[Japan] Media Create sales for Week 19, 2018 (May 7th – May 13th) [Top 50]

DKC Tropical Freeze

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The week that follows the infamous Golden Week always saw major drop in sales (both Software and Hardware), and 2018 was no exception. In fact, the drops are pretty ‘brutal’ this year, as pretty much all games saw their sales drop by at least 50%. The Top 20 Software from Media Create definitely looks a bit sad this week!

Despite its sales dropping by 71%, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is still ranked #1 with 25 886 units sold. That brings the total since launch to 114 307 units at retail alone, which is a pretty good result for this Nintendo Switch version (which should outsell the original within the next couple of weeks).

The drop is slightly better for Splatoon 2: -57%. The fact that it actually went up 2 places this week, despite sales dropping by over 50%, just shows how weak the market was during Week 19. The 12 966 additional units sold bring the total since launch to over 2.3 million units. It should be able to reach 2.5 million units within the next couple of months (especially with the launch of the Octo Expansion).

Sales for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also dropped by exactly 57%, though that wasn’t enough for them to drop below the 10 000 units/week threshold (though this will definitely happen next week). 10 383 units were sold this week, and 1 532 201 units since launch. Again, there’s little doubt it will be able to sell at least 2 million units LTD!

As expected, the post-Golden Week drop wasn’t any kinder to Nintendo Labo:

  • Variety Kit: 9 818 units sold (158 385 units LTD)
  • Robot Kit: 2 146 units sold (43 149 units LTD)

If sales don’t remain steady in the upcoming weeks (one of the slowest periods for video games sales in Japan), retailers will have no choice but to resort to price drops to get rid of remaining units… It’s particularly true for the Robot Kit, which is by far the least popular kit of the two.

And in case you’re wondering: no, the post-Golden Week drop didn’t spare Kirby Star Allies either, as it sold 70% less than during the Golden Week. Sales remain strong enough, though, with 9 414 units this week. Since the total since launch is already at 492 230 units, that means the 500 000 units milestone will be reached within the next couple of weeks (most likely during Week 21, since sales are not going back up any time soon).

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the games that saw the softest drop this week, with 5 754 units sold (-48%). Within the next few weeks, it will reach the 1 million units milestone on Nintendo Switch alone (it’s currently sitting at 986 181 units), something that no Zelda game since Phantom Hourglass on Nintendo DS has been able to achieve. The best part? It doesn’t look like the game will stop selling any time soon!

Finally, Super Mario Odyssey is still #10, with 4 597 units: that’s -61% compared to the Golden Week. There’s no immediate milestone for this particular game, but with 1 721 235 units sold so far, there’s little doubt it will sell over 2 millio units LTD (even 2.5 million units).

Next, let’s take a look at how games in the second half of the Top 20 from Media Create:

  • 11./09. [NSW] The Snack World: TreJarers Gold (Level 5) – 4.318 / 78.956 (-66%). It should be able to remain in the Top 20 from Media Create for another few weeks, since sales are going to be pretty slow for the market as a whole until July;
  • 12./13. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) – 3.125 / 1.631.988 (-52%). It dropped from the Top 20 a couple of weeks ago, but it’s back now, and it looks like it’s there to stay;
  • 17./20. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo)  – 1.884 / 407.189 (-53%). With how slow Week 19 was for video games sales, this one actually went up in the charts despite selling half as much as during the Golden Week…
  • 18./14. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) – 1.866 / 443.548 (-66%). Another week in the Top 20 for everyone’s favourite party game!
  • 19./16. [NSW] Arms (Nintendo) – 1.714 / 405.118 (-61%). One more (last?) week in the Top 20 for ARMS, which is still going to keep steadily through the end of the year (it should have no trouble selling at least 500 000 units LTD);
  • 20./21. [3DS] Detective Pikachu (Pokemon Co.) – 1.637 / 79.050. Detective Pikachu pops back up in the Top 20 from Media Create, most likely its last week in there.

Media Create – Software Top 50

01./01. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} (¥5.980) – 25.886 / 114.307 (-71%)
02./02. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥7.980) – 15.172 / 179.432 (-62%)
03./05. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 12.966 / 2.310.403 (-57%)
04./06. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 10.383 / 1.532.201 (-57%)
05./03. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥6.980) – 9.818 / 158.385 (-70%)
06./04. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 9.414 / 492.230 (-70%)
07./07. [PS4] God of War # <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.04.20} (¥6.900) – 6.473 / 98.579 (-61%)
08./11. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 5.754 / 986.181 (-48%)
09./08. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥6.980) – 5.580 / 79.882 (-65%)
10./10. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 4.597 / 1.721.235 (-61%)
11./09. [NSW] The Snack World: TreJarers Gold <RPG> (Level 5) {2018.04.12} (¥5.980) – 4.318 / 78.956 (-66%)
12./13. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 3.125 / 1.631.988 (-52%)
13./23. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege – Advanced Edition <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} (¥6.000) – 2.581 / 51.295
14./12. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥7.980) – 2.146 / 43.149 (-68%)
15./24. [PS4] Cities: Skylines – PlayStation 4 Edition <SLG> (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.04.12} (¥5.400) – 1.977 / 27.066
16./15. [PS4] Far Cry 5 <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2018.03.29} (¥8.400) – 1.960 / 133.748 (-55%)
17./20. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 1.884 / 407.189 (-53%)
18./14. [NSW] 1-2-Switch <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 1.866 / 443.548 (-66%)
19./16. [NSW] Arms <FTG> (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980) – 1.714 / 405.118 (-61%)
20./21. [3DS] Detective Pikachu <ADV> (Pokemon Co.) {2018.03.23} (¥4.980) – 1.637 / 79.050
21./17. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX <FTG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980)
22./26. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World # <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.01.26} (¥8.980)
23./19. [NSW] SD Gundam G Generation: Genesis for Nintendo Switch <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.04.26} (¥6.800)
24./25. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} (¥6.800)
25./22. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} (¥4.980)
26./35. [NSW] FIFA 18 <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥5.800)
27./27. [NSW] Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy for Nintendo Switch <Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm \ Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 \ Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3> <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.04.26} (¥6.800)
28./37. [PS4] Call of Duty: WWII # <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.11.03} (¥7.900)
29./42. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [New Price Edition] <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} (¥4.990)
30./30. [PS4] Utawarerumono: Chiriyukusha e no Komoriuta # <SLG> (Aqua Plus) {2018.04.26} (¥6.800)
31./29. [NSW] Snipperclips Plus: Cut it Out, Together! <PZL> (Nintendo) {2017.11.10} (¥3.280)
32./18. [PS4] Bravo Team |PlayStation VR| # <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.04.26} (¥4.900)
33./46. [PS4] Super Robot Wars X # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.03.29} (¥8.600)
34./31. [NSW] Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2018.03.22} (¥6.800)
35./39. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400)
36./41. [PS4] Like the North Star # <ADV> (Sega) {2018.03.08} (¥8.390)
37./28. [NSW] Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle <SLG> (Nintendo) {2018.01.18} (¥5.980)
38./32. [3DS] Kirby Battle Royale <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.11.30} (¥4.980)
39./46. [PS4] Super Robot Wars X # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.03.29} (¥8.600)
40./48. [NSW] Dragon Quest Builders <ADV> (Square Enix) {2018.03.01} (¥4.800)
41./00. [PS4] Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom # <RPG> (Level 5) {2018.03.23} (¥8.000)
42./34. [NSW] Attack on Titan 2 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2018.03.15} (¥7.800)
43./50. [PS4] Persona 5 # <RPG> (Atlus) {2016.09.15} (¥8.800)
44./38. [NSW] Portal Knights <RPG> (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.04.19} (¥3.300)
45./36. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park e Youkoso <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2017.12.07} (¥5.800)
46./49. [PSV] Utawarerumono: Chiriyukusha e no Komoriuta # <SLG> (Aqua Plus) {2018.04.26} (¥6.800)
47./00. [PS4] Death end re;Quest # <RPG> (Compile Heart) {2018.04.12} (¥7.200)
48./00. [PS4] Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet # <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.02.08} (¥8.200)
49./45. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II Kai – The Erebonian Civil War <RPG> (Nihon Falcom) {2018.04.26} (¥3.980)
50./00. [NSW] Puyo Puyo Tetris <PZL> (Sega) {2017.03.03} (¥4.990)

Media Create Software Week 19 2018

Media Create – Number of games in Top 50

NSW – 24
PS4 – 19
3DS – 5
PSV – 2

Media Create – Hardware

This week, the drop in sales also impacted Hardware, and only the Nintendo Switch managed to sell decently. It sold 31 720 units this week, which is roughly 22 000 units less than during the Golden Week. Fortunately, it’s better than last year during the same week, but considering the console was heavily supply constrainted in May and June (up until the release of Splatoon 2, actually), it’s pretty much the least it could have done.

The upcoming weeks are going to be some of the slowest this year for video game and console sales in Japan. It’s natural to expect the Nintendo Switch to be impacted by this, though this time around, there will not be shortages to explain the drop in sales. Fortunately, the line-up is nicely filled (there’s at least one release a week until July), though only Mario Tennis Aces (on June 22nd) is going to have a significant impact on sales.

As for the Nintendo 3DS, it’s gone back to its pre-Golden Week slumber, and sales are only to go down from now on. It sold 6 354 units this week, which is roughly 3 times less than during the same week last year (roughly the same ratio as the months before the Golden Week).

Famitsu – Software Top 30

01./01. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} (¥5.980) – 25.965 / 122.719 <60-80%> (-73%)
02./02. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥7.980) – 15.055 / 186.428 <80-100%> (-60%)
03./03. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 13.408 / 2.285.588 <80-100%> (-57%)
04./06. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 9.848 / 1.487.039 <80-100%> (-61%)
05./04. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 8.093 / 496.217 <80-100%> (-70%)
06./05. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥6.980) – 7.035 / 147.803 <40-60%> (-73%)
07./10. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 6.968 / 932.244 <80-100%> (-45%)
08./07. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥6.980) – 6.186 / 82.356 <60-80%> (-66%)
09./08. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 5.763 / 1.677.439 <80-100%> (-64%)
10./11. [PS4] God of War # <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.04.20} (¥6.900) – 4.921 / 89.857 <80-100%> (-60%)
11./09. [NSW] The Snack World: TreJarers Gold <RPG> (Level 5) {2018.04.12} (¥5.980) – 4.013 / 79.619 <80-100%> (-69%)
12./12. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 2.465 / 2.224.478 <80-100%> (-57%)
13./23. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege – Advanced Edition <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} (¥6.000) – 2.249 / 44.056 <80-100%> (-29%)
14./13. [NSW] 1-2-Switch <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 1.988 / 386.371 <80-100%> (-64%)
15./16. [3DS] Detective Pikachu <ADV> (Pokemon Co.) {2018.03.23} (¥4.980) – 1.920 / 76.660 <60-80%> (-57%)
16./17. [NSW] SD Gundam G Generation: Genesis for Nintendo Switch <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.04.26} (¥6.800) – 1.833 / 17.278 <60-80%> (-58%)
17./18. [PS4] Far Cry 5 <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2018.03.29} (¥8.400) – 1.785 / 140.045 <80-100%> (-56%)
18./22. [PS4] Cities: Skylines – PlayStation 4 Edition <SLG> (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.04.12} (¥5.400) – 1.665 / 25.469 <60-80%> (-51%)
19./15. [NSW] Arms <FTG> (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980) – 1.588 / 368.280 <80-100%> (-65%)
20./24. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World # <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.01.26} (¥8.980) – 1.545 / 1.942.802 <80-100%> (-50%)
21./21. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} (¥6.800) – 1.443 / 153.014 <80-100%> (-59%)
22./20. [NSW] Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy for Nintendo Switch <Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm \ Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 \ Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3> <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.04.26} (¥6.800) – 1.407 / 11.261 <40-60%> (-63%)
23./19. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX <FTG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980) – 1.401 / 247.164 <80-100%> (-64%)
24./14. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥7.980) – 1.264 / 38.186 <20-40%> (-75%)
25./28. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 1.246 / 366.938 <80-100%> (-49%)
26./29. [NSW] FIFA 18 <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥5.800) – 1.210 / 98.217 <80-100%> (-48%)
27./26. [PS4] Utawarerumono: Chiriyukusha e no Komoriuta # <SLG> (Aqua Plus) {2018.04.26} (¥6.800) – 1.205 / 26.867 <60-80%> (-58%)
28./00. [PS4] Persona 5 # <RPG> (Atlus) {2016.09.15} (¥8.800) – 1.170 / 387.045 <80-100%>
29./00. [NSW] Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2018.03.22} (¥6.800) – 1.158 / 41.768 <60-80%>
30./27. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} (¥4.980) – 1.149 / 192.934 <80-100%> (-55%)

Famitsu – Number of games in Top 30

NSW – 17
PS4 – 8
3DS – 4
PSV – 1

Famitsu – Hardware

Source: Media Create (via 4Gamer) / Famitsu
Data compiled by: Chris1964 (ResetEra)
Additional data via: Game Data Library


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