[Japan] Media Create sales for Week 44, 2018 (October 29th – November 4th) [Top 50]

Neko Tomo

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

Media Create

Week 44 was pretty quiet, with just one entry in the Top 20 provided by Media Create: Neko Tomo. It’s off to rather slow start, with 4 151 units sold. In comparison, Kuma Tomo (on Nintendo 3DS) sold about 11 215 units at launch (according to Famitsu), and at least 123 441 units LTD. It’s pretty safe to expect Neko Tomo to follow a similar sales trajectory, with steady sales during the upcoming months (and especially the holiday season). It should be able to reach 100 000 units LTD.

By the way, the Nintendo 3DS version of the game will release on November 21st, which is why it’s nowhere to be found in the Top 20 provided by Media Create this week.

This week, pretty much all evergreen titles in the Top 20 saw their sales increase (due to anticipation for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! boosting Nintendo Switch sales, but also pay day). The only exception is Super Mario Party, which saw its sales drop by 15%. It sold 27 001 additional units this week, allowing it to reach 300 000 units LTD.

That slight drop is only really due to the fact the game is still fairly recent; sales are definitely bound to go back up once the holiday season kicks in at the end of the month (though we may see an increase during the launch week of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go).

The evergreen titles on Nintendo Switch are doing pretty well, and pretty much all of them saw their sales increase this week. Minecraft and Splatoon 2 both saw their sales go up by 2% this week, with Media Create reporting 8 093 units and 6 605 units sold respectively. Of course, the former is still nowhere near the total sales of the latter: 350 337 units vs 2 684 110 units. Those two titles in particular are already guaranteed to be those that will stay in the Top 20 from Media Create the longest.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the one game that saw the biggest increase this week, with +23%. It sold 8 000 units, bringing the total to 1 818 277 units. Such strong sales outside the holiday season all guarantee the game will reach 2 million units sold by the end of the year. In fact, we will soon have to wonder if it’s not going to reach 3 million units LTD afte all (which would depend on when Mario Kart 9 is released, and if Nintendo is going to keep releasing additional content for it).

Meanwhile, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is still trucking along, and sales show no sign of stopping. This is rather unusual for a Single Player game that hasn’t received additional content in nearly a year, but word of mouth remains extremely positive and the game keeps attracting new players. It attracted 4 628 of them this week, bringing total sales to 1 147 476 units since launch.

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

  • 12./16. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) – 3.568 / 1.753.461 (+7%). Sales remain steady despite Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go launching in a couple of weeks (during Week 46);
  • 13./18. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) – 3.301 / 1.837.912 (+13%). A healthy boost this week. Sales should remain steady next week, with the release of the “special edition” (including the guidebook) on November 9th;
  • 15./20. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! (Bandai Namco Games) – 2.751 / 220.756 (+15%). It almost dropped off the Top 20 from Media Create, but this week’s boost prevented that;
  • 16./22. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) – 2.689 / 636.284. Kirby is back in the game after a little break;
  • 19./23. [NSW] Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco Games) – 2.298 / 43.051. Another game that makes its comeback in the Top 20 from Media Create this week. The upcoming holiday season and the Dragon Ball Super movie should help maintain sales at a steady level through the rest of the year;
  • 20./15. [NSW] Dark Souls Remastered (From Software) – 2.248 / 20.267 (-33%). Last week in the Top 20 for this game, that will most likely not reach 50 000 units LTD.

Media Create – Software Top 50

01./02. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII <ACT> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2018.10.12} (¥7.900) – 39.077 / 417.990 (-32%)
02./01. [PS4] Red Dead Redemption II # <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.10.26} (¥8.800) – 34.258 / 167.242 (-74%)
03./03. [NSW] Super Mario Party <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) – 27.001 / 301.351 (-15%)
04./05. [NSW] Minecraft <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 8.093 / 350.337 (+2%)
05./07. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 8.000 / 1.818.277 (+23%)
06./08. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 6.605 / 2.684.110 (+2%)
07./12. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 4.628 / 1.147.476 (+10%)
08./10. [PS4] Soul Calibur VI <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.10.18} (¥7.600) – 4.304 / 33.766 (-20%)
09./09. [PS4] Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey # <RPG> (Ubisoft) {2018.10.05} (¥8.400) – 4.240 / 82.874 (-25%)
10./00. [NSW] Cats Together <ETC> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.01} (¥5.700) – 4.151 / NEW
11./14. [PS4] Marvel’s Spider-Man # <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.09.07} (¥6.900) – 3.808 / 298.124 (+11%)
12./16. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 3.568 / 1.753.461 (+7%)
13./18. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 3.301 / 1.837.912 (+13%)
14./13. [PS4] Warriors Orochi 4 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2018.09.27} (¥7.800) – 2.887 / 151.189 (-25%)
15./20. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) – 2.751 / 220.756 (+15%)
16./22. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 2.689 / 636.284
17./00. [PS4] Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection <Street Fighter \ Street Fighter II \ Street Fighter II: Champion Edition \ Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting \ Super Street Fighter II \ Super Street Fighter II Turbo \ Street Fighter Alpha \ Street Fighter Alpha 2 \ Street Fighter Alpha 3 \ Street Fighter III \ Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact \ Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike> # <FTG> (Capcom) {2018.10.25} (¥4.990) – 2.360 / 16.358
18./19. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV – The End of Saga # <RPG> (Nihon Falcom) {2018.09.27} (¥7.800) – 2.317 / 110.314 (-6%)
19./23. [NSW] Dragon Ball FighterZ <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.09.27} (¥6.800) – 2.298 / 43.051
20./15. [NSW] Dark Souls Remastered <Dark Souls \ Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss> <RPG> (From Software) {2018.10.18} (¥4.800) – 2.248 / 20.267 (-33%)
21./29. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2019 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.08.30} (¥7.600)
22./24. [PS4] FIFA 19 # <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2018.09.28} (¥7.800)
23./27. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces <SPT> (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980)
24./06. [NSW] Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection <Street Fighter \ Street Fighter II \ Street Fighter II: Champion Edition \ Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting \ Super Street Fighter II \ Super Street Fighter II Turbo \ Street Fighter Alpha \ Street Fighter Alpha 2 \ Street Fighter Alpha 3 \ Street Fighter III \ Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact \ Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike> # <FTG> (Capcom) {2018.10.25} (¥4.990)
25./25. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03: Drive Kit <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.09.14} (¥6.980)
26./31. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980)
27./32. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700)
28./38. [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)
29./26. [NSW] FIFA 19 # <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2018.09.28} (¥5.800)
30./30. [NSW] Warriors Orochi 4 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2018.09.27} (¥7.800)
31./35. [3DS] WarioWare Gold <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.08.02} (¥4.980)
32./11. [NSW] Beyblade Burst: Battle Zero <RPG> (FuRyu) {2018.10.25} (¥6.980)
33./21. [PS4] Cry Star <RPG> (FuRyu) {2018.10.18} (¥7.980)
34./41. [NSW] Pro Baseball Famista Evolution <SPT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.02} (¥6.100)
35./42. [PS4] Persona 5 [New Price Edition] <RPG> (Atlus) {2018.09.06} (¥4.980)
36./47. [NSW] My Hero: One’s Justice <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.23} (¥7.600)
37./43. [3DS] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980)
38./34. [NSW] Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy: Bonus Edition <Crash Bandicoot \ Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back \ Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped> <ACT> (Sega) {2018.10.18} (¥4.900)
39./00. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} (¥4.980)
40./37. [PS4] Astro Bot: Rescue Mission |PlayStation VR| <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.10.04} (¥4.900)
41./00. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX <FTG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980)
42./36. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Atsumare! Sumikko Town <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2018.10.04} (¥5.800)
43./17. [NSW] Yomawari: The Long Night Collection <Yomawari: Night Alone \ Yomawari: Midnight Shadows> <ACT> (Nippon Ichi Software) {2018.10.25} (¥6.980)
44./00. [NSW] Undertale # <RPG> (8-4) {2018.09.15} (¥4.000)
45./00. [NSW] Octopath Traveler <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.07.13} (¥6.800)
46./00. [PS4] The Evil Within 2 <ADV> (Bethesda Softworks) {2017.10.19} (¥7.980)
47./49. [PS4] Mega Man 11 # <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.10.04} (¥4.990)
48./00. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 # <RCE> (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.571)
49./00. [NSW] Arms <FTG> (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980)
50./48. [NSW] Mega Man 11 # <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.10.04} (¥4.990)

Media Create – Number of games in Top 50

NSW – 28
PS4 – 16
3DS – 6

Media Create – Hardware

This week, Nintendo Switch sales went back up to 43 747 units, after a drop to 37 000 units during Week 43. Since there was no major release this week, that increase is only due to two factors: payday at the end of the month, but also anticipation for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee!.

While there’s definitely strong interest in the two bundles releasing on November 16th, it seems that a fair amount of players are choosing not to wait for them. This may be due to them not wanting to take any chances with possible shortages during launch week (and beyond), which is why they’re buying the console now.

So far, it’s not clear how many units Nintendo has prepared for launch week, but so far pre-orders are still open at retailers, which points towards the bundles not being limited at all (they will most likely not be phased out until early next year, at the earliest). One thing’s for sure: Week 46 will be pretty big for Nintendo Switch hardware sales. The only question remains whether sales will drop during Week 45 or if they will keep rising.

By the way, Nintendo Switch sales have topped 2 million units this year alone, which is two weeks later than in 2017. As mentioned previously, that’s almost exclusively due to the release of Super Mario Odyssey at the end of October, which provided a healthy boost in sales after months of endless shortages. It’s quite likely 2018 sales will only catch up with 2018 sales when Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! + the two bundles come out during Week 46.

Nintendo 3DS sales also increased slightly this week, due to payday. Unfortunately, the increase remains rather limited, with 6 274 units sold this week (as opposed to 5 649 units last week).

Famitsu – Software Top 30

01./02. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.10.12} (¥7.900) – 32.510 / 408.651 <80-100%> (-34%)
02./01. [PS4] Red Dead Redemption II # <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.10.26} (¥8.800) – 30.975 / 167.136 <60-80%> (-77%)
03./03. [NSW] Super Mario Party <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) – 25.357 / 288.458 <80-100%> (-27%)
04./06. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 8.911 / 1.830.773 <80-100%> (+15%)
05./05. [NSW] Minecraft <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 8.089 / 351.149 <80-100%> (+4%)
06./08. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 6.727 / 2.722.337 <80-100%> (+1%)
07./12. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 4.317 / 2.387.731 <80-100%> (+2%)
08./13. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 4.282 / 1.111.307 <80-100%> (+2%)
09./17. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 3.751 / 1.828.629 <80-100%> (+15%)
10./10. [PS4] Soul Calibur VI <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.10.18} (¥7.600) – 3.533 / 30.497 <80-100%> (-31%)
11./15. [PS4] Marvel’s Spider-Man # <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.09.07} (¥6.900) – 3.504 / 288.710 <80-100%> (+0%)
12./00. [NSW] Cats Together <ETC> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.01} (¥5.700) – 3.161 / NEW <0-20%>
13./11. [PS4] Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey # <RPG> (Ubisoft) {2018.10.05} (¥8.400) – 3.001 / 80.743 <80-100%> (-32%)
14./00. [PS4] Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection <Street Fighter \ Street Fighter II \ Street Fighter II: Champion Edition \ Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting \ Super Street Fighter II \ Super Street Fighter II Turbo \ Street Fighter Alpha \ Street Fighter Alpha 2 \ Street Fighter Alpha 3 \ Street Fighter III \ Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact \ Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike> # <FTG> (Capcom) {2018.10.25} (¥4.990) – 2.690 / 15.952 <40-60%>
15./21. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) – 2.424 / 220.436 <80-100%> (+2%)
16./16. [PS4] Warriors Orochi 4 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2018.09.27} (¥7.800) – 2.351 / 149.053 <80-100%> (-32%)
17./19. [PS4] FIFA 19 # <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2018.09.28} (¥7.800) – 2.307 / 90.833 <80-100%> (-9%)
18./22. [NSW] Dragon Ball FighterZ <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.09.27} (¥6.800) – 2.161 / 41.450 <60-80%> (+7%)
19./23. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2019 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.08.30} (¥7.600) – 2.079 / 133.741 <80-100%> (+6%)
20./14. [NSW] Dark Souls Remastered <Dark Souls \ Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss> <RPG> (From Software) {2018.10.18} (¥4.800) – 2.055 / 19.981 <60-80%> (-42%)
21./27. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 2.041 / 615.773 <80-100%> (+21%)
22./25. [NSW] FIFA 19 # <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2018.09.28} (¥5.800) – 1.743 / 33.236 <60-80%> (-7%)
23./28. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces <SPT> (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) – 1.682 / 348.789 <80-100%> (+5%)
24./09. [NSW] Beyblade Burst: Battle Zero <RPG> (FuRyu) {2018.10.25} (¥6.980) – 1.632 / 6.893 <0-20%> (-69%)
25./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) – 1.608 / 211.454 <80-100%> (+21%)
26./00. [NSW] Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection <Street Fighter \ Street Fighter II \ Street Fighter II: Champion Edition \ Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting \ Super Street Fighter II \ Super Street Fighter II Turbo \ Street Fighter Alpha \ Street Fighter Alpha 2 \ Street Fighter Alpha 3 \ Street Fighter III \ Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact \ Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike> # <FTG> (Capcom) {2018.10.25} (¥4.990) – 1.574 / 8.983 <40-60%>
27./20. [PS4] Cry Star <RPG> (FuRyu) {2018.10.18} (¥7.980) – 1.403 / 14.154 <60-80%> (-43%)
28./26. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV – The End of Saga # <RPG> (Nihon Falcom) {2018.09.27} (¥7.800) – 1.365 / 112.612 <80-100%> (-25%)
29./30. [NSW] Warriors Orochi 4 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2018.09.27} (¥7.800) – 1.267 / 43.358 <60-80%> (-10%)
30./00. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 1.244 / 404.717 <80-100%> (+5%)

Famitsu – Number of games in Top 30

NSW – 16
PS4 – 12
3DS – 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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