Mario Kart 8 Claims Top Spot in Japan With Pride

By   /   Jun 8, 2014

It always amazes me how a single title from Nintendo can bring the company back into the spotlight and redeem any dry spell it had prior to it. Mario Kart 8 had been assumed to be a let down but upon release has only seen to Wii U consoles flying off shelves.

Mario Kart 8 was released in Japan on May 29 and software sales for its first week (May 26 – June 1) see to Mario Kart 8 claiming the top spot, beating Infamous: Second Son by a large margin.

However, even Mario Kart 8 was not able to help Wii U in making the top spot in terms of hardware sales. The platform managed to come second, beat only be the Nintendo 3DS.

The PlayStation Vita continues to do well, but both the PS3 and PS4 are seeing to stagnant sales. The reason is probably a low amount of Japanese titles or some major AAA JRPGs.

Here’s the full look at the software and hardware for the week (May 26 – June 1).

Software Sales

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

Hardware Sales

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

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