[Japan] Media Create sales for Week 47, 2018 (November 19th – November 25th) [Top 50]

Here’s the latest sales report from Media Create (and Famitsu), covering Week 47 2018 in Japan.

Media Create

This week, a few games were released in Japan, and a couple of them are on Nintendo platforms. The first one is Neko Tomo on Nintendo 3DS, which sold about 5 212 units at launch according to Media Create. That’s slightly better than the Nintendo Switch version (about 4 000 units at launch, which shows that releasing the Nintendo 3DS ater was actually worth it.

In comparison, Kuma Tomo sold about 11 000 units at launch on Nintendo 3DS, which means Neko Tomo is selling decently so far. Unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely total sales will be anywhere close, since Kuma Tomo sold over 120 000 units LTD. Of course, holiday sales should provide a healthy boost starting next month, but it’s most likely not going to be enough to bridge the gap.

The second entry on Nintendo platforms in the Top 20 from Media Create is Nari Kids Park: Hugtto! PreCure, which sold about 3 301 units at launch. It’s no much, but it was expected for a low-budget licenced game from Bandai-Namco. The other games from the Nari Kids Park range didn’t even chart, which means they sold less 2 650 units during the first 4 days.

But despite all the new releases, it’s the same game that sits at the top of the Top 20 from Media Create… Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee!, which sold 162 467 units during its second week. Sales dropped by 75%, which is a fairly standard drop for recent Pokémon games.

Overall, its performance is still pretty solid, though one could not be blamed for expecting a bit more from it. Holiday sales will be crucial in determining how much the game will end up selling LTD. So far, it’s already sold over 823 000 units, and could reach 1 million units as early as next week if sales bounce back up. However, Week 49 is more likely.

Now that the holiday season has started (though not in full swing), the usual evergreen all saw a significant increase in sales. Of course, this is also due to the large influx of new Nintendo Switch owners, who are now looking for another game to play after/alongside Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee!.

Super Mario Party could reach 400 000 units as early as next week: it’s sold 24 450 additional units according to Media Create (+17%), bringing the total of 370 077 units. Thanks to the release of the bundle with two coloured Joy-Cons on Friday (a great deal for people looking to get Joy-Cons on the cheap), sales are expected to increase sharply next week, and reach 400 000 units LTD. 600 000 units before this year is also guaranteed at this point.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe saw an even bigger increase in sales (+26%), with 11 714 units sold. This brings the total to 1 847 777 units. Splatoon 2 isn’t far behind, with 10 527 units sold this week. Unless something unexpected happens, it should start selling more than Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on a weekly basis starting Week 48. Splatoon 2 has now sold over 2 709 412 units, and holiday sales will determine when it hits 3 million units at retail (it could happen this very year if sales in December are extremely strong. Early 2019 is more likely, though).

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

  • 11./11. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) – 6.883 / 1.166.281 (+11%). Link is quite simply unstoppable!
  • 12./06. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion (Nintendo) – 6.640 / 43.329 (-29%). Sales are starting to stabilize, and it looks like it will reach 100 000 units this year alone;
  • 13./13. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) – 5.309 / 1.850.991 (+33%). Mario seems poised to enjoy a great holiday season;
  • 16./14. [3DS] Pokémon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokémon Co.) – 4.169 / 1.764.472 (+19%). Sales keep on increasing, with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! not having a negative impact at all (you could actually argue it has a positive one);
  • 17./16. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 3.996 / 646.201 (+35%) HAL Laboratory timed the released of the 3rd major update pretty well, to go with the early holiday boost;
  • 20./18. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) – 2.650 / 228.067 (+22%). It almost dropped from the Top 20 from Media Create, but the increase in sales prevented that.

Media Create – Software Top 50

01./01. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} (¥5.980) – 162.467 / 823.707 (-75%)
02./00. [PS4] Battlefield V <ACT> (Electronic Arts) {2018.11.20} (¥7.800) – 110.653 / NEW
03./00. [PS4] Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories <ADV> (Granzella) {2018.11.22} (¥7.200) – 42.272 / NEW
04./00. [PS4] Shenmue I & II <Shenmue \ Shenmue II> # <ADV> (Sega) {2018.11.22} (¥3.990) – 37.529 / NEW
05./03. [NSW] Super Mario Party # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) – 24.450 / 370.077 (+17%)
06./02. [PS4] Fallout 76 # <RPG> (Bethesda Softworks) {2018.11.15} (¥7.980) – 11.800 / 85.289 (-84%)
07./07. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 11.714 / 1.847.777 (+26%)
08./09. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 10.527 / 2.709.412 (+32%)
09./04. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.10.12} (¥7.900) – 10.052 / 470.942 (-41%)
10./10. [NSW] Minecraft # <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 9.818 / 375.166 (+32%)
11./11. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 6.883 / 1.166.281 (+11%)
12./06. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.11.08} (¥4.980) – 6.640 / 43.329 (-29%)
13./13. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 5.309 / 1.850.991 (+33%)
14./00. [3DS] Cats Together <ETC> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.21} (¥5.300) – 5.212 / NEW
15./08. [PS4] Red Dead Redemption II # <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.10.26} (¥8.800) – 4.411 / 196.592 (-46%)
16./14. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 4.169 / 1.764.472 (+19%)
17./16. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 3.996 / 646.201 (+35%)
18./00. [NSW] Nari Kids Park: Hugtto! PreCure <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.21} (¥4.800) – 3.301 / NEW
19./05. [PS4] Hitman 2 <ADV> (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2018.11.15} (¥7.800) – 2.821 / 12.983 (-72%)
20./18. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) – 2.650 / 228.067 (+22%)
21./21. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces <SPT> (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) – 2.283
22./23. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 2.238
23./15. [PS4] Marvel’s Spider-Man # <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.09.07} (¥6.900) – 2.070 / 307.100 (-34%)
24./27. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) – 1.956
25./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) – 1.875
26./00. [PS4] Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection <Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune \ Uncharted 2: Among Thieves \ Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception> [2][PlayStation Hits] <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.11.21} (¥1.990) – 1.810 / NEW
27./24. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2019 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.08.30} (¥7.600) – 1.719
28./29. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03: Drive Kit <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.09.14} (¥6.980) – 1.673
29./00. [NSW] Nari Kids Park: Ultraman R/B <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.21} (¥4.800) – 1.591 / NEW
30./00. [PS4] Detroit: Become Human [Value Selection] <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.11.21} (¥3.900) – 1.542 / NEW
31./28. [NSW] FIFA 19 # <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2018.09.28} (¥5.800) – 1.464
32./31. [NSW] Dragon Ball FighterZ <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.09.27} (¥6.800) – 1.387
33./33. [3DS] WarioWare Gold <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.08.02} (¥4.980) – 1.307
34./25. [NSW] Cats Together <ETC> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.01} (¥5.700) – 1.296
35./39. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 # <RCE> (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.571) – 1.222
36./00. [NSW] Nari Kids Park: Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger Vs. Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.21} (¥4.800) – 1.221 / NEW
37./22. [PS4] Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey # <RPG> (Ubisoft) {2018.10.05} (¥8.400) – 1.203
38./43. [3DS] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) – 1.175
39./34. [NSW] Pro Baseball Famista Evolution <SPT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.02} (¥6.100) – 1.128
40./00. [3DS] Attack on Titan 2: Future Coordinates <ACT> (Spike Chunsoft) {2017.11.30} (¥5.980) – 1.066
41./41. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Atsumare! Sumikko Town <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2018.10.04} (¥5.800) – 1.003
42./35. [PS4] FIFA 19 # <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2018.09.28} (¥7.800) – 999
43./49. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} (¥4.980) – 988
44./40. [NSW] Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate [Best Price] <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.11.15} (¥3.990) – 962
45./47. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥6.980) – 947
46./30. [PS4] Warriors Orochi 4 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2018.09.27} (¥7.800) – 925
47./44. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX <FTG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980) – 920
48./00. [PS4] PlayStation VR Worlds |PlayStation VR| # <ETC> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2016.10.13} (¥4.900) – 895
49./38. [NSW] Dark Souls Remastered <Dark Souls \ Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss> <RPG> (From Software) {2018.10.18} (¥4.800) – 893
50./00. [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) – 869

Media Create Software Week 47 2018

Media Create – Number of games in Top 50

NSW – 25
PS4 – 16
3DS – 9

Media Create – Hardware

Last week, the release of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee!, its bundles, and the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate bundle, which is why Nintendo Switch sales literally exploded to over 200 000 units. This week, things did calm down a fair bit, with sales dropping to 108 000 units. This drop was expected, though it could have been worse without Friday being a public holiday in Japan.

Unfortunately, that drop means sales are once again down Year on Year on a weekly basis, hopefully for the last time this year. The Nintendo Switch sold about 124 000 units during Week 48 2017, and since we can safely expect to go back up next week, Week 48 2018 should see sales increase Year on Year. There’s several reasons for that:

  • the Minecraft bundle comes out on Friday
  • anticipation for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate the following week
  • the start of the holiday season

If the Nintendo Switch still sold less than last year during Week 48, then it would be quite disappointing (and a bit worrying).

As for the Nintendo 3DS, sales did increase this week: it sold 9 883 units. It’s a noticeable improvement, but nowhere near enough to catch up with 2017 sales. The drop is quite severe (-25 000 units Year on Year), and gives us a “preview” of what to expect in December. It doesn’t look like sales will go pretty high this year, which is no big surprise: everyone is focused on the Nintendo Switch… even Nintendo isn’t giving as much as a glance to its aging handheld!

Famitsu – Software Top 30

01./01. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} (¥5.980) – 157.694 / 821.892 <60-80%> (-76%)
02./00. [PS4] Battlefield V <ACT> (Electronic Arts) {2018.11.20} (¥7.800) – 98.105 / NEW <40-60%>
03./00. [PS4] Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories <ADV> (Granzella) {2018.11.22} (¥7.200) – 38.976 / NEW <60-80%>
04./03. [NSW] Super Mario Party # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) – 21.088 / 347.598 <80-100%> (+21%)
05./00. [PS4] Shenmue I & II <Shenmue \ Shenmue II> # <ADV> (Sega) {2018.11.22} (¥3.990) – 19.701 / NEW <60-80%>
06./07. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 13.802 / 1.863.269 <80-100%> (+39%)
07./02. [PS4] Fallout 76 # <RPG> (Bethesda Softworks) {2018.11.15} (¥7.980) – 12.284 / 72.506 <80-100%> (-80%)
08./10. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 10.080 / 2.746.613 <80-100%> (+35%)
09./09. [NSW] Minecraft # <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 10.053 / 376.325 <80-100%> (+34%)
10./04. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.10.12} (¥7.900) – 8.475 / 451.470 <80-100%> (-39%)
11./05. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.11.08} (¥4.980) – 6.906 / 47.027 <60-80%> (-36%)
12./00. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400) – 6.676 / 353.081 <80-100%>
13./11. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 6.051 / 1.127.687 <80-100%> (+11%)
14./00. [PS4] Everybody’s Golf [Value Selection] <SPT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.11.21} (¥3.900) – 5.789 / NEW <60-80%>
15./14. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 4.924 / 1.841.065 <80-100%> (+36%)
16./13. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 4.602 / 2.400.376 <80-100%> (+14%)
17./08. [PS4] Red Dead Redemption II # <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.10.26} (¥8.800) – 4.187 / 193.652 <80-100%> (-45%)
18./00. [3DS] Cats Together <ETC> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.21} (¥5.300) – 3.732 / NEW <20-40%>
19./06. [PS4] Hitman 2 <ADV> (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2018.11.15} (¥7.800) – 3.285 / 13.973 <40-60%> (-69%)
20./20. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 3.002 / 622.951 <80-100%> (+47%)
21./19. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) – 2.785 / 227.715 <80-100%> (+27%)
22./00. [NSW] Nari Kids Park: Hugtto! PreCure <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.21} (¥4.800) – 2.215 / NEW <0-20%>
23./22. [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) – 1.978 / 217.122 <80-100%> (+14%)
24./17. [PS4] Marvel’s Spider-Man # <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.09.07} (¥6.900) – 1.925 / 296.772 <80-100%> (-32%)
25./24. [NSW] FIFA 19 # <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2018.09.28} (¥5.800) – 1.805 / 38.180 <60-80%> (+18%)
26./23. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces <SPT> (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) – 1.770 / 353.716 <80-100%> (+7%)
27./27. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 1.612 / 408.850 <80-100%> (+30%)
28./00. [PS4] Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection <Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune \ Uncharted 2: Among Thieves \ Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception> [2][PlayStation Hits] <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.11.21} (¥1.990) – 1.520 / NEW <20-40%>
29./21. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2019 <SPT> (Konami) {2018.08.30} (¥7.600) – 1.518 / 138.896 <80-100%> (-18%)
30./26. [NSW] Dragon Ball FighterZ <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.09.27} (¥6.800) – 1.437 / 45.583 <60-80%> (+15%)

Famitsu – Number of games in Top 30

NSW – 13
PS4 – 13
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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