Gaming Life in Japan ~ 2/9/13 – 8/9/13

That most awesome moment in time is back again for the week, it’s Gaming Life in Japan! Let’s delve into the sales charts for the past week and see what the Japanese gaming public is up to for the past week.

The PSP sees a comeback with a new game taking the number 1 spot in software sales, that game being “Uta no Prince-sama: Music 2”. It’s a bit of a quiet week for Nintendo with only 4 games in the top 10 and the first game from the House of Mario doesn’t appear until number 6. That game being “Tomodachi Collection: New Life”. We have a feeling this will change very son with the impending release of “Monster Hunter 4” for the 3DS tomorrow.

Which brings up to hardware sales where the 3DS still reigns supreme as the handheld platform of choice for the Japanese gaming public. The 3DS XL managed to sell through a shade over 60k units this week which up from last week’s figure of 49k and some loose change. This could be a sigh of gamers stocking up on the 3DS for fear of a shortage when MH4 releases. We’ll see what the charts say to that next week. But moving right along, the PS Vita dropped sales just marginally, nothing too major. More worries for Nintendo on the home console front with just over 5,700 units sold of the Wii U, the system just can’t seem to strike a chord with the Japanese public.

Software chart

  1. [PSP] Uta no Prince-sama: Music 2
  2. [PS3] Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  3. [PS3] JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle
  4. [PS3] Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
  5. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
  6. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life
  7. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
  8. [PSV] Killzone: Mercenary
  9. [3DS] Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life
  10. [3DS] Yokai Watch

Hardware chart

  1. Nintendo 3DS XL – 60,077 (49,149)
  2. Nintendo 3DS – 19,114 (17,873)
  3. PlayStation 3 – 13,790 (20,090)
  4. PlayStation Vita – 7,314 (8,405)
  5. Wii U – 5,702 (6,741)
  6. PSP – 5,493 (6,218)
  7. Wii – 978 (1,141)
  8. Xbox 360 – 201 (177)