Animal Crossing is Japan's Christmas number one as 3DS passes 10 million
Posted 09 Jan 2013 at 20:11 by Aaron Clegg
The first Japanese sales update of the New Year is finally here - a little later than expected - but it comes very much with a 'late 2012' feeling, as Animal Crossing: New Leaf is still rooted to the top spot.
Due to the holidays, it looks like the Media Create charts that would have been due last Wednesday (December 24th-30th) have been lost between the cracks, so today only features the week just gone. As it happens, the only notable release during that missing week was Level-5's 3DS life-sim Fantasy Life, which as you can see below has enjoyed a very decent first two weeks.
And with there being no new releases charting this week, the start of 2013 was very much a year for several games - mostly 3DS titles - to stretch their legs. And stretch they did, with the New Year week traditionally being a stronger week than that immediately following Christmas.
So here's the software chart for the week of December 31st 2012 to January 6th 2013.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
133,134 / 2,103,089
New Super Mario Bros. 2
90,264 / 1,834,055
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
68,262 / 470,394
Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone - Neppuu / Raimei
51,519 / 365,536
New Super Mario Bros. U
50,319 / 419,710
42,291 / 159,361
41,426 / 250,473
One Piece: Romance Dawn - Bouken no Yoake
40,137 / 264,739
Magician's Quest: Magical Town
38,986 / 119,735
Tousouchuu: Shijou Saikyou no Hunter-Tachi Kara Nigekire!
35,624 / 373,096
Pokèmon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
35,190 / 408,889
Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigi na Orb
34,529 / 375,062
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)
32,007 / 155,601
Mario Kart 7
30,291 / 1,939,257
Professor Layton Vs, Ace Attorney
30,235 / 249,689
Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2
29,180 / 194,157
Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition
28,001 / 349,960
26,631 / 544,855
Style Savvy: Trendsetters
23,172 / 282,642
Kobito Zukan: Kobito Kansatsu Set
21,110 / 226,888
Luckily, you can see in the hardware chart what each system managed to do in the previous week, so there are no lost figures there. 3DS remains leagues ahead of everything else, very much competing with its own stellar form this time last year. The New Year boost gives pretty much everything else a bump too, although Wii U continues its slightly concerning slump since launch date. That said, it still remains the best selling home console despite a big boost for PS3.