Weekly Sales Analysis, 6 December - Wii U Launches in Japan

by William D'Angelo, posted on 14 December 2012 / 10,062 Views

Overview

The Wii U was released in Japan this week, while it is in its second week on sale in Europe and third week in North America.  Hardware sales have increased by a quarter this week. Year on year sales are down 15 percent, despite the added sales of the Wii U and PlayStation Vita.

One game debuted in the top 30 this week. Yakuza 5 (PS3) debuted at number seven with sales of 360,123.

Software milestones this week in the top 30: Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360) passed the nine million mark; Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3) passed the seven million mark; New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS) passed the four million mark; Assassin’s Creed III (X360) passed the three million mark; FIFA 13 (PS3) passed the five million mark; and Kinect Sports (X360) passed the five million mark.

Worldwide Hardware

 

Hardware home console sales week on week are up across the board. Xbox 360 sales are up 121,203 (25%) to 614,353 units sold. PlayStation 3 sales are up 67,537 (13%) to 576,565 units sold. The Wii U sold 610,384 units, an increase of 262,045 (75%). The Wii sold 252,484 units, which is up 37,135 (17%).

Handheld sales are up across the board week on week. The 3DS sold 682,396 units, which is up 140,062 (26%) week on week. The PlayStation Vita is up 24,005 (19%) to 152,049 units sold. The DS is up 26,878 (18%) to 178,209 units sold. The PSP sold 54,677 units which is up 10,868 (25%) compared to last week. Total week on week sales are down 689,733 (28%) to 3.12 million units.

No platforms were up year-over-year. The PlayStation 3 is down 61,268 (-10%), the Wii is down 396,959 (-61%), and the Xbox 360 is down 208,171 (-25%). The PSP is down 155,120 (-74%), the DS is down 109,672 (-38%) and the 3DS is down 402,208 (-37%). Year on year sales are down 570,965 units (-15%).

The Xbox 360 has outsold the PlayStation 3 for the fifth time in 2012. The Wii U launched in Japan and is now available in all major regions. It was also the bestselling home console for the week. The Xbox 360 has a 43 percent market share for the seventh generation; the PlayStation 3 has a 40 percent market share; and the Wii has a 17 percent market share. Compared with ten weeks ago all three home consoles (minus the Wii U) are up.

3DS hardware remains well above its rival, the PlayStation Vita, outselling it by more than 4 to 1. The 3DS has outsold its predecessor, the DS, by nearly 4 to 1. The PlayStation Vita has nearly outsold its predecessor, the PSP, by nearly than 3 to 1. The DS has a 77 percent market share this week for the seventh generation handhelds and the PSP has a 23 percent. The 3DS has an 82 percent market share for the eighth generation of handhelds, while the Vita has an 18 percent market share. Compared with ten weeks ago all four handhelds are up.

Worldwide Software

One game debuted in the top 30 this week. Yakuza 5 (PS3) debuted at number seven with sales of 360,123. The game launched in Japan.

Here are the other games in the top 10 that are not debuts: Just Dance 4 (Wii) is at the top of the charts with sales of 757,155. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360) is at number two of the charts with sales of 637,880 units. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3) is at number three with sales of 570,359 units. Far Cry 3 (X360) is at number four with sales of 488,364. Halo 4 (X360) is at number five with sales of 395,719.

Kinect Adventures (X360) is at number six with sales of 385,380. Far Cry 3 (PS3) is at number eight with sales of 339,577. Assassin’s Creed III (PS3) is at number nine with sales of 318,645. New Super Mario Bros. U (WiiU) rounds out the top 10 with sales of 317,876.

Week on week software sales for home consoles are up across the board. The Xbox 360 sold the most games this week with sales of 7.74 million, an increase of 1.06 million (16%).  The PlayStation 3 sold 7.02 million games this week, an increase of 916,911 (15%). Wii software sales are up 1.13 million units (29%) to 5.08 million games sold. The Wii U sold 1.01 million units games, an increase of 309,505 (44%).

Handheld software sales week on week are up across the board. The DS sold 2.69 million games, an increase of 521,309 games (24%) week on week. The 3DS sold 2.15 million games, which is up 505,233 (24%).  PSP game sales are up 37,626 (7%) to 540,539 games sold.  The Vita sold 510,823 games, an increase of 22,897 (5%). Total combined software is up 4.51 million units (20%) week on week to 26.74 million.

Year on year software totals is up for the PlayStation 3 and down for everything else. The PlayStation 3 is up 107,474 (2%), the Wii is down 3.51 million units (-41%) and the Xbox 360 is up 189,475 units (-2%). The DS is down 1.35 million units (-33%), the PSP is down 455,558 units (-46%) and the 3DS is down 1.17 million units (-35%). Total combined software is down 5.05 million units (-16%) games sold year on year.

Software sales have increased for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 after two weeks of decreasing. The Xbox 360 has led for the fifth straight week and for the sixth time in 10 weeks. The PlayStation 3 led for the other four weeks. The Xbox 360 has a 39 percent market share, the PlayStation 3 with 35 percent, and the Wii with 26 percent. Compared to ten weeks ago all three home consoles (minus the Wii U) are up.

The DS sold the most software this week and has increased for the seventh straight week. It has also led for seven of the last 10 weeks. The 3DS led for the other three weeks. The DS has an 83 percent market share for the current generation handhelds and the PSP has a 17 percent market share. The 3DS has an 81 percent market share for the next generation handhelds, while the Vita has a 19 percent market share. Compared with ten weeks ago the all four handhelds are up.

The Top 100 can be seen below or click here to view the full chart.

Pos Game Weekly Total Week #
1
Just Dance 4 (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
757,155 2,871,775 10
2
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360)
Activision, Shooter
637,880 9,120,071 4
3
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3)
Activision, Shooter
570,359 7,348,552 4
4
Far Cry 3 (X360)
Ubisoft, Shooter
488,364 672,556 2
5
Halo 4 (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Shooter
395,719 5,912,618 5
6
Kinect Adventures! (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Misc
385,380 18,654,311 110
7
Yakuza 5 (PS3)
Sega, Action
360,123 360,123 1
8
Far Cry 3 (PS3)
Ubisoft, Shooter
339,577 552,682 2
9
Assassin's Creed III (PS3)
Ubisoft, Action
318,645 3,508,810 6
10
New Super Mario Bros. U (WiiU)
Nintendo, Platform
317,876 809,527 3
11
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
291,974 4,015,436 20
12
Nintendo Land (WiiU)
Nintendo, Misc
290,046 906,677 3
13
Assassin's Creed III (X360)
Ubisoft, Action
262,155 3,208,672 6
14
Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
244,523 537,494 4
15
FIFA 13 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Sports
215,398 5,094,385 11
16
Wii Sports (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
210,106 80,313,300 316
17
Kinect: Disneyland Adventures (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Misc
206,877 1,564,792 56
18
Skylanders Giants (Wii)
Activision, Action
202,929 1,250,087 8
19
Forza Motorsport 4 (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Racing
198,617 3,276,333 61
20
FIFA 13 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
182,466 3,729,809 11
21
Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
175,079 30,773,606 181
22
Pokemon Black / White Version 2 (DS)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
174,743 5,529,953 25
23
Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
160,733 7,434,472 58
24
Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
Nintendo, Racing
155,159 6,860,453 54
25
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (a Criterion Game) (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Racing
150,438 892,939 6
26
Kinect Sports (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Sports
143,182 5,049,221 110
27
NBA 2K13 (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Sports
141,967 1,273,261 10
28
Madden NFL 13 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
139,598 1,910,985 15
29
Hitman: Absolution (PS3)
Square Enix, Action
135,953 786,339 3
30
Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
Nintendo, Racing
125,079 32,959,753 244
31 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 58
32 Madden NFL 13 PS3 Electronic Arts Sports 15
33 NBA 2K13 PS3 Take-Two Interactive Sports 10
34 Hitman: Absolution X360 Square Enix Action 3
35 Gran Turismo 5 PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Racing 107
36 Far Cry 3 PC Ubisoft Shooter 2
37 Monster Hunter Tri WiiU Capcom Role-Playing 1
38 WWE '13 X360 THQ Fighting 6
39 Just Dance 4 X360 Ubisoft Misc 10
40 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim X360 Bethesda Softworks Role-Playing 57
41 Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS Nintendo Simulation 5
42 WWE '13 PS3 THQ Fighting 6
43 Assassin's Creed III: Liberation PSV Ubisoft Adventure 6
44 Need for Speed: Most Wanted (a Criterion Game) X360 Electronic Arts Racing 6
45 Book of Spells PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 4
46 Forza: Horizon X360 Microsoft Game Studios Racing 7
47 Dishonored X360 Bethesda Softworks Shooter 9
48 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Wii Nintendo Platform 160
49 LEGO The Lord of the Rings X360 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 4
50 uDraw Studio Wii THQ Misc 108
51 Mario Party 9 Wii Nintendo Misc 41
52 Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle 3DS Nintendo Adventure 94
53 ZombiU WiiU Ubisoft Shooter 3
54 Zumba Fitness Wii Majesco Entertainment Sports 108
55 Nintendogs + cats 3DS Nintendo Simulation 94
56 Resident Evil 6 PS3 Capcom Action 10
57 Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Wii Disney Interactive Studios Platform 3
58 Batman: Arkham City PS3 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 60
59 Borderlands 2 PS3 Take-Two Interactive Shooter 12
60 Dishonored PS3 Bethesda Softworks Shooter 9
61 Football Manager 2013 PC Sega Action 7
62 LEGO The Lord of the Rings PS3 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 4
63 Borderlands 2 X360 Take-Two Interactive Shooter 12
64 New Super Mario Bros. DS Nintendo Platform 343
65 F1 2012 PS3 Codemasters Racing 12
66 Wipeout: In The Zone X360 Activision Misc 78
67 LEGO The Lord of the Rings Wii Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 4
68 Medal of Honor: Warfighter PS3 Electronic Arts Shooter 7
69 LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes X360 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Adventure 25
70 Dance Central 3 X360 Microsoft Game Studios Misc 8
71 Super Mario Galaxy Wii Nintendo Platform 265
72 LittleBigPlanet Karting PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Racing 5
73 Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition Wii Namco Bandai Games Misc 2
74 Just Dance 3 Wii Ubisoft Misc 62
75 Assassin's Creed III PC Ubisoft Action 6
76 Call of Duty: Black Ops II PC Activision Shooter 4
77 FIFA 13 Wii Electronic Arts Sports 11
78 Resident Evil 6 X360 Capcom Action 10
79 Batman: Arkham City X360 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Action 60
80 Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 PS3 Konami Digital Entertainment Sports 12
81 Red Dead Redemption PS3 Take-Two Interactive Action 134
82 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 165
83 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim PS3 Bethesda Softworks Role-Playing 57
84 PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Fighting 3
85 Skylanders Giants X360 Activision Action 8
86 Mario Kart DS DS Nintendo Racing 369
87 Skylanders Giants PS3 Activision Action 8
88 Kinect Star Wars X360 Microsoft Game Studios Action 36
89 LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Wii Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Adventure 25
90 NCAA Football 13 X360 Electronic Arts Sports 22
91 World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria PC Activision Role-Playing 11
92 Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified PSV Activision Shooter 4
93 Medal of Honor: Warfighter X360 Electronic Arts Shooter 7
94 inFAMOUS PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 185
95 inFAMOUS 2 PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 79
96 Batman: Arkham Asylum X360 Eidos Interactive Action 172
97 Uncharted: Drake's Fortune PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Action 265
98 Wipeout: The Game Wii Activision Misc 129
99 Battlefield 3 PS3 Electronic Arts Shooter 59
100 Dead Island X360 Deep Silver Action 66

Contact VGChartz at wdangelo@vgchartz.com


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3 Comments

ljlrj (on 14 December 2012)

in other news the wii u is already catching up in vita system sales less than a month


Ucell (on 15 December 2012)

Sad but true.


  • +1
z101 (on 17 December 2012)

Has these numbers any meanings today? If you read in Miiverse many people bought their games in the eShop and vgchartz (and other salrs counter like npd) can not track digital sales.


Michael-5 (on 14 December 2012)

lol the 360 has outsold the PS3 for the fifth TIME this week, in a year that's almost over LOL.