[Japan] Media Create sales for Week 35, 2018 (August 27th – September 2nd) [Top 50]

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

Media Create

Week 35 saw the releases of quite a few games, which is why there’s many new faces in the Top 20 from Media Create… even though the regulars are still there (for the most part)! Only one of them was on a Nintendo platforms: Little Dragons Café, released on Nintendo Switch.

It sold 16 000 units on the two platforms it was released on, with 11 860 units on Nintendo Switch alone. That’s an okay-ish debut for a game created specifically for the west (it was Aksys Games that comissioned it in the first place), though it’s not clear whether it will keep selling in the upcoming weeks or not. We will see soon enough with next week’s data!

The game may have sold more on Nintendo Switch due to the audience being more receptive to this kind of game (colourful, family-friendly).

As mentioned above, the regulars of the Top 20 from Media Create (the evergreen titles on Nintendo Switch) are still there, though some of them have now dropped off it (that’s the case of Super Mario Odyssey, and Octopath Traveler). Some of those that are still in the Top 20 actually saw their sales increase this week.

That’s the case of the Minecraft / Splatoon / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe trio, which sold 19 110 units (+5%), 16 960 units (+6%), and 13 259 units (+1%) respectively. Minecraft missed the 250 000 units milestone by less than 1 000 units, while Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are well on their way to 3 million units and 2 million units respectively (both will happen before the end of the year).

As for Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!, its sales seem to be stabilising, with 9 766 units sold this week (-10%). Great sales during the end of year holiday seasons are basically guaranteed, but it would certainly be good news for Bandai-Namco if sales remained steady until then. For now, the game is nearing the 200 000 units milestone, with 182 614 units sold LTD (so another couple of weeks to 200 000 units).

Mario Tennis Aces didn’t get a sales increase this week, but said sales remain steady, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to drop off the Top 20 from Media Create any time soon. It’s sold 7 721 units this week, bringing the total since launch to 332 211 units. Depending on the sales trajectory in the next couple of months, we can expect it to reach 500 000 units before the end of the year.

Finally, My Hero One’s Justice had a decent second week despite shortages, with 7 669 units sold (-69%), bringing the total to 32 294 units. Both versions combined have now sold over 50 000 units, and the next few weeks will tell us whether we can expect it to sell much more than 100 000 units LTD.

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

  • 11./10. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) – 7.416 / 1.099.210 (-1%). Sales remain remarkably steady, just like they have been in 2018 so far. It’s now the best-selling 3D Zelda game of all times in Japan (Nintendo Switch + Wii U versions combined, excluding digital sales);
  • 12./08. [3DS] WarioWare Gold (Nintendo) – 6.217 / 85.627 (-31%). Sales haven’t dropped off a cliff now that the Summer holidays are over, and it looks like it will reach 100 000 units before it’s dropped off the Top 20 from Media Create;
  • 13./11. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) – 5.747 / 114.445 (-11%). It looks like Captain Toad doesn’t really need holidays to go on a grand adventure!
  • 14./13. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) – 5.693 / 1.715.350 (-4%). Sales remain steady, despite Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! drawing nearer and nearer;
  • 17./14. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) – 5.203 / 606.779 (-3%). Kirby’s appetite stays strong, even though it’s getting closer and closer from the bottom of the Top 20 from Media Create…
  • 20./12. [NSW] Pro Baseball Famista Evolution (Bandai Namco Games) – 4.830 / 82.581 (-19%). Most likely its last week in the Top 20, though we can safely expect it to keep selling small amount through the rest of the year.

Media Create – Software Top 50

01./00. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2019 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.08.30} (¥7.600) – 73.389 / NEW
02./01. [PS4] Conan Exiles <ACT> (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.08.23} (¥6.800) – 20.509 / 52.626 (-36%)
03./03. [NSW] Minecraft <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 19.110 / 249.514 (+5%)
04./04. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 16.960 / 2.589.842 (+6%)
05./06. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 13.259 / 1.735.297 (+1%)
06./00. [NSW] Little Dragons Cafe <SLG> (Marvelous) {2018.08.30} (¥5.800) – 11.860 / NEW
07./00. [PS4] Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.30} (¥7.200) – 10.685 / NEW
08./07. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) – 9.766 / 182.614 (-10%)
09./09. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces <SPT> (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) – 7.721 / 332.211 (-13%)
10./02. [NSW] My Hero: One’s Justice <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.23} (¥7.600) – 7.669 / 32.294 (-69%)
11./10. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 7.416 / 1.099.210 (-1%)
12./08. [3DS] WarioWare Gold <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.08.02} (¥4.980) – 6.217 / 85.627 (-31%)
13./11. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) – 5.747 / 114.445 (-11%)
14./13. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 5.693 / 1.715.350 (-4%)
15./00. [PS4] Firewall Zero Hour <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.08.30} (¥4.900) – 5.468 / NEW
16./00. [PS4] Little Dragons Cafe <SLG> (Marvelous) {2018.08.30} (¥5.800) – 5.308 / NEW
17./14. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 5.203 / 606.779 (-3%)
18./05. [PS4] My Hero: One’s Justice <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.23} (¥7.600) – 5.192 / 21.218 (-68%)
19./00. [PSV] Pioneer no Banshou # <ADV> (Idea Factory) {2018.08.30} (¥6.300) – 5.153 / NEW
20./12. [NSW] Pro Baseball Famista Evolution <SPT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.02} (¥6.100) – 4.830 / 82.581 (-19%)
21./15. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980)
22./16. [NSW] Octopath Traveler <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.07.13} (¥6.800)
23./18. [3DS] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980)
24./00. [PS4] Tennis World Tour <SPT> (Oizumi Amuzio) {2018.08.30} (¥7.800)
25./30. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey Nexus <RPG> (Atlus) {2018.08.02} (¥6.480)
26./19. [PS4] Yakuza 3 <ADV> (Sega) {2018.08.09} (¥3.990)
27./21. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥6.980)
28./23. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700)
29./22. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥7.980)
30./24. [NSW] 1-2-Switch <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980)
31./45. [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)
32./20. [NSW] Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy DX <ADV> (Level 5) {2018.08.09} (¥5.980)
33./25. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400)
34./27. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX <FTG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980)
35./35. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege – Advanced Edition <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} (¥6.000)
36./28. [NSW] Okami HD # <ADV> (Capcom) {2018.08.09} (¥2.990)
37./26. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} (¥5.980)
38./37. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World [Best Price] # <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.08.02} (¥4.990)
39./36. [NSW] Arms <FTG> (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980)
40./29. [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)
41./31. [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)
42./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)
43./50. [NSW] LEGO The Incredibles <ADV> (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2018.08.02} (¥5.980)
44./32. [PS4] SaGa: Scarlet Grace # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.08.02} (¥5.800)
45./38. [PS4] Detroit: Become Human # <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.05.25} (¥6.900)
46./39. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥6.980)
47./00. [NSW] World End Syndrome <ADV> (Arc System Works) {2018.08.30} (¥5.800)
48./00. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} (¥4.980)
49./34. [PS4] Friday the 13th: The Game <ACT> (Natsume Atari) {2018.08.02} (¥5.980)
50./00. [PS4] Battlefield 4 [PlayStation Hits] <ACT> (Electronic Arts) {2018.08.30} (¥1.990)

Media Create Software Week 35 2018

Media Create – Number of games in Top 50

NSW – 15
PS4 – 9
3DS – 5
PSV – 1

Media Create – Hardware

Nintendo Switch sales did drop again this week, but as expected, they’re staying in the 35-50k range (they probably will until they start picking up again in -roughly- a couple of months). The console sold 42 151 units during Week 35, as opposed to 46 259 units during Week 34, and 50 074 units.

Sales are back to being down Year on Year, though the drop isn’t enough for total 2018 sales to drop behind 2017 sales. Sales are most likely going to be down Year on Year during Week 36, but at the very least, the gap shouldn’t widen too much in the foreseeable future.

While those weeks with sales down Year on Year may seem like bad news for the Nintendo, they are not really anything to worry about… for the time being, at least. It certainly would be worrying if the upcoming heavy hitters (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee!) didn’t boost sales all that much, but this seems rather unlikely (especially as they’re bound to get Hardware bundles).

Famitsu reported that the Nintendo Switch finally reached 5 million units this week, but Media Create’s numbers are slightly lower, so we will have to wait another week for that tracker.

Finally, Nintendo 3DS sales actually went slightly up this week, from 7 797 units to 8 382 units to be precise. Of course, the increase is so small, it doesn’t really make any real difference, but it does confirm what we were expecting: that sales wouldn’t drop off a cliff once the Summer holidays are over. Naturally, they’re not going to increase dramatically either: there really isn’t anything that could invert the downward trend anymore. Even the end of year holiday season should only have a moderate impact on sales (compared to past years).

Famitsu – Software Top 30

01./00. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2019 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.08.30} (¥7.600) – 72.320 / NEW <40-60%>
02./01. [PS4] Conan Exiles <ACT> (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.08.23} (¥6.800) – 21.725 / 54.250 <80-100%> (-33%)
03./03. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 18.551 / 2.621.928 <80-100%> (+1%)
04./05. [NSW] Minecraft <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 15.968 / 254.602 <80-100%> (+3%)
05./04. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 15.873 / 1.738.502 <80-100%> (-5%)
06./00. [NSW] Little Dragons Cafe <SLG> (Marvelous) {2018.08.30} (¥5.800) – 10.616 / NEW <40-60%>
07./07. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) – 9.165 / 183.563 <80-100%> (-13%)
08./09. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 8.787 / 2.335.498 <80-100%> (-5%)
09./00. [PS4] Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.30} (¥7.200) – 8.688 / NEW <40-60%>
10./02. [NSW] My Hero: One’s Justice <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.23} (¥7.600) – 7.866 / 31.828 <80-100%> (-67%)
11./10. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 7.077 / 1.065.780 <80-100%> (-9%)
12./11. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces <SPT> (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) – 6.286 / 321.606 <80-100%> (-12%)
13./12. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 6.235 / 1.788.228 <80-100%> (-9%)
14./08. [3DS] WarioWare Gold <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.08.02} (¥4.980) – 6.162 / 96.283 <80-100%> (-34%)
15./00. [PSV] Pioneer no Banshou # <ADV> (Idea Factory) {2018.08.30} (¥6.300) – 5.844 / NEW <80-100%>
16./00. [PS4] Little Dragons Cafe <SLG> (Marvelous) {2018.08.30} (¥5.800) – 4.987 / NEW <40-60%>
17./15. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) – 4.917 / 114.437 <80-100%> (-14%)
18./14. [NSW] Pro Baseball Famista Evolution <SPT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.02} (¥6.100) – 4.738 / 75.101 <60-80%> (-18%)
19./06. [PS4] My Hero: One’s Justice <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.23} (¥7.600) – 4.709 / 19.466 <80-100%> (-68%)
20./16. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 4.197 / 591.721 <80-100%> (-8%)
21./00. [PS4] Firewall Zero Hour |PlayStation VR| # <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.08.30} (¥4.900) – 3.674 / NEW <40-60%>
22./18. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey Nexus <RPG> (Atlus) {2018.08.02} (¥6.480) – 3.569 / 79.403 <80-100%> (-7%)
23./17. [NSW] Octopath Traveler <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.07.13} (¥6.800) – 2.910 / 180.923 <80-100%> (-25%)
24./19. [PS4] Yakuza 3 <ADV> (Sega) {2018.08.09} (¥3.990) – 2.380 / 35.990 <80-100%> (-26%)
25./20. [3DS] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) – 2.337 / 48.090 <80-100%> (-18%)
26./21. [NSW] Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy DX <ADV> (Level 5) {2018.08.09} (¥5.980) – 2.174 / 20.336 <40-60%> (-21%)
27./28. [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) – 1.922 / 195.503 <80-100%> (+12%)
28./00. [PS4] Tennis World Tour <SPT> (Oizumi Amuzio) {2018.08.30} (¥7.800) – 1.889 / NEW <40-60%>
29./22. [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) – 1.839 / 19.756 <60-80%> (-19%)
30./23. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥7.980) – 1.835 / 238.401 <80-100%> (-16%)

Famitsu – Number of games in Top 30

NSW – 14
PS4 – 11
3DS – 4
PSV – 1

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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