[Japan] Famitsu sales for Week 52, 2019 (December 23 – December 29) [Top 30]

Here’s the latest sales report from Famitsu (and Media Create), covering Week 52, 2019 in Japan.

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During the last week of 2019, only one game managed to find its way into the Top 10 Software provided by Famitsu: Brain Training for Nintendo Switch. It’s off to a rather decent start with 34 696 units sold, but it’s really sales in the long run that will make or break this game. If it ended up selling even at a slightly lower pace than Ring Fit Adventure, it will be pretty good news. But if it simply disappears from the Top 10 as soon as the holiday season is over…

Brain Training for Nintendo Switch has the worst debut for the “series”, even worse than the first game on Nintendo DS which opened at 44 166 (but went on to sell nearly 4 million units LTD!). Given Nintendo themselves seem to have pretty low expectations for the game, it’s pretty safe (at this point in time) to expect the game not to sell much more than 200 0000 units LTD at retail.

Week 52 always sees a drop in sales compared to Week 51 (best week of the year), and this year is no exception. However, Christmas Day was on Wednesday, in the middle of Week 52, which had a noticeable impact on sales. As a result, the expected drop is not as big as usual, and in fact, quite a few games sold more during the last week of the year (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Super Mario Party).

Pokémon Sword and Shield came close to 3 million units LTD with 2 988 134 units sold as of December 29th (which means it did reach the milestone before the end of the year). Luigi’s Mansion 3 is now half-way through to the 1 million units milestone, with 505 998 units sold. And without shortages, Ring Fit Adventure would have reached that milestone ages ago; instead, it got stuck at 495 639 units sold.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 also came close to a milestone: 200 000 units in that case, with 195 128 units sold. Now to see how well it will sell during the first half of 2020, as we get closer to the actual Olympics. As for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it will reach 3.5 million units sold during Week 2 2020 (Week 1 if the New Year’s boost is strong enough), and 4 million units before the end of the year is a definite possibility (especially with more DLC on the way).

Famitsu – Software sales (Top 30)

01./01. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980) – 243.476 / 2.988.134 <80-100%> (-16%)
02./02. [NSW] Luigi’s Mansion 3 <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.10.31} (¥5.980) – 59.349 / 505.998 <60-80%> (-25%)
03./03. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) – 52.521 / 495.639 <80-100%> (-8%)
04./05. [NSW] Minecraft # <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 40.905 / 1.145.939 <80-100%> (-2%)
05./07. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 40.883 / 2.659.009 <80-100%> (+8%)
06./04. [NSW] Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 <SPT> (Sega) {2019.11.01} (¥5.990) – 40.866 / 195.128 <60-80%> (-19%)
07./09. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) – 35.385 / 3.453.052 <80-100%> (+4%)
08./00. [NSW] Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.12.27} (¥3.480) – 34.696 / NEW <20-40%>
09./10. [NSW] Super Mario Party # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) – 34.649 / 1.263.710 <80-100%> (+8%)
10./06. [NSW] Fishing Spirits: Nintendo Switch Version <SPT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.07.25} (¥5.700) – 33.623 / 336.995 <80-100%> (-13%)
11./08. [NSW] Super Mario Maker 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.06.28} (¥5.980) – 26.402 / 800.504 <80-100%> (-23%)
12./12. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 21.094 / 3.252.760 <80-100%> (+7%)
13./11. [NSW] Disney Tsum Tsum Festival # <ETC> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.10.10} (¥6.100) – 17.473 / 125.498 <60-80%> (-16%)
14./14. [NSW] Yo-kai Watch 4++ <RPG> (Level 5) {2019.12.05} (¥6.480) – 12.331 / 46.896 <60-80%> (-15%)
15./17. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe <New Super Mario Bros. U \ New Super Luigi U> <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.01.11} (¥5.980) – 12.152 / 747.589 <80-100%> (+2%)
16./16. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 11.170 / 1.481.349 <80-100%> (-8%)
17./18. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) – 10.738 / 420.582 <80-100%> (-7%)
18./20. [NSW] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball <SPT> (Konami) {2019.06.27} (¥6.980) – 8.375 / 210.259 <80-100%> (-13%)
19./21. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 7.632 / 2.047.546 <80-100%> (-21%)
20./13. [PS4] Warriors Orochi 4: Ultimate <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2019.12.19} (¥7.800) – 7.382 / 25.768 <40-60%> (-60%)
21./15. [PS4] New Sakura Wars # <ACT> (Sega) {2019.12.12} (¥8.800) – 7.380 / 161.288 <80-100%> (-45%)
22./26. [NSW] Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2019.09.27} (¥7.980) – 7.273 / 463.699 <80-100%> (+5%)
23./22. [NSW] Fortnite: Darkfire Bundle <ACT> (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2019.11.07} (¥3.000) – 6.179 / 41.089 <80-100%> (-27%)
24./29. [NSW] FIFA 20 <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2019.09.27} (¥5.093) – 5.838 / 43.956 <60-80%> (-6%)
25./27. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 5.835 / 783.874 <80-100%> (-12%)
26./24. [NSW] Eiga Sumikko Gurashi: Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko – Game de Asobou! Ehon no Sekai <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2019.11.07} (¥4.800) – 5.697 / 32.049 <60-80%> (-32%)
27./30. [NSW] Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game <SPT> (Sega) {2019.07.24} (¥4.990) – 5.670 / 81.491 <80-100%> (-8%)
28./28. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne Master Edition <Monster Hunter: World \ Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne> # <ACT> (Capcom) {2019.09.06} (¥6.990) – 5.560 / 417.462 <80-100%> (-12%)
29./00. [PS4] Death Stranding # <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2019.11.08} (¥6.900) – 5.231 / 262.827 <80-100%> (+27%)
30./00. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2019.09.20} (¥5.980) – 5.208 / 250.947 <80-100%>

Number of games in Top 30

  • NSW – 26
  • PS4 – 4

Famitsu – Hardware

Just like Software, Hardware sales saw a smaller drop than usual thanks to Christmas day being during Week 52 this year. Nintendo Switch sales dropped from 291 485 units to 234 268 units, which is a fairly solid result. In comparison, the console sold 186 806 units during the same week last year, which shows that Christmas Day really played a big role this year. It’s certainly interesting that the Nintendo Switch would end the month with weekly sales up YoY, after being down during all the other weeks.

Once again, the OG model outsold the Lite model (141 227 units vs. 93 041 units), despite most of the drop in sales coming from the former. Speaking of the Nintendo Switch Lite, it’s now sold over 1 million units since launch.

Thanks to the YoY increase, YTD sales for the Nintendo Switch ended up in the +1 million units range, after the consecutive weeks of drops made it go below that. The Nintendo Switch ended up selling nearly 4.5 million units this year (4 493 885 units), which is one of the best year ever for a console in Japan. In comparison, the console sold “only” 3 482 388 units in 2018.

It’s quite likely that 2019 will end up as the peak year for the Nintendo Switch, but it’s too early to say for sure. Nintendo still have many cards up their sleeves (including a certain Animal Crossing: New Horizons), but even if sales were to drop in 2020, the drop would be somewhat limited.

As for the Nintendo 3DS, its sales during the last week of the year were in the same vein as all the other weeks: anemic. It sold only 3 045 units (vs. 3 316 units during Week 51, and 11 775 units during Week 52 2018), which brings YTD sales to 191 350 units (vs. 566 420 units in 2018). YTD sales now stand at 24 496 314 units, which means the very last milestone for the handheld is 24.5 million units.

+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
|System |  This Week |  Last Week |  Last Year |     YTD    |  Last YTD  |     LTD     |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
| NSW # |    234.268 |    291.485 |    186.806 |  4.493.885 |  3.482.388 |  11.383.431 |
| PS4 # |     81.349 |    107.313 |     75.683 |  1.196.153 |  1.695.227 |   8.748.243 |
| 3DS # |      3.045 |      3.316 |     11.775 |    191.350 |    566.420 |  24.496.314 |
| XB1 # |        297 |        226 |        362 |      8.315 |     15.339 |     111.246 |
| PSV # |         53 |         38 |      2.658 |     37.668 |    181.728 |   5.863.022 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
|  ALL  |    319.012 |    402.378 |    277.284 |  5.927.371 |  5.943.106 |  50.602.256 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
| NSW L |     93.041 |    101.577 |            |  1.045.383 |            |   1.045.383 |
|  NSW  |    141.227 |    189.908 |    186.806 |  3.448.502 |  3.482.388 |  10.338.048 |
| XB1 X |        195 |        166 |        277 |      5.186 |     11.153 |      18.642 |
| XB1 S |        102 |         60 |         85 |      3.129 |      4.186 |      20.602 |
|PS4 Pro|     22.226 |     32.894 |     15.924 |    422.380 |    457.646 |   1.394.970 |
|  PS4  |     59.123 |     74.419 |     59.759 |    773.773 |  1.237.581 |   7.353.273 |
|  PSV  |         53 |         38 |      2.658 |     37.668 |    181.728 |   5.863.022 |
|n-2DSLL|      2.875 |      3.081 |      8.293 |    160.169 |    356.693 |   1.104.413 |
| n-3DS |        170 |        235 |      3.175 |     30.090 |    187.799 |   5.885.915 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+

Media Create

Media Create – Software sales (Top 10)

01./01. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980)
02./02. [NSW] Luigi’s Mansion 3 <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.10.31} (¥5.980)
03./03. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980)
04./05. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980)
05./04. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200)
06./08. [NSW] Super Mario Party # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980)
07./07. [NSW] Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 <SPT> (Sega) {2019.11.01} (¥5.990)
08./00. [NSW] Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.12.27} (¥3.480)
09./10. [NSW] Minecraft # <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600)
10./09. [NSW] Fishing Spirits: Nintendo Switch Version <SPT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.07.25} (¥5.700)

Number of games in Top 10

NSW – 10

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Source: Media Create / Famitsu / Famitsu
Data compiled by: Chris1964 (ResetEra)
Additional data via: Game Data Library


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