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Media Create Sales: Lighting Returns, 3D World, and 3DS top the Charts – 11/18/13 – 11/24/13


The Japanese Media Create sales results are in for the week. Lighting Returns Final Fantasy 13 was the top selling piece of software. Super Mario 3D World came in second place, with almost 100,000 units sold. The 3DS continued its dominate ways, once again selling the most hardware. Get the full charts below. 

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, 11/21/13) – 277,082(New)
  2. [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo, 11/21/13) – 99,588 (New)
  3. [3DS] One Piece: Unlimited World R (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 83,605 (New)
  4. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 72,932 (3,002,738)
  5. [3DS] Aikatsu! 2-ri no My Princess (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 72,087 (New)
  6. [PSV] God Eater 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/14/13) – 39,052 (305,378)
  7. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Konami, 11/14/13) – 35,879 (187,678)
  8. [PS3] Call of Duty: Ghosts (Square Enix, 11/14/13) – 29,252 (219,883)
  9. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 21,120 (2,959,789)
  10. [PSP] God Eater 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/14/13) – 20,508 (132,531)
  11. [PS3] Monster Hunter Frontier G Beginner’s Package (Capcom/ 11/20/13) -19,334 (New)
  12. [Wii U] Taiko Drum Master: Wii U Version (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 19,265(New)
  13. [PSV] New Atelier Rorona: The Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland (Gust, 11/24/13) – 17,536 (New)
  14. [PS3] New Atelier Rorona: The Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland (Gust, 11/24/13) – 14,060 (New)
  15. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two, 10/10/13) – 13,548 (593,370)
  16. [3DS] Daigasso! Band Brothers P (Nintendo, 11/14/13) – 12,635 (52,831)
  17. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) – 9,485 (190,659)
  18. [PS3] Battlefield 4 (EA, 11/07/13) – 9,134 (150,124)
  19. [PSP] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Konami, 11/14/13) – 7,624 (24,600)
  20. [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle (Namco Bandai, 10/17/13) – 7,046 (102,350)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. 3DS LL – 63,709 (47,852)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 21,044 (46,350)
  3. Wii U – 21,002 (15,906)
  4. 3DS – 20,797 (22,250)
  5. PlayStation 3 – 12,436 (12,019)
  6. PlayStation Vita TV – 7,868 (42,172)
  7. PSP – 3,546 (4,353)
  8. Wii – 457 (518)
  9. Xbox 360 – 342 (404)


PE’s Take: 

The 3DS is the new PS2. Seriously, Nintendo needs to ride that system as LONG as they can. Super Mario 3D World performed well, and will pick up more sales as the year goes on. Japan likes 2D Mario more than 3D Mario though. Super Mario 3D World will perform much better in North America than Japan, just like Mario Galaxy and Mario Galaxy 2. Still, Nintendo picked up a extra 5000 units or so. Japan might be over the FF 13 saga. 277,000 units is good and all, but worse than previous games, no Wii U version really hurt them. The 360 version didn’t even chart. The PS Vita has really stabilized itself, but those PS Vita TV sales nose dived. There might be a little too much saturation with the PS Vita, PS Vita 2000, PSP, PS3, and now PS Vita TV. Either way, good sales all around. 

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65 Responses to Media Create Sales: Lighting Returns, 3D World, and 3DS top the Charts – 11/18/13 – 11/24/13

  1. wiiumad says:

    Pikmin 3 sells 102k in 2 days, Super Mario 3D world sells 100K in 4 days. damn :(

  2. timg57867 says:

    Also, LOL. I was wondering why VGChartz was reporting so much Vita sales for the next week compared to Media Create. That's when I realized that they're likely merging Vita TV sales in with the Vita sales….

  3. timg57867 says:

    Everyone seems to have covered 3D World well so I'll talk about something else:

    Wow. The PS Vita TV is really not doing well. I knew we'd get serious drop off after those soft launch sales. Doesn't bode well for the Playstation Brand. The PS4 is gonna have one heck of challenge over their. Even with Kingdom Hearts and FF15.

    Yep. Looks like 3DS really is taking over everything there. If I were Nintendo, I'd delay the 3DS version of Smash Bros, several weeks.

  4. Gamer says:

    How is everyone ignoring the Wii and xbox360 battle at the bottom.

  5. Gamer says:

    The WiiU did well, Super Mario 3D world sold great for a 3D Mario game in Nippon. Lightining returns excellent. I really like Lightening, she is hot. The other characters held her back in FFXIII and FFXIII-2.

  6. UncannyOmninaut says:

    Once again I have to commend you Double F on that layout the news at the front and your take at the back. It makes it clear and easy to understand. I've seen too many articles that focus to much on the writers opinions regarding the news that the news itself gets lost in it.

    Me personally I'm not worried about the "low" sales numbers. I suspect it will increase the closer we get to Christmas and usually Nintendo's games keep on selling even after they come out. We shall see but I think that 3D World will be the best selling 3D Mario in the long run and perhaps and even the Japanese gamers will grow to like this particular 3D Mario. 3D World is 2D Mario in a 3D space after all.

    I don't even think that the Japanese people particularly dislike the Wii U just that handhelds provide the experience they want more than the home consoles so the home consoles are going to suffer for it.

  7. *NormalGamer* says:

    Once again great sales for 3DS. Mario 3D world’s debut is pretty good but many evergreen titles we just have to wait to see if it has legs in the long run.

    Those PSVita TV sales really plummeted, though.

  8. DePapier says:

    It's kinda crazy, I thought Japan liked Mario and Zelda as much as we do in the West. I didn't know I was that wrong…

  9. Weaponx178 says:

    This should be telling to Square Enix, 270k is good and all but for a system that has its max install base those sales are kind of weak. Although the PS4 will do well in japan the next final fantasy should be seriously considered by Square Enix to come to the Wii U as well to maximize profits. Glad to see the Wii U has started to pick up sales hopefully it keeps it going all through the holidays. And look at that 3DS selling like a champ, Nintendo needs to harness that magic the 3DS has and apply it to the Wii U.

    • DePapier says:

      "And look at that 3DS selling like a champ, Nintendo needs to harness that magic the 3DS has and apply it to the Wii U."

      That's what Miiverse on 3DS and Wii U is all about.

  10. NGX159 says:

    Guys relax, the fact that 3D world sold that many units with a instsll base of like a 1.5 million is good. Japanese gamers are slowly forgetting consoles, Mario tends to sell well overtime and christmas is coming. Its not the end of the world take a chill pill.

  11. Richard says:

    I wouldn't count this as bad remember the holidays are coming up real soon and I imagine we could see a good leap in sales for both Mario and the WiiU in both Japan and the U.S and remember they still have those bundles that the Japanese love. I think the WiiU will do fine this holiday season.

  12. Caley19 says:

    How long until everyone in Japan has a 3DS?

  13. miichie says:

    I don't really think this is bad for Wii U and the SM3DW sales. Given the low playerbase on the console.

    I heard that Japanese gamers prefers 2d mario over the 3d ones. So who knows maybe it is true. But i'm expecting it to sell more on NA/EU.

  14. Travis says:

    This is actually the lowest charting 3D Mario game ever in Japan, which kind of surprises me. I'm expecting to be a pretty huge in the US, though.

    • Whybee says:

      Perhaps that could be due to the low install base?

      • Travis says:

        Obviously. I was really overrating the impact Mario has on the Japanese audience. Sometimes it slips my mind that it's far more popular in the West.

        • Whybee says:

          Ah. So, it's not too huge of a deal, then.

          People are already bringing back up the "Wii U is doomed" talk going from that information (and that information alone).

          • Travis says:

            I wouldn't say the Wii U is doomed, necessarily, but I have doubts that it'll ever really be anything more than this generation's Gamecube. I realize that's a really unpopular opinion on this site, but nothing I've seen really makes me think things will change any time soon, especially as the PS4 and Xbone start getting some major titles.

          • Furious Francis says:

            I realize that's a really unpopular opinion on this site, but nothing I've seen really makes me think things will change any time soon, especially as the PS4 and Xbone start getting some major titles.

            – And the Wii U isn't getting any major titles? Zelda, Mario Kart, X, Smash Bros, and more? The Xbox One is too expensive, and launched in 13 markets only sold 1 million, that's pretty bad.

            -Xbox One won't sell in Japan. I don't see the Wii U being this generations Gamecube, especially when its leading right now. With the Steambox coming next year, and Microsoft's high price. I don't see the Xbox One outselling the Wii U anytime soon.

          • Travis says:

            Didn't Zelda, Mario Kart, Smash, and all those other Nintendo exclusives come out on the Gamecube, too?

            In a year, the Wii U has sold 3.9 million systems worldwide. The PS4 sold a quarter of that in one day in one continent. The Xbone sold a quarter of that in one day in 13 countries (Far less countries than the Wii U is being sold in). The Xbone has already pulled even with the Wii U in the UK. The PS4 has more hype in the UK than the Xbone, it's pretty probably the PS4 sells more. These are the two fastest selling consoles of all time. All this with barely any games worth getting.

            I really think the Wii's monster success has made people forget that Nintendo's last two home consoles designed for "gamers" were relative failures compared to the competition. The Gamecube sold 22 million compared to 150 million PS2's and 24 million Xbox's. The N64 sold 33 million compared to 102 million Playstations. The Wii sold more than the PS3 and 360, but you can't possibly deny that quite a few of those sales were from non-gaming families, can you? The Wii U and the Wii don't share the same audience. The majority of people who bought the Wii have no interest in true gaming systems like the Wii U.

          • alex9234 says:

            No, the reason why the N64 and GCN didn't do well sales-wise is because of Nintendo being arrogant by sticking with carts for the N64 because they thought that CDs were the works of Satan, and the main reasons why the GCN struggled was because of it's mini-DVD format and the lack of online play. And the PS4's current sales are all preorders. Same with the Xbone. The PS3 started out just as badly as the Wii U, yet I don't hear you throwing one bit of hate on the PS3. God, it's like you can't say anything bad about Sony these days. And even though the GCN may have been outsold heavily by the PS2, it was hardly a crippling failure when you consider that it has better software sales and a higher profit margin than the original Xbox. And besides, why are you using GameCube as an example of how badly the Wii U will do? The Xbone and PS4 are too expensive, Xbone won't sell in Japan, PS4 isn't launching in Japan until February, giving Nintendo the upper hand in Japan this holiday season. Launch sales for a console mean nothing, it is not an indicator of how well consoles will sell, never have been, never will.

          • O.G says:

            No, Nintendo did not think that CDs were the work of Satan. The reason they chose cartridges over the growing in popular disc format was because Nintendo produced and manufactured all previous cartridges in the past (NES, SNES, and N64). With Nintendo manufacturing cartridges themselves they could sell them for a profit to publishers and developers. The only problem was that it was too expensive for devs and limited in amount of physical space (70mb-N64 cartridge, compared to 700mb-PSX disc). Had they chosen to rely on compact discs for the N64, Nintendo would of had to partner with a third party manufacturer which Nintendo was too stubborn to approach at the time.

            Then they cut corners on the Gamecube discs, Nintendo was now partnered with Panasonic, to avoid paying royalty fees for using their hardware.

          • DePapier says:

            You still haven't answered my question. Have you played Baten Kaitos I & II, have you played Fire Emblem Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, have played Golden Sun, Tales of Symphonia, Final Fantasy Chrystal Chronicles, Phantasy Star Online.

            When similar JRPGs come out — and you know they will — you might need a Wii U.

          • Travis says:

            I've played Baten Kaitos 1 and the prequel, wasn't a huge fan of the card battle system. Played Path of Radiance, but not Radiant Dawn. SRPG's just aren't my thing, could never get into games like FF Tactics, either. Played all the Golden Suns, first two are great, the third sucked. Played and loved Symphonia, will also buy the PS3 HD remaster when it comes out. Did not play Crystal Chronicles, I'm actually not sure why. Something about it kind of put me off, that was the one with GBA connectivity, right? Did not play Phantasy Star Online because I didn't have a reliable internet connection and the single player in those games always suck.

            I'll pick up a Wii U if games I'm interested in come out I did it for the Wii when Xenoblade came out (And honestly kind of regret it, I HATE all the MMORPG elements) and I'll probably do it when X comes out (Unless they keep all the MMORPG elements). Now should I start listing off some PS2 JRPG's that you should pick up if you ever decide to get one?

            Both .hack series (The first four and G.U.)
            Shadow Hearts
            Shadow Hearts: Covenant
            Shadow Hearts: From the New World
            Suikoden III
            Suikoden V
            Final Fantasy X
            Persona 3
            Persona 4
            Digital Devil Saga 1
            Digital Devil Saga 2
            Devil Summoner 1
            Devil Summoner 2
            Tales of the Abyss
            Tales of Legendia
            Star Ocean: Til The End of Time
            Kingdom Hearts 1
            Kingdom Hearts 2
            Dark Cloud 1
            Dark Cloud 2
            Dragon Quest VIII
            Rogue Galaxy
            Ys: The Ark of Napishtim
            Grandia II
            Grandia III
            Grandia Xtreme
            Wild Arms 3
            Wild Arms 4
            Wild Arms 5
            Radiata Stories
            Metal Saga
            Odin Sphere
            Xenosaga 1
            Xenosaga 2
            Xenosaga 3

            Plus some lesser games like the Atelier series, Mana Khemia, Ar Tonelico, etc. There's really no comparison between the Sony JRPG lineup and the Nintendo JRPG lineup.

            You should think about picking up a PS2 one day.

          • DePapier says:

            All the games I've mentioned I've loved, and apparently most of them you didn't, and some you didn't play. A friend of mine, who just as you are is a fan of JRPGs and a fan of the PlayStation brand, vowes that Xenoblade is the best JRPG of this generation, so you'll appreciate me sticking with quality instead of quantity.

            I'll think about that PS2 once I have the time out of my Nintendo games, and as of now I don't and probably never will: unless PlayStation games do appear the Wii U's Virtual Console.

          • Travis says:

            Implying you can't have quality AND quantity? And Xenoblade might be the best JRPG of this generation (Although I'd say that title belongs to Dark Souls, although that really just depends on your definition of JRPG), but I'm talking about PS2 games. You should go ask your buddy how great the PS2 lineup is.

          • DePapier says:

            You said:
            "There's really no comparison between the Sony JRPG lineup and the Nintendo JRPG lineup."

            Include the NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Wii, and soon Wii U. Compare it to PS1, PS2, PS3, and soon PS4. And tell me with a straight face that the Sony JRPG lineup is more qualitative than Nintendo's. If you dare, my friend who started on the SNES will slap you in the face.

            Now, to take advantage of your own words:
            There's really no comparison between the Nintendo JRPG lineup and the Sony JRPG lineup in terms of quality. I hope we can agree.

          • Travis says:

            NES: Nothing
            SNES: Fantastic JRPG lineup, rivals the PS2 for best of all time.
            N64: Possibly the worst lineup of JRPGs ever, consisting entirely of..Quest 64 and Aidyn Chronicles.
            Gamecube: Tales of Symphonia, Skies of Arcadia, Fire Emblem, and Baten Kaitos.
            Wii: Xenoblade Chronicles, Fire Emblem, Arc Rise Fantasia, Rune Factory, The Last Story.
            Wii U: Nothing until X comes out.

            Playstation: Final Fantasy 7-9 and Chrono Cross alone make this better than any Nintendo system not named the SNES.
            PS2: Rivals the SNES for greatest JRPG library ever.
            PS3: Far and away the third best JRPG system.

            So yes, I'd say the Sony JRPG lineup is much better.

          • alex9234 says:

            Um, NES has nothing? Yeah, right.

            NES had Final Fantasy 1-3, Dragon Quest 1-4, the original Mother, Megami Tensei 1 & 2, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Fire Emblem Gaiden, the original Ys, etc. Yeah, the NES sure didn't have any RPGs.

          • Travis says:

            And the first Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior games are the only ones that came out in the US.

          • DePapier says:

            What did I tell you.

          • alex9234 says:

            Pfft, SNES JRPG lineup completely destroys the Sony lineup alone.

            You're telling me that the PS2's RPG lineup is better than what SNES has to offer? Gimme a break. Almost nothing in the PS2 lineup of JRPGs compares to Final Fantasy VI, Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger, and I think those 3 alone make the SNES lineup better than Sony's lineup. The SNES brought us the Tales series, Star Ocean, Shin Megami Tensei series, Front Mission, Breath of Fire, Lufia, EarthBound (Mother 2), Illusion of Gaia, Shadowrun, Eye of the Beholder, Alcahest, Albert Odyssey, Romancing SaGa, Bahamut Lagoon, Tactics Ogre, Paladin's Quest (Lennus in Japan), Treasure Hunter G, and Mystic Ark. What did Sony's lineup bring us? Parasite Eve? Kingdom Hearts? Vagrant Story? Alundra? Arc the Lad? Persona? Suikoden? Big whoop. Also Sony's JRPG lineup has:

            – The weakest Final Fantasy game
            – The weakest Suikoden game
            – The weakest Mana series game
            – The weakest Front Mission game
            – The weakest Tales game
            – The weakest Parasite Eve game
            – A disappointing Dragon Age sequel
            – A disappointing Mass Effect sequel (ME3)

          • Travis says:

            Actually, to correct myself, the PS1 is probably slightly better than the PS3. When it comes to JRPG library, it goes:

            SNES = PS2 > PS1 > PS3 > Gamecube > Wii > NES >>>>>>>>> N64.

            Although it's really tough to include the NES in a discussion like this since those games just haven't aged well, unlike the SNES.

          • DePapier says:

            OK, I'll leave it to real old school people to school you on this one.

          • Travis says:

            You've admitted you've never owned anything other than Nintendo systems, so how can you possibly compare the two?

          • DePapier says:

            Simply because I spent a lot of times at my friend's house seeing them playing on PlayStation, and a friend of my brother even lent him a PS2 for FFX which I got to play. I also played FFVII which I legally bought on my PC from Square Enix. And given that these two are considered the bests of the PS and the PS2 era, I really don't think that I've missed anything significant.

            P.S.: "Admitted" doesn't sound fine. Asserted would be better.

          • Travis says:

            So you came to the conclusion that the Nintendo JRPG library is better by playing nothing but Nintendo games all your life, and watching someone else play some PS games while playing two for yourself.

            Alright, makes sense.

          • DePapier says:

            I came to this conclusion by playing the games reknown for being the best JRPGs of the PlayStation 1 (FFVII) and of the PlayStation 2 (FFX), and by thinking they were crap. (No offense.)

          • DePapier says:

            And by listening to real old school people, on this website and in real life, who conglomerately definitely possess more knowledge than you on that matter. I hope it makes sense.

          • Travis says:

            No, no, it makes a ton of sense. I totally understand you now.

          • DePapier says:


          • DePapier says:

            WAIT A MINUTE!

            My bad. I forgot the GameBoy, the GameBoy Color, the GBA, the DS, and the 3DS!!!

            You still want to continue this argument? Pokémon says hi…

            Edit: I guess I'll see you next time. In the meantime… don't be hating.

        • Furious Francis says:

          @Travis, this doesn't account for digital sales, and the Wii U has the lowest install base out of all the previous systems.

          So bringing that up is useless.

          • Travis says:

            Like I said, I forgot that 3D Mario wasn't really a system-seller in Japan.

          • Maestro says:

            I fucking forgot like an idiot the digital sales….

          • DePapier says:

            Now you guys should thank me for driving this conversation elsewhere.

          • O.G says:

            What the heck DePapier? You are the only likeable troll in this community.

            Troll-is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or *off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or *blog, either accidentally or with the *deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise *disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

            This is the first time I have ever used that word in a sentence because I hate Internet slang (e.g. troll, drone, damage control etc.)

          • DePapier says:

            I didn't know deviating negativity registered as "trolling." I've coined the term "anti-trolling" for that.

          • O.G says:

            Not really, you deliberately went off-topic in this post that was about sales, and you changed it to "Nintendo has better JRPGS than Sony"… randomly. I do agree with your opinion, but it was uncalled for and completely unnecessary, [never feed the t***]. Admit it, you committed said action. You generated negativity to a user posting a legitimate response to the O.P, and you "attacked" him deliberately. Any random user or visitor can see that, and I can't thank you for that.

          • DePapier says:

            Sure. I'm assuming you don't really know Travis. I've known "trolls" like him back at my time at NintendoLife, especially someone by the name of Peach64. If you were careful, you'll notice that he is lurking on this site waiting on opportunities to foster negativity as he sees please on Nintendo in the softest of ways. The conversation we had was and is still ongoing, I hope you'll appreciate me showing you what and who he really is.

          • O.G says:

            Well, at least you admitted it, and I can respect you more for that, but remember two wrongs don't make a right. If you really want a troll-free environment in this community, least both you and I can do is lead by example ;)

            *Btw,I'm new to the gaming community since Sept 2012. I've read from various blogs, articles, and other websites about gaming news and opinions. I've read various comments, both good and bad, but I never feel offended by them [the bad comments], and I've noticed over such a short time that people always reply to the negative comments, thus making the bad ones feel relevent and desire to do it over and over, a cycle if you may call it.

  15. Eliseo104 says:

    Nice take Francis, this is why i like this site. 100% troll free!

  16. AaronBren says:

    I'd like it to be even more, but is that the highest a Wii U game has reached? Given the low installed base, I'm not sure if any previous game has made it to the top spot. Plus, I'd bet digital sales would have made it significantly higher, though probably not enough to close the gap to FF.

    The sales for Final Fantasy are good, but should be more. The PS3 is at its peak installed base right now, and Japanese fans don't have to worry about paying for PS4s until next year. I'd have to check the numbers, but I think series that are really big in Japan, like Pokemon or Dragon Quest (except 10) generally have bigger openings than that. A new Final Fantasy should be the biggest thing ever, but it's become just another series.

    • Travis says:

      People are tired of Lightning. XIII sold 1.5 million in its opening week. XIII-2 sold 500K. LR sold 277K. It's not a coincidence, Toriyama's obsession with Lightning is killing the franchise. SE better pray that Nomura can bring the Final Fantasy franchise back to its former glory with XV or the series might actually be dead.

  17. Rpx says:

    Nintendo suffering from the normal Japanese sales curse for 3D Mario games it seems.

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