Japan: Famitsu sales for Half-1 2017 (FY)

This week, Famitsu shared their data for the first half of the current Fiscal Year (March 27th to September 24th).

To the surprise of no one, the two versions of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes were the best-selling games during the first half of the current Fiscal Year, though Splatoon 2 isn’t that far behind the PlayStation 4 (that it’s going to outsell within the next few weeks, though it’s going to take a little bit longer for the Nintendo 3DS version).

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has been enjoying great sales since launch, with over 650 000 units sold. Launch aligned, this version has already outsold the original, on Wii U, and it’s only a matter of months until the same happens for LTD sales.

ARMS, on the other hand, has been enjoying a more modest but still solid success with almost 220 000 units sold. Since it’s bound to keep selling throughout the rest of the year (and beyond, possibly), there’s no doubt it will manage to reach 300 000 units at one point (probably early next year, or this year if holiday sales are strong enough).

As for Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, it failed to reach 200 000 units sold, but at least, it ended up not that far from the milestone. Sales were definitely much lower than the past couple mainline entries, but it’s definitely a solid (albeit a tad disappointing) result for the remake of the least popular entry in the series.

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X also came close to the 200 000 units milestone, that it’s bound to reach within the next few months. Finally, The Snack World: Trejarers managed to land in the Top 10 despite launching in mid-August: a pretty solid performance so far, though it’s clearly not a Yo-kai Watch-like phenomenom.

01./00. [3DS] Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.07.29} (¥5.980) – 1.704.994 / NEW
02./00. [PS4] Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.07.29} (¥8.980) – 1.311.249 / NEW
03./00. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 1.208.502 / NEW
04./00. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 650.781 / NEW
05./00. [3DS] Monster Hunter Double Cross <ACT> (Capcom) {2017.03.18} (¥5.800) – 401.418 / 1.671.750
06./00. [NSW] Arms <FTG> (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980) – 218.312 / NEW
07./00. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 212.322 / 519.943
08./00. [3DS] Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia # <SLG> (Nintendo) {2017.04.20} (¥4.980) – 197.643 / NEW
09./00. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X <TBL> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.04.27} (¥5.700) – 187.652 / NEW
10./00. [3DS] The Snack World: TreJarers <RPG> (Level 5) {2017.08.10} (¥4.800) – 171.976 / NEW

As you can see for yourself, Nintendo takes 9 of the 10 spots in the Top 10, with the Nintendo Switch getting no less than 4 spots.

3DS – 5
NSW – 4
PS4 – 1

Hardware-wise, the Nintendo Switch largely dominated sales, with over 1.2 million units sold… almost as much as the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS combined. Speaking of the Nintendo 3DS, it’s clearly showing its age, and barely managed to keep up with the PlayStation 4 (it would have been a much different story without the Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age bundle).

As for the Wii U, it’s quite obviously finished, with sales cratering in a pretty spectacular way.

Finally, Famitsu is reporting a significant increase in sales for the market as a whole (in great part thanks to the Nintendo Switch, though Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age definitely contributed):

  • Software: 74.740 billion Yen (67.8 billion Yen during the same period last year)
  • Hardware: 76.510 billion Yen (40.34 billion Yen during the same period last year)
  • Total: 151.250 billion Yen (108.150 billion Yen during the same period last year)

Now the question is: will we see a similar increase during the seconf half of the Fiscal Year?

Source: Famitsu
Data compiled by: Chris1964 (NeoGAF)

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