Media Create Sales: 12/16/13 – 12/22/13
posted on 12.25.13 at 08:11 AM EST by (@salromano)
It's a Nintendo holiday season in Japan.

Following its debut last week, Puzzle & Dragons Z continues to lead software sales in Japan, this week’s Media Create numbers reveal.

The 3DS adaption of the hit smartphone game moved another 256,000 units.

Pokemon X and Y were not far behind at over 212,000 sales. The games received a significant sales boost over the past couple of weeks.

New PlayStation 3 release Shin Gundam Musou came in at third most sold on PlayStation 3 with 126,000 units. The PS Vita version moved over 52,000 units.

Drakengard 3, also a new release, opened up at 114,000 copies moved.

Nintendo dominates this week’s chart from both a software and hardware standpoint. The majority of games in the top 20 are 3DS titles. And 3DS LL and regular 3DS combined, the console moved over 232,000 units this past week. Wii U sales also remain strong following last week’s increase, moving another 109,000 units.

Get the full sales charts below.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z (GungHo Online Entertainment, 12/12/13) – 256,373 (800,003)
  2. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 212,666 (3,572,829)
  3. [PS3] Shin Gundam Musou (Namco Bandai, 12/19/13) – 126,019 (New)
  4. [PS3] Drakengard 3 (Square Enix, 12/19/13) – 114,024 (New)
  5. [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World (Ninendo, 11/21/13) – 86,408 (327,514)
  6. [PSV] Shin Gundam Musou (Namco Bandai, 12/19/13) – 52,667 (New)
  7. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/13) – 41,137 (3,564,124)
  8. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life (04/18/13) – 38,405 (1,584,122)
  9. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 37,034 (3,067,313)
  10. [3DS] Inazuma Eleven Go Glaaxy Big Bang / Supernova (Level-5, 12/05/13) – 33,328 (155,488)
  11. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind (Spike Chunsoft, 12/05/13) – 30,363 (166,145)
  12. [3DS] Aikatsu! 2-ri no My Princess (11/21/13) – 29,223 (146,898)
  13. [3DS] Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life (Namco Bandai, 08/01/13) – 28,562 (378,584)
  14. [3DS] One Piece: Unlimited World R (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 28,108 (169,388)
  15. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo, 03/20/13) – 26,931 (985,442)
  16. [PSV] Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram (Namco Bandai, 12/19/13) – 26,363 (New)
  17. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 03/20/11) – 26,931 (2,205,807)
  18. [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle (Namco Bandai, 10/17/13) – 24,842 (158,239)
  19. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, 07/28/12) – 24,154 (2,182,408)
  20. [Wii U] Wii Party U (Nintendo, 10/31/13) – 23,972 (119,100)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. 3DS LL – 164,078 (130,710)
  2. Wii U – 109,113 (74,903)
  3. 3DS – 68,522 (50,846)
  4. PlayStation Vita – 50,087 (30,440)
  5. PlayStation 3 – 24,573 (23,959)
  6. PSP – 9,905 (6,475)
  7. PlayStation Vita TV – 5,504 (5,506)
  8. Wii – 1,711 (1,197)
  9. Xbox 360 – 763 (536)


  • Pyrofrost

    Great job Shin Gundam Musou!

    • jujubee88

      The PS3 version sold a lot more then the PSV version. I’m wondering if that’s not because 3DS is the main item people are looking to buy or if it’s something else.

      • MosquitoLemon

        Do Vita games usually sell more than their PS3 counterparts? I think it would be natural that the console version would sell more.

        • jujubee88

          The reason I ask is bc PS3/VITA multiplatform games (usually) always debut better on VITA. If not, than the parity from one to another isn’t 2:1 like here.

          This has been the case for most of the year. Strange.

      • Pyrofrost

        It depends on the type of game really. If this were an RPG, S/TRPG, VN, Rhythm, or something along those lines, I am betting the sales would have been a bit closer.

        Another thing to consider though, is the fact that the PS3’s installbase is infinitely larger than the Vita’s

        • jujubee88

          I guess. But I wonder how VITA’s marketting appeal is this holiday in Japan.

          I’d like to see a poll about it’s popularity this holiday season compared to other hardware.

          • Pyrofrost

            The closest thing you could find to that is just viewing the media create charts over the past few weeks.

            While there are techies in Japan, the overall concern is more for the software than hardware. Price also plays a role. While the PSV does have a market in Japan, it’s not competing with the 3DS. As of now, it can’t even begin to compete with the 3DS, just like the PSP couldn’t really compete with the DS.

            Point being, there will never be sweeping change. Not until Sony can close the pricing gap and the Vita gets some games capable of competing with 3DS chart toppers.

  • shogunknight

    The Power of Santa!! Great WiiU boost, PSV is doing great too. Merry Christmas everyone

    • jujubee88

      Merry Christmas to you.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    highschool dxd didn’t chart

    • British_Otaku

      The charts were pretty competitive this week with roughly 24K being the bottom line, so it could have still sold well enough for a visual novel, though I bet the publishers wish they got their hands on the Attack on Titan license so money would come running to them.

  • z_merquise

    Drakengard 3 (Drag-on Dragoon 3) seems to be selling well and I hope it continues. I remember the Square-Enix producer said that he’ll like to see more niche games/series being develop in their company if Drakengard 3 sold well.

    I’ve watched some of the gameplay vids and honestly, the gameplay doesn’t look impressive to me. I think the art, characters, story and music are what made it special. I could be wrong in regards to the gameplay but to anyone who imported, how is it?

  • crimsonidol

    Every hardware had a (more or less) higher sales rate than last week, except PS Vita TV. And holy moly, the Wii U sales are high. Congratulations!

    • jujubee88

      VITA TV holding onto dat 5k baseline doe.

    • Lavos

      PS3 didn’t go up too much either, just 500 sales. And that’s with a new musou.

  • XypherCode

    There’s only 2 Wii U games in the top 20 but man what a boost on the hardware. Congrats to Nintendo.

    Merry Christmas! :)

    • Skyer Ist

      NSMBU and Wii Party U bundles selling console like hotcakes. MC doesn’t count hardware bundles, look at Famitsu TOP 30 chart:

  • xytherion

    Go Vita! Hope this continues after holiday season

  • Pekola

    Go Go Drakengard 3. Hopefully it sells a lot more. I’m hoping that it at least makes 500k worldwide.

  • Elvick

    dat holiday hardware boost

    edit; What are the total sales of PS Vita in Japan now?

  • InsaneChronos

    But…but…Japan is the portable country and PS4 will fail there because it’s home console!

  • Bender Rodriguez

    Will be more interesting to read next week’s charts since all the Vita games came out on the 19th. How is the Wii U selling more copies of hardware than software? What on earth are people buying it for? I guess these are all the people who avoided it at launch because of the price and library.

  • 武神水樹

    Wow, huge numbers from Drakengard and Shin Gundam

    Nice Vita sales

  • almostautumn

    I love the P&Dz artwork up top. I was really caught off guard when I played the demo and saw that it’s pretty much 100% modeled after the pokemon games, albeit with P&Z dungeons rather than roaming fields. But that picture— it just proves how much pokemon adoration, and admiration, went into this game.
    Very excited for the localized version, and I’ve got a good feeling it’s going to be very well in the west also. Such a refreshing gameplay system: so addictive.

  • DesmaX

    Drakengard 3 seems to do pretty good. Congrats for them

  • bldudas

    Nice Vita sales.

  • bloodiOS

    Whoa, Drakengard 3 actually sells better than I thought. I didn’t think it would even reach 100K.
    EDIT: Apparently sold slightly less than its predecessors but given that we don’t even know how many people purchased the game from the PlayStation Store, I think it did pretty well, certainly better Nier did…

  • PrinceHeir

    glad Drakengard 3 made it on top!!!!

    shame God Eater 2 and Lightning Returns FFXIII seems to have drop down from the list.

    and i thought Super Mario 3D world has bad sales in the first week? guess you’ll just have to wait for a few weeks to pick up the pace.

  • LunarHaven

    YES! This bodes well for Drakengard 3, gonna get it day one myself to support them, we NEED games like this badly… at least I do XD

  • EspadaKiller

    I guess many console owners are waiting for the PS4. I went to Japan last week and saw tons of PS4 ads for pre-orders around shops that sells video games in Tokyo and Osaka.

    And I suppose the Vita is doing great too. Drakengard 3 sells really better than I though….nice. Can’t wait for the English version.

  • Murasaki

    I played Drakengard 3 a while lately. Last time, I fought with the first of the sisters. Since there are a lot of people like who enjoy Drakengard here, I think I’ll put a small review here.

    Based on what I played, this game is a lot worse than Drakengard 1 or 2. I didn’t play Nier but I love Drakengard 1 & 2 to death.

    Let me share some of my gripes with this game:
    1. Graphic.
    Yes, it’s Drakengard, I know. I wasn’t expecting a FF level of graphic, but wow, this game is a mess, graphically. Zero is basically floating, she never touched the damn ground . . . Not to mention all the jaggies. But this I can overlook.
    2.Framerate drops.
    Expect hideous framerate dips! Sometime the game turns into a slide show, literally. Ah, you get framerate drops even in cutscenes! How cool is that?
    Let’s hope for a patch, or something.
    You can lock on to enemies, but it will only make things worse. Some time the camera will go to random places. Not cool.
    What is Drakengard? It’s a hack’n’slash game with focus on the dragon. And this game, is basically Drakengard MINUS the dragon. Yes, you can call the dragon, but only on specific map, you can’t call the dragon freely like previous Drakengard. And based on Amazon reviews, these “specific maps” are scarce.

    For now, this is all.
    To all of you Drakengard lovers out there, be prepare for some serious disappointment.

    • bloodiOS

      Just framerate drops? Aren’t you forgetting the massive amount of screen-tearing too? ;P

      • Murasaki

        Hmm, I never encountered disturbing screen-tearing though. Maybe those screen-tearing happens on later stage perhaps? I only played for like 3 hours.

        • bloodiOS

          Strange, I was told that the screen constantly tears and many of the streams I’ve seen also have tons of screen-tearing. I guess it’s just more noticeable for some than others…

    • Belenger

      Stop playing that game and go play NieR the last great Cavia game, us as consumers we put too much hope of the director, producer and writer of the good DoD games, asides of confirming your points you have to add 5. Story and presentation, it’s so weird to see comic relief anime style in these games, so incredible out of place, the endings and the extreme linearity are just painful, when you have Lightning Returns to be an actual more enjoyable game in almost every aspect it’s just painful.

      S-E Congratulations you have truly run to the ground all your franchises only left is KH even poor Braverly Default was short lived.

      • Murasaki

        I haven’t finished this game, but since everyone is basically saying the same thing (story, character and the atmosphere suck), maybe I’ll just do that. I’ll sell this game and buy Nier instead.
        So much for our love for DoD T_T