3DS sales rise in Japan following latest Dragon Quest Monsters launch

Katharine  Byrne
Dragon Quest Monsters

Nintendo 3DS sales are up in Japan after the successful launch of the latest title in Square Enix's Dragon Quest Monsters series, according to the latest market data from Famitsu.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional went straight in at No.1 in Japan last week, shifting over 115,000 units. 3DS sales grew as well, hitting 23,325 units. That's a rise of 3.7 per cent week-on-week.

Koei Tecmo's Nioh, meanwhile, was another new entry in the Japanese charts this week and went in at No.2, selling 89,903 units. Compile Heart's Yon-Megami Online: Cyber Dimension Neputina also debuted at No.3, selling 41,410 units.

Meanwhile, Pokémon Sun and Moon saw another decline last week, falling from second place down to fourth, selling 18,151 units. That's a decrease of 13.1 per cent week-on-week.

Resident Evil 7 biohazard also experienced a dip in sale, dropping from its top spot at No.1 down to fifth. With just 14,363 units sold, sales fell 65.9 per cent week-on-week. Sony's Gravity Rush 2 also fell numerous places from sixth down to ninth with sales falling 50.2 per cent.

Despite the rise in 3DS sales, however, the best-selling hardware of the week was still Sony's PlayStation 4, with 23,660 machines sold.

Below is the software Top Ten for the week ending February 12th:

  1. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional (Square Enix) 3DS, 115,673
  2. Nioh (Koei Tecmo) PS4, 89,903
  3. Yon-Megami Online: Cyber Dimension Neputina (Compile Heart) PS4, 41,410
  4. Pocket Monster Sun/Moon (Pokemon) 3DS, 18,151
  5. Resident Evil 7 biohazard (Capcom) PS4, 14,363
  6. Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) 3DS, 9,903
  7. Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (Level-5) 3DS, 9,430
  8. Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (Nintendo) 3DS, 8,394
  9. Gravity Rush 2 (Sony Interactive Entertainment) PS4, 4,450
  10. Animal Crosing: New Leaf – Welcome Amiibo (Nintendo) 3DS, 4,355

And here's the hardware numbers for the same period:

  1. PS4, 23,660
  2. New Nintendo 3DS LL, 23,325
  3. PS Vita, 8,730
  4. PS4 Pro, 7,450
  5. 2DS, 6,804
  6. New Nintendo 3DS, 1,440
  7. Wii U, 897
  8. PS3, 322
  9. Xbox One S, 96
  10. Xbox One, 82

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Tags: International , sales charts , Market Data , Famitsu data , Japan market

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