,040,1003DSLevel 5
    10.08.Mario Kart 838,637851,776WiiUNintendo
    06.09.Gundam Breaker 226,47783,665PSVBandai Namco
    07.10.Gundam Breaker 222,41488,946PS3Bandai Namco
    New11.The Irregular at Magic High School: Out of Order Read21,978NewPSVBandai Namco
    18.12.Animal Crossing: New Leaf20,8823,868,4483DSNintendo
    13.13.Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker19,074119,961WiiUNintendo
    15.14.Sumikko Gurashi: Koko Ga Ochitsukundesu18,74174,6423DSNippon Columbia
    17.15.Aikatsu! 365 Idol Days17,30185,5383DSBandai Namco
    14.16.Grand Theft Auto V16,425118,214PS4Take 2
    20.17.Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Humanity CHAIN14,86658,9663DSSpike Chunsoft
    22.18.Gotouchi Tetsudou: Gotouchi Chara to Nihon Zenkoku no Tabi14,54947,1303DSBandai Namco
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    19.Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor14,113NewPS4Warner Ent.
    21.20.Mario Kart 713,6292,437,3873DSNintendo

     

    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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