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Nintendo is dominating Japan with 3DS and Wii U

by William Schwartz


Nintendo is dominating Sony in Japan. Ever since the company slashed the price of the 3DS handheld in 2012, sales have skyrocketed in the country. With two 3DS models on the market and the recently released Wii U, Nintendo now holds the top three spots as far as hardware sales go.

The latest data from Media Create has the Nintendo 3DS XL in first place, the Nintendo 3DS in second, and the Wii U in third. On the software side of things, Nintendo holds the top five spots in terms of sales, and has 17 of the top 20 best selling titles in Japan.

While the 3DS continues to do well in Japan, the PS Vita isn’t having an easy time breaking into that market. Once again, the PlayStation Portable has topped the PS Vita by a 2-1 margin, and both are being outsold by the PlayStation 3.

You can find the latest data below, courtesy of NeoGAF

Hardware Sales

Nintendo 3DS XL – 156,184
Nintendo 3DS – 123,075
Nintendo Wii U – 67,083
PlayStation 3 – 64,352
PlayStation Portable – 54,873
PlayStation Vita – 33,309
Nintendo Wii – 5,632
Microsoft Xbox 360 – 1,893

Software Sales

Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 3DS – 133,134
New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 3DS – 90,264
Paper Mario Sticker Star – 3DS – 68,262
Inazuma Eleven Go 2 – 3DS – 51,519
New Super Mario Bros. U – Wii U – 50,319
Fantasy Life – 3DS – 42,291
Nintendo Land – Wii U – 41,426
One Piece: Romance Dawn – PSP – 40,137
Magician’s Quest – 3DS – 38,986
Tousouchuu – 3DS – 35,624

- This article was updated on:March 7th, 2018

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