Japan: Famitsu sales for October 2017 (Super Mario Odyssey, Super Famicom Mini, more)

Today, Famitsu published their monthly report for the video game market in Japan. It reveals that Super Mario Odyssey was the best-selling game in October (September 25th to October 29th) which will probably surprise very few of you. But what’s really interesting about that game landing at #1 is that it did so with only 3 days of sales.

What’s more, Super Mario Odyssey sold more than all the other games in the Top 5 combined (511 625, including download cards but not digital sales). As mentioned several times before, October really isn’t the best of months for the video game market in Japan, and you can see it clearly with this month’s Top 5 Software.

The only other game on Nintendo platforms in the Top 5 Software is Splatoon 2, which has been selling pretty steadily since launch. In October, it sold 101 387 units, bringing the total since launch to 1 308 889 units. The drop is pretty limited compared to September sales (-27%), and they’re only going to go up from now on (at least, until January, after the holiday season). Splatoon 2 is the only non-new release in the Top 5 Software.

01./00. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 511.625 / NEW
02./00. [PS4] Gran Turismo Sport # <RCE> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.10.19} (¥6.900) – 153.647 / NEW
03./00. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III # <RPG> (Nihon Falcom) {2017.09.28} (¥7.800) – 121.195 / NEW
04./02. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 101.387 / 1.309.889 (-27%)
05./00. [PS4] FIFA 18 # <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥7.800) – 85.156 / NEW

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

  1. PS4 – 3
  2. NSW – 2

Unsurprisingly, Nintendo was the most successful publisher in October, with over 900 000 units sold. Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2 combined account for roughly 2/3 of total Software for the company.

  1. Nintendo – 916.000
  2. Sony Interactive Entertainment – 235.000
  3. Square Enix – 180.000

Hardware-wise, Famitsu reveals that the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom sold about 465 000 units during its first month on the market. In comparison, the Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer sold 319 000 units during its first month, which shows Nintendo did ship more consoles, as promised (but not nearly as much as you’d expect).

At launch, the Super Famicom Mini sold 368 913 units, so that means Nintendo shipped roughly 100 000 additional units during the 3 weeks that followed launch. Again, it’s not much, but still better than what was shipped for the Famicom Mini after launch (57 000 units).

The Famicom Mini sold about 567 000 units in 2016, and there’s no doubt the Super Famicom Mini will sell a lot more. In fact, if Nintendo ships enough consoles for the holiday season, it should top 1 million units this very year. 2 million units LTD is also a possibility, depending on how long Nintendo plans to keep shipping consoles to retailers.

In October, the Nintendo Switch completely dominated sales despite two rather weak weeks just before the launch of Super Mario Odyssey (which were more than compensated by that week). With over 300 000 units, the Nintendo Switch sold more than all the other platforms combined, and more than twice better than its direct competitor. That’s also (almost) twice better than sales in September.

The Nintendo 3DS saw a slight increase in sales, but nothing too substantial (roughly 9 000 units difference). It failed to reach the 100 000 units threshold, with 95 963 units sold: that’s rougly 50 000 units less than during the same month, last year. Speaking of last year, the gap with 2016 keeps getting smaller: it’s now only 19 000 units…

Finally, the Wii U sold 195 units in October.

Source: Famitsu
Data compiled by: Chris1964 (ResetEra)



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