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Wii U Picking Up the Pace in Japan

Good news for Nintendo, with a strong performance on home soil this week.

News by Pete Davison, .

Despite what some people say, Nintendo's clearly still got plenty of fight in it yet, if this week's Media Create charts from Japan are anything to go by.

As reported by Gematsu, this week's Japanese chart sees 3DS title Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 from Sega top the charts with 88,708 sales in its first week on sale, closely followed by the evergreen Pokémon X and Y, which sold 86,391 this week and recently passed three million lifetime sales.

After a bit of a gap, third place is occupied by Square Enix's Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, which has now sold 337,155 copies since its release on November 21.

Fourth place in the chart goes to Nintendo's Super Mario 3D World, which had a somewhat underwhelming first week but still managed to come in second place behind Lightning Returns. This week it sold 39,812 copies, which is a drop since last week's launch week figure of 99,588 but may have contributed to this week's good news for Nintendo: a significant, noticeable increase in Wii U sales.

This week, Wii U sales in Japan overtook the PlayStation Vita and original 3DS with 28,518 units, up from last week's figure of 21,002 and making it the week's second best-selling system. 3DS XL (or LL, as it's called in Japan) is still the leader of the pack by a considerable margin, however, selling 82,409 units in a week -- a significant increase even from last week's figure of 63,709. By comparison, Xbox 360 sold 309 units. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are yet to be released in Japan.

While the Wii U is still clearly in the shadow of its diminutive stablemate, the increase in sales is a positive sign for the troubled console on its home turf. It remains to be seen whether it will be able to continue this momentum and increase its sales week-on-week, however -- it's got until February to build up a decent lead on PlayStation 4.

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  • Avatar for Thusian #1 Thusian 3 years ago
    I dunno, maybe it can lurch along, and likely that's a small bump from some people on the fence seeing 3D world and caving. I hate to say I think its all over but the crying, and that's from a guy who likes it.

    I have the system and enjoy it a lot. I use the Gamepad to get more play time than I used to so I get to play more games like Batman and Deus Ex which are big long games that would take me forever to finish on a system exclusive to the TV. Also I do really like first party Nintendo stuff. I guess it could be said its just another Mario game, but quality is quality. Mario will always be a platform game and so the design of the levels is what matters and its brilliant. Thing is its not just that Mario game and WWHD that people could take a look at.

    ZombiU is actually great if you like survival horror
    Pikmin 3 is great and given that, that series never really reached a big audience it can't be at saturation like Mario seems to be. (although the fact that it hasn't could dispel the myth that Nintendo introducing new IP would be the secret to new success)
    Wonderful 101 was a fun filled romp for me
    Rayman Legends asymmetrical multiplayer is superior in my opinion
    Nintendo Land and Wii U party are great party games (though the visitors of most game sites I find tend to look down their nose at party games)
    Monster Hunter 3 U is great co-op multiplayer fun
    Lego City is good.

    But I guess I'm the exception I still enjoy that same Mario experience more than something like CoD, or Knack. I still get people together to play party games, and I like quirky genre bending stuff like Wonderful 101 and Pikmin. Maybe games are my no country for old men moment. Drag.

    If they do drop it early, and I can understand why. I personally feel a system identical to the other two would be a huge flop. It would be met with, why get that when its the same type shrugs.

    I think they should make the follow up to the 3DS leverage the Wii U local streaming tech, but in reverse. Make a portable that can stream out to the TV when its available, and when it's doing that it can sych up Wii Remotes or pro controllers for couch multiplayer games. One piece of hardware, console and portable. This would also allow them to have all their first party dev on one platform. The 3DS already had a great year imagine if its year was:

    Fire Emblem
    Luigi's Mansion
    Lego City
    Game and Wario
    Mario and Luigi Dream Team
    Animal Crossing
    Wonderful 101
    Wind Waker Remake
    A Link Between Worlds
    Mario 3D World
    Pokemon
    Wii Party U
    Steam World Dig
    Pikmin 3

    Plus a smattering of quirky 3rd party stuff like the Atlus RPGs, Virtual Console, Some ports like Deus EX directors cut.

    That would be hard to compete with. Still bummed and like I say maybe if they make the follow up to the 3DS like I said above they could port over the good Wii U games for launch and have its super strong. Then take the Wii U games currently in dev and roll them out across its first year to keep momentum.
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  • Avatar for DiscordInc #2 DiscordInc 3 years ago
    Well that's good to hear. Obviously this doesn't completely reverse Nintendo's fortunes, but it does give us some hope that they could whether the storm.
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  • Avatar for alexb #3 alexb 3 years ago
    In what sense is this picking up the pace?
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  • Avatar for brionfoulke91 #4 brionfoulke91 3 years ago
    The Wii-U is a great system. I hope we hear more good news about it in the future.
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  • Avatar for MHWilliams #5 MHWilliams 3 years ago
    Unfortunately, it's still trailing behind the Vita's Year-to-date numbers. Better, but not good yet.
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  • Avatar for Hubertron #6 Hubertron 3 years ago
    @Thusian Interesting idea, I would assume that I am in the minority though. I am kind of curious though to know who owns a 3ds that is in a different target group than the Wii U.
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  • Avatar for Thusian #7 Thusian 3 years ago
    @Hubertron Well that's sort of my point. Nintendo's problem may have less to do with what Sony and MS are doing and too much overlap with their handheld. People are getting their Nintendo fix and don't see a need for a second platform. Add to that the fact that they need to dev software for two platforms, and it makes a lot of sense to pair down to one.

    At this point the Wii U is competing with the 3DS and loosing. The system I described would allow them to leverage their portable experience while giving an avenue for couch multiplayer which they are still very good at making. Heck the receiver could talk to multiple portables allowing for Secret football play picking and a Four Swords as a flagship title.
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  • Avatar for docexe #8 docexe 3 years ago
    @alexb It’s not a big improvement, but it is actually refreshing that for once the sales of the Wii U improved on the next week after an important release for the console (even if admittedly by not an impressive margin), instead of immediately plummeting back as it has happened each and every other time new software is released.

    Of course, let’s not make a mistake, Mario 3D World suffered a sharp decrease in sales and the console is still in trouble. It remains to be seen if it will keep at that level of weekly sales next week.
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  • Avatar for Stealth20k #9 Stealth20k 3 years ago
    Wii u will be fine
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  • Avatar for Critical_Hit #10 Critical_Hit 3 years ago
    I really do not like the language tossed out whenever people speak of Wii U sales. "Picking up the pace" over NO PACE is still not good. It's better than horrible, that's it. I'm waiting for some genuine good news here, if the Wii U is even capable of it. These numbers - a couple 10k a week - is at least what a HEALTHY system should be doing regardless.

    These sales for Mario 3D World are still (so far at least) really, really poor for the series no matter what. We gotta stop looking at these sales in a vaccuum or exclusively in relation to the Wii U's usual barely-there momentum.

    I really hope that when Donkey Kong, Smash, and Mario Kart all hit early next year, the conversation around Wii U sales will take into account historical sales for the respective sales' and also what the PS4 and XBone are doing.
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  • Avatar for abuele #11 abuele 3 years ago
    Seems they still got a chance... let's hope for the best.
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