[Japan] Media Create sales for Week 31, 2018 (July 30th – August 5th) [Top 50]

Etrian Odyssey X

NB: due to a busy schedule this week, we’re only providing our usual analysis for the new releases in the Top 20 from Media Create this time around. We’ll be back with our regular programming next week!

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There were quite a few releases this week, which is why there’s many new faces in the Top 20 from Media Create this time around.

The star of the week is Etrian Odyssey X, which sold 71 000 units at launch. This may technically be the worst debut since Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight, but it’s actually a pretty good performance, for several reasons:

  • the game suffered from shortages (Atlus even had to apologise for them), due to both retailers and Atlus underestimating demand;
  • the game came late in the lifecycle of the Nintendo 3DS, with many new releases underperforming in the past couple of years (including several of Atlus’s own releases);
  • there’s already been 6 Etrian Odyssey games on Nintendo 3DS, so the series may be suffering from franchise fatigue;
  • it’s not a mainline entry, and more a celebration title featuring elements from all previous Etrian Odyssey games, which means some fans may have been waiting for the next mainline entry instead.

All in all, this was a pretty good performance (despite the shortages), that shows how loyal the fanbase is (something Atlus is well aware of). Of course, it remains to be seen how much the game will end up selling: all previous entries (excluding Etrian Mystery Dungeon spin-offs) sold between 120 000 and 150 000 units LTD, and it will be interesting to see whether Etrian Odyssey X manages to reach that.

Right now, all we can say is that it should easily be able to sell at least 100 000 units, but with how frontloaded sales have been, it most likely will not go much higher than that.

Next, we have Pro Yakyuu Famista Evolution, which sold 42 846 units at launch. This is a great performance, in line with the second entry on Nintendo 3DS (as you can see below). It should be able to keep selling through the Summer holidays, and reach at least 100 000 units LTD.

If it keeps selling through the rest of the year, and gets a boost during the end of year holiday season, it could even reach 200 000 units sold. In any case, it should be able to outsell both entries on Nintendo 3DS, and become the best-selling entry since those on the SNES. Considering there’s no competition on Nintendo Switch (since Konami’s own baseball series is MIA for now), this will be no big surprise.

Here’s how the previous entries in the series sold (NB: Famitsu sales):

Unfortunately, WarioWare Gold is off to a rather lukewarm start, with only 31 018 units sold: that’s one of the worst debut for the series, which is most likely due its late release on Nintendo 3DS. Fortunately, the Summer holidays are in full swing, which means sales should remain somewhat steady in the next couple of weeks. It should have no trouble selling at least 100 000 units, but it most likely go much further beyond that (unless it keeps selling through the rest of the year).

Finally, we have SaGa Scarlet Grace, with roughly 24 000 units sold across the two platforms it was released on: that’s less than half what the PlayStation Vita version (released back in 2016) sold at launch. The Nintendo Switch version sold 9 586 units, which is a respectable performance. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely sales will remain steady on either platform, and in fact, the Nintendo Switch version is most likely going to drop from the Top 20 from Media Create as early as next week.

Media Create – Software Top 50

01./00. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey X <RPG> (Atlus) {2018.08.02} (¥6.480) – 71.946 / NEW <87,57%>
02./00. [NSW] Pro Baseball Famista Evolution <SPT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.02} (¥6.100) – 42.846 / NEW
03./00. [3DS] WarioWare Gold <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.08.02} (¥4.980) – 31.018 / NEW
04./02. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) – 21.642 / 119.891 (-23%)
05./03. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 20.989 / 2.511.028 (+3%)
06./08. [NSW] Octopath Traveler <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.07.13} (¥6.800) – 18.448 / 164.235 (+39%)
07./07. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 15.755 / 1.670.751 (+13%)
08./04. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces <SPT> (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) – 15.454 / 280.682 (-14%)
09./06. [NSW] Minecraft <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 15.101 / 169.218 (-6%)
10./00. [PS4] SaGa: Scarlet Grace # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.08.02} (¥5.800) – 14.971 / NEW
11./00. [PS4] Friday the 13th: The Game <ADV> (Natsume Atari) {2018.08.02} (¥5.980) – 10.110 / NEW
12./00. [NSW] SaGa: Scarlet Grace # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.08.02} (¥5.800) – 9.586 / NEW
13./00. [PS4] Border Break: Starter Pack <ACT> (Sega) {2018.08.02} (¥4.990) – 8.249 / NEW
14./12. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 7.940 / 1.066.339 (+6%)
15./09. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) – 7.883 / 79.248 (-12%)
16./13. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 7.048 / 579.839 (+6%)
17./14. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 6.177 / 1.688.813 (-6%)
18./15. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 5.177 / 1.782.798 (-6%)
19./00. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World [Best Price] # <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.08.02} (¥4.990) – 4.889 / NEW
20./01. [PS4] Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 {Mega Man X Legacy Collection <Mega Man X \ Mega Man X2 \ Mega Man X3 \ Mega Man X4> \ Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 <Mega Man X5 \ Mega Man X6 \ Mega Man X7 \ Mega Man X8>} <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.07.26} (¥5.500) – 4.704 / 33.974 (-84%)
21./23. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥6.980)
22./21. [3DS] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980)
23./16. [PS4] The Last of Us Remastered <The Last of Us \ The Last of Us: Left Behind> [PlayStation Hits] <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.07.26} (¥1.990)
24./26. [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)
25./24. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} (¥5.980)
26./05. [NSW] Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 {Mega Man X Legacy Collection <Mega Man X \ Mega Man X2 \ Mega Man X3 \ Mega Man X4> \ Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 <Mega Man X5 \ Mega Man X6 \ Mega Man X7 \ Mega Man X8>} <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.07.26} (¥5.500)
27./31. [NSW] 1-2-Switch <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980)
28./30. [PS4] Detroit: Become Human # <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.05.25} (¥6.900)
29./35. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700)
30./10. [PSV] Collar x Malice: Unlimited # <ADV> (Idea Factory) {2018.07.26} (¥6.300)
31./34. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX <FTG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980)
32./00. [NSW] Dragon Quest X: All in One Package Ver.1-4 {Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online \ Dragon Quest X: The Sleeping Hero and the Guiding Sworn Friend Online \ Dragon Quest X: Legend of the Ancient Dragon Online \ Dragon Quest X: 5000 Year Journey to a Faraway Hometown Online} <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.07.26} (¥4.800)
33./36. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥7.980)
34./33. [PS4] New Gundam Breaker # <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.21} (¥7.600)
35./00. [NSW] Code of Princess EX <RPG> (Pikii) {2018.08.02} (¥4.000)
36./39. [NSW] Arms <FTG> (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980)
37./00. [PSV] Grisaia Phantom Trigger 03 & 04 <Grisaia Phantom Trigger Vol.3 \ Grisaia Phantom Trigger Vol.4> <ADV> (Prototype) {2018.08.02} (¥4.000)
38./41. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege – Advanced Edition <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} (¥6.000)
39./47. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} (¥4.980)
40./42. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 # <RCE> (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.571)
41./37. [PS4] The Crew 2 <RCE> (Ubisoft) {2018.06.29} (¥8.400)
42./00. [PS4] Dragon Quest X: All in One Package Ver.1-4 {Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online \ Dragon Quest X: The Sleeping Hero and the Guiding Sworn Friend Online \ Dragon Quest X: Legend of the Ancient Dragon Online \ Dragon Quest X: 5000 Year Journey to a Faraway Hometown Online} <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.07.26} (¥4.800)
43./38. [NSW] FIFA 18 <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥5.800)
44./11. [NSW] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou # <ADV> (Entergram) {2018.07.26} (¥7.980)
45./29. [PS4] Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End [PlayStation Hits] <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.07.26} (¥1.990)
46./00. [NSW] Attack on Titan 2 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2018.03.15} (¥7.800)
47./46. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400)
48./44. [PS4] FIFA 18 # <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥7.800)
49./28. [PS4] Mega Man X Legacy Collection <Mega Man X \ Mega Man X2 \ Mega Man X3 \ Mega Man X4> <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.07.26} (¥3.300)
50./50. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥6.980)

Media Create Software Week 31 2018

Media Create – Number of games in Top 50

NSW – 23
PS4 – 17
3DS – 7
PSV – 3

Media Create – Hardware

This week, the Nintendo Switch sold roughly 50 000 units, which is slightly better than Week 30. It looks like the console isn’t going to leave that 50 000 units/week range any time soon: that’s where it’s been hanging for a little while now. While it’s definitely good to see sales remain stable, it’s clear the Nintendo Switch can sell much more than that; unfortunately, without a strong system seller this year, like Splatoon 2 in 2017, it doesn’t look like sales are going to rise much higher during the Summer holidays season.

During the past couple of weeks, the big bump caused by Splatoon 2 made Year on Year comparisons for the Nintendo Switch rather lopsided, but things are now returning to normal. During Week 32 2017, the console sold 61 000 units, with shortages coming back in full force. It looks like starting next week, 2018 sales will start outpacing 2017 sales again, though we don’t know by how much just yet. At least, total YTD sales for 2018 didn’t drop below the 2017 total, which is good news ahead of the latter half of 2018 and its mega hits (Pokémon, Smash).

Meanwhile, on Nintendo 3DS, the release of the Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS XL Edition bundle for the New Nintendo 2DS XL only provided a slight boost in sales, that went from 8 714 units to 12 586 units. Unfortunately, sales are bound to go down again next week, and it definitely wouldn’t be surprising if they dropped below the 10 000 units/week threshold despite the Summer holidays. So far, sales have been pretty lukewarm for the Nintendo 3DS this Summer, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be any different during the remaining 5 months.

Famitsu – Software Top 30

01./00. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey X <RPG> (Atlus) {2018.08.02} (¥6.480) – 58.595 / NEW <80-100%>
02./00. [NSW] Pro Baseball Famista Evolution <SPT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.02} (¥6.100) – 36.550 / NEW <40-60%>
03./00. [3DS] WarioWare Gold <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.08.02} (¥4.980) – 34.717 / NEW <40-60%>
04./03. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 24.045 / 2.530.783 <80-100%> (-3%)
05./01. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) – 23.908 / 120.545 <60-80%> (-20%)
06./04. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 19.160 / 1.654.892 <80-100%> (+2%)
07./05. [NSW] Minecraft <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 14.541 / 183.722 <80-100%> (-13%)
08./11. [NSW] Octopath Traveler <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.07.13} (¥6.800) – 14.227 / 156.260 <80-100%> (+30%)
09./06. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces <SPT> (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) – 13.334 / 277.271 <80-100%> (-18%)
10./00. [PS4] SaGa: Scarlet Grace # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.08.02} (¥5.800) – 12.701 / NEW <60-80%>
11./00. [PS4] Friday the 13th: The Game <ACT> (Natsume Atari) {2018.08.02} (¥5.980) – 10.336 / NEW <60-80%>
12./00. [PS4] Border Break: Starter Pack <ACT> (Sega) {2018.08.02} (¥4.990) – 9.977 / NEW <60-80%>
13./10. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 9.861 / 2.294.387 <80-100%> (-11%)
14./08. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) – 9.483 / 83.347 <60-80%> (-17%)
15./12. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 8.686 / 1.031.383 <80-100%> (-5%)
16./00. [NSW] SaGa: Scarlet Grace # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.08.02} (¥5.800) – 8.576 / NEW <40-60%>
17./13. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 7.243 / 1.755.965 <80-100%> (-5%)
18./16. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 5.430 / 569.055 <80-100%> (+1%)
19./02. [PS4] Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 {Mega Man X Legacy Collection <Mega Man X \ Mega Man X2 \ Mega Man X3 \ Mega Man X4> \ Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 <Mega Man X5 \ Mega Man X6 \ Mega Man X7 \ Mega Man X8>} <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.07.26} (¥5.500) – 4.678 / 31.249 <80-100%> (-82%)
20./19. [3DS] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) – 4.104 / 32.828 <60-80%> (-13%)
21./17. [PS4] The Last of Us Remastered <The Last of Us \ The Last of Us: Left Behind> [PlayStation Hits] <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.07.26} (¥1.990) – 3.519 / 8.897 <40-60%> (-35%)
22./24. [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) – 2.969 / 186.903 <80-100%> (-5%)
23./07. [NSW] Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 {Mega Man X Legacy Collection <Mega Man X \ Mega Man X2 \ Mega Man X3 \ Mega Man X4> \ Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 <Mega Man X5 \ Mega Man X6 \ Mega Man X7 \ Mega Man X8>} <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.07.26} (¥5.500) – 2.926 / 18.126 <60-80%> (-81%)
24./28. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥6.980) – 2.807 / 188.936 <60-80%> (+6%)
25./27. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} (¥5.980) – 2.341 / 198.705 <80-100%> (-13%)
26./00. [NSW] Code of Princess EX <RPG> (Pikii) {2018.08.02} (¥4.000) – 2.238 / NEW <20-40%>
27./29. [NSW] 1-2-Switch <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 2.148 / 410.448 <80-100%> (-12%)
28./18. [NSW] Dragon Quest X: All in One Package Ver.1-4 {Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online \ Dragon Quest X: The Sleeping Hero and the Guiding Sworn Friend Online \ Dragon Quest X: Legend of the Ancient Dragon Online \ Dragon Quest X: 5000 Year Journey to a Faraway Hometown Online} <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.07.26} (¥4.800) – 2.110 / 6.918 <40-60%>
29./00. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥7.980) – 2.075 / 228.976 <80-100%> (-1%)
30./25. [PS4] Dragon Quest X: All in One Package Ver.1-4 {Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online \ Dragon Quest X: The Sleeping Hero and the Guiding Sworn Friend Online \ Dragon Quest X: Legend of the Ancient Dragon Online \ Dragon Quest X: 5000 Year Journey to a Faraway Hometown Online} <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.07.26} (¥4.800) – 2.036 / 5.148 <40-60%>

Famitsu – Number of games in Top 30

NSW – 18
PS4 – 8
3DS – 4

Famitsu – Hardware

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


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