Nintendo might have seemed "doomed" after a disappointing 3DS launch last year, but it's now conjured up a triple threat of unstoppable software releases. There's nothing anyone can do.
As a result, a quick glimpse at this week's Japanese hardware sales chart tells you all you need to know: the Nintendo 3DS outsold the PS Vita by roughly six times. The good news is that the PS Vita stopped its decline, selling 42k units and even getting a subtle boost over last week.
The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable both saw new year jumps too, with the systems selling 74k units and 71k units respectively. In all it was a strong week for the PlayStation family, even if the Nintendo 3DS managed to outsell all of Sony's systems combined.
There were no major new software releases for the week, so the chart was, again, dominated by Nintendo titles. Musou Orochi 2 on PS3 finished in fifth, while Final Fantasy XIII-2 maintained its respectable performance in seventh.
Hit the jump for the full breakdown of Japanese hardware and software sales, courtesy of Media Create.
- Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 3DS): 157,188 (Life to date: 1,317,357)
- Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, 3DS): 119,093 (1,199,285)
- Monster Hunter Tri G (Cacpom, 3DS): 98,355 (1,083,853)
- Inazuma Eleven Go (Level-5, 3DS): 56,134 (325,358)
- Musou Orochi 2 (Tecmo Koei, PS3): 42,464 (316,516)
- Just Dance Wii (Nintendo, Wii): 37,266 (490,677)
- Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Square Enix, PS3): 35,325 (739,561)
- Wii Party (Nintendo, Wii): 33,174 (2,256,803)
- Kirby's Adventure (Nintendo, Wii): 33,040 (570,168)
- Wii Sports Resort Wiimote Plus Pack (Nintendo, Wii): 30,783 (833,757)
- Go Vacation (Namco Bandai, Wii): 26,852 (208,017)
- Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii): 26,346 (3,474,659)
- Nintendogs + Cats (Nintendo, 3DS): 24,514 (467,914)
- Inazuma Eleven Strikers 2012 Extreme (Level-5, Wii): 23,521 (127,410)
- Taiko Drum Master Wii Ultimate Version (Namco Bandai, Wii): 23,422 (197,003)
- Magician's Quest: The Merchant's Store of Sorcery (Konami, DS): 19,574 (165,962)
- One Piece Gigant Battle! 2 New World (Namco Bandai, DS): 18,789 (290,002)
- Monster Hunter Portable 3rd PSP the Best (Capcom, PSP): 18,293 (154,438)
- Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise (Nintendo, Wii): 15,903 (670,305)
- Pro Evo Soccer 2012 (Konami, PSP): 15,689 (173,093)
- 3DS: 240,819 (Last week: 197,952)
- PlayStation 3: 74,459 (67,199)
- PSP: 71,033 (62,746)
- Wii: 49,525 (33,208)
- PlayStation Vita: 42,915 (42,648)
- DSi XL: 3971 (3356)
- Xbox 360: 2738 (2453)
- DSi: 3565 (2418)
- PlayStation 2: 1323 (1659)