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, 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.
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:
|Lw||Tw||Title||Weekly Sales||Total Sales||Sys.||Publisher|
|New||01.||Puzzle & Dragons Z||543,630||New||3DS||Gung Ho|
|03.||02.||Pokémon X and Y||159,244||3,360,163||3DS||Pokémon Co.|
|07.||03.||Super Mario 3D World||57,862||241,107||WiiU||Nintendo|
|New||04.||Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation||54,590||New||PS3||Tecmo Koei|
|04.||05.||Attack on Titan||42,311||135,782||3DS||Spike Chunsoft|
|New||06.||Call of Duty: Ghost (Dubbed Version)||37,519||New||PS3||Square Enix|
|01.||07.||Gran Turismo 6||37,306||242,090||PS3||Sony|
|05.||08.||Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy: Big Bang and Supernova||30,517||122,160||3DS||Level 5|
|11.||09.||Monster Hunter 4||27,921||3,030,279||3DS||Capcom|
|16.||10.||Animal Crossing: New Leaf||26,409||3,522,987||3DS||Nintendo|
|17.||11.||Tomodachi Collection: New Life||22,189||1,545,717||3DS||Nintendo|
|18.||12.||Aikatsu! Futari no My Princess||18,415||117,675||3DS||Namco Bandai|
|15.||13.||One Piece Unlimited World: RED||17,906||141,280||3DS||Namco Bandai|
|24.||14.||Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life||17,628||350,022||3DS||Namco Bandai|
|27.||15.||New Super Mario Bros. 2||15,128||2,158,254||3DS||Nintendo|
|14.||16.||Pro Evolution Soccer 2014||15,058||243,425||PS3||Konami|
|29.||17.||Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon||15,051||958,510||3DS||Nintendo|
|10.||18.||Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII||14,837||373,592||PS3||Square Enix|
|12.||19.||Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2
|25.||20.||Taiko Drum Master: Wii U Version||13,980||51,436||WiiU||Namco Bandai|