[Japan] Media Create sales for Week 25, 2018 (June 18th – June 24th) [Top 50]

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Week 25 saw the release of a few games, but the star of the week is obviously Mario Tennis Aces on Nintendo Switch. Media Create reports that it sold 123 774 units during its launch week (3 days), which is one of the best debuts ever for the series in Japan.

Here’s how previous entries in the series sold in Japan:

[N64] Mario Tennis <SPT> (Nintendo) {2000.07.21} (¥6.800) – 319.434 / 1.065.469
[GCN] Mario Power Tennis <SPT> (Nintendo) {2004.10.28} (¥5.522) – 185.701 / 350.303
[GMB] Mario Tennis GB |GameBoy Color| <SPT> (Nintendo) {2000.11.01} (¥3.800) – 143.871 / 334.741
[NSW] Mario Tennis Aces <SPT> (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) – 123.774
[3DS] Mario Tennis Open <SPT> (Nintendo) {2012.05.24} (¥4.571) – 101.645 / 396.604 <51,19%>
[WIU] Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash <SPT> (Nintendo) {2016.01.28} (¥4.700) – 55.331 / 139.405 <73,01%>
[GBA] Mario Tennis: Power Tour <SPT> (Nintendo) {2005.09.13} (¥3.618) – 33.870 / 114.599 <42,49%>

As you can see, Mario Tennis Aces has the 4th best debut for a Mario Tennis game in Japan, though that’s not counting digital sales. It’s pretty safe to expect the game to keep selling at a steady pace through the rest of the year (especially during the Summer holidays and the Christmas season), especially with the positive reception the game has been getting.

It should easily become the 2nd best-selling game in the series, though it’s not clear whether it will become the best-seller just yet. We should have a good idea at the end of the year! Finally, a “fun” fact: Mario Tennis Aces will have outsold Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash LTD as early as next week. Better game + more content + healthier platform = better sales, and that’s not really rocket science.

The second (and last) entry of the week is Minecraft, which sold 61 764 units at launch. This may seem like a rather timid debut, but it’s actually the best first week sales for a Minecraft game in Japan. Here’s how the previous entries sold at launch:

[NSW] Minecraft <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 61.764
[PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition # <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) – 36.151 / 1.276.619 <60,37%>
[WIU] Minecraft: Wii U Edition <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2016.06.23} (¥3.600)- 22.589 / 257.654 <49,59%>
[PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400) – 4.630 / 150.221 <21,90%>
[360] Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2013.06.06} (¥1.980) – 4.268 / 30.858 <76.19%>
[XB1] Minecraft: Xbox One Edition # <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2014.11.27} (¥2.000)- 324 / 3.178 <18,14%>

Not only did Minecraft on Nintendo Switch outsold all other versions at launch by a wide marging, it almost outsold them all combined (61 764 units vs 67 962 units). That’s a really encouraging performance, because Minecraft is a game that sells on the long run (the PlayStation Vita version is proof of that).

Right now, there’s no doubt it will end up selling over 1 million units, the question is whether or not it will do so this year or not. Fun fact: this will be Microsoft’s very first million-seller in Japan! One thing’s already for sure, though: the game is going to hang around the Top 20 from Media Create a long time.

In the rest of the Top 10, we find the usual suspects, starting with Splatoon 2: it sold 14 747 units this week. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is just behind it, with 10 296 units sold. Both had a rather limit drop this week: -6% and -5% respectively. Of course, LTD sales are not really comparable, with Splatoon 2 at 2 394 724 units, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at 1 593 392 units.

As for Kirby Star Allies, it’s selling steadily week after week, though its sales did drop a bit more than the two games we just mentioned. It sold 6 720 units this week (that’s -13%), bringing the total since launch to 540 392 units. It’s already guaranteed to reach 600 000 units during the Summer holidays.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild had a slight drop in sales, with 6 486 units (-7%) sold this week. The game has already sold over 1 million units (1 024 630 units so far), and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop selling any time soon.

Donkey Kong is still going strong, with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its 5 595 units sold this week (-25%). It’s a game we can expect to stay in the Top 20 from Media Create for a quite a while, especially with the Summer holidays just around the corner. It will reach 200 000 whint the next few weeks.

Finally, Super Mario Odyssey sold 5 136 units, with a drop in line with the other evergreen titles on Nintendo Switch (-6%). It sold 5 136 units this week, bringing the total since launch to over 1.75 million units. It’s basically guaranteed to sell over 2 million units, and the Summer holidays will only bring it closer to the milestone.

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

  • 12./14. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.)- 3.850 / 1.653.093 (-2%). This one is definitely not done selling, which makes us wonder if the stand-alone version will eventually reach 2 million units at retail;
  • 14./13. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit (Nintendo) – 3.216 / 192.936 (-24%). Sales have been dropping regularly, but not enough to have it out of the Top 20 from Media Create. It’s going to reach 200 000 units within the next few weeks!
  • 20./28. [NSW] FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) – 1.920 / 109.278. It looks like the World Cup, and the surprisingly good performance of the Japanese team, is doing wonders on sales!

Media Create – Software Top 50

01./00. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces <SPT> (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) – 123.774 / NEW
02./00. [PS4] New Gundam Breaker # <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.21} (¥7.600) – 63.790 / NEW
03./00. [NSW] Minecraft <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 61.764 / NEW
04./01. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 14.747 / 2.394.724 (-6%)
05./04. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 10.296 / 1.593.392 (-5%)
06./05. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 6.720 / 540.392 (-13%)
07./02. [PS4] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Link # <ACT> (Marvelous) {2018.06.07} (¥7.980) – 6.499 / 99.143 (-54%)
08./08. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 6.486 / 1.024.630 (-7%)
09./06. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} (¥5.980) – 5.595 / 177.123 (-25%)
10./10. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 5.136 / 1.751.030 (-6%)
11./07. [PS4] Detroit: Become Human # <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.05.25} (¥6.900) – 4.706 / 79.164 (-33%)
12./14. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 3.850 / 1.653.093 (-2%)
13./11. [PS4] Dark Souls Remastered <Dark Souls \ Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss> <RPG> (From Software) {2018.05.24} (¥4.800) – 3.263 / 112.851 (-39%)
14./13. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥6.980) – 3.216 / 192.936 (-24%)
15./19. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX <Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 ReMIX <Kingdom Hearts \ Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories> \ Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX <Kingdom Hearts II \ Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ \ Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep>> <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} (¥6.800) – 3.085 / 156.921 (+33%)
16./29. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2017.09.14} (¥7.600) – 2.594 / 162.235
17./09. [PSV] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Link # <ACT> (Marvelous) {2018.06.07} (¥5.980) – 2.463 / 47.185 (-62%)
18./03. [PS4] Record of Grancrest War # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.14} (¥8.200) – 2.336 / 14.208 (-80%)
19./16. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥7.980) – 1.980 / 210.373 (-25%)
20./28. [NSW] FIFA 18 <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥5.800) – 1.920 / 109.278
21./12. [PS4] Super Bomberman R <ACT> (Konami) {2018.06.14} (¥3.980)
22./24. [NSW] 1-2-Switch <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980)
23./20. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege – Advanced Edition <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} (¥6.000)
24./21. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX <FTG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980)
25./40. [PS4] FIFA 18 # <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥7.800)
26./25. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700)
27./22. [PS4] Little Nightmares: Complete Edition <Little Nightmares \ Little Nightmares: The Depths \ Little Nightmares: The Hideaway \ Little Nightmares: The Residence> <ADV> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.07} (¥3.200)
28./30. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥6.980)
29./31. [NSW] Arms <FTG> (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980)
30./27. [NSW] The Snack World: TreJarers Gold <RPG> (Level 5) {2018.04.12} (¥5.980)
31./23. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition <Grand Theft Auto V \ Grand Theft Auto Online> <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.06.14} (¥7.400)
32./18. [NSW] Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido <PZL> (Nintendo) {2018.06.08} (¥4.980)
33./32. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} (¥4.980)
34./47. [PS4] Persona 5 # <RPG> (Atlus) {2016.09.15} (¥8.800)
35./50. [NSW] Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle <SLG> (Nintendo) {2018.01.18} (¥5.980)
36./39. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [New Price Edition] <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} (¥4.990)
37./34. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} (¥6.800)
38./37. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World # <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.01.26} (¥8.980)
39./42. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400)
40./38. [PS4] God of War # <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.04.20} (¥6.900)
41./35. [PS4] Life Is Strange: Before the Storm # <ADV> (Square Enix) {2018.06.07} (¥3.800)
42./00. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park e Youkoso <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2017.12.07} (¥5.800)
43./15. [NSW] God Wars: Nihon Shinwa Taisen # <SLG> (Kadokawa Games) {2018.06.14} (¥5.980)
44./43. [3DS] Detective Pikachu <ADV> (Pokemon Co.) {2018.03.23} (¥4.980)
45./00. [NSW] The Mahjong <TBL> (D3Publisher) {2018.06.21} (¥2.800)
46./00. [NSW] The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim <The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim \ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dawnguard \ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Hearthfire \ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dragonborn> <RPG> (Bethesda Softworks) {2018.02.01} (¥6.980)
47./46. [NSW] Attack on Titan 2 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2018.03.15} (¥7.800)
48./00. [NSW] Snipperclips Plus: Cut it Out, Together! <PZL> (Nintendo) {2017.11.10} (¥3.280)
49./26. [NSW] Little Nightmares: Complete Edition <Little Nightmares \ Little Nightmares: The Depths \ Little Nightmares: The Hideaway \ Little Nightmares: The Residence> <ADV> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.07} (¥3.200)
50./41. [3DS] Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido <PZL> (Nintendo) {2018.06.08} (¥4.980)

Media Create Software Week 25 2018

Media Create – Number of games in Top 50

NSW – 24
PS4 – 19
3DS – 5
PSV – 2

Media Create – Hardware

Quite surprisingly, sales didn’t increase all that much for the Nintendo Switch this week, despite the launch of both Mario Tennis Aces and Minecraft. It sold 48 944 units, which is less than 1 000 more than during Week 24. It kind of look like last week’s increase was just one week early! Of course, that’s a lot more than last year during the same week, when retailers were struggling with endless shortages.

The fact that Mario Tennis Aces and Minecraft are long-term sellers may explain why sales didn’t increase as much as expected: their impact on sales will also be felt on the long term (rather than the short term noticeable increase of big, popular releases).

One thing’s for sure: sales will be pretty good during Summer holidays, but it’s unclear at which level they will stabilise before that. But if the past few months have shown us, we definitely should not expect a big drop, especially since the line-up is pretty packed.

Finally, Nintendo 3DS sales are staying on the usual stable trajectory of a console that’s been left on auto-pilot. Without any new releases, sales were definitely not going to increase this week, especially as there really is not any system-selling new games left anymore.

Famitsu – Software Top 30

01./00. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces <SPT> (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) – 122.070 / NEW <60-80%>
02./00. [NSW] Minecraft <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 66.050 / NEW <40-60%>
03./00. [PS4] New Gundam Breaker # <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.21} (¥7.600) – 57.179 / NEW <40-60%>
04./01. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 18.673 / 2.383.394 <80-100%> (+0%)
05./02. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 11.683 / 1.553.950 <80-100%> (-6%)
06./05. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 7.625 / 980.503 <80-100%> (-10%)
07./06. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 6.135 / 1.713.960 <80-100%> (-4%)
08./08. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 5.244 / 536.881 <80-100%> (-15%)
09./07. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} (¥5.980) – 4.858 / 179.179 <80-100%> (-23%)
10./13. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX <Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 ReMIX <Kingdom Hearts \ Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories> \ Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX <Kingdom Hearts II \ Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ \ Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep>> <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} (¥6.800) – 4.399 / 165.073 <80-100%> (+6%)
11./04. [PS4] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Link # <ACT> (Marvelous) {2018.06.07} (¥7.980) – 4.188 / 100.782 <80-100%> (-54%)
12./14. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 3.575 / 2.243.742 <80-100%> (+1%)
13./09. [PS4] Detroit: Become Human # <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.05.25} (¥6.900) – 3.436 / 61.220 <80-100%> (-34%)
14./12. [PS4] Dark Souls Remastered <Dark Souls \ Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss> <RPG> (From Software) {2018.05.24} (¥4.800) – 3.112 / 112.974 <80-100%> (-37%)
15./03. [PS4] Record of Grancrest War # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.14} (¥8.200) – 2.642 / 14.630 <60-80%> (-78%)
16./15. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥6.980) – 2.444 / 174.792 <60-80%> (-22%)
17./11. [PS4] Super Bomberman R <ACT> (Konami) {2018.06.14} (¥3.980) – 2.301 / 7.254 <40-60%> (-54%)
18./18. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥7.980) – 2.126 / 217.178 <80-100%> (-25%)
19./10. [PSV] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Link # <ACT> (Marvelous) {2018.06.07} (¥5.980) – 2.063 / 49.393 <60-80%> (-59%)
20./00. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2017.09.14} (¥7.600) – 1.966 / 159.458 <80-100%>
21./23. [NSW] 1-2-Switch <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 1.918 / 398.405 <80-100%> (-6%)
22./00. [NSW] FIFA 18 <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥5.800) – 1.779 / 106.643 <80-100%> (+22%)
23./24. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege – Advanced Edition <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} (¥6.000) – 1.617 / 56.044 <80-100%> (-17%)
24./20. [PS4] Little Nightmares: Complete Edition <Little Nightmares \ Little Nightmares: The Depths \ Little Nightmares: The Hideaway \ Little Nightmares: The Residence> <ADV> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.07} (¥3.200) – 1.535 / 8.488 <60-80%> (-32%)
25./21. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition <Grand Theft Auto V \ Grand Theft Auto Online> <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.06.14} (¥7.400) – 1.507 / 3.695 <20-40%> (-31%)
26./27. [NSW] Arms <FTG> (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980) – 1.445 / 378.566 <80-100%> (-18%)
27./26. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥6.980) – 1.444 / 98.591 <80-100%> (-21%)
28./29. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX <FTG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980) – 1.389 / 256.314 <80-100%> (-17%)
29./19. [NSW] Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido <PZL> (Nintendo) {2018.06.08} (¥4.980) – 1.369 / 9.782 <40-60%> (-50%)
30./25. [NSW] The Snack World: TreJarers Gold <RPG> (Level 5) {2018.04.12} (¥5.980) – 1.368 / 94.697 <80-100%> (-26%)

Famitsu – Number of games in Top 30

NSW – 15
PS4 – 12
PSV – 2
3DS – 1

Famitsu – Hardware

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


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