After last week's massive bump in Japanese Vita sales, Sony's system has dropped back down to the level it was at two weeks ago - around 13K.
Nintendo is still going strong with Japanese 3DS sales quadrupling those of runner-up, PlayStation 3. While some of this can be attributed to Pokémon Black & White coming out this week, the sales increase on the handheld was pretty mild - presumably because potential buyers already own the system.
Proportionally, Pokémon had a much larger impact on the aging DSi that sold more than double what it did last week. Granted an extra 520 units is little more than a drop in the bucket for the whole country.
Here's the full hardware chart, as reported by Andriasang:
- 3DS: 68,056 (Last week: 61,793)
- PlayStation 3: 15,680 (14,673)
- Vita: 13,589 (34,459)
- PSP: 8954 (9740)
- Wii: 6127 (5963)
- Xbox 360: 1073 (1084)
- PlayStation 2: 1065 (1237)
- DSi: 900 (380)
- DSi XL: 704 (689)
As reported earlier this week, Pokémon Black & White 2 is selling like hotcakes with over one and a half million copies moved in its first week. That's still not as well as its predecessor which managed a whopping 2,637,285 sales in a scant two days upon its release in 2010.
Meanwhile, From Software's Kinect curio Steel Battalion launched with a thud, coming in at 14th place with under 5000 units sold. Of course, Xbox 360 isn't very popular in Japan and a game that requires a niche peripheral for it was never a promising prospect, even with Capcom's strong marketing push.
Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D is holding steady at second place with a mild decline from last week's 66,434, while Persona 4: The Golden sold less than a fifth of what it did in our last report, yet still maintains a spot in the top three.
- Pokémon Black & White 2 (Pokemon Co., DS): 1,561,738 - NEW
- Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D (Square Enix, 3DS): 58,228 (Life to date: 721,174)
- Persona 4: The Golden (Atlus, Vita): 29,293 (166,369)
- Kenka Bancho Bros. Tokyo Battle Royal (Spike Chunsoft, PSP): 21,797 - NEW
- Tokyo Jungle (Sony, PS3): 18,715 (165,013)
- K-On After School Live!! HD Version (Sega, PS3): 13,581 - NEW
- Mario Party 9 (Nintendo, Wii): 13,339 (447,126)
- Mario Tennis Open (Nintendo, 3DS): 13,036 (198,047)
- Dragon's Dogma (Capcom, PS3): 9162 (446,410)
- Lollipop Chainsaw (Kadokawa, PS3): 7898 (61,246)
- Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, 3DS): 7609 (1,631,358)
- Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 3DS): 5091 (1,746,836)
- Akiba's Trip Plus (Acquire, PS3): 5034 (34,539)
- Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor (Capcom, Xbox 360): 4889 - NEW
- Arcana Famiglia: Vascello Phantasma no Majutsushi (Comfort, PSP): 4854 - NEW
- Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii): 4287 (965,713)
- Monster Hunter 3G (Capcom, 3DS): 4269 (1,481,643)
- Fire Emblem: Awakening (Nintendo, 3DS): 3972 (417,760)
- Gundam Seed Battle Destiny (Namco Bandai, Vita): 3668 (52,790)
- Mario & Sonic at the London Olympics (Nintendo, 3DS): 2965 (186,789)