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Wii U sales back to pre-Mario Kart 8 levels in Japan

Ben Parfitt
Wii U sales back to pre-Mario Kart 8 levels in Japan

The Mario Kart 8 effect on Wii U sales appears to be over in Japan.

Famitsu sales data for the week ending June 22nd shows that Wii U sold 8,373 machines throughout the week. That's slightly less than the 8,858 sold in the week before Mario Kart 8 was released, after which sales jumped to 19,031.

They then fell to 12,576 and 10,366 in the subsequent weeks.

Mario Kart 8 is also off of the top of the software charts with new 3DS release Pokemon Art Academy debuting in the top spot.

Note that this week also saw PS4 sales lip behind PS3.

Here's the hardware Top Ten for the period between June 16th-June 22nd:

Nintendo 3DS LL – 21,584
PS Vita – 12,603
Wii U – 8,373
PS3 – 6,681
PS4 – 6,527
Nintendo 3DS – 4,274
PSP – 1,160
PS VitaTV – 1,139
Xbox360 – 134

And here's the software Top Ten:

1. Pokemon Art Academy (3DS) Nintendo – 30,863 (New)
2. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) Nintendo – 25,878
3. Yokai Watch (3DS) Level Five – 25,833
4. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chosen (PS3) Konami – 16,388
5. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS) Atlus – 10,914
6. htoL#NiQ: Hotal no Nikki (Vita) Nippon Ichi – 8,082 (New)
7. One Piece: Unlimited World R (PS3) Bandai Namco – 6,874
8. CV: Casting Voice (PS3) Bandai Namco – 6,621 (New)
9. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chosen (3DS) Konami – 6,056
10. The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki Evolution (Vita) Kadokawa – 4,988

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Tags: Japan , Wii U , decline , sales , boost , Charts , famitsu , mario kart 8

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