[Japan] Media Create sales for Week 29, 2017 (July 17th – July 23rd) [Top 50]

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This week was a pretty big one for the video game market in Japan, with quite a lot of new entries in the Media Create Top 20. Naturally, the star of the week is Spatoon 2, on Nintendo Switch, which sold 648 085 units during the first 3 days. That number is slightly lower than the one reported by Famitsu, but the latter does include download cards.

For our “analysis” of Splatoon 2 sales, make sure to check out this post! One thing to note: sales are bound to drop sharply the following week, due to the combined effect of Week 2 drop and Nintendo Switch shortages.Then again, it all depends on the amount of consoles Nintendo can ship to retailers: the bigger the shipment, the softer the drop.

The second entry of the week is Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy, which had a rather decent debut with 70 000 units. This is definitely a bit on the low side (the previous two entries on Nintendo 3DS both sold over 100 000 units during launch week), but it’s quite likely many fans chose to go with the cheaper version on smartphones. Unfortunately, we will most likely never get data to confirm that.

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy should have no trouble reaching 100 000 units within the next couple of weeks, but to reach 200 000 units, it will need steady sales… kind of hard to ask to a linear, single-player game with little replay value (as opposed to a multiplayer game).

Next, we have Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Dokonan Desu? at #4 with 20 883 units sold. This is a pretty decent performance, in line with the previous entry… quite remarkable for the 4th one in 4 years! Now it remains to be seen whether sales will be as steady: they all ended up selling well over 100 000 units, with the latest one sitting at around 150 000 units LTD.

At #7, we have Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star, with 10 247 units sold: a decent performance for an expensive late port, but nothing to write home about. It’s unlikely to stay in the Media Create Top 20 very long (it’s most likely it will drop from it as early as next week).

Finally, the last entry is Cars 3: Drive to Win, which somehow managed to chart… quite impressive for a mediocre licenced game based on a western IP… especially one that suffers from a pretty grave bug preventing it from launching on unpatched copies. It sold 3 220 units during the first four days, and will be gone from the Media Create Top 20 by next week.

Hey! Pikmin sold 21 628 units this week: that’s a 67% drop, which is pretty fair play for a second week. Right now, it’s a bit too early to see whether this one is going to sell on the long run, but one thing’s for sure: it will reach 100 000 units sold within the next couple of weeks. Beyond that, it will depend on whether it has any lasting selling power.

Quite interestingly, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the only game to have visibily benefitted from the launch of Splatoon 2, which is amusing since it’s also a multiplayer game (you would expect new Nintendo Switch owners buying Splatoon 2 to pick up a single player game). It sold 12 980 units this week: a 12% increase compared to Week 28. It’s now sold 588 028 units since launch, and will reach 600 000 units next week.

ARMS didn’t see its sales increase thanks to Splatoon 2, but said sales are still quite stable with 7 984 units sold (-8%), and 177 987 units since launch. The next few weeks will be interesting, as they will show if all the attention Splatoon 2 is receiving is having any impact at all on ARMS (positive or negative).

Finally, we have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, slightly down this week with 5 989 units sold (-15%). Combined, both versions of the game have sold at least 676 040 units (543 016 + 133 024) since launch. In order for them to reach 1 million units before the end of the year, they need to sell the remaining 323 960 units during the next 23 weeks, so at least 14 085 units/week.

Next, here’s how the games in the second half of the Top 20 have been faring:

  • 11./10. [3DS] Pokémon Sun / Moon (Pokemon Co.) – 5.276 / 3.295.102 (+7%). Sales once again increased, most likely thanks to the start of the Summer holidays;
  • 13./04. [3DS] Ever Oasis (Nintendo) – 4.511 / 18.835 (-69%). After a really disappointing debut comes a rather average second week. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Koichi Ishii’s latest creation is going anywhere…
  • 14./12. [3DS] Monster Hunter Double Cross (Capcom) – 3.354 / 1.546.392 (-17%). Nothing much to say about this one, just that sales should a bit a bit higher;
  • 17./14. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) – 3.201 / 205.098 (+0%). Did you say stable? Yes, you did;
  • 20./25. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) – 2.636 / 233.737. The increased Nintendo Switch shipments allowed this one to make its comeback in the Top 20, that he left a while ago already.

Media Create – Software Top 25

01./00. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 648.085 / NEW
02./00. [3DS] Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy <ADV> (Level 5) {2017.07.20} (¥4.444) – 70.867 / NEW
03./02. [3DS] Hey! Pikmin <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.13} (¥4.980) – 21.628 / 87.494 (-67%)
04./00. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Dokonan Desu? <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2017.07.20} (¥4.800) – 20.883 / NEW
05./01. [PS4] Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.07.13} (¥6.800) – 19.049 / 119.813 (-81%)
06./05. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 12.980 / 588.028 (+12%)
07./00. [NSW] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star # <ACT> (Marvelous) {2017.07.20} (¥7.800) – 10.247 / NEW
08./07. [NSW] Arms <FTG> (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980) – 7.984 / 177.987 (-8%)
09./03. [PS4] Gundam Versus # <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.07.06} (¥8.200) – 6.665 / 143.844 (-58%)
10./08. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 5.989 / 543.016 (-15%)
11./10. [3DS] Pokemon Sun / Moon <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2016.11.18} (¥4.980) – 5.276 / 3.295.102 (+7%)
12./00. [PS4] Under Night In-Birth Exe:Latest <FTG> (Arc System Works) {2017.07.20} (¥6.800) – 5.013 / NEW
13./04. [3DS] Ever Oasis <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.07.13} (¥4.980) – 4.511 / 18.835 (-69%)
14./12. [3DS] Monster Hunter Double Cross <ACT> (Capcom) {2017.03.18} (¥5.800) – 3.354 / 1.546.392 (-17%)
15./15. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition # <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) – 3.331 / 1.180.284 (+5%)
16./00. [NSW] Cars 3: Driven to Win <RCE> (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2017.07.20} (¥5.700) – 3.220 / NEW
17./14. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 3.201 / 205.098 (+0%)
18./00. [PSV] World Election # <ADV> (Piacci) {2017.07.20} (¥6.800) – 3.017 / NEW
19./13. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [New Price Edition] <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} (¥4.990) – 2.792 / 366.844 (-14%)
20./25. [NSW] 1-2-Switch <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 2.636 / 233.737
21./17. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X <TBL> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.04.27} (¥5.700)
22./20. [3DS] Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS <ACT> (Nintendo) {2016.12.01} (¥4.700)
23./22. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 <RCE> (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.571)
24./31. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400)
25./27. [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot <ACT> (Nintendo) {2016.04.28} (¥4.700)
26./33. [3DS] Mario Sports Superstars <SPT> (Nintendo) {2017.03.30} (¥4.980)
27./30. [3DS] The Alliance Alive <RPG> (FuRyu) {2017.06.22} (¥6.280)
28./00. [PS4] Cars 3: Driven to Win <RCE> (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2017.07.20} (¥5.700)
29./35. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki <RPG> (Level 5) {2016.12.15} (¥4.800)
30./24. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2015.12.10} (¥8.400)
31./29. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2016.11.29} (¥8.800)
32./19. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Game of the Year Edition <Call of Duty: Black Ops III \ Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Awakening \ Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Eclipse \ Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Descent \ Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Salvation> <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.06.29} (¥5.900)
33./06. [3DS] 100% Pascal Sensei: Kanpeki Paint Bombers <ACT> (Konami) {2017.07.13} (¥4.980)
34./28. [PS4] NieR: Automata <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.02.23} (¥7.800)
35./36. [WIU] Minecraft: Wii U Edition <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2016.06.23} (¥3.600)
36./34. [3DS] Pro Baseball Famista Climax <SPT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.04.20} (¥5.700)
37./18. [3DS] Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology # <RPG> (Atlus) {2017.06.29} (¥6.480)
38./00. [3DS] Kouekizaidan Houjin Nihon Kanji Nouryoku Kentei Kyoukai: Kanken Training 2 <EDU> (Imagineer) {2017.07.20} (¥3.800)
39./32. [WIU] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980)
40./43. [WIU] Splatoon # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2015.05.28} (¥5.700)
41./40. [3DS] Tomodachi Life [Nintendo Selects] <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700)
42./23. [PS4] Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana <RPG> (Nihon Falcom) {2017.05.25} (¥6.800)
43./26. [PS4] Portal Knights <RPG> (Spike Chunsoft) {2017.06.29} (¥3.000)
44./37. [PS4] Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition <Dark Souls III \ Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel \ Dark Souls III: The Ringed City> <RPG> (From Software) {2017.04.20} (¥5.900)
45./49. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS <FTG> (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} (¥5.200)
46./21. [PSV] Omega Labyrinth Z # <RPG> (D3Publisher) {2017.07.06} (¥6.800)
47./47. [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)
48./45. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Mura o Tsukurundesu <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2016.07.21} (¥4.800)
49./38. [PS4] Resident Evil 7: biohazard # <ADV> (Capcom) {2017.01.26} (¥7.990)
50./39. [PS4] Tekken 7 <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.06.01} (¥8.200)

Media Create Software Week 29 2017

Media Create – Number of games in Top 50

3DS – 21
PS4 – 16
NSW – 7
PSV – 3
WIU – 3

Media Create – Hardware

Unlikely Famitsu, Media Create reports lower sales for the Nintendo Switch, with “only” 98 999 units sold. The difference isn’t all that significant, but it’s quite noticeable when it means the console didn’t quite reach 100 000 units sold this week.

It looks like Nintendo did ship a significantly higher number of Nintendo Switch for Splatoon 2 launch, as expected, even though demand is far from being met (in fact, Splatoon 2 only made things worse). The real question is now: how many units will Nintendo ship next week (and throughout August)?

The Summer holidays is a pretty important period for video games sales in Japan, so naturally, Nintendo wants to take advantage of it to sell as many consoles as possible. Unfortunately, it’s not like the company can just press a button and end up with thousands of consoles to ship.

But if Nintendo’s previous statement about shortages is to be believed, we can expect the company to ship more units than in previous weeks throughout Summer, though it’s not clear how many yet. One thing’s for sure: it’s unlikely the Nintendo Switch will sell around 100 000 units next week!

Next, we have the Nintendo 3DS, which saw a significant drop in sales this week, with 34 145 units sold. This is obviously due to the launch of the New Nintendo 2DS XL last week, which boosted sales temporarily. Also, Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete is getting a New Nintendo 2DS XL bundle on Saturday, so it’s likely many are planning to get that bundle and so held off buying a Nintendo 3DS for now.

Speaking of the New Nintendo 2DS XL, it sold 17 717 units this week, which is quite the drop from launch week (~26 000 units). It’s not unexpected though, as there is always a post-launch drop, and as mentioned just above, a Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete bundle is releasing on Saturday. By the end of the Summer holidays, we will have a better idea of what to expect from this 6th Nintendo 3DS model!

Still, despite the drop in sales (which isn’t going to last: Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete is almost there!), the Nintendo 3DS is still selling better this year: +8 000 units compared to Week 29 2016, and +27 000 units YTD (but without the Pokémon Nintendo 2DS bundles).

Finally, the Wii U saw a small but totally unsignificant increase in sales, with 30 more units sold this week. Hurrah!… or not.

Famitsu

01./00. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 670.955 / NEW <60-80%>
02./00. [3DS] Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy <ADV> (Level 5) {2017.07.20} (¥4.444) – 70.641 / NEW <60-80%>
03./02. [3DS] Hey! Pikmin <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.13} (¥4.980) – 25.812 / 105.329 <60-80%> (-68%)
04./01. [PS4] Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.07.13} (¥6.800) – 19.105 / 117.442 <80-100%> (-81%)
05./00. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Dokonan Desu? <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2017.07.20} (¥4.800) – 16.488 / NEW <40-60%>
06./05. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 10.531 / 544.201 <80-100%> (+19%)
07./00. [NSW] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star # <ACT> (Marvelous) {2017.07.20} (¥7.800) – 10.167 / NEW <40-60%>
08./00. [PS4] Under Night In-Birth Exe:Latest <FTG> (Arc System Works) {2017.07.20} (¥6.800) – 7.831 / NEW <60-80%>
09./04. [PS4] Gundam Versus # <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.07.06} (¥8.200) – 6.010 / 140.577 <60-80%> (-55%)
10./06. [NSW] Arms <FTG> (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980) – 5.624 / 193.574 <80-100%> (-10%)
11./08. [3DS] Pokemon Sun / Moon # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2016.11.18} (¥4.980) – 5.024 / 3.789.829 <80-100%> (-1%)
12./03. [3DS] Ever Oasis <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.07.13} (¥4.980) – 4.876 / 20.783 <60-80%> (-69%)
13./09. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 4.024 / 479.459 <80-100%> (+0%)
14./00. [NSW] Cars 3: Driven to Win <RCE> (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2017.07.20} (¥5.700) – 3.007 / NEW <20-40%>
15./14. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400) – 2.967 / 232.752 <80-100%> (+4%)
16./12. [PS4] NieR: Automata <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.02.23} (¥7.800) – 2.926 / 324.995 <80-100%> (-2%)
17./11. [3DS] Monster Hunter Double Cross <ACT> (Capcom) {2017.03.18} (¥5.800) – 2.871 / 1.655.074 <80-100%> (-22%)
18./20. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2016.11.29} (¥8.800) – 2.556 / 995.009 <80-100%> (+17%)
19./21. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 2.248 / 195.488 <80-100%> (+6%)
20./22. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X <TBL> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.04.27} (¥5.700) – 2.162 / 171.618 <80-100%> (+4%)
21./24. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition # <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) – 2.145 / 994.361 <80-100%> (+7%)
22./19. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [New Price Edition] <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} (¥4.990) – 1.975 / 275.911 <80-100%> (-10%)
23./16. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Game of the Year Edition <Call of Duty: Black Ops III \ Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Awakening \ Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Eclipse \ Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Descent \ Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Salvation> <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.06.29} (¥5.900) – 1.857 / 10.819 <40-60%> (-18%)
24./07. [3DS] 100% Pascal Sensei: Kanpeki Paint Bombers <ACT> (Konami) {2017.07.13} (¥4.980) – 1.853 / 7.616 <40-60%> (-68%)
25./26. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 <RCE> (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.571) – 1.764 / 2.729.726 <80-100%> (+14%)
26./00. [NSW] 1-2-Switch <ETC> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 1.754 / 206.405 <80-100%>
27./00. [PS4] Cars 3: Driven to Win <RCE> (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2017.07.20} (¥5.700) – 1.677 / NEW <40-60%>
28./00. [PSV] World Election # <ADV> (Piacci) {2017.07.20} (¥6.800) – 1.591 / NEW <60-80%>
29./29. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki <RPG> (Level 5) {2016.12.15} (¥4.800) – 1.567 / 730.935 <80-100%> (+16%)
30./28. [WIU] Minecraft: Wii U Edition <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2016.06.23} (¥3.600) – 1.557 / 333.651 <80-100%> (+14%)
00./00. [WIU] Splatoon # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2015.05.28} (¥5.700) – * / 1.512.789

Top 30

3DS – 11
PS4 – 9
NSW – 7
PSV – 2
WIU – 1

Source: Media Create / Famitsu
Via: Chris1964 / 4Gamer.net / Famitsu

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