Japanese 3DS hardware sales jumped over 100 per cent in the first week of November as Super Mario 3D Land cruised to the top of the software chart.
Nintendo has seemingly pinned its short-term hopes of a 3DS recovery on the pull of firstparty games, and 3D Land’s performance had the desired impact on both software and hardware sales. The game sold 343,492 copies in its debut week as 3DS sales jumped from 65,041 to 145,271 units. While 3DS was Japan’s best-selling system in October with 304,000 units sold, a lack of compelling games was reflected in software sales of just 122,000.
Uncharted 3, which received a strong Japanese marketing push with a series of Harrison Ford adverts, entered at number two with just shy of 125,000 sales, versus Uncharted 2’s October 2009 opening week sales of 54,000 copies, Andriasang reports.
The PS3 version of another Western developed title, Battlefield 3, was just 1,500 copies behind in third place, while the Xbox 360 edition of EA’s shooter debuted at number eight, below fellow new entries Winning Eleven 2012 for PSP and Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 for 3DS.
PSP sold 28,000 units to claim second place on the hardware front, just 1,000 units clear of PS3 but 16,000 ahead of Wii.
01. Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo)
02. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Sony)
03. Battlefield 3 (EA)
04. Final Fantasy Type-0 (EA)
05. Kirby Wii (Nintendo)
06. Winning Eleven 2012 (Konami)
07. Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 (Square Enix)
08. Battlefield 3 (EA)
09. Just Dance Wii (Nintendo)
10. Go Vacation (Namco Bandai)
Source: Media Create / Andriasang