[Japan] Media Create sales for Week 12, 2016 (March 21 -27) [Top 50]

Update: we just added the full Top 50 to this post!

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Quite a few games came out during Week 12 in Japan, but only two of them came out on Nintendo platforms. The first one is Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3, which had a decent debut, with 368 665 units sold. According to Famitsu, that’s 60-80% of all units shipped to retailers for launch, which is pretty good: the game sold more or less what Square-Enix and retailers expected.

As a comparison, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 (on Nintendo DS) sold 682 014 at launch, according to Famitsu. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 did quite worse than its predecessor, which is due to several potential reasons:

  • Square-Enix didn’t really advertise the game much before launch (though they did release a demo), compared to previous enties;
  • the mobile game (Dragon Quest Monster Super Lite) has been extremely successful, and seems to satisfy the most casual of fans who played the previous entry;
  • it’s been 6 years since the last original entry (with two remakes in-between).

However, there’s no real reason to worry: unless reception is anormally bad (which doesn’t seem to be the case, quite the opposite), sales should remain steady in the next few weeks/months (especially during the Golden Week, in late April/early May), since fans of the series already own the console it’s on (the Nintendo 3DS).

Will the game manage to reach 1 million units sold (the previous entry sold 1 296 987 units in total)? At the very least, it will have no trouble selling at least 500 000 units.

Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3The second entry on Nintendo platforms for Week 12 is Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: Assassin Ikusei Keikaku!!, which is the second game on Nintendo 3DS. It had a decent debut with 19 498 units sold, which amounts to 40-60% of all units sent to retailers for launch. As a comparison, the previous entry sold 24 457 units at launch, and 110 500 units LTD (according to Famitsu, including digital estimates).

The previous entry kept selling steadily in the weeks that followed its launch, and this one is bound to follow a similar sales trajectory. After all, the (popular) anime is still airing, which means that sales should remain steady at least until it ends (in June). 

Next, we have Pokkén Tournament at #5 with 28 331 units sold during Week 12. Despite a rather disappointing launch (when looking at the amount of copies shipped for launch), the game had a pretty decent second week (59% is a good drop for a second week, especially for a Wii U game). Unfortunately, it still look like retailers will have trouble selling all copies shipped for Day 1…

As for Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympics, it’s still selling at a remarkably steady pace: 11 543 units (only -4%) for Week 12. Of course, this is partly due to Monday being a public holiday, but not only. After all, the game has already been selling steadily since launch, and it’s on its way to 150 000 units sold.

Next, we have the Splatoon and Super Mario Maker duo, finally reunited this week. The first one seems to be held back by the Wii U shortages (far from over), as sales dropped by 11% during Week 12 (with 8 980 units sold), despite the public holiday on Monday.

The second one saw its sales rise by 12% (7 047 units sold, 829 538 since launch), even though the Super Mario Maker Wii U Premium Pack (which makes for the bulk of its sales) is still extremely hard to find in stores.

Finally, we have two titles from the Happy Price Selection range, which enjoyed good sales during Week 12:

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf at #16 with 7 806 units sold (+13%)
  • Tomodachi Life manage to sell more during its second week on the market, with +63%. The game sold 5 120 units during Week 12, and 8 252 since the launch of this budget edition. It’s not that often than week 2 sales amount for more than week 1’s!

Those two titles seem to be the most popular ones from the first wave of Happy Price Selection titles, and their sales will remain steady within the next couple of weeks/months, especially during weeks for public holidays.

Hardware-wise, we have 31 099 units sold for the Nintendo 3DS, which is 5 000 units more compared to Week 11. Unsurprisingly, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 had a positive impact on sales, but it was pretty limited since:

  • there was no hardware bundle;
  • fans of the series already own a Nintendo 3DS (it’s the third Dragon Quest Monsters game on 3DS), and there wasn’t any New Nintendo 3DS features or enhancements (thefore, fans had no reason to upgrade).

Sales for Week 12 are at pretty much the same level as they were during the same week in 2015 (31 229 units), which is a good sign. Unfortunately, the next couple of a weeks are going to be pretty rough, since April isn’t the best of months for video game sales. However, Yo-kai Sangokushi comes out this Saturday in Japan, so if there’s a drop at all for Week 13, it should be rather limited. So far, the Nintendo 3DS is holding well in 2016, compared to 2015.

Unfortunately, it’s not really the case of the Wii U… even though it should. Shortages are still going on, and the situation isn’t really improving. This week, sales took a nose dive: they went from 12 998 units to 4 545 units in one go. Obviously, this is partly due to the Pokkén Tournament bundle (which soldout even before launch), and the shortages only made things worse.

Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t look shortages will be over until next month, with new shipments of the Super Mario Maker bundle expected for April. This week, some retailers did get some of these, but as usual, they didn’t stay very long on the shelves. Let’s just hope that shortages will be over soon: even though the Wii U wouldn’t be selling 100 000 units/week without them, they’re pretty bad news for Nintendo (especially when it impacts the sales potential of Splatoon and Super Mario Maker).

Software (Week 12)

01./00. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 <RPG> (Square Enix) {2016.03.24} (¥5.250) – 368.665 / NEW
02./00. [PS4] Dark Souls III <RPG> (From Software) {2016.03.24} (¥7.430) – 210.141 / NEW
03./00. [PSV] Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X <ACT> (Sega) {2016.03.24} (¥6.990) – 69.438 / NEW
04./00. [PS4] Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Fortune # <SPT> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.03.24} (¥8.800) – 44.723 / NEW
05./01. [WIU] Pokken Tournament # <FTG> (Pokemon Co.) {2016.03.18} (¥7.200) – 28.331 / 98.007 (-59%)
06./00. [PSV] Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Venus # <SPT> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.03.24} (¥7.800) – 21.959 / NEW
07./00. [PS4] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Sengoku Risshiden # <SLG> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.03.24} (¥8.800) – 20.322 / NEW
08./00. [3DS] Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: Assassin Ikusei Keikaku!! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.03.24} (¥5.700) – 19.498 / NEW
09./00. [PSV] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Sengoku Risshiden # <SLG> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.03.24} (¥7.800) – 13.482 / NEW
10./00. [PS3] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Sengoku Risshiden # <SLG> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.03.24} (¥8.800) – 13.050 / NEW
11./04. [3DS] Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games <SPT> (Nintendo) {2016.02.18} (¥4.700) – 11.543 / 119.188 (-4%)
12./06. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) – 10.639 / 712.822 (+16%)
13./03. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s The Division <RPG> (Ubisoft) {2016.03.10} (¥8.400) – 10.581 / 114.414 (-54%)
14./02. [PSV] Digimon World: Next Order <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.03.17} (¥6.800) – 10.272 / 74.490 (-84%)
15./05. [WIU] Splatoon # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2015.05.28} (¥5.700) – 8.980 / 1.310.480 (-11%)
16./11. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf [Nintendo Selects] <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700) – 7.806 / 14.737 (+13%)
17./12. [WIU] Super Mario Maker # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2015.09.10} (¥5.700) – 7.047 / 829.358 (+12%)
18./00. [PSV] Dance with Devils # <ADV> (Rejet) {2016.03.24} (¥5.800) – 5.129 / NEW
19./30. [3DS] Tomodachi Life [Nintendo Selects] <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700) – 5.120 / 8.252
20./08. [PSV] Gundam Breaker 3 <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.03.03} (¥6.800) – 4.908 / 105.708 (-44%)
21./15. [PSV] Attack on Titan # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.02.18} (¥6.800)
22./09. [WIU] The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2016.03.10} (¥5.700)
23./16. [3DS] Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Nihon Tanjou <ETC> (FuRyu) {2016.03.03} (¥4.980)
24./19. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad <ACT> (Level 5) {2015.07.11} (¥4.600)
25./32. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon [Nintendo Selects] <ACT> (Nintendo) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700)
26./36. [3DS] Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning [Nintendo Selects] <SLG> (Marvelous) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700)
27./00. [PSV] Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness # <ADV> (5pb.) {2016.03.24} (¥7.800)
28./21. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥4.571)
29./34. [3DS] Monster Strike <RPG> (Mixi) {2015.12.17} (¥4.500)
30./18. [3DS] Monster Hunter Generations # <ACT> (Capcom) {2015.11.28} (¥5.800)
31./29. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400)
32./00. [PS4] God Eater Off Shot: Fujiki Kota-hen Twin Pack & Animation Vol.6 <ETC> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.03.24} (¥7.800)
33./26. [WIU] Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash <SPT> (Nintendo) {2016.01.28} (¥4.700)
34./00. [PSV] Shirogane x Spirits! # <ADV> (Technical Group Laboratory) {2016.03.24} (¥4.980)
35./38. [3DS] Disney Magic World 2 # <ETC> (Bandai Namco Games) {2015.11.05} (¥5.690)
36./00. [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigi na Orb [Nintendo Selects] <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700)
37./07. [PS4] Battlefield 4: Premium Edition <Battlefield 4 \ Battlefield 4: China Rising \ Battlefield 4: Second Assault \ Battlefield 4: Final Stand \ Battlefield 4: Naval Strike \ Battlefield 4: Dragon’s Teeth> [EA Best Hits] <ACT> (Electronic Arts) {2016.03.17} (¥3.800)
38./13. [PS4] Gundam Breaker 3 <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.03.03} (¥7.600)
39./49. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Koko ga Ochitsukundesu [Nintendo Selects] <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700)
40./31. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [New Price Edition] <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} (¥4.990)
41./10. [PSV] Summon Night 6: Lost Borders # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.03.10} (¥6.800)
42./28. [PSV] Dragon Quest Builders: Alefgard o Fukkatsu Niseyo # <ADV> (Square Enix) {2016.01.28} (¥5.980)
43./46. [3DS] Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2015.07.30} (¥4.000)
44./40. [3DS] Rhythm Heaven Megamix <ACT> (Nintendo) {2015.06.11} (¥4.700)
45./25. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops III # <ACT> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.11.06} (¥7.900)
46./41. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 <RCE> (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.571)
47./27. [PS4] Street Fighter V # <FTG> (Capcom) {2016.02.18} (¥7.990)
48./33. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2015.12.10} (¥8.400)
49./00. [PSV] Tokyo Xanadu: Sakura Festival Package <Tokyo Xanadu \ Tokyo Xanadu DLC> <RPG> (Nihon Falcom) {2016.03.24} (¥3.500)
50./24. [PSV] Kan Colle Kai # <SLG> (Kadokawa Games) {2016.02.18} (¥5.800)

Media Create Software Week 12 2016Amount of games per platform (Week 12)

3DS – 18
PSV – 14
PS4 – 12
WIU – 5
PS3 – 1

Hardware (Week 12)

Head after the break for Famitsu sales!

Famitsu sales

01./00. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 <RPG> (Square Enix) {2016.03.24} (¥5.250) – 375.612 / NEW <60-80%>
02./00. [PS4] Dark Souls III <RPG> (From Software) {2016.03.24} (¥7.430) – 218.764 / NEW <80-100%>
03./00. [PSV] Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X <ACT> (Sega) {2016.03.24} (¥6.990) – 76.353 / NEW <60-80%>
04./00. [PS4] Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Fortune # <SPT> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.03.24} (¥8.800) – 37.443 / NEW <80-100%>
05./01. [WIU] Pokken Tournament # <FTG> (Pokemon Co.) {2016.03.18} (¥7.200) – 33.988 / 106.490 <60-80%> (-53%)
06./00. [PSV] Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Venus # <SPT> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.03.24} (¥7.800) – 22.991 / NEW <80-100%>
07./00. [PS4] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Sengoku Risshiden # <SLG> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.03.24} (¥8.800) – 22.311 / NEW <80-100%>
08./00. [3DS] Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: Assassin Ikusei Keikaku!! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.03.24} (¥5.700) – 19.306 / NEW <40-60%>
09./00. [PSV] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Sengoku Risshiden # <SLG> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.03.24} (¥7.800) – 14.914 / NEW <80-100%>
10./00. [PS3] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Sengoku Risshiden # <SLG> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.03.24} (¥8.800) – 14.006 / NEW <80-100%>
11./03. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s The Division <RPG> (Ubisoft) {2016.03.10} (¥8.400) – 11.958 / 122.081 <80-100%> (-54%)
12./04. [3DS] Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games <SPT> (Nintendo) {2016.02.18} (¥4.700) – 11.732 / 127.443 <80-100%> (-16%)
13./02. [PSV] Digimon World: Next Order <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.03.17} (¥6.800) – 10.687 / 63.208 <60-80%> (-80%)
14./09. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) – 9.284 / 639.735 <80-100%> (+12%)
15./06. [3DS] Pokemon Red / Green / Blue / Yellow _3DS Virtual Console Version_ |DL| (Dedicated Download Card Special) <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2016.02.27} (¥1.389) – 7.005 / 137.232 <80-100%> (-25%)
16./20. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf [Nintendo Selects] <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700) – 6.717 / 10.920 <20-40%> (+60%)
17./16. [WIU] Super Mario Maker # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2015.09.10} (¥5.700) – 6.696 / 846.421 <80-100%> (+36%)
18./10. [WIU] Splatoon # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2015.05.28} (¥5.700) – 6.530 / 1.259.076 <80-100%> (-17%)
19./07. [PSV] Gundam Breaker 3 <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.03.03} (¥6.800) – 4.892 / 103.415 <80-100%> (-43%)
20./05. [WIU] The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2016.03.10} (¥5.700) – 4.778 / 67.833 <60-80%> (-49%)
21./25. [3DS] Tomodachi Life [Nintendo Selects] <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700) – 4.646 / 7.782 <40-60%> (+48%)
22./19. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad <ACT> (Level 5) {2015.07.11} (¥4.600) – 4.531 / 2.127.185 <80-100%> (+4%)
23./00. [PSV] Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness # <ADV> (5pb.) {2016.03.24} (¥7.800) – 4.479 / NEW <40-60%>
24./15. [PSV] Attack on Titan # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.02.18} (¥6.800) – 4.077 / 98.896 <80-100%> (-18%)
25./17. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥4.571) – 3.888 / 2.967.462 <80-100%> (-18%)
26./00. [PSV] Dance with Devils # <ADV> (Rejet) {2016.03.24} (¥5.800) – 3.637 / NEW <60-80%>
27./00. [PS4] God Eater Off Shot: Fujiki Kota-hen Twin Pack & Animation Vol.6 <ETC> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.03.24} (¥7.800) – 3.615 / NEW <80-100%>
28./00. [PSV] Shirogane x Spirits! # <ADV> (Technical Group Laboratory) {2016.03.24} (¥4.980) – 3.504 / NEW <60-80%>
29./21. [3DS] Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Nihon Tanjou <ETC> (FuRyu) {2016.03.03} (¥4.980) – 3.454 / 21.030 <60-80%> (-16%)
30./28. [3DS] Monster Strike <RPG> (Mixi) {2015.12.17} (¥4.500) – 3.448 / 931.067 <80-100%> (+19%)

3DS – 10
PSV – 10
PS4 – 5
WIU – 4
PS3 – 1

Source: Media Create / Famitsu
Via: 4Gamer.net / NeoGAF


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