Japan: Famitsu sales for April 2018

Today, Famitsu shared their monthly report for the video game market in Japan, covering April 2018 (from March 26th to April 29th, so 5 weeks in total).

For the second month in a row, Kirby Star Allies was the best-selling game in Japan with no less than 140 000 units sold (which is less than 50% of launch month sales: a pretty good performance during this usually slow month).

Nintendo Labo had a pretty good debut with 146 000 units for both the Variety Kit and Robot Kit combined. Only the Variety Kit managed to get in the Top 5 Software, with 114 434 units sold (which means the Robot Kit sold about 32 000 units). A pretty good performance for Famitsu, who expects sales to keep growing in the future.

Here’s the Top 5 Software for April 2018 in Japan:

01./01. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 142.733 / 460.694 (-55%)
02./00. [PS4] Far Cry 5 <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2018.03.29} (¥8.400) – 134.237 / NEW
03./00. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥7.980) – 133.555 / NEW
04./00. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥6.980) – 114.434 / NEW
05./00. [PS4] Super Robot Wars X # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.03.29} (¥8.600) – 103.797 / NEW

This month, the Nintendo Switch managed to grab 2 of the 5 spots of the Top 5 Software, with the Nintendo 3DS not getting any.

PS4 – 3
NSW – 2

Nintendo was the most successful publisher, with 636 000 units sold: that’s more than the second and third most successful publishers combined.

Nintendo – 636.000
Bandai Namco Games – 247.000
Konami – 202.000

Hardware-wise, the Nintendo Switch was once again the best-selling console in Japan with 178 144 units sold: that’s only 10 000 units less than in March, which is a pretty decent result for April (but nothing to write home about). It’s less than last year during the the same month, despite the infamous shortages now being over. Then again, April 2018 did not have the launch of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe!

Nintendo 3DS are basically flat with 47 818 units sold (only 1 000 units less in April compared to March), but Year on Year, the drop really is something else: the handheld sold over 3 times more in April 2017.

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Source: Famitsu
Data compiled by: Chris1964 (ResetEra)



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