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[Japan] Famitsu sales for October 2016 (Software, Hardware, Publishers)

Last week, Famitsu provided its usual report for monthly sales in Japan, this time for October 2016 (September 26th to October 30th). Overall, it was a rather good month for the Nintendo 3DS, with two games and 50% of sales for the Top 5. Monster Hunter Stories was the best-seller, with almost 250 000 units sold during the first month: a decent performance, which bodes pretty well for the holiday period.

The other Nintendo 3DS game in the Top 5 is Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura, which sold 80 912 units during its third month on the market (-35%). Unfortunately, it’s not guaranteed it will still be in the Top 5 next month…

01./00. [3DS] Monster Hunter Stories # <RPG> (Capcom) {2016.10.08} (¥5.800) – 246.400 / NEW
02./00. [PS4] Battlefield 1 <ACT> (Electronic Arts) {2016.10.21} (¥7.800) – 165.866 / NEW
03./02. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura <RPG> (Level 5) {2016.07.16} (¥4.800) – 80.912 / 1.292.974 (-35%)
04./00. [PS4] FIFA 17 # <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2016.09.29} (¥7.800) – 74.777 / NEW
05./00. [PSV] Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization # <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.10.27} (¥6.100) – 74.399 / NEW

3DS – 2
PS4 – 2
PSV – 1

Nintendo didn’t have a single game in the Famitsu Top 5, and yet, it was the third most successful publisher with 279 000 units sold (not too far from EA, ranked #1, who only sold about 16 000 units more. That’s the power of evergreen titles for you!

Electronic Arts – 295.000
Capcom – 289.000
Nintendo – 279.000

Hardware-wise, sales dropped even lower for the Wii U, with only 11 000 units sold for the full month (about 1 000 units less than in September, and 32 000 units less than last year during the same month).

As for the Nintendo 3DS, it didn’t manage to get back its title of best-selling console in Japan, but the difference between it and the PlayStation 4 was smaller last month. More importantly: sales are up compared to September (+31 000 units), and Year on Year (+57 000 units).

The second point is pretty important, as there was no real hit in October: the only really notable release was Monster Hunter Stories, which sold pretty decently but wasn’t a strong system-seller. And let’s not forget that the Nintendo 3DS is heading towards its 6th holiday period, so such a noticeable increase Year on Year is a pretty good sign.

Some simple maths allow us to see that increase is almost exclusively due to the Nintendo 2DS, released on September 15th in Japan. It may not be setting the charts on fire, but it’s been selling at a pretty steady pace, and you can really see the difference on the full month. This bodes pretty well for the holiday period, as the affordable Nintendo 2DS should prove pretty popular among parents looking for a Christmas gift.

Source: Famitsu
Via: Chris1964


Founder and main writer for Perfectly Nintendo. Tried really hard to find something funny and witty to put here, but had to admit defeat.

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