Japan: Famitsu sales for July 2020 (Software, Hardware, Publishers)

Famitsu have shared their monthly report on video game sales in Japan, this time covering July 2020 (to be more precise, the period going from June 29th to July 26th, so 4 weeks in total).

This month, there’s quite a lot of new games in the Top 5, though the game ranked #1 is still the same: Animal Crossing: New Horizons! It’s the 5th month in a row that it tops the Software charts, and it might well be headed towards a 6th month at the top due to the lack of major releases in August and the expected boost in sales due to Obon.

In July, sales only dropped by 14%, to 275 678 units. Since launch, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has already sold 5 280 398 units, and it’s pretty clear the 6 million units milestone isn’t that far off! It’s also set a new record for the Animal Crossing series, outselling Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (5 244 000 units at retail), and it’s not even done selling.

Paper Mario: The Origami sold 159 735 during the first two weeks, which is a fairly solid result as there’s still digital sales to take into account. The performance in August will give us a good indication of what to expect for long-term sales. For now, the only thing we can say for sure is that it’s going to reach the 200 000 units milestone in August!

Finally, eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 is off to a great start with over 280 000 units sold during the first month, and 145 689 units for the Nintendo Switch version specifically. The gap between the two platforms is only going to grow, as long as the Nintendo Switch version is properly stocked.

Here’s the Top 5 Software for July 2020, courtesy of Famitsu:

01./01. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2020.03.20} (¥5.980) – 275.678 / 5.280.398 (-14%)
02./00. [PS4] Ghost of Tsushima <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2020.07.17} (¥6.900) – 266.302 / NEW
03./00. [NSW] Paper Mario: The Origami King <ADV> (Nintendo) {2020.07.17} (¥5.980) – 159.735 / NEW
04./00. [NSW] eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 <SPT> (Konami) {2020.07.09} (¥6.980) – 145.689 / NEW
05./00. [PS4] eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 <SPT> (Konami) {2020.07.09} (¥7.980) – 134.751 / NEW

Once again, the Nintendo Switch has the most games in the Top 5 Software, despite the number of new releases:

NSW – 3
PS4 – 2

This month again, Nintendo is the most successful publisher with nearly 900 000 units sold (892 000 units to be precise). Sales are up compared to June, thanks to Paper Mario: The Origami King. Once more, the evergreen titles sure are pulling their weight for they account for over 50% of total Software sales.

Konami is #3, pretty much exclusively thanks to eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020.

Here’s the Top 3 Publishers for July 2020, courtesy of Famitsu:

Nintendo – 892.000
Sony Interactive Entertainment – 319.000
Konami – 290.000

This month, the Nintendo Switch bounced back up thanks to increased shipments from Nintendo. The console sold 387 557 units, which is a lot more than during the same month last year (“only” 219 589 units). That’s 131.8% of June sales.

The console is still riding the mega wave generated by Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which is still going unabated. Sales are highly unlikely to drop in August, though total sales during that month will entirely depend on what Nintendo will be able to ship to retailers (which has been the case virtually every single month this year so far!).

Despite the shortages, the gap between 2020 and 2019 just keeps on widening: it’s now over 1.3 million units (3 054 439 units vs 1 703 469 unit), and it may well get over 1.5 million units by the end of August. September will be an interesting month, what with the launch of the Nintendo Switch Lite last year. With how strong sales have been this year, September 2020 may well be an even better month than September 2019, though it’s of course too early to say for sure.

Since launch, the console has sold 14 437 870 units, with 2 424 872 units for the Lite model, and 12 012 998 units for the OG model.

As for the Nintendo 3DS, the Summer holiday season didn’t change much. Sales are very slightly down, with 3 679 units sold (vs. 4 280 units in June), compared to 10 095 units in July 2020. YTD sales now stand at 37 019 units (vs. 140 450 units as of July 2019), and LTD sales at 24 533 166 units.

Here’s Hardware sales for July 2020, courtesy of Famitsu:

+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
|System | This Month | Last Month |  Last Year |     YTD    |  Last YTD  |     LTD     |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
| NSW # |    387.557 |    295.606 |    219.589 |  3.054.439 |  1.703.469 |  14.437.870 |
| PS4 # |     13.940 |     51.219 |     46.910 |    449.752 |    694.115 |   9.197.995 |
| 3DS # |      3.679 |      4.280 |     10.095 |     37.019 |    140.450 |  24.533.166 |
| XB1 # |        150 |        213 |        343 |      2.835 |      4.155 |     114.081 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
|  ALL  |    405.326 |    351.318 |    277.880 |  3.544.045 |  2.578.840 |  48.283.112 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
| NSW L |     72.199 |     85.996 |            |  1.379.489 |            |   2.424.872 |
|  NSW  |    315.358 |    209.610 |    219.589 |  1.674.950 |  1.703.469 |  12.012.998 |
| XB1 X |         81 |        152 |        216 |      2.009 |      2.835 |      20.651 |
| XB1 S |         69 |         61 |        127 |        826 |      1.320 |      21.428 |
|PS4 Pro|      5.827 |     22.352 |     17.722 |    173.389 |    250.075 |   1.568.359 |
|  PS4  |      8.113 |     28.867 |     29.188 |    276.363 |    444.040 |   7.629.636 |
|n-2DSLL|      3.408 |      3.977 |      8.587 |     34.742 |    112.786 |   1.138.988 |
| n-3DS |        271 |        303 |      1.508 |      2.277 |     26.573 |   5.888.192 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+

Finally, Famitsu points out that it’s the 5th month in a row that both Hardware and Software sales are up Year on Year. The last time this happened was between September 2006 and February 2007.

Click here for more Japanese sales data!

Source: Famitsu
Data compiled by: Chris1964 (ResetERA)


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