Splatoon holds on for a second week in Japanese charts as Wii U sales rise

Matthew Jarvis
Splatoon holds on for a second week in Japanese charts as Wii U sales rise

It seems that Nintendo's latest shooter still has legs (tentacles?) in Japan, as it outdoes a slew of new releases to remain top of the retail charts.

According to the latest data from Famitsu, despite Splatoon's sales nearly halving from its launch week, Wii U hardware sales actually went up, increasing by almost 2,000 units week-on-week.

The console remained the best-selling machine for the week, as Nintendo's handheld the New 3DS XL continued to climb back up the rankings, knocking Sony's Vita down to third as it retook second place.

Splatoon's second consecutive number one comes despite competition from a number of new releases, including Stella Glow for 3DS and Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 5 Plus - Fortune Tower to Unmei no Dice for Vita, which claimed second and third in the software charts, respectively.

The new titles' high charting saw The Witcher 3 fall to number four, a clear contrast to its continued chart-topping triumph here in the UK.

Another new entry to make the Top Ten (twice) last week was the generously-titled Natsuiro High School Seishun Hakusho: Tenko Shonichi no Ore ga Osananajimi to Saikai-shitara Hodobuin ni Sareteite Gekisha Shonen no Hibi wa Scoop Dairenpatsu de Igai to MoteMote nanoni Nazeka My Memo, the PS4 and PS3 editions of which respectively took fifth and ninth place in their first week on sale.

Filling out the Top Ten was the only other new release, Koei Tecmo's Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland.

Here's the software Top Ten for the week ending June 7th:

  1. Splatoon (Nintendo) Wii U – 81,764
  2. Stella Glow (Sega) 3DS – 16,875 (New)
  3. Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 5 Plus - Fortune Tower to Unmei no Dice (Spike Chunsoft) Vita – 13,353 (New)
  4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Spike Chunsoft) PS4 – 11,850
  5. Natsuiro High School Seishun Hakusho: Tenko Shonichi no Ore ga Osananajimi to Saikai-shitara Hodobuin ni Sareteite Gekisha Shonen no Hibi wa Scoop Dairenpatsu de Igai to MoteMote nanoni Nazeka My Memo (D3 Publisher) PS4 – 11,717
  6. Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo) Wii U – 11,485
  7. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (Sony) Vita – 9,531
  8. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Deluxe (Sega) 3DS – 7,763
  9. Natsuiro High School Seishun Hakusho: Tenko Shonichi no Ore ga Osananajimi to Saikai-shitara Hodobuin ni Sareteite Gekisha Shonen no Hibi wa Scoop Dairenpatsu de Igai to MoteMote nanoni Nazeka My Memo (D3 Publisher) PS3 – 7,501 (New)
  10. Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (Koei Tecmo) 3DS – 7,049 (New)

And here are the weekly hardware rankings:

  1. Wii U – 17,104
  2. New Nintendo 3DS LL – 12,655
  3. PS Vita – 11,072
  4. PS4 – 10,137
  5. New Nintendo 3DS – 3,109
  6. PS3 – 2,444
  7. Nintendo 3DS LL – 956
  8. Nintendo 3DS – 784
  9. PS Vita TV – 522
  10. Xbox One – 248

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