Japan: Famitsu sales for September 2017 (retail)

This week, Famitsu shared their sales data for September 2017 in Japan (retail-only this time).

Due to a lack of notable releases in September, especially on Nintendo platforms, the Top 5 Software looks a bit “sad”, with only two titles selling more than 100 000 units. Splatoon 2 was almost the best-selling game during that month, but Everybody’s Golf denied it this privilege. The Nintendo 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is the only one remaining in the Top 5, though its sales dropped sharply (-85%).

01./00. [PS4] Everybody’s Golf <SPT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.08.31} (¥5.900) – 144.511 / NEW
02./03. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 138.694 / 1.208.502 (-49%)
03./00. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2017.09.14} (¥7.600) – 88.465 / NEW
04./00. [PS4] Destiny 2 <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.09.06} (¥7.900) – 74.713 / NEW
05./01. [3DS] Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.07.29} (¥5.980) – 73.563 / 1.704.994 (-85%)

Despite the lack of new notable releases, the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch managed to snatch 1 place in the Top 5 each.

  1. PS4 – 3
  2. 3DS – 1
  3. NSW – 1

September did see a lack of notable releases on Nintendo platforms, but that doesn’t mean Nintendo games didn’t sell. Quite the opposite: Nintendo was the most successful publisher during that month, mainly thanks to Splatoon 2 (that accounts for almost half of total Software sales for the company).

  1. Nintendo – 398.000
  2. Sony Interactive Entertainment – 291.000
  3. Square Enix – 180.000

Hardware-wise, the Nintendo Switch was once again the best-selling console in Japan, despite a drop in sales (that was to be expected, since August was a holiday month after all). But that drop isn’t all that much compared to the one for the Nintendo 3DS, which saw its sales cut by more than 50%.

The Summer holidays are over, we’ve entered a rather slow period for video games sales, and the Nintendo 3DS is the one suffering the most so far. But the thing is, only the Nintendo Switch is really going to pull any notable numbers in the next couple of months, at least until Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon in November and the Holiday period that will follow.

Source: Famitsu
Data compiled by: Chris1964 (NeoGAF)

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