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Japanese sales: Wii U continues its upswing

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Here’s a look at the sales numbers in Japan this week, marking the third consecutive week of Mario Kart 8 being available on the market. The game itself has dropped in sales numbers significantly, showing most Japanese gamers picked it up when it first became available. Nevertheless it was able to retain its top position on the software chart with 42k sales, down from nearly 440k the week previous. As we move into the Mario Kart 8 long-tail of availability, the interesting question will be if Wii U sales continue to remain steady.

Over the previous weeks between the release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart 8, the Wii U sales figures managed to stay stable at around 7k to 8k units every week. This week the Wii U continues to top the ten thousands with 12k sold, though it’s down from the previous week’s high of 14k. Either way, it’s nice to see the Wii U continuing to gain some traction for this release, with the next biggest release on the horizon Hyrule Warriors, which will likely be extremely popular in Japan.

Software Sales

  1. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 42,461 (441,205)
  2. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 32,960 (1,087,217)
  3. [3DS] Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – 31,472 (218,329)
  4. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 20,264 (103,267)
  5. [PSV] The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki Evolution – 19,659 (New)
  6. [PS3] One Piece: Unlimited World Red – 18,026 (New)
  7. [PSV] One Piece: Unlimited World Red – 10,348 (New)
  8. [PS4] Thief – 8,772 (New)
  9. [3DS] Card Fight!! Vanguard Lock-On Victory!! – 7,315 (39,568)
  10. [PS4] FIFA 14 World Class Soccer – 6,264 (41,436)

Hardware Sales

  1. 3DS LL – 21,267 (30,924)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 13,299 (11,450)
  3. Wii U – 12,249 (13,766)
  4. PlayStation 4 – 8,395 (9,466)
  5. PlayStation 3 – 6,564 (6,561)
  6. 3DS – 5,308 (5,346)
  7. PSP – 4,325 (9,365)
  8. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,436 (1,193)
  9. Xbox 360 – 231 (255)

[via Gematsu]

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  • Gameonfool

    Not selling that well. Up slightly.

    • matthew garcia

      I had a feeling that success wouldn’t last to long. Also hyrule warriors not out til late September which is the next game to come out is not good. Transformers comes out before but its a multiplatform game that won’t sale for crap on Wii u so I won’t count that

      • Gameonfool

        Yep , I think the wii u needed another big game for June/July to keep the momentum.

        • Officer Raichu

          hyrule warriors august
          wii sports club retail july :P

          • Gameonfool

            Still needs more considering the drought wii u owners had to deal with and to keep momentum. I thought hyrule warriors is September, I could be wrong

          • Officer Raichu

            japan august everywhere else september

          • matthew garcia

            In the u.s. hyrule warriors is not til late September

          • Officer Raichu

            hyrule warriors comes out august 14 or 13 in japan
            so should be good for japan
            but agree another game drought untill september sigh

        • matthew garcia

          Yeah they did

    • Officer Raichu

      its doing better than all the consoles for 3 weeks in a row
      its doing better than i thought
      thought it would go down to 8k two weeks after :P

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

    These trends are going to continue until there is a consistent stream of game releases to Wii U, and with third party support as it is, that will be difficult. Wii Sports Club, Hyrule Warriors, Bayo 2, Captain Toad, Smash… can’t think of anything else major set for release this year. I want to say there is a new baseline for Wii U, but with Pikmin 3 having better results than MK8 on HW sales (albeit slightly), it’s hard to pinpoint whether there is a new one or not.

  • palomino blue

    MK8 is the first real system seller. I bought Tropical Freeze the same day and I haven’t even opened it yet because I’ve been spending all my free time with Kart. I could see Wii U sales continue to slowly go down until Hyrule Warriors comes out but it will be interesting to see if the Wii U can consistently stay over 10k units a week.

    • David

      You should. It’s a great game. It’s well worth the time.

  • Officer Raichu

    keep in mind it sold 78k 2 weeks ago you guys forgot to post last weeks XD

    • matthew garcia

      That wasn’t for Japan alone

      • Officer Raichu

        no it was for japan in its 2nd week according to famitusu(dont know how to spell it) and media create

        • matthew garcia

          Was it I don’t remember it being that much when I looked last week

          • Officer Raichu

            it was 325k fw
            then went down to 78k 2nd week
            and now is 42k last week

          • matthew garcia

            Lol oh your talking about Mk8 I’m talking about the console

          • Officer Raichu

            oh XD

          • matthew garcia

            My bad

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            That’s quite a drop.

          • Officer Raichu

            it actually sold more than watch dogs 2nd week :P
            (if you chose to believe vgchartz)
            so adding to that its still possibly wds outsold mk8 last week

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I take their numbers with a grain of salt. VG never can seem to get them right. :P

          • Officer Raichu

            there actually usually wrong on console sales they really messed up xbox one vita wii u ps4 and 3ds sales in US for may

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Not surprised. Lol.

          • Officer Raichu

            keep in note vgchartz also has wii u undertracked by 60k(from japan)
            3ds is a whopping 200k undertracked and vitas 100k undertracked(also from japan)

          • Rinslowe

            VG Chartz no’s typically round low. The actual figures for both should be more. But the fact it’s competing with a game sold on multiple devices with massive install base potential is still encouraging news…

          • xPhoenixMoon

            Yea what an upswing…….. /s

  • Marioman21

    When I was at Smash Fest on Saturday all 7 remaining copies they had of DKCTF sold out while of the 15 Mario Karts only 4 sold. I also saw 3 copies of 3D World sell, 2 NSMBU, and their last copy of Nintendo land. On shelf that is.

  • Jon

    meanwhile, the PS3 got a boost of 3 more consoles sold while the PS4 falls more. Sony is lucky the rest of the world loves the PS4.

    • matthew garcia

      True, American numbers just came out and ps4 has beat Xbox and Wii u there 5 months in a row. Ps4 quadrupled Wii u sales there and we all know way more consoles in the u.s. get sold way more then Japan

      • David

        “Quadrupled”
        That’s funny cause the npd stated that neither company has released there sales numbers.
        One of many sources:http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2014/06/16/npd-may-video-games/10639717/
        Plus, the mariokart bundle was only available for two days during May.
        Now I don’t doubt ps4 outsold everyone, but I do wonder how June sales will look.
        Plus, don’t throw numbers around when no one has the numbers.

      • Officer Raichu

        be warned xbox one is (according to retailers like gamestop and stuff) selling through the roof so it could change O_O hopefully not

    • greengecko007

      It doesn’t look like this will be changing anytime soon. Sony’s E3 didn’t show any games that I could see appealing to the Japanese market as a reason to buy a PS4. Little Big Planet 3 looks awesome, and there were a lot of Japanese players online for that game, but it’s also going to release on the PS3. Final Fantasy 15 and Kingdom Hearts 3 are vaporware.

      • Officer Raichu

        ehh who knows maybe xbxo one could sell more XD doubt it though since they have no japan games at launch
        itll launch with less than 70k most likely there

      • oontz

        They already said they were saving those games for TGS. E3 is mainly focused on the western audiences while TGS is focused on the Asian audiences.

        • greengecko007

          Well hopefully they do that, otherwise the PS4 is going to continue to struggle in Japan.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Games like KH3 and FFXV will certainly boosts sales when they are ready to be released. It’s just going to be a bumpy ride until then.

          • oontz

            It will struggle until the big Japanese games release there.

    • companyoflosers

      at least japan sees sony for what they are.

      • InterTreble

        PS4 is a flop in Japan, and would have been a flop everywhere if only people wanted to play games, not just to say “I have the last PS” to their neighbours. As it happens in Europe and US.

        • companyoflosers

          well what really gets to me is how sony got to that point. they’ve employed some shady tactics to make themselves look good and make the competition look bad. yes the ps4 is more powerful, but sony has also pressured most of the devs for their release window games and a few after release window to make their games 1080p despite the strain that puts on the system and the instability it introduces. players of course dont find out about this until they play the games and they dont work till the few months it takes to patch the games have passed and they still have issues after. they are also marketing games that are multiplatform as exclusives such as destiny. destiny is available on literally EVERY platform with the exception of wii u, including last gen systems yet sony is trying to make it look like in all the advertising and presentations like its a playstation exclusive. and lets not forget the famous line “better on playstation”. this year at e3 they also did exactly what everybody criticized microsoft for last year and that was talk about apps and features nobody actually there really cares about. meanwhile microsoft stuck to talking only about games and nintendo killed it in their digital event, yet i dont hear any criticism towards sony for how they decided to run their conference and i even see a ton of people who seem to think sony still won e3. sony’s itself and its representatives and fans have been so hypocritical its not even funny. its a choice example for the saying “do as i say, not as i do”. in other words sony will drive it up and down when microsoft makes a mistake but when they do, none of the other hardware makers are willing to sionk to sony’s level to do the same. microsoft and nintendo’s reps have said nothing but good things about and to sony, yet sony still continues its rapid fire mud flinging campaign against both.

  • Daniel Carvalho

    4 thousands more than the PS4, not bad. Not as good as it should be, but slowly getting there. The important thing now is not losing the momentum, instead keep raising it. Maybe a couple of DLCs available for the game until Zelda Musou comes out and Nintendo won’t have any problems on the meantime.

    We’ll probably see steady sales for Mario Kart 8, specially if Nintendo fixes the disconnection problems with the online races.

    • Jon

      I’ve never been disconnected… every and I play a lot of online….

      • Daniel Carvalho

        I heard about lots of people who never got disconnected, but I also about other lots of people who got disconnected a lot. If you watch GameXplain’s videos, you’ll see a lot of racers suffering from that problem.

    • xPhoenixMoon

      I have yet to be disconnected from MK8 myself either, are you playing international? All I have played is within my region so maybe that is why but it has been a buttery smooth online experience for me.

      Not saying your lying but just wondering what mode your playing? Also how fast is your internet if you don’t mind me asking?

      • Daniel Carvalho

        Unfortunately, I still don’t have a Wii U, but I have spoken with lots of people who suffer from this problem. Maybe it isn’t even as much of an often problem as it sounds like, but for those who haven’t yet bought the game, it may scare them hearing about disconnection issues. That’s why I said once Nintendo stabilizes their servers and less and less people get disconnected, then sales will keep steady or even rise.

  • Josie the Sketcher

    Japanese have very different tastes to the westerners. No they don’t want first person shooters that dominate the PS4 and Xbox one and they certainly don’t care about hyper realism graphics. They don’t even care if the console is the most powerful. They want weird, wacky fun games which the 3ds have been providing.

    • T J

      Well…to be fair…Square Enix is Japanese and they are too obsessed with graphics for their own good as a company. They want their gameplay to look immaculate, which pisses me off. Final Fantasy VII through X were pretty awesome. Haven’t touched the others in the series except 13 which…yeah.. I’m glad I rented it first.

    • David Trail

      And Wii U.

    • 2Макс2

      +1! Just take a look at all those mini-games of Party U. “Weird” is a suitable description for them.

  • Ducked

    Nintendo seems to be doing pretty steady in Japan. Now for Nintendo to have a new trailer on Fire Emblem x SMT

    • Officer Raichu

      i feel like that game could do wonders in japan :P

      • Ducked

        A system seller imo

        • Officer Raichu

          release it a month before xeno x
          there you have it wii u will have a new baseline

  • xPhoenixMoon

    How are dropping numbers a upswing to you all? What the hell? This is the type of delusional hope for the Wii U that drives me insane, as much as I love the system some people just can’t admit when its in between a rock and hard place.

    Declining sales, are not a upswing. It sold more previous weeks and even higher than that before.

    • Officer Raichu

      i think they mean that it didnt go down that much :P
      but if its the other way around then yeah doesnt make sense

      • xPhoenixMoon

        They don’t, the article title clearly states “Wii U CONTINUES its upswing.”

        There has been no continued upswing, it got a marginally small boost from Mario Kart 8 and its sales have been declining ever since in Japan.

        So the article title should be completely different. As I said I came in here all happy for once thinking to myself “Yay, the sales are picking up in japan! I can finally make a good comment.” Only to be shocked to see the numbers still gradually decreasing and utterly confused by the title chosen for this piece.

        • Officer Raichu

          ok ok im sorry i just thought thats why :P

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

      That spin!

      Not only that, the information is also incorrect. The 441k number isn’t the amount MK8 sold last week, that’s total MK8 sales in Japan. Otherwise, you’re going from 441K -> 42k in the space of a week. Not sure how ~90% drop can be considered a good thing (correct drop-off from last week is 42% I believe, 73k -> 42k).

    • steveb944

      The perspective is based on the sales it’s had prior to MK8. Sales have sucked for the Wii U, no one is denying that, but it’s higher now than prior to MK8 when the numbers were even lower. It’s also a positive that it’s the best selling home console that week.

  • Yousif Alromaithi

    Good job Wii U they just beat PS4 in japan.

  • Rinslowe

    I think it’ll be a lot to ask for sales to remain at around 40k indefinitely, for Kart.
    But the title should have decent sales no’s for some time. It’s really how sales continue when those other titles release. As Kart is not an annual franchise. People picking up a Wii U for Hyrule Warriors/ Bayo 1 & 2 or Smash are also likely to get a copy of Mario Kart. And so on, for any game released that sells systems…

    • Officer Raichu

      i feel like it be about the same as yokia watch two for a little while untill hyrule warriors boosting both and getting wii u a ok boost(i say around mk8) so around 20k if more great if less sigh

    • oontz

      The wiiu is on track to sell less than the GameCube. But you know what? I am loving getting my Nintendo fix and mk8 is a ton of fun. I know there will be more exclusives in the future that I will buy as well. I am just happy I can afford more than one platform to game on.

      • Rinslowe

        lol there’s nothing indicative of how the Wii U will really do by the end of this generation. Only speculation. I predict it sells about the same or a few million more…

        • oontz

          “lol there’s nothing indicative of how the Wii U will really do by the end of this generation. Only speculation.”

          You understand the term “on track” right?
          Compared side by side to the gamecube it’s currently selling at 50% less.

          • Rinslowe

            That is why I responded with my reply. Obviously I don’t believe there is anything indicative of the Wii U being “on track” as you put it.
            Lol, but nice try…
            If Kart has shown anything, if the software drought has proven anything. If Super Mario 3D World has indicated anything in not selling like Kart as Nintendo expected. Is that this generation has no clear indicators present to being “on track” at all.
            So yes, overlooking your condescending comment. Your meaning was cyrstal.
            Basically you’re comparing two separate systems with two completely different market situations and histories and you truly believe you can extrapolate a predictable outcome? Piss off.
            You’d be just as likely using the Wii as a bass line. There’s very little in terms of predictors that have any relation to each other for each respective console. Or care to substantiate?

          • oontz

            “Basically you’re comparing two separate systems with two completely different market situations and histories and you truly believe you can extrapolate a predictable outcome?”

            It’s not me making the comparison, many media outlets reported the same data, even the one you frequently visit.

            http://wiiudaily.com/2014/04/wii-u-gamecube-sales-compared/

            “Piss off.”

            No need to be a douche.

            “You’d be just as likely using the Wii as a bass line. There’s very little in terms of predictors that have any relation to each other for each respective console.”

            Tell that to the dozen + media outlets that made the comparison and ran the stories. You seem extra touchy today. Losing sleep watching the World Cup matches? The time difference can be a bitch.

          • Rinslowe

            And that makes them right to do so? Nope.
            So consider that me telling how ever many media outlets. That this sort of comparison is obviously a waste of time.

          • oontz

            Right or wrong doesn’t change the fact that right now the data shows that at this point in the wiiu’s life cycle the system is selling 50% less when compared to Nintendo’s overall worst selling home console the gamecube. Currently if the tide doesn’t change and the wiiu CONTINUES down the same path (on track) it will be their worst home console ever in terms of overall sales.

            While the wiiu could sell more in the future, the gamecube can’t magically sell less.

          • Rinslowe

            The Data does not imply anything. Only that within the same time frame each console sold X amount of units. It takes nothing else into account. Therefore it is meaningless to attempt to predict anything from that fact only. There is no other data that you can show or map that can with any empirical certainty indicate the Wii U is on track to sell less than the Gamecube. You would need a lot more taken into account than that. And recent changes in sales have proven that. Previous thought system sellers that performed worse have proven that. Titles like Mario Party in Japan that no-one thought would sell has proven that. The software drought has proven that. There is nothing that predicts the outcome of this generation with any certainty at all.
            Like I said speculation.

          • oontz

            “There is nothing that predicts the outcome of this generation with any certainty at all.Like I said speculation.”

            Of course it’s just speculation… but if the wiiu continues selling the same amount as it currently is… month after month… it will sell less than gamecube.

          • Rinslowe

            “Of course it’s just speculation… ”

            Exactly.

            “but if the wiiu continues selling the same amount as it currently is… month after month… it will sell less than gamecube.”

            Who’s arguing that?

          • oontz

            “Who’s arguing that?”

            Seeing as what I wrote fits within the literal definition of the term “on track” I guess you’re the one arguing that, no?

          • Rinslowe

            Actually no.
            50% less in the same timeframe indicates only that. You are the one who applied IF to the “data”.

            It’s not on track at all. And once again as is usual I have outlined reasons as to why.

            Now the response;
            “Who’s arguing that?”
            is directly in reply to this (the if) statement;
            “but if the wiiu continues selling the same amount as it currently is… month after month… it will sell less than gamecube.”

            In fact, even that statement is false because the monthly sales is dynamic not static. You cannot apply month by month in this sense.

            And your literal definition is through the looking glass my friend. Because “on track” would have to imply some form of truth. And there is no truth to be found in that statement…

          • oontz

            so people can’t/shouldn’t compare the wiiu’s month to month sales (to date) to any other console’s sales in the same time frame?

            Is that the grand point you’re trying to hit home?

            Cause in the article’s comments I linked no where did you ever bring up THAT point of view or go against what wiiudaily reported when they made the same comparison.

            You definitely like to bust my balls about everything.

            Interesting to say the least.

          • Rinslowe

            I never said people can’t or shouldn’t do anything other than what they want. But yeah, it’s pretty redundant to do so with flippin dynamic month by month sales…
            There’s no grand point. But noted your continued attempt at being a condescending graceless fellow…

            That’s what you believe. I guess I have a knack for calling blsht on comments like yours. And a couple of others.
            Feel free to repay the sentiment any time you think you see the same thing. I’ll be happy to discuss it with you.
            :)

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            “You definitely like to bust my balls about everything.”

            Nah, he does that to any comment that he feels is irrelevant. Though he has been busting your balls of late. Lol. It’s simpler to ignore the over bearing and focus your time on the rational. My two cents.

          • Rinslowe

            “Nah, he does that to any comment that he feels is irrelevant. ”
            That makes no sense. You do realise that right?

          • InterTreble

            They both are hypocrite, and well known flamers. Leave them to their ignorance.

            http://www.oldtownmusichall.org/cms-assets/images/351401.laurel-and-hardyforjune7.jpg?rand=0.5730676727835089

          • oontz

            So did you ever get MarioKart 8? I have been waiting to play you online.

          • oontz

            Again you’re calling me a hypocrite with now factual evidence to back it up. No need to be hurt InterTreble, not everyone can be winners. But keep reaching for the stars my friend.

          • InterTreble

            When I see your or gonsales’ nick here, it’s always a flame. And you always point the finger to the others. This is what I call a hypocrite, if you want to use this term just as an offense, it’s not my problem. This is a clear demonstration that the problem are you two, not me, not Rinnslowe, not the rest of the world. It’s logic, but you won’t accept even this basic concept. Change your attitude and behaviour, and then we will speak again.

          • oontz

            Who flamed who right now? No one was discussing anything with you directly and then you post this…

            “They both are hypocrite, and well known flamers. Leave them to their ignorance.”

            But you call me a hypocrite? Still waiting for that MK8 invite!!

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I don’t believe he understands what a hypocrite is. Just my observation there.

          • oontz

            I agree

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            From what I read, that certainly appears to be the case.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Indeed very touchy. I think he hides it normally during arguments, but finally cracked under pressure tonight.

          • Rinslowe

            Haha
            (You two should really get a room. You’re so up the guys passage lately, like a good little sidekick )

          • Turing

            “bass line” heh heh heh

          • Rinslowe

            Yep, the first known value used for comparing data at a later date…
            Or a motif aspect of musical composition… In that case…
            :)

          • greengecko007

            Come on Rinslowe…

            All Oontz’s original reply to you was saying is that even though the Wii U isn’t selling well, he’s enjoying the games it has to offer. Is that not how basically every Wii U owner feels? His statement about the Wii U being “on track” to sell worse than the gamecube is just an observation. The term “on track” doesn’t imply certainty at all. In fact, as you so eloquently put it, things rarely work out that way. Things, especially sales which are extremely affected by game releases, are subject to change.

            There’s nothing wrong with you believing that the Wii U will end up selling more than the gamecube did, nor is there any thing wrong with pointing out where the Wii U stands in relation to another console, especially when the intent of the comparison was to show that it doesn’t affect how much enjoyment one receives from the playing the console.

          • Rinslowe

            I actually believe you’ve followed the path you’ve just accused me of mate. Check my original reply to his…
            It wasn’t until he felt challenged that I felt the need to go into detail.
            I get what your saying and understand the point. But so do I stand behind mine. That the term “on track” is a false statement. In fact there’s nothing indicative of there being any trend in that regard. Neither is it even comparable in that way. It’s simply a flawed view from the outset. No matter how simple you believe it to be.
            I don’t believe the Wii U will sell more than the gamecube. I think it could be a possibility either way. And something tells me that is the main reason we’re having this discussion…
            Just so your aware. There is a difference between stating factual data that shows where the console is in comparison to another in the same time frame. And stating where it’s going from here based on that data. Which makes no sense actually. As it is a simple set of data only. Lets not argue that.
            In fact thanks for the repy…

          • greengecko007

            “Well five way now that Gonzalez, yourself and some random other guy have chimed in – lol”

            And to that, I apologize, but as I normally respect both you and oontz, I felt it necessary to point out that what had escalated into… something… appeared to be the result of a misunderstanding, on both ends.

          • Rinslowe

            Actually it was me replying to an aspect of a comment that required a mention. And the other guy not liking that …
            And then everyone not liking something. Haha.
            Well, that’s how the cookie crumbles on occasion.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            True true.

  • PS4WiiURocks

    Wii U is king again in Japan..Some good new at least for Nintendo

  • oontz

    How is a decrease considered an upswing? It’s clearly sold less than the previous week, how can you say it “continues its upswing” when the numbers actually show the complete opposite?

    Weird choice for a title Ashely… Unless you just wanted to trick people into clicking it.
    “Hey great news everybody…. Got ya!” “Thanks for the ad revenue!”

    • Rinslowe

      People would have clicked the story anyway. All it had to say was “Japanese sales figures in” and nothing else. And it would have seen the same amount of hits. This weekly count from Japan always does.
      Also I’m not saying I understand the title choice either. It does seem strange in the literal sense. But it is correct in terms of a whole. Since Mario Kart 8 released. The Wii U has seen an upswing of sales. 42k for the week in the third week of sales could be considered a sustained upswing in comparison to the time before Kart 8 released which hovered around 5k a week for some time…

  • InterTreble

    People trolling Wii U for mounths can put away their bottle of champaign. We told you to wait, and now you can only admit you were wrong. And begin to ask yourselves if its a nice way to pass your time… ;)