Period: The week of December 9th – December 15th (2013)

Top-seller: Puzzle & Dragons Z – 543,630

Nintendo 3DS sales: 50,846 | Total sales: 9,105,676

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 130,710 | Total sales: 5,121,941

PlayStation Vita sales: 30,440 | Total sales: 2,147,915

Vita TV sales: 5,506 | 64,709

Wii U sales: 74,903 | Total sales: 1,343,139

<< Last week’s software sales chart

 

Last week, the Nintendo 3DS received another high-profile game to adds to its repertoire, courtesy of Gung Ho Online Entertainment. Gung Ho released Puzzle & Dragons Z, an RPG version of their incredibly popular Puzzle & Dragons game, for the 3DS, and it got off to a booming start, with over 540,000 copies sold at launch.

 

Meanwhile, a number of other popular games saw a boost in sales, thanks to the approaching holidays. Pokémon X and Y, Super Mario 3D World, Monster Hunter 4 and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon were all among the titles that saw increased sales, while Attack on Titan—released two weeks ago—has held up rather well.

 

It’s also worth noting that Luigi’s Mansion is now nearly at 1 million sales at retail, which is a very impressive number for a brand being revived after so many years. Aside from Donkey Kong Country Returns, this is the second western-developed Nintendo game to have done so well in Japan in the past five years.

 

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What is concerning, however, are hardware sales of the Nintendo 3DS itself. While total 3DS sales in Japan are at over 14 million thus far, this year the 3DS has only sold around 4.5 million units in the region, whereas in 2012, it had sold well over 5 million by the end of the year. It’s especially concerning considering that two of the biggest games 3DS will ever see—Pokémon X/Y and Monster Hunter 4—were released this year.

 

3DS’ performance calls into question just what Nintendo can do to maintain a healthy 3DS market and a healthy profit margin on the portable games front. When hardware sales are low, one normally turns to software sales to make up for the deficit. However, 3DS is already home to some of the biggest brands in Japanese gaming, and it’s going to be tough to consistently one-up these games in the future.

 

Additionally, publishers are continually being pulled away from traditional portables by smartphones, and Nintendo will need to combat this trend and incentivize their publishing partners to keep making Nintendo 3DS games. It’s going to take effort, and it should be interesting to see how the 3DS looks in a year from now.

 

The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:

 

LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Puzzle & Dragons Z543,630New3DSGung Ho
03.02.Pokémon X and Y159,2443,360,1633DSPokémon Co.
07.03.Super Mario 3D World57,862241,107WiiUNintendo
New04.Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation54,590NewPS3Tecmo Koei
04.05.Attack on Titan42,311135,7823DSSpike Chunsoft
New06.Call of Duty: Ghost (Dubbed Version)37,519NewPS3Square Enix
01.07.Gran Turismo 637,306242,090PS3Sony
05.08.Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy: Big Bang and Supernova30,517122,1603DSLevel 5
11.09.Monster Hunter 427,9213,030,2793DSCapcom
16.10.Animal Crossing: New Leaf26,4093,522,9873DSNintendo
17.11.Tomodachi Collection: New Life22,1891,545,7173DSNintendo
18.12.Aikatsu! Futari no My Princess18,415117,6753DSNamco Bandai
15.13.One Piece Unlimited World: RED17,906141,2803DSNamco Bandai
24.14.Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life17,628350,0223DSNamco Bandai
27.15.New Super Mario Bros. 215,1282,158,2543DSNintendo
14.16.Pro Evolution Soccer 201415,058243,425PS3Konami
29.17.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon15,051958,5103DSNintendo
10.18.Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII14,837373,592PS3Square Enix
12.19.Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2
14,566121,4993DSSega
25.20.Taiko Drum Master: Wii U Version13,98051,436WiiUNamco Bandai

 

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and Geimin.net.

Ishaan

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