[Japan] Media Create sales for Week 34, 2018 (August 20th – August 26th) [Top 50]

Here’s the latest sales data for the Japanese video game market, courtesy of Media Create and Famitsu!

Media Create

Week 34 was the post-Obon week, and as expected, both Software and Hardware sales are down. But one thing that didn’t drop too much is the number of games on Nintendo platforms in the Top 20: there’s 16 of them this week, as opposed to 17 last week.

There weren’t that many releases last week, and only one was on a Nintendo platform: My Hero One’s Justice (on Nintendo Switch). It’s off to a pretty decent start, with roughly 40 000 units sold during the first week, including 24 626 units on Nintendo Switch alone. In comparison, the previous My Hero Academia game, on Nintendo 3DS, sold only 8 828 units at launch and 15 540 units LTD (one might say it wasn’t really hard to do better!).

My Hero One’s Justice should be able to reach 100 000 units LTD, but sales in the upcoming weeks will tell us if we can expect much more than that. The game did suffer from shortages from launch week, so it looks like there’s clear interest in the game so far.

After a brief stop at the top of the Software charts from Media Create, Minecraft is down to #3 with 18 234 units sold (-30%). Of course, the drop is due to the Summer holidays now being over, but make no mistake: it will keep on selling steadily through the rest of the year (and well beyond that). It’s now sold over 230 000 units, and it will reach 250 000 units in early September.

The same can be said for Splatoon 2, which saw a similar drop in sales with 16 036 units sold (-34%). It’s now sold over 2.5 million units, and the next major milestone is 3 million units: it should be reached before the end of the year. As for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it sold 13 146 units, also with a similar drop (-35). Of course, it hasn’t sold nearly as many units as Splatoon 2, but 1.7 million units definitely is not something that could be called “shabby” (especially since it’s just going to keep on selling, like all other evergreen titles on Nintendo Switch).

As a family-focused game, Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! did see its sales drop now that the Summer holidays are over. It sold 10 829 units this week (-49%), bringing the total a little bit closer to the 200 000 units milestone (it’s currently sitting at 172 849 units). Of course, it’s also going to keep selling through the rest of 2018, but it’s only during weeks with public holidays that sales are going to increase noticeably on a weekly basis.

WarioWare Gold saw an even worse drop in sales, but that was to be expected for a Nintendo 3DS games when the focus is almost entirely on the Nintendo Switch these days. It sold 9 067 additional units this week, bringing the total to 79 410 according to Media Create. It definitely will reach 100 000 units in the upcoming weeks/months, but it doesn’t look like it will be escape its fate as the worst-selling WarioWare game.

As for Mario Tennis Aces, you can definitely add it to the list of games that saw their sales drop following the end of the Summer holidays, but are still going to keep selling through the rest of the year. Media Create reports that it sold 8 832 units this week (-52%), bringing the total to 324 490 units. It should be able to reach 350 000 units by the end of September.

Finally, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the game that saw the softest drop week on week, with 7 472 units sold (-23%). It’s already guaranteed to reach 1.1 million units at retail alone in a couple of week, and it really doesn’t look like it’s going to drop off the Top 20 from Media Create any time soon at this rate (except maybe during weeks with lots of new releases that sold a decent amount of units).

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

  • 11./08. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) – 6.463 / 108.698 (-47%). It should be able to stay in the Top 20 from Media Create another couple of weeks at least;
  • 12./07. [NSW] Pro Baseball Famista Evolution (Bandai Namco Games) – 5.975 / 77.751 (-55%). Another game impacted by the usual post-Obon drop. Whether it keeps selling through the rest of the year or not will determine how much it ends up selling above the 100 000 units threshold;
  • 13./11. [3DS] Pokémon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokémon Co.)  – 5.946 / 1.709.657 (-30%). This one is still hanging around in the Top 20 from Media Create, and should stay there a little bit longer;
  • 14./10. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) – 5.372 / 601.576 (-38%). It’s now sold over 600 000 units, and it will be at 700 000 units before you know it. The 1 million units milestone looks more and more in reach as weeks go by;
  • 15./13. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) – 4.842 / 1.800.721 (-31%). 1.8 million units have been sold since launch, and 2 million units will be reached before the end of the year;
  • 16./12. [NSW] Octopath Traveler (Square Enix) – 4.611 / 188.238 (-42%). Despite the shortages this Summer, it’s managed to sell nearly 200 000 units; it will reach that milestone in September, unless sales really drop too much;
  • 18./15. [3DS] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) – 3.076 / 42.818 (-47%). It’s not selling as much as the Nintendo Switch version, but it’s still trucking along. It will reach 50 000 units sometime in September, though it will most definitely be out of the Top 20 from Media Create by then…
  • 20./16. [NSW] Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy DX (Level 5) – 2.345 / 17.150 (-54%). Last week in the Top 20 for this game!

Media Create – Software Top 50

01./00. [PS4] Conan Exiles <ACT> (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.08.23} (¥6.800) – 32.117 / NEW
02./00. [NSW] My Hero: One’s Justice <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.23} (¥7.600) – 24.626 / NEW
03./01. [NSW] Minecraft <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 18.234 / 230.404 (-30%)
04./02. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 16.036 / 2.572.882 (-34%)
05./00. [PS4] My Hero: One’s Justice <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.23} (¥7.600) – 16.026 / NEW
06./04. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 13.146 / 1.722.038 (-35%)
07./03. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) – 10.829 / 172.849 (-49%)
08./05. [3DS] WarioWare Gold <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.08.02} (¥4.980) – 9.067 / 79.410 (-55%)
09./06. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces <SPT> (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) – 8.832 / 324.490 (-52%)
10./09. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 7.472 / 1.091.794 (-23%)
11./08. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) – 6.463 / 108.698 (-47%)
12./07. [NSW] Pro Baseball Famista Evolution <SPT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.02} (¥6.100) – 5.975 / 77.751 (-55%)
13./11. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 5.946 / 1.709.657 (-30%)
14./10. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 5.372 / 601.576 (-38%)
15./13. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 4.842 / 1.800.721 (-31%)
16./12. [NSW] Octopath Traveler <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.07.13} (¥6.800) – 4.611 / 188.238 (-42%)
17./00. [PSV] Koroshiya to Strawberry # <ADV> (Broccoli) {2018.08.23} (¥6.300) – 4.532 / NEW
18./15. [3DS] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) – 3.076 / 42.818 (-47%)
19./14. [PS4] Yakuza 3 <ADV> (Sega) {2018.08.09} (¥3.990) – 2.800 / 35.600 (-59%)
20./16. [NSW] Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy DX <ADV> (Level 5) {2018.08.09} (¥5.980) – 2.345 / 17.150 (-54%)
21./18. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥6.980)
22./19. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥7.980)
23./25. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700)
24./24. [NSW] 1-2-Switch <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980)
25./32. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400) – * / 289.000
26./21. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} (¥5.980)
27./23. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX <FTG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980)
28./17. [NSW] Okami HD # <ADV> (Capcom) {2018.08.09} (¥2.990)
29./30. [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)
30./28. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey Nexus <RPG> (Atlus) {2018.08.02} (¥6.480)
31./26. [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)
32./22. [PS4] SaGa: Scarlet Grace # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.08.02} (¥5.800)
33./00. [PS4] Saiaku Naru Saiyaku Ningen ni Sasagu <ADV> (Kemco) {2018.08.23} (¥3.333)
34./31. [PS4] Friday the 13th: The Game <ACT> (Natsume Atari) {2018.08.02} (¥5.980)
35./42. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege – Advanced Edition <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} (¥6.000)
36./29. [NSW] Arms <FTG> (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980)
37./34. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World [Best Price] # <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.08.02} (¥4.990)
38./35. [PS4] Detroit: Become Human # <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.05.25} (¥6.900)
39./40. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥6.980)
40./00. [PSV] Floral Flowlove # <ADV> (Entergram) {2018.08.23} (¥5.980)
41./00. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World # <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.01.26} (¥8.980)
42./27. [PS4] Bullet Girls: Phantasia <ACT> (D3Publisher) {2018.08.09} (¥7.980)
43./20. [PS4] Fire Pro Wrestling: World # <SPT> (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.08.09} (¥5.800)
44./36. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 # <RCE> (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.571)
45./37. [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)
46./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)
47./00. [PS4] Boku to Nurse no Kenshuu Nisshi # <ADV> (Entergram) {2018.08.23} (¥2.480)
48./43. [NSW] Attack on Titan 2 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2018.03.15} (¥7.800)
49./48. [3DS] Attack on Titan 2: Future Coordinates <ACT> (Spike Chunsoft) {2017.11.30} (¥5.980)
50./45. [NSW] LEGO The Incredibles <ADV> (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2018.08.02} (¥5.980)

Media Create Software Week 34 2018

Media Create – Number of games in Top 50

NSW – 13
3DS – 3
PS4 – 3
PSV – 1

Media Create – Hardware

Nintendo Switch sales did drop this week: even the popular console could not avoid the usual post-Obon drop. That being said, the drop is (as expected) rather limited: sales went from 54 647 units to 46 259 units. In other words, it’s back in the 40-50 000 units zone it’s been for a quite while, and it’s probably safe to expect sales will not drop below that in the near future. After all, the evergreen titles are still attracting players to this very day, and the line-up for the rest of the year is pretty packed.

This week, Nintendo Switch sales are back to being down Year on Year (on a weekly basis, not YTD). The reason? The release of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (accompanied by its own bundle) boosted sales to ~69 000 units. Not only was there no such release this year, there also was no special bundle or anything, so it’s hardly surprising sales are down this year. Things should go back to normal by next week.

With 4 928 198 units sold as of this week, the Nintendo Switch is getting closer and closer to the 5 million units milestone: it should reach it during Week 36, unless a massive drop / increase in sales happen next week. Naturally, it’s basically guaranteed the console will reach the 6 million units milestone by the end of the year, especially with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the horizon.

As for the Nintendo 3DS, it’s back to its pre-holiday levels with 7 797 units sold. Sales are going to keep dropping in the near future, but if the first half of 2018 is any indication, they should not drop too low.

Famitsu – Software Top 30

01./00. [PS4] Conan Exiles <ACT> (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.08.23} (¥6.800) – 32.525 / NEW <80-100%>
02./00. [NSW] My Hero: One’s Justice <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.23} (¥7.600) – 23.962 / NEW <60-80%>
03./01. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 18.341 / 2.603.377 <80-100%> (-37%)
04./02. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 16.745 / 1.722.629 <80-100%> (-40%)
05./03. [NSW] Minecraft <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 15.453 / 238.634 <80-100%> (-34%)
06./00. [PS4] My Hero: One’s Justice <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.23} (¥7.600) – 14.757 / NEW <60-80%>
07./04. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) – 10.491 / 174.398 <80-100%> (-51%)
08./05. [3DS] WarioWare Gold <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.08.02} (¥4.980) – 9.348 / 90.121 <80-100%> (-56%)
09./08. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 9.274 / 2.326.711 <80-100%> (-26%)
10./09. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 7.775 / 1.058.703 <80-100%> (-27%)
11./06. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces <SPT> (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) – 7.117 / 315.320 <80-100%> (-56%)
12./10. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 6.829 / 1.781.993 <80-100%> (-36%)
13./00. [PSV] Koroshiya to Strawberry # <ADV> (Broccoli) {2018.08.23} (¥6.300) – 5.929 / NEW <60-80%>
14./07. [NSW] Pro Baseball Famista Evolution <SPT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.02} (¥6.100) – 5.763 / 70.363 <60-80%> (-55%)
15./11. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) – 5.689 / 109.520 <80-100%> (-46%)
16./13. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 4.543 / 587.524 <80-100%> (-41%)
17./14. [NSW] Octopath Traveler <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.07.13} (¥6.800) – 3.899 / 178.013 <80-100%> (-47%)
18./18. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey Nexus <RPG> (Atlus) {2018.08.02} (¥6.480) – 3.856 / 75.834 <80-100%> (+2%)
19./12. [PS4] Yakuza 3 <ADV> (Sega) {2018.08.09} (¥3.990) – 3.238 / 33.610 <80-100%> (-58%)
20./16. [3DS] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) – 2.851 / 45.753 <80-100%> (-45%)
21./15. [NSW] Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy DX <ADV> (Level 5) {2018.08.09} (¥5.980) – 2.751 / 18.162 <40-60%> (-53%)
22./20. [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) – 2.260 / 17.917 <60-80%> (-33%)
23./22. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥7.980) – 2.185 / 236.566 <80-100%> (-33%)
24./00. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 1.827 / 388.912 <80-100%>
25./17. [NSW] Okami HD # <ADV> (Capcom) {2018.08.09} (¥2.990) – 1.804 / 17.345 <60-80%> (-55%)
26./00. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400) – 1.753 / 332.985 <80-100%>
27./24. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX <FTG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980) – 1.745 / 273.522 <80-100%> (-41%)
28./00. [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) – 1.722 / 193.581 <80-100%>
29./21. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥6.980) – 1.711 / 197.072 <60-80%> (-49%)
30./00. [PSV] Floral Flowlove # <ADV> (Entergram) {2018.08.23} (¥5.980) – 1.685 / NEW <60-80%>

Famitsu – Number of games in Top 30

NSW – 16
PS4 – 7
3DS – 5
PSV – 2

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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