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Japanese sales – Wii U claims second spot after Mario Kart 8

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This week’s Media Create sales for Japan are now available and the Wii U has managed to claim the top spot, just below the Nintendo 3DS after just three days on the market. Mario Kart 8 released on May 29 in Japan and this sales week is from May 26 to June 1. Given that this isn’t even a full week of Mario Kart 8 and Wii U sales, we’ll likely see much bigger numbers next week, if Mario kart 8 doesn’t experience the same slide off that the Japanese market is famous for experiencing.

Sony’s PS Vita continues to perform well, but both the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4 seem to be stagnating in terms of sales. Sony recently announced that it was discontinuing PSP production in Japan, so we expect to see PS Vita sales pick up once consumers transition away from the older handheld. Here’s the full look at the software and hardware for the week.

Software Sales

  1. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo) {2014.05.29} (¥6.156) – 325.892 / NEW
  2. [PS3] Mobile Suit Gundam: Side Stories # (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.05.29} (¥8.208) – 82.048 / NEW
  3. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch (Level 5) {2013.07.11} (¥4.800) – 36.868 / 1.020.877 (+9%)
  4. [PSV] Chou Megami Shinkou Noire: Gekishin Black Heart # (Compile Heart) {2014.05.29} (¥7.344) – 28.397 / NEW
  5. [PS3] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2014: Samurai Blue Challenge (Konami) {2014.05.22} (¥8.208) – 27.406 / 63.062 (-23%)
  6. [3DS] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2014: Samurai Blue Challenge (Konami) {2014.05.22} (¥5.119) – 12.265 / 29.028
  7. [PS4] Infamous: Second Son (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2014.05.22} (¥7.452) – 8.622 / 43.423 (-75%)
  8. [PS3] The Idolmaster: One for All # (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.05.15} (¥8.208) – 6.910 / 102.793 (-45%)
  9. [PS3] Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! (Arc System Works) {2014.05.29} (¥7.344) – 6.273 / NEW
  10. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo) {2014.03.20} (¥4.800) – 6.064 / 383.989 (-10%)

Hardware Sales

  1. 3DS – 23,733 (23,224)
  2. Wii U – 19,312 (9,024)
  3. PS Vita – 13,957 (15,212)
  4. PS3 – 6,922 (7,565)
  5. PS4 – 6,508 (7,543)
  6. PSP – 1,421 (1,479)
  7. 360 – 225 (202)

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  • Jeffrey Debris

    Now all we need is a couple more games like this and the Wii U might just break even…

    • Nothing5555

      They will come…

      • Jon Turner

        Yeah, I have a feeling that WiiU’s resurgence is slowly but surely beginning. This is a modest growth, but it’s still a growth.

  • Googs

    Mmh, I expected a bit more than 19k, still it’s very good, I hope the Wii U will be able to stay on top for at least a little while now.

    • Gameonfool

      Yeah Nintendo just need some top games a little more often and the wii u would be fine.

    • matthew garcia

      I was expecting 3ds type numbers of 30000 plus. 19000 is ok though

      • Zuxs13

        it’s only 2-3 days of sales. Many places in Japan are not open on Sundays.

        • matthew garcia

          Numbers always go down after 3 days just like any other game or console. Don’t expect the game to sell over a million in 3 days again

          • Zuxs13

            Right, but if it sells half this in the next full week and half what it did in NA and Europe that will be close to another 1 mil sold in its first 10 days or ~2.6 mil that’s a pretty damn good start for a single console game with only 6.1 mil instal base.

          • matthew garcia

            It’s definitely good numbers.

    • Daniel Carvalho

      We’re talking about a 3 days sales! That’s roughly 6300 per day. If it were an entire week, that would’ve been around 130k units. For a month, If those numbers don’t change each week, that would be 520k copies sold per month in a single country, reaching 1 million in two months!

      As we all know, Nintendo games usually receive an increase in sales by every week, as the hype is greater when people who have played the game invite their friends to play those titles as well, and Nintendo has recently announced changes regarding their Youtube policies, which will allow LPers to go back to making videos about Mario Kart 8, increasing even more the numbers. Not to forget Nintendo has also implemented the MKTV feature, that directly uploads matches to Youtube. In other words, the more people get the game, the more people will hear about it and get it later on.

      • Googs

        I know it’s 3 days worth of sales. I still expected more.

        • CEObrainz

          Consider Watch Dogs that sold over 4 million copy’s in a similar time frame. That’s around 1 million per console sold aka the numbers Mario Kart 8 did.

          • Daniel Carvalho

            Exactly! Watch Dogs, GTA V, all those games that sold more than a million in the first week have been launched for many consoles, mostly consoles that already have a huge install base. Take in consideration the Wii U install base is a (bad) joke and you have outstanding numbers!

          • CEObrainz

            Yep, Mario Kart had good numbers, if they can sustain it then it’s great numbers….however I expect it to be the best selling game on the Wii U until Zelda approaches….

          • Zuxs13

            You forgot the PC in your math there. So it would be 4 mil divided by 5. But it wasn’t divided evenly but i get what your argument is trying to point out. Mario Kart is on one console only and it sold 1.2 million. Also keep in mind the press release said 1.2 mil for N America and Europe, it didn’t include the 325K sold in Japan.

          • CEObrainz

            Right, I forgot that PC is a platform to play games on…lol. But that makes my point stand out even more so, also I thought the press release was for all regions, which if that’s not the case puts sales at over roughly 1.6 million today.

          • matthew garcia

            I know Ps4 had the highest watchdogs sales not sure on exact numbers though

          • Officer Raichu

            i hear 1.3 to 1.5 similar to mk

        • Jon Turner

          We all did, but still, an increase is an increase. Hopefully it stays that way.

  • nWo4liFe
    • darkcreap

      I think she has add up 3DS and Vita sales for simplicity.

    • WolfgangAmadeusMozart

      What is it ?

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      The discrepancy is that my numbers include the 3DS and the 3DS LL as a single model, instead of separate SKUs, which is how the numbers released on Neogaf.

      • nWo4liFe

        Ahh, Gotcha! =)

  • “Sean” jjbredesen

    19,000!!! Holy shit, Wii U is selling freaking fantastic, way more than i expected, if the numbers can stay at this i think Nintendo will have to raise there sales expectations, this is a fantastic landmark, and a great step in the right direction, kudos Nintendo.

    And 3DS is still on top!

    • matthew garcia

      Not to sure yet u may be right though. Ps4 sold a million on day one and has settled to selling 250 to 300,000 a month in America. Not sure but those numbers may settle back under 10000 at some point. I could be wrong though

      • CEObrainz

        You’re comparing Japan to America, that’s hardly fair right? But if Nintendo keep up the marketing campaign and offer free/cheap DLC for the following weeks I would expect sales to be consistent around this level until July-ish.

        • matthew garcia

          Wii u has yet to prove to hold a high number of consoles sold so I’m gonna be skeptical still

          • CEObrainz

            True, it’s the reason why I said Nintendo would need to keep releasing content and market hard to sustain those numbers.

          • matthew garcia

            Your absolutely correct

          • Nothing5555

            I believe Nintendo knows they need to keep releasing content themselves as their third party support has dried up. If Nintendo want to really sustain those numbers they would have to release games of this level every 3-4 months or even 2-3 months. This is one advantage Sony and MS can tout as they don’t have to worry about always releasing a 1st party game every 2 months to keep momentum. I swear gamers today have such short attention spans or are consuming their games way too fast and have developed a gotta have it now attitude.

          • CEObrainz

            By content I meant material for Mario Kart 8, to hold consumers until their next big release. Timing DLC is of course part of this strategy which would be great if they released a rainbow road cup.

            But I agree that gamers have become impatient in recent years, but when you have yearly releases for some games you can’t help it.

          • Jon Turner

            And if they keep sustaining WiiU numbers, maybe potential thirds will return.

        • matthew garcia

          3ds has had better sales in Japan so Japan is capable of outselling america

          • CEObrainz

            Japan has a better market for handheld devices whilst the west prefers home consoles, although it is still possible for Japan to buy into a franchise more so than America (Dynasty Warriors comes to mind).

    • Jon Turner

      I wouldn’t call 19k fantastic, but this IS nonetheless promising news. Hopefully it stays that way, too.

      • Nothing5555

        19K is fantastic for console sales in Japan…. on the other hand if it was 19k for handhelds then those are just “good” numbers.

      • Gameonfool

        19k for one country for a game on sale for three days. Imagine a whole week in USA and Europe.

      • audi lover

        consoles are dead in Japan blame the smart phones and boring tap tap tablets that they had a big hand in producing

        • Jon Turner

          That’s why I said “considering the circumstances.” There IS a chance console gaming CAN be rejuvenated in Japan.

      • “Sean” jjbredesen

        Well for Japan it is fantastic, and almost as good as PS4 on launch! When considering it has only been 3 days of sales, and not 7 like last week, by the end of the actual 7 day week witch is usualy what is counted it could have sold more than 30 000 it does have 4 more days to do so, and it is Japan, the country of handhelds, so i would call it fantastic!

        • Jon Turner

          Here’s hoping. A lot of people are even doubting WiiU’s comeback.

  • WolfgangAmadeusMozart

    Incredible, the Xbox 360 had a massive jump !

    • JeanPaul

      10% increase!

      • Nothing5555

        not bad Microsoft not bad at all….

      • LordiMcKill

        Be fair guys, it went up by at least 11.5% lol

      • http://www.FakeAddressName.com/ Dr Scoobie

        When I calculated it, it was a 69% increase.

  • Zombie_Andrew

    It’s promising, but I’d have prefered a larger haul :/ Hopefully Wii U is doing better in the States and Europe – given the UK’s 666% increase in sales

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      Remember this is only 3 days worth of numbers, so 3 out of 7. Expect a bit more next week perhaps. :)

      • Zombie_Andrew

        Hopefully :) Also come E3 (fingers crossed that the hype is real) alongside Nintendo battering our wallets with four great IPs the remainding year with the possibility of Yarn Yoshi by the end of this year (although I think that’ll be a Feb 2015 like DK:TF was) I think this holiday season we could see a flood of Wii U sales of which makes MK8′s look like a small bump.

      • “Sean” jjbredesen

        Ashley whats up with the MK8 competition??

        • CEObrainz

          The reason why nothing has been said is because I stole all the Amazon codes…..

          • “Sean” jjbredesen

            Oh, well that explains everything, but i was the one that stole them….. Only problem if i won, is that MK8 costs $100 in Norway not $60, so i would still need to pay $40 xD

          • CEObrainz

            $100? That’s pretty high….I think? Is that because of the local currency or just game prices in general?

          • “Sean” jjbredesen

            Because Norway has high taxes and we make a lot, so the prices are extremely high….

          • CEObrainz

            Fair enough, I paid a decent amount for my copy thanks to Amazon, I would have had enough money to buy an additional game with the gift-card.

          • “Sean” jjbredesen

            Yeah, that would be cool, i have not yet bought the game, but i have played it with my friend for soon 18 hours over the last 3 days xD Fantastic game!

            Think i will get Monster Hunter 3 for my free game, will buy MK8 anyway if i don’t win.

            Just need to make the money, nothing is cheap here :/

          • CEObrainz

            You haven’t got Monster Hunter yet? For some reason I thought you had that game….it’s great and I’m going to sink at least another 100 hours into it before I’m done. I’ll help you grind for gear and stuff when you do finally get it.

        • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

          Hoping to announce the winner today. Like I said, my hands are tied, still waiting on Rob. I know, guys. =/

          • “Sean” jjbredesen

            No problem i can wait, just wondering :) Don’t rush we can wait ;)

      • Mr Ninty

        its only 2 days out of 7 days because one day is sunday and on that day stores are closed. ( might not be in nippon but still)

  • Lil J Moore

    I’m waiting till next week to fully see if this impacted it.

  • Josie the Sketcher

    Nintendo dominates the hardware sales in Japan *sniff* I’m so happy! We’ve been reading so many negative articles about the Wii U, we’re finally starting to see some light.

    • Alexander Kleinwechter

      Listening to spiritual movie soundtracks while reading that xD, i agree we finally see some light at the end of the long dark tunnel.

    • “Sean” jjbredesen

      Lets just say the “U-Turn” has started ;)

      • Gameonfool

        If the ps4 and xbone don’t have many big exclusive until 2015 and the wii u sells like hot cakes because of this game smash, x and bayo to name a few ( who knows what ninty have for us next week) the wii u could end up with the largest install base for the time being with no 3rd party games cus apparently no ones buying it. The irony.
        If I was a developer I would have had games ready for wii u after nintendo’s big games because there would be more of an audience.

        • matthew garcia

          If your just talking about Japan numbers that won’t happen it has to be worldwide. Ps4 has not slowed down in America and Europe. Ps4 outsells wii u 4 to 1 in those countries

          • Gameonfool

            I am talkin worldwide, kart alone is like selling 6+x more consoles in some territories. Like in uk, if ps4 had been selling 4x more than wii u and now wii u sales have gone up 666% on one game then that means the wii u sold more console than ps4 there.

          • matthew garcia

            Think about it if Wii u only sales 500 a week in the UK then 666 percent up is still not a lot. Wii u struggles so bad in the UK and America. I guarantee Wii u is still being outsold there

          • Officer Raichu

            sells about 1500 a week i check
            so its about 10k or the real numbers 9990 in uk which thats above the average for xbox one(uk is the only reason it sells in europe)

          • matthew garcia

            That’s still not a lot. If Xbox one is averaging that then Wii u has a lot of catching up to do in the UK cuz I don’t see that being the average for Wii U in the UK. It had a big game release and after that it will go back down. Nintendo needs another big game next month to hold up

          • Officer Raichu

            well i saw a lot of people on the forums saying uk sales will be about 12k so who knows
            (even some nintendo haters said it as well)

          • matthew garcia

            Just gotta wait and see. Us analyzing means nothin

          • Officer Raichu

            agree will have to wait untill the numbers come in

      • CEObrainz

        Usher would approve…

  • Jon Turner

    Considering the circumstances, this is good news for both WiiU AND MK8.

  • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

    Hardware numbers are disappointing for Wii U. MK8 sold well, but that HW bump isn’t great.

  • Adrian

    I’m a lifelong Nintendo fan, but come on people. There is no evidence sales will persist over the coming months. Let’s wait to celebrate until we see an actual trend. Not just a spike.

  • InterTreble

    If Nintendo is in trouble, can’t imagine the others… Bad time for haters, very bad time… ;) It’s all about games. We’ve always said: “Wait for the AAA titles before talking no sense about Wii U”. They didn’t listen, and we called us “fanboy”. Unfortunately for them, all these “fanboys” have emerged as being right. And they’ve made an ass of themselves! ;)

  • gerb1977

    It really is a wait and see. If numbers can remain consistent over the next few weeks then MK8 is the game Wii U has needed but if we are back to 6K in 2 weeks then we wait on the next big game. Looking at the PS3/4 numbers though it seems like consoles are on the decline in the far east.

  • HyruleMario

    not really all that impressive. Seems Japan is over consoles though. If US sales are similar I think Wii U might be dead in the water. Great console, excellent games…but poor sales. Guess we need to wait to see what worldwide sales from Kart bring

    • CEObrainz

      I expect to see the opposite in the US where Home Consoles are more popular then Handhelds.

    • Zuxs13

      Keep in mind that is only for three days of sales with Mario Kart out. We will get a better picture of the impact next week.

      • matthew garcia

        Thing is though those first 3 days are where your highest sales will be at. Kinda goes down after that

        • Zuxs13

          They do, but this game will likely stay in the top ten for at least the next 4 weeks. Also keep in mind there is no MK8 Wii U bundle in japan

          • matthew garcia

            Makes sense

    • Jon Turner

      VGChartz says worldwide sales for WiiU jumped this week to 200k.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Take anything that VG says with a grain of salt. They’re not very good at tracking sales.

  • juan

    That’s with just Mario kart once we see Bayonetta 2 , smash, X and hyrule warriors come out sales will really jump. And hopefully big red button does a great job with sonic boom and it sells well too. It’ll show developers here’s looking at you EA that the crytek engine actually works on wii u. All the titles I mentioned are dsy one buyers for me and watch dogs also if ubisoft doesn’t screw me over.

  • Ducked

    19,000 isn’t great. But its a nice jump for the Wii U. I’m curious to see how sales will jump in North America.

    • Gabe Hoffman

      Still its a pretty significant bump and keep in mind this only covers 3 days worth of sales

      • Ducked

        Good point

        • Jon Turner

          Exactly what I’m saying. Small though 19k may be, a jump is a jump.

    • Officer Raichu

      my prediction is NA sales will be 65k or more i keep hearing tons and tons of stores selling out bundles XD

  • http://Website.com Shane Michaels
    • xPhoenixMoon

      Really with poor hardware sales like this for such a massive game.. Okay. Consoles are dying in japan clearly and somehow that is good news to everyone.

      All I can do is shake my head.

      • Officer Raichu

        your talking about the country where average console sales are 7k

      • http://Website.com Shane Michaels

        Every little bit counts. A little optimism goes a long way.
        Polygon predicted 1.2 mill for lifetime sales of the game, and it sold that many on it’s first week. I can only imagine it’ll get better from here.

        • Officer Raichu

          its not even the end of its first week XD and it outsold that prediction

    • Daniel Carvalho

      Nintendo and Michael Bay present: Mario Kart 8!

      http://i.imgur.com/7TjZRVP.gif

      • Will W

        If that was me, I would have got hit by the bob-omb, and wound up in 6th place.

        • Daniel Carvalho

          Get on my level! 12th…

          • Tecpedz94

            I cant seem to make it more than 4th place online. I got 1st a few times but more like 4th or 6ths on a regular basis. I think i choose a shitty kart or maybe their just that much better than me?? Bope.

          • lonewolf

            Practice practice and only practice.

          • Dark Lord Sauron

            u have to check ur characters stats and compare to others some have high speed stats then others

          • Daniel Carvalho

            It doesn’t matter what Mario Kart game it is, the answer is always the same: practice! Learn the tricks, memorize the shortcuts, experiment every character to see what fits you the best, and just like that you’ll get better with experience.

            Now, ever since Mario Kart 7 you have the customization part before each race. Take a look at your Speed and Acceleration status – if your Acceleration ends up too slow, even if your top speed is the best you won’t be able to reach it often in the race, as almost every item can knock you out; conversely, it doesn’t matter if your Acceleration is maxed out if your speed is too low. Try to find a sweet spot between both through the parts you have accessible, and only when you feel comfortable with the game mechanics try to explore other status, such as handling, off-road, etc. Try to figure out which stage you’re going to compete in: if it’s a stage with lots of off-road shortcuts, getting an off-road maxed might be an advantage, alternatively, you can go for a lighter vehicle with a lighter character for max speed on-road, but you’ll find yourself stuck if you get tossed into grass or sand.

            I used to get last place in the original Super Mario Kart for SNES until I finally learned how to play that thing properly, and the same happened in every consecutive title I got my hands on (obviously, with the time I took to get used being shorter with every stance). Just practice.

          • Tecpedz94

            Thank you kind sir for your mario kart words of wisdom lol Luckily today i played and did quite well. Worst part is that both times that was final lap i was first place and got both times a communication error. Im kinda sick and tired of Nintenodos unstable network, I had the same issue with MK7 on the 3ds……

          • Daniel Carvalho

            I have never had any communications error on my MK Wii, unless my internet connection was very slow (Brazil has one of the worst cost/benefit internet connections in the world). I have never played MK7, so I wouldn’t know about that, but regarding 8, only a few people are complaining about it – and let’s be fair, their servers are handing pretty well, seeing how we’re talking about a Nintendo online service, and they didn’t crash even though they have more than a million copies sold in such a small time frame.

            I know it sucks getting disconnected, but it seems Nintendo is taking online seriously this generation. They’re obviously far away from the ideal, but they’re getting better with each game launched. Let’s wait a while and see how they improve the MK8 online, they may surprise us later on.

          • Tecpedz94

            Ya i guess so hopefully it doesn’t disconnect me too too often. It could be that it disconnects cuz someone left the race so it might not be Nintendo i have no clue its possible its my internet but my bro has been using the ps4 online and he says it doesn’t happen often to him but it happened to me 4 or 5 times in less than 2 hours so maybe it was just an off day ill see how things work out on my next game and again like you said they might improve over time.

          • Daniel Carvalho

            I have been watching the GameXplain’s tournaments, and Andre seems to be getting disconnected lot too. To be fair, I don’t think anyone could’ve foreseen such great sales in such a short span of time, so I guess their servers are really overloaded, but we know Nintendo has always worked to deliver the best experience, so I guess it’s safe to assume they’re working on it. We’ll probably hear something about the matter during the E3.

          • Tecpedz94

            Thanks!! Could be it. I hope so as well :/

          • Marioman21

            the impossible 13th place.

      • Marioman21

        Much Bomb
        Much explosion
        Much Luck
        Much win

    • uPadWatcher

      [plays "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins]

  • LevenThumps

    This is great for Nintendo, considering Mario Kart 8 wasn’t even out the full week. Interested to see how it does in the rest of the world as well.

  • Shrish Kumar

    It was given that 82% of MK8 sales were from bundle.
    Therefore by that data 0.82*1.2M=0.94M. Which implies the amount of wii u sold = 6.14+0.94=7.08M.
    Hence by above equation we have proved that it is time Wiiu says hi to PS4.

    So I guess I now know wii they named the console U.
    It’s because they new about the U-turn.

    • Officer Raichu

      if thats true then the wii u will win may npd in a week
      but i dont think it is

      • Shrish Kumar

        Well, the 82% is for UK sales. Check out forbes, there is an article by Eric Cain on it.
        I am just assuming it is the same worldwide, because I think people have been holding out for MK8 around the world. But more importantly we are just days away from E3.
        Also, by the way, have you ever noticed that the 3 on a Sony android keyboard is just on e. It just makes typing e3 easier.

  • xPhoenixMoon

    Why is it when Nintendo systems do poorly everyone just makes up continual excuses for it? You think a couple more days in a week is seriously going to make that big of a difference in sales?

    I love my Wii U but these sales are absolutely awful and to say because its only 3 days is nothing but being hopeful.

    The Wii U was selling double these numbers last year with Super Mario 3D World and lesser titles and yet somehow you people ignore these facts and says these poor numbers are good when its selling worse than last years with even bigger games.

    Am I the only person who lives in reality? Is it blasphemy to ever actually be concerned or criticize the Wii U? It sure seems that way, if this was any other system, no one would be saying these are good numbers for such a big release.
    Sales only fade as time goes by and this evergreen excuse is getting old too because it doesn’t seem to work anymore with Nintendo’s titles on consoles, has Super Mario 3D World been doing amazingly well and selling a lot more Wii U’s? No, but people claimed the same thing, saying the title was evergreen.

    I mean how much does it take for some of you to just finally admit Nintendo’s console game is doing terribly right now. Unless the system can solely exist with only good software sales but I am not sure about that.

    • CEObrainz

      Wasn’t this game reported to be the fastest selling Wii U title to date? It’s selling at a nice rate compared to other titles like Watch Dogs which sells for roughly under 1 million per platform in it’s first week. Sometimes there is nothing to defend and it’s simply interpretation of what we have in front of us.

      • xPhoenixMoon

        Did you read my comment? I very much acknowledge the good sales of the software. The fact still remains for such big titles the Wii U should have seen a bigger boost in Japan this this.

        Saying because its only 3 days in is literally nothing but a hopeful excuse to ignore the fact that the sales are still relatively poor altogether in Japan.

        • CEObrainz

          Ahh, but isn’t that solely due to the fact that home console hardware sales in general are bad for Japan? It’s not entirely Nintendo’s fault then…

          • xPhoenixMoon

            You’re a right on every account of the sense, I am not saying it is Nintendo’s fault at all and it isn’t. They did everything right with MK8.

            Awesome free game promotion, they advertised the hell out of it and they even offered a bundle which basically was selling everything at a loss if you actually factored the prices of everything in the bundle together.

            It’s definitely Japanese gamers fault for being so obsessed with stupid ass smartphones.

            Although they had no bundle but still.

          • CEObrainz

            Well the 3DS sells well but I’m not entirely sure what impact smartphone games have on Japanese gamers. But titles such as Monster Hunter ensure that there is still some sort of market for companies like Nintendo and Capcom to rely on.

    • Zuxs13

      You are comparing 3D world sales bump in Nov-Dec time frame to May. They are very different time periods and far fewer people buy consoles during those periods, all the sales statistics out there will back that up.

      Also 3D world was up until recently in the top 10 still in game sales on most lists, so yes its still an evergreen game.

      • xPhoenixMoon

        This wasn’t just with Super Mario 3D World either, that was one example. The Wii U was doing better in general last year.

        Bottom line its selling worse now.

      • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

        Famitsu Sales: Week 28, 2013 (Jul 08 – Jul 14)

        [WIU] Pikmin 3 (Nintendo) {2013.07.13} (¥5.985) – 102.188 / NEW

        Wii U – 20.728 (6.380)

        Considering this information, Pikmin 3 did more to move Wii U consoles in Japan than MK8 with less time on the market. Seeing how Mario Kart is a bigger franchise than Pikmin, it’s disappointing that MK8 didn’t have a bigger impact on Wii U sales this week.

        • Zuxs13

          Not a huge difference though you are right it had a higher percentage of console sales to SW sales ratio than Mario kart. But MK 8 sold more software in japan in 3 days than Pikmin 3 did world wide in a week.

          • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

            Irrelevant. Pikmin 3 didn’t have a simultaneous WW release, and I’m not talking about software sales.

            A 15k hardware increase with arguably a lesser Nintendo franchise compared to a 10k bump with one of Nintendo’s biggest franchise is a huge difference.

    • Officer Raichu

      3d world was during christmas first of all second japan gotten a tax hike bump so that doesnt help third they didnt have a bundle or price drop.
      Just because japan is didnt do the best keep in mind that NOA and NOE are doing amazing with their advertising
      notice 666% boost in UK alone. France and Germany usually sell more wiius.
      NA has the bundle selling out everywhere i mean theres people that had to go out of town because so many stores are sold out of bundles.
      Heck my gamestop,walmart,target,and sams are sold out of wiius.

  • Zuxs13

    Ashley, i believe there wasn’t a MK8 WiiU bundle in Japan, this might also explain the disparity between SW sales and HW sales.

  • Frankie

    Really good start for MK8.

  • xPhoenixMoon

    … and just because its doing better than another console that is selling extremely poorly, somehow that makes it all better even when they both are still poor sales. I really don’t understand a lot of you.

    • Zuxs13

      I don;t understand you. What isn’t hard to see here? it got a huge boost in sales and yet nothing else did. despite other systems getting large game releases the same week as well.

  • springer85

    Sorry but ONLY a 10k gap from last week in Japan Wii U sales to this week with the release of the Wii U biggest game to date is PATHETIC!!!
    Wii U sales should have at least jumped over 100k more than the previous week with such an acclaimed game.
    Just proves that the Wii U is totally dead in Japan and that NOTHING will save it.
    It also proves that Japan gamers still think that the Wii U is way over priced.
    VG Charts predicted ONLY a 200k Wii U sales jump worldwide even with the release of MK8.
    Years gone by Mario Kart and Mario games made console sales jump up by the millions!!
    Nintendo seriously need to think about what they are doing, just proves that the ONLY thing that will save the Wii U bacon is to drop the price to $199.
    Mario failed in Japan and now MK8 has also failed in Japan.
    Nintendo need to ditch the Wii U as NOTHING will ever save it, stick to handhelds!

    • Jon Turner

      You need to just shut your trap, troll.

      • 00EpicGamer00

        I’m afraid you responding to him will not make him “shut his trap.” He’s obviously a troll with the caps lock all over the place, having more than one (!), and not being very…let’s just say “smart.” As being a troll, he’s doing all this for attention. I know it’s difficult to hold back responding to someone with an IQ of negative 500, but you must! Be the bigger person and let that idiot wallow in his own filth. Besides, no matter what you say, it isn’t going to change anything. He’ll keep on going on and on regardless of how much “criticism” he receives.

        • Shrish Kumar

          What he is doing is what has propelled PS4 to it’s position and set the Wii u back. Wii u actually had very good sales initially, which elwas then followed by “Wii u is not even a real next gen console, Nintendoomed” all over the forums by trolls like him during the big drought. On the other hand all they did for PS4 all the time was “Err ma ghaad, nerdgasm. Look at that shiny Lara Croft butt”. Seriously, PS1 seemed to have sold so well only because of presence of Lara Croft’s tits. Just because a few older people could defend their purchase of a video game by saying ” Hey this isn’t all rainbows and sunshine, its mature, full of gore and tits, so it’s definitely not a kiddy system.” And thats how stupidly this industry works. Even with rise of rational thinking, if something isn’t deemed cool and sexy most people are not going to buy it. Also all those who look at Wii u and say it is overpriced forget that a PS3 is sold at $250 officially. A console that was initially sold at $600. If you add $50 for making it compact, $50 for gamepad and $20 better gpu, you get a price point of $370. Which a lot more than what is actually charged for it.

      • Officer Raichu

        we could report him for over the top trolling at least the other trolls are more mature and dont spam there trollish words

    • Officer Raichu

      it sold 350k software units
      thats pretty good

  • Officer Raichu

    ok so lets see
    19k japan
    10k uk
    29k for those 2 coutries
    Now i expect NA with about 65k
    and the rest of europe 35k
    worildwide i expect 7k
    so
    19k+45k+65k+7k=136k mk8 week not bad for a console that only sold 34000 a week
    keep in note this is my predicition

    • matthew garcia

      Good way to look at it

      • Officer Raichu

        I thought of 35k for the rest of EU because it does better in the rest of europe

      • Officer Raichu

        Raising it to 55k for eu because of the 20k in fr

  • FlashFan207

    Awesome! C’mon, Wii U!! We all love you and know you can do it! Let’s go, people. Start buying this amazing system!! What are you all waiting for?!

    • springer85

      10k jump in sales from the previous week with MK8 is awesome?LMFAO!!!
      Get real the Wii U is dead and this just proves it in Japan!

      • Officer Raichu

        you are mistaken because all consoles are dead in japan and dont give me all that “wait until the games” crude smartphones are taking over

        • springer85

          Yeah right PS4 has sold 8 Million in 6 months…..Wii U has sold 7 Million in 20 months!!!LOL
          Wii U is the ONLY console that is dying, PS4 is still selling more each week even with supply restraints!!

          • Officer Raichu

            cant you read i said “IN JAPAN” not worldwide i know ps4 is doing great ww great for it but when your saying the wii u is the only dieing console in japan when it has more sales in its first 15 weeks compared to ps4′s then it doesnt make sense

          • springer85

            LOL so what?Wii U is doing crap in Japan,UK,USA,Europe and the rest of the world!!
            PS4 is doing great in USA,UK,Europe and the rest of the world!!
            PS4 in 6 months has already taken Nintendo and Microsoft’s share in USA and the rest of the world besides Japan and will follow suit.
            NOTHING will save the Wii U,you all said wait till Mario arrives…it dd and FAILED…..then you all said wait till MK8… it did and that also failed!!
            What now?wait till Smash?LOL

          • matthew garcia

            I’m a ps4 fanboy myself but even I’m not this bad lol. Give Wii u credit dude

          • springer85

            Credit?LOL.A console that has ZERO 3rd party and just first party games released every 5-6 months?LOL

          • matthew garcia

            U gotta admit though those games have better reviews and have a good loyal fan base. I always had a Nintendo console and will admit I only buy it for 3 games. Mario kart, Zelda, and metroid. I love my ps4 also

          • gtosheex

            “LOL my name is springer85 and I stick my penis in my PS4, Wii U will never be able to do that so it sucks LOL”

          • Officer Raichu

            agree

          • 504HotBoy

            Much respect for that statement.

          • matthew garcia

            I try to be real about things

  • Suraj Alexander

    Don’t understand why people are saying its only 10 k jump, it released towards the end of the freakin week people!!

  • Officer Raichu

    WII U SELLS 20000 IN FRANCE!

    http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=184320

    30000 IN EUROPE(only uk and france) WITHOUT GERMANY!
    might be a bigger boost than titanfalls in europe?

    • springer85

      LMFAO!!!!2OOK in France you say?I think you mean 20k!!!!

      • Officer Raichu

        it says 20k :P

        • springer85

          Yeah ANOTHER Nintendo guzzler adding on numbers to try and make the Wii U look good….EPIC FAIL!!
          LOL

          • Officer Raichu

            its true though

          • Guest

            plus its against the law to lie about financial numbers

          • Keronos

            oh boy we got ourselves such a knowledgeable hardcore gamer right here folks, don’t mess with this guy…

            fuck off you retarded faggot

          • Officer Raichu

            he cant accept the truth wiiu is recapturing europe as we speak

          • matthew garcia

            To be honest it will take more then one solid week. It will take a solid year of this

          • Officer Raichu

            agree but lets be happy that europe bought mk
            i heard that mk 8 sold between 54k to 120k opening week in UK

          • matthew garcia

            Fa sho

          • Officer Raichu

            which is great for a wii u games btw

          • Dennis

            Well all these people who just bought wii u’s for MK8 will no doubt buy more software. Who buys a console and just owns one game?

          • Keronos

            that or he is just plain delusional and/or stupid piece of shit… but he is probably just some desperate troll thinking he is hot shit

          • MujuraNoKamen

            Can we please not feed the trolls. I was enjoying the recent quiet, sensible comments section. Don’t let these dumbasses ruin it again :)

          • Jon Turner

            AND WiiU HAS gotten a jump to the #1 spot. Yes, the numbers could be better but still, this IS promising news.

          • Dark Lord Sauron

            looks like the retarded troll has come out of bridge ignore him people remember dont feed the trolls

          • Shrish Kumar

            TROLL THE TROLL
            TROLL THE TROLL
            TROLL THE TROLL
            TROLL THE TROLL
            TROLL THE TROLL
            But seriously, if you are so much against the Wii U, you might as well change your name to “Ihategoodthings”.

      • Andrew Hoback

        it says 20k

    • springer85

      20k in France and 12K in the UK GET IT RIGHT!!!

      • Officer Raichu

        ok i was wrong 32k in europe so far

    • MujuraNoKamen

      20k In France alone. Not bad, can’t wait to see the full numbers from everywhere. And let’s keep in mind this was just over the weekend right?
      I hope this week things keep up and what with Luigi’s death stare and some actual marketing from Nintendo (Yes! Actual commercials from Nintendo!) bringing people’s attention to Wii U I’m optimistic.

  • Officer Raichu

    ok so heres how it is so far
    20k france
    10k uk
    19k japan
    so 59k wiius have been sold mk8 week and thats not including NA or rest of EU

    • springer85

      For such a massive game those units sold are a JOKE!

      • Officer Raichu

        30k so far in europe is a joke?
        its going to beat the titanfall effect in EU.
        35k europe titanfall week

        • springer85

          Mario Kart 7 shifted an extra 4 Million 3DS units!!!

          • Officer Raichu

            it sold 400k right before christmas this is summer where sales are a lot worse so invalid point

          • springer85

            It sold an extra 4 Million 3DS units, quit using the holidays crap excuse!!
            MK8 has flopped and NOTHING will save the Wii U.
            7 Million life time for a console that has been on the market for 20 months is hilarious.
            Gamecube and Dreamcast sold more than the Wii U in their first 20 months on the market!!

          • Jon Turner

            MK8 IS NOT A FAILURE. It sold 1.2 million worldwide. 1.2 MILLION WORLDWIDE. Sorry, but this is not poor numbers at all.

          • springer85

            Wii U units sold from this game are PATHETIC!!!!!
            System seller?LOL

          • Jon Turner

            Your posts are pathetic. Grow up already.

          • Officer Raichu

            he never gives up

          • Brandon Olson

            He needs a well-timed green shell to the balls.

          • Officer Raichu

            i rather smash him with a bullet bill :P

          • Brandon Olson

            Isn’t the Bullet Bill in Smash 4 now? I forget.

          • springer85

            WHOLE POINT of a SYSTEM SELLER is that it makes unit sales go through the roof!!!
            MK8 was NOT a huge system seller like previous Mario Kart games!!

          • Jon Turner

            So? A 10k jump is a jump. Under the circumstances that’s solid news. And it will only get better this year.

          • springer85

            10k jump?LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!
            UTTER PATHETIC sales jump!!!

          • Officer Raichu

            console gaming is dead in japan just accept it

          • Petri

            You’re utter pathetic.
            PS4 has no games, so you have to spend your time whining and bitching here?
            Grow up kid.

          • springer85

            Yeah PS4 has no games yet has STILL SOLD 8 Million in 6 months…..Wii U 7 Million sold in 20 months!!
            LOL

          • Petri

            I dont fucking care.
            You must be retarded for repeating same sentences in every post?
            Why can’t you just go and play the games you like, on the system you like, no one cares about your opinions here.

          • InterTreble

            I can’t believe why the mods give people like that one the possibility to pollute the entire site. Then I see Gonzales’ posts, and I realize why those kids feel supported here… This is why I’d ban this kind of closed minded people, either haters or kids, even if they guarantee pageviews. They are stupid, and deserve to be banned.

          • Officer Raichu

            you know theres only has been a few system sellers that changed gaming history
            ill give you them
            super mario 64,super mario bros,halo,melee are a few of the big ones

          • Officer Raichu

            take into consideration that was only 3 days
            3 DAYS!
            he needs to realize developers dream of having their games over 1 million software sales

          • Keronos

            piss off you pice of shit. MK8 has barely came out and you call it a flop already?? OH THAT’S RIGHT. IT HAS TO REACH THE NUMBERS OF WHAT GTAV DID TO BE CALLED A SUCCESS RIGHT?? ANYTHING LESS THAN THAT OH NO WE CAN’T HAVE THAT!

            GTAV SOLD A SHIT TON BECAUSE IT MOSTLY CONSISTED OF CASUALS! MUCH LIKE WITH THE COD FRANCHISE!

          • springer85

            GTAV made console sales jump up by the MILLIONS!!
            Do not cry as MK8 was not the huge system seller that Iwata bragged!!

          • Officer Raichu

            nope it did not

          • Keronos

            got proof of that idiot… and no I am not crying because why would I? Plus it is too early to call it a FLOP. The ps4 sales are getting to your head faggot. just because it got a LUCKY FUCKING STREAK of sales from CASUALS that don’t know shit about shit from gaming and from idiots who bought it on a whim doesn’t mean the WiiU is dead simply “just cause”. grow the fuck up kiddo, and quit treating the ps4 sales numbers as a “new standard so anything less is dead”

      • matthew garcia

        Hey Justin Beiber sales more records then my favorite rock bands doesn’t mean he is a better artist lol

        • springer85

          Wii U has been on the market for 20 months,quit trying to use PS4 and One numbers for games when they have ONLY been on the market for 6 months!
          Wii U is dead get over it.

          • matthew garcia

            Well thank god I got all 3 consoles and I’m not a limited gamer like u are

          • Jon Turner

            Your points are irrelevant, troll, get over it.

          • springer85

            Wii U is dead go and cry!!!

          • Jon Turner

            YOU go and cry. Nobody wants to listen to you, and you’re not even telling the real truth anyway.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            Just saying, why would anyone cry over a piece of plastic? Wouldn’t you agree crying over a lifeless machine is a bit immature? If my sister or any of my family died, then I think that would be a reasonable reason to cry. But crying over a machine? Something you can replace in a matter of minutes?
            I see what you do in your spare time. :P

  • springer85

    Monster Hunter 3 3DS in Japan sold 470k first week, but made console sales jump up by 350k from the previous week!!
    THAT IS A SALES JUMP!!
    Not 10k!!
    LOL

    • Guest

      yeah after a full week. the MK8 sales are from the WEEKEND NOT A FULL WEEK! READ RETARD! READ!

      • springer85

        LMFAO so you REALLY think the extra 5 days of sales will push Wii U unit sales up really that high?
        LOL

        • Keronos

          It could happen. I am not saying it will but it could. Won’t know till those days pass now will we faggot?

          • springer85

            Yeah right of course Wii U sales will go up that high!!
            MK8 is not the HUGE SYSTEM SELLER Nintendo bragged it would be!!

          • Keronos

            too early to tell if it’s a system seller… jesus does everything have to happen on LAUNCH DAY to satisfy you? You are best to just stop your shitposting because you are fucking yourself up big time kid.

          • springer85

            Compared to previous MK games its first 3 days console unit sales are pathetic yet you still cannot see that!!!

          • Keronos

            besides the 3ds, did the other mario karts jump consoles up by a shit ton within a 3 day period?… if you say yes, better have proof.

          • springer85

            Mario Kart Wii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Keronos

            still nothing about the proof of having that done in a short time… besides, why are you treating GUINNESS WORLD RECORD sales as a staple now? Fuck man if the sales are so bad, should we be more concerned that it’s a shame that ppl are not playing the game and are missing out on a GOOD GAME?

          • Keronos

            oh wait, nevermind, real gamers are a minority now, seeing how a lot of the “BREAKING SALES” were from the helping hands of casuals who normally don’t play games to begin with

          • springer85

            Games are NOT the Wii U problem…..it is VALUE for money and the PRICE!!!!
            $299 FOR a Wii U, that has 32GB, no Blu ray or even a DVD player,NO 3rd party, Gamepad that STILL after 20 months is waiting for its killer game to show off what it can really do, terrible online.
            $399 for PS4, 500GB, Blu ray player, best of both worlds heaps of first party and heaps of 3rd party to fill in the gaps, better online, controller is not a gimmick.
            As I have just stated above why would ANYONE pay $300 for a console that just has first party games released every 5-8 months with no 3rd party in between to fill in the gaps?
            That is why so many people are buying a PS4,the $100 difference for a true next gen system with so much better value than the Wii U is a no brainer for consumers.
            The Wii was so popular due to motion controls and the fact that at launch it was $300 cheaper than the PS3!!

          • Keronos

            32GB – ok sure I’l give you that, but it’s so easy to use an external Hard drive it’s not that big a deal

            No blu-ray/DVD use – Not necessary and should not be considered a deal breaker.

            No 3rd party support – most 3rd party Devs only care about profiting big with the least amount of work. hence why we have so many of these AAA titles that are all pretty much interactive movies that get undeserved hype from trash casuals and fratboys who think they are gamers by having an overhyped console.

            Gamepad usage – that’s your opinion, there are some games that use it pretty well. although I do think it can do better.

            terrible online – LOL okay, confirmed for talking out the ass. I bet you are one of those retards that think it’s the same as the Wii’s.

            Now suck these facts about ps4.
            $399 for a console’s poor attempt at being like a PC.

            (so in reality, the ps4 is overpriced compared to PC)

            My custom built PC that is over 4-5 years old STILL OUTPERFORMS IN BOTH GRAPHICS AND SMOOTH GAMEPLAY than both the ps4 and Xbone.

            0 first party games worth getting the system for. Infamous? Killzone? LOL, yeah right, those games are bargain bin titles at best. 3rd Party games? Nah, not worried, got a PC where 99% will be as well.

            better online? maybe user interface wise sure.(compared to WiiU) Still not much different than last gen or at least rolling over for.

            So that touchpad on the DS4 controller is NOT a gimmick? LOL you sure showed me!

            Ppl buy the ps4 because it is overhyped by marketing and all the little children see it as a toy to brag about so they beg mommy and daddy to buy and in this day and age… they usually get what they want.(plus i still stand by about most of the sales consisting mostly of casuals, because COD and Battlefield were the 2 highest games of the system(FACT))

            one last thing… 5-8 months for a wait is just a stretch from morons like you. Plus usually those First party that we wait patiently for… usually end up being top notch games that we can never put down. Unlike a lot of the 3rd party games that you play just once or twice and then you feel like you wasted money because you are bored of it after only a few days of playing it.

          • Keronos

            Tl;Dr: You are still a piece of shit that doesn’t know better

          • springer85

            You say that I am wrong?LOL. 8 million other PS4 users thought the same as I do that the Wii U price and value for money are a rip off.
            It has a little bit better graphics than the 7 year PS3 yet they are asking $299 for it?LOL.
            Wii Mote changed gaming…..Wii U Gamepad has taken a step backwards!!!!
            The days of Nintendo dominating the home console war is over.
            Even Nintendo is quietly killing the Wii U, their main focus is the 3DS and the new QOL Health project.
            They are even in the process of making a cheaper console for the China market.
            Nintendo have always been the kings of handhelds, no one can ever say that they are not!
            Unless Nintendo have their best E3 since 2006 and show off Miyamoto new IP, new Zelda, new Metroid, new F-Zero type game, new Mario and announce a $100 price drop it really is game over fr Wii U!

          • Keronos

            LOL I doubt they did considering most of them were casuals who probly thought the WiiU was an extension for the Wii and not a new console.

            Little bit?…yeah I can agree with that because the ps4 and xbone are only a little bit better as well.

            No they are not killing it off, you have gone beyond hopeless if you honestly believe that.

            I am not treating the WiiU as a DOMINATING console, just the stupid hate it gets is all bullshit and mostly lies from self entitled babies.

            I agree with the rest of what you said except the price drop part. Only if they released it without ANY controllers(including gamepad) will it be that much buddy. doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. (again pointing out you are just sounding like a self entitled faggot who thinks things should go your way and that you are always right. YOU ARE HOPELESS. ENJOY BEING PART OF THE CANCER THAT IS KILLING VIDEO GAMES.)

          • springer85

            Cancer that is killing gaming?LOL
            Ubisoft has just announced that they are re making a game that Nintendo made so famous TETRIS and it is NOT coming to Nintendo consoles!!!
            Ubisoft are killing gaming not fans!!!!
            It is called Tetris Ultimate, ANOTHER kick to the balls from Ubisoft to Nintendo!!!
            They treat Nintendo like crap yet Nintendo still allow them to make any games for them?
            They delayed Watchdogs for zero reason.

          • Brandon

            I have to agree with him on some of his points, but not all. The wii u does seem overpriced compared to the ps4.

          • Keronos

            well I can see that too. one reason why i don’t think it’s so bad is because since the specs of the WiiU are not even officially revealed, it leads me to think they have something pretty good in there.(No i am not saying it is stronger than the ps4) and the low hard drive space was used to help balance the price out. One thing to remember is that the WiiU was being sold at a loss before the price drop. Makes you wonder sometimes

          • Brandon

            Well even though the specs werent confirmed by nintendo, they were revealed by other sources. All three console makers dont reveal there specs, and selling the wii u at a lose was most likely due to the manufacturing cost, just like the wii.

          • oontz

            The gamepad costs around $150usd.

          • Brandon

            Damn thats alot for something with almst crap tech. 480p single touch screen, buttons, infrared sensor, nfc, etc. and it costs that much. They should have put the money on better specs for the console.

          • oontz

            As great as the wiiu is, it’s not on par with the ps4, not even close. Don’t forget around $150usd of the wiiu’s price is JUST for the controller.

          • Keronos

            Oh yeah sry if it sounded like i was hinting that, I DON’T think the WiiU is on par with the ps4 in power. I just know it is definitely a step up from the ps3/360.

            I thought it was $100 not $150… got any source for that if possible?

          • oontz

            I had read that a long time ago after it first released so surely those components have come down in price since then.

          • Keronos

            ah ic

    • Cyntheta Luis

      Stop liking your own comment dude. Calm down, go buy 4 PS4′s or something so you can admire it’s “better value” and “buy playstation network”

      I know each person have its own personal hobby, I won’t judge. But please stop stalking every nintendo posts with your “LOL” and “!!” and go play an actual video game on your great investment PS4, and hold hands with your 8 million PS4 users pretending you have friends?

  • Allvalve

    I think it would be wise to wait until full week figures come in to make a judgement.
    I must admit I am slightly disappointed by the hardware number, but only because I believe the Wii U should be shifting 15,000 units in normal circumstances.
    Having said that Mario Kart is an “evergreen” game, so may well keep sales high until Smash Brothers gets released and undoubtedly gets a bundle.
    Mario Kart and Smash Brothers bundle in time for Christmas to take over from the single game bundles, sensibly priced and perhaps with some kind of limited edition styling (NES colours? I’d love a brushed aluminium Wii U) and Nintendo could have an extremely good last half leading into a strong Christmas.

    • MujuraNoKamen

      They’ll need more than 2 titles to keep it up. true this and smash are going to be the biggest sellers but they’ll need to market the hell out of X, Bayonetta, Yoshi, SMTxFE, Watch Dogs etc to show that there is a more on offer than XBone.

    • Jon Turner

      Isn’t there a tax hike happening in Japan too?

      • KH

        Yes, yes there is, and since it begun, gaming sells, have suffer a gigantic blow. Nintendo should had released the bundle there, and a real free game promotion, the boost would had been bigger in those 3 days, and it would had gotten bigger, when it would had been a full week of sales. The bundle and promotion could had surely taken it to around 30k-40k, which for a home console in Japan, it is great, but they didn’t.

        So the boost instead of being a big one, it should be a sustainable one, as consumers begin getting it little by little.

        But for a home console, in a place that is Handheld territory, and with a damaging tax hike, it did pretty good.

        The boost should maintain, and may go higher, the following week worldwide, thanks to the whole Luigi Death Stare thing, that has even appear in the news.

    • ben

      Those figures are OK> Positive momentum is what is important.

  • MujuraNoKamen

    This just over the weekend this weeks figures should also be fairy good.
    I do hope E3 isn’t a disappointment and Nintendo brings lots of good titles in quick succession to keep the momentum going. I also hope they keep up the marketing for other games because amazingly there were MK8 adverts on TV :O

    • Jon Turner

      Well Iwata DID say he was determined to save WiiU. The sales uptick isn’t as huge for WiiU here, but under the circumstances it’s doing well for this week, and hopefully it will get even better.

      • MujuraNoKamen

        I think E3 is going to be a big moment, Xbox and PS4 have both hit speed bumps of one sort or another (delays, sales dropping…)
        so if Nintendo can seize this opportunity and get a solid lineup for the rest of the year then they might just turn things around.

  • Dark Link

    Wii taking over. U-mad?

  • Yousif Alromaithi

    Good job Iwata. Keep it up. Go Mario Kart 8. Bring Smash Bros as soon as possible because Sony and Xbox is delaying their games like usual on each gen.

  • Shootdatrupee!…

    Well this wasn’t the least bit surprising.

  • Rinslowe

    Liking those software no’s. And very respectable console sales too for just 5 days figures…
    Wonder how it’s done in Europe and the America’s?

  • lonewolf88

    I don’t understand how some people in the comment section are trying to good news into bad news like wtf!!!!!!!!!

  • wiimenonowiiu

    I cheeked at toys r us and they only had one mk8 bundle left from the skid they brought in

  • Leo

    Nintendo is doom… oh wait!! O.o

  • A Rod

    Lol i can still remember when they said wii u was dead

  • kopaka7

    U.S. sales through May 31 are in at VGChartz, and they claim 480,040 copies were sold May 30-31 in the U.S., making it #3 behind Watch Dogs PS4 and XOne, but ahead of both the PS3 and 360 versions of Watch Dogs. 78,247 Wii Us were sold in a purported 611% increase in sales, putting Wii U behind PS4 at 92,603 and a 71% increase. Keep in mind this was over just two days for Wii U!

    • Jon Turner

      That’s an improvement all right. Hopefully WiiU can keep this up. (Considering that now there are reports of MK8 bundles literally flying off the shelves, it’s possible.)

      • kopaka7

        I don’t know. My Best Buy had over a dozen copies left just this Monday, the weekend after launch.

        • Jon Turner

          That’s just one store, though. Who knows about the others?

  • Donaald

    The 360 keeps getting momentum LMAO

  • Mark

    Wii u is killing sony in japan:) nintendo will be just fine. They will b second this generation. Xbone is dead..it will be thirs place as usuall.go kick sime more ass wii u! Itll sell a million units all month of june!

    • Jon Turner

      The only place where WiiU will potentially be #1 is in Japan (in the console race, that is; the real winner there is 3DS.)

  • Mark

    U guys keep saying it sold a ton in its first week in europe. Its not week! Its only 3 days:) so this is huge! Face it xboners and sony nerdz nintendo is hear to stay and ur bitter tired old shootem up PC game systems arent gonna cut it. Ya im talking like this after one damn game. Why? Cuz its MARIO KART! HELL EVEN WATCHDOGZ IS barely beating it and its on 4 consoles and PC! all the negative bs for past six months by u nerds about wii u will stop. Wii u is still second place worldwide and will stay that way. Who will be last? XBONE!!!!!! infact they have NEVER been first in console war. Xbox waz second. 360 was third. Xboner is third. Man that must suck to NEVER TASTE VICTORY. itll def be the last microsoft console. Now its time dor me to play sum mario kart. And then lego hobbit. Oh and mario 3dparty world and super luigi u and donky kong coubtry and zombie u and pikmin 3 and ducktales remastered! Go and play ur killem shootem up games. NINTENDO POWER!!!