[Japan] Media Create sales for Week 30, 2016 (July 25th – 31st) [Top 50]

Update: the full Top 50 from Media Create was added!

Media Create – Software

During Week 30, several games came out in Japan, and most of them underperformed. Unfortunately, the only one on Nintendo platforms is one of those that underperformed: Puzzle & Dragons X.

In fact, saying that it underperformed is quite the understatement, as it sold only 85 000 units during the launch week according to Media Create… and that’s for both versions combined. Famitsu reports 100 000 units sold: that’s about 40-60% of all units shipped to retailers (a rather mediocre performance, and price drops seem inevitable… in fact, some retailers have already started discounting the game).

Here’s how the previous Puzzle & Dragons games sold on Nintendo 3DS (according to Famitsu data), so you can see how bad Puzzle & Dragons X sales are:

  • Puzzle & Dragons Z (December 2013): 534.782 units at launch, 1.521.424 units total
  • Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (April 2015): 177.963 units at launch, 333.642 units total

With Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, the drop could be explained by the fact that it was nothing but a Mario-skinned version of the original Puzzle & Dragons game (on smartphones). On the other hand, Puzzle & Dragons X is a full-fledged RPG with much higher production values than its predecessor (Puzzle & Dragons Z). It even got an anime series, which debuted a few weeks ago.

There’s several possible reasons Puzzle & Dragons X didn’t sell nearly as much as its predecessor (and will never get close to their total sales):

  • unlike Puzzle & Dragons Z, it wasn’t released just before Christmas. Granted, this isn’t enough to explain the massive drop in sale (especially since Puzzle & Dragons X came out right when the Summer holidays started), but this is but one of the factors;
  • the Puzzle & Dragons franchise isn’t quite as popular as it was a few years ago (even though it’s still one of the most popular mobile games in Japan);
  • there has already been several Puzzle & Dragons games on Nintendo 3DS;
  • the target audience doesn’t seem really interested, and prefer franchises such as Yo-kai Watch and Pokémon.

Talking of Yo-kai Watch, Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura had a slightly better third week than expected, with 100 105 units sold (-40%). In comparison, Yo-kai Watch Busters sold about 95 000 units during its third week (according to Media Create).

However, it’s not clear if this is a sign sales are going to remain at a higher level on the long run, or if it’s just this week that sales are better. One thing’s for sure: once that the Summer holidays are over, we will get a clearer picture of how Yo-kai Watch 3 is going to sell on the long run (with the except of holidays weeks, obviously).

At #7, we find Kirby: Planet Robobot with 11 141 units sold. The major increase in sales (+83%) is due to several factors: the start of the Summer holidays, the new TV Commercial, and of course the demo version (Nintendo didn’t pick up a random week to release it!). We can reasonably expect the game to reach 400 000 units sold before the end of this month: it’s currently sitting at 367 615 units.

Right below Kirby, we have Pokémon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire, still benefitting from the Pokémon GO effect. Sales increased by 43%, which is pretty impressive for a non-holiday week. According to Media Create, sales for Week 30 topped 10 000 units (for the first time in a long while). It’s not often that an almost 2 year old game start selling that much out of the blue.

Talking of Pokémon, it looks like The Pokémon Company has shipped more download cards to retailers. That combined with the Pokémon GO phenomenon lead to a significant increase in sales for the Virtual Console titles:

  • Pokémon Red / Green / Blue / Yellow – 13.651 units this week (+63%) / 228.831 units since launch.

Next, let’s take a look at how some Wii U games are holding:

  • Minecraft: Wii U Edition – 7.333 units this week (-13%) / 66.672 units since launch. Sales remain steady thanks to the Summer holidays;
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – 5.697 units this week (-24%) / 59.095 units since launch . Sales dropped a bit after the increase last week, but they remain relatively steady. Sales of the Nintendo 3DS entry are a bit more steady (4 425 units sold, -5%), and finally reached 200 000 units sold since launch;
  • Splatoon – 3.424 units this week (-53%) / 1.433.985  units since launch. Despite the holidays, sales are dropping pretty sharply. It’s not quite clear why, but we can imagine that the expensive Wii U Premium Pack doesn’t help. What’s more, there’s no longer any Splatfests to garner interest, and Splatoon might simply be reaching saturation. The real test will start once the Summer holidays are over, in a few weeks. The drop may also be temporary: we’ll see next week!

As for Sumikko Gurashi: Mura o Tsukurundesu, it had a decent second week with 7 161 units sold (-65%), and 27 777 units total.

Finally, here’s how two Nintendo 3DS titles that came out in June are holding now that the Summer holidays have started:

  • Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns – 4.957 units this week (-18%) / 167.522 units since launch. The game keeps selling merrily, at a steady rate.
  • Taiko no Tatsujin: Don Don! Mystery Adventure – 2.866 units this week (-12%) / 67.299 units since launch. Sales remain rather weak, but steady. At this rate, it’s going to take a while for it to even reach 100 000 units sold (it will depend on Summer holidays sales).

Media Create – Software Top 50

01./01. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura <RPG> (Level 5) {2016.07.16} (¥4.800) – 100.105 / 901.023 (-41%)
02./00. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons X: God Chapter / Dragon Chapter <RPG> (GungHo Online Entertainment) {2016.07.28} (¥4.800) – 87.510 / NEW
03./00. [PS4] The Idolm@ster: Platinum Stars # <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.07.28} (¥8.200) – 76.165 / NEW
04./00. [PSV] Toukiden 2 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.07.28} (¥6.800) – 59.032 / NEW
05./00. [PS4] Toukiden 2 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.07.28} (¥7.800) – 46.334 / NEW
06./02. [PSV] Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana # <RPG> (Nihon Falcom) {2016.07.21} (¥6.800) – 13.860 / 57.613 (-68%)
07./10. [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot <ACT> (Nintendo) {2016.04.28} (¥4.700) – 11.141 / 367.615 (+83%)
08./09. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥4.571) – 10.220 / 2.841.216 (+43%)
09./05. [WIU] Minecraft: Wii U Edition <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2016.06.23} (¥3.600) – 7.333 / 66.672 (-13%)
10./03. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Mura o Tsukurundesu <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2016.07.21} (¥4.800) – 7.161 / 27.777 (-65%)
11./00. [PS3] Toukiden 2 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.07.28} (¥7.800) – 6.222 / NEW
12./12. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) – 5.783 / 835.762 (+1%)
13./06. [WIU] Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games <SPT> (Nintendo) {2016.06.23} (¥5.700) – 5.697 / 59.095 (-24%)
14./11. [3DS] Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns <SLG> (Marvelous) {2016.06.23} (¥4.980) – 4.957 / 167.522 (-18%)
15./13. [3DS] Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games <SPT> (Nintendo) {2016.02.18} (¥4.700) – 4.425 / 200.586 (-5%)
16./14. [PS4] Overwatch <ACT> (Square Enix) {2016.05.24} (¥7.800) – 3.611 / 128.317 (-14%)
17./07. [WIU] Splatoon # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2015.05.28} (¥5.700) – 3.424 / 1.433.985 (-53%)
18./15. [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Don Don! Mystery Adventure <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.06.16} (¥4.800) – 2.866 / 67.299 (-12%)
19./00. [PSV] The Longest 5 Minutes # <RPG> (Nippon Ichi Software) {2016.07.28} (¥3.980) – 2.767 / NEW
20./18. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [New Price Edition] <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} (¥4.990) – 2.731 / 139.131 (-4%)
21./17. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 <SPT> (Konami) {2016.04.28} (¥6.980)
22./00. [PSV] Strawberry Nauts # <ADV> (Entergram) {2016.07.28} (¥5.980)
23./21. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf [Nintendo Selects] <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700)
24./19. [3DS] Culdcept Revolt <TBL> (Nintendo) {2016.07.07} (¥4.700)
25./04. [PS4] Black Rose Valkyrie # <RPG> (Compile Heart) {2016.07.21} (¥7.200)
26./36. [3DS] Monster Hunter Generations # <ACT> (Capcom) {2015.11.28} (¥5.800)
27./20. [PSV] Coven and Labyrinth of Refrain # <RPG> (Nippon Ichi Software) {2016.06.23} (¥5.980)
28./22. [3DS] Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice # <ADV> (Capcom) {2016.06.09} (¥5.800)
29./00. [PS4] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse [Welcome Price!!] <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.07.28} (¥3.800)
30./23. [PSV] Dragon Quest Heroes II: The Twin Kings and Prophecy’s End <RPG> (Square Enix) {2016.05.27} (¥6.800)
31./30. [PS4] Tales of Zestiria <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.07.07} (¥3.800)
32./35. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 # <RCE> (Nintendo) {2014.05.29} (¥5.700)
33./31. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 <RCE> (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.571)
34./27. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 <SPT> (Konami) {2016.04.28} (¥7.980)
35./08. [PSV] New Interpretation Stranger of Sword City <RPG> (Experience) {2016.07.21} (¥3.800)
36./00. [PSV] Kujiragami no Tearstilla # <ADV> (Piacci) {2016.07.28} (¥6.800)
37./37. [PS4] Dark Souls III <RPG> (From Software) {2016.03.24} (¥7.430)
38./40. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400)
39./32. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 <SPT> (Konami) {2016.04.28} (¥6.980)
40./42. [3DS] Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2015.07.30} (¥4.000)
41./38. [WIU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2014.12.06} (¥7.200)
42./43. [3DS] Tomodachi Life [Nintendo Selects] <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700)
43./24. [PSV] The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd Evolution # <RPG> (Kadokawa Games) {2016.07.14} (¥5.800)
44./34. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2015.12.10} (¥8.400)
45./25. [WIU] Super Mario Maker # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2015.09.10} (¥5.700)
46./00. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops III # <ACT> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.11.06} (¥7.900)
47./41. [3DS] Yo-Kai Sangokushi <SLG> (Level 5) {2016.04.02} (¥4.600)
48./00. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 <TBL> (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.08.07} (¥5.690)
49./00. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam <RPG> (Nintendo) {2015.12.03} (¥4.700)
50./26. [PS4] Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.06.30} (¥8.200)

Media Create Software Week 30 2016Media Create – Number of games in Top 50

3DS – 18
PS4 – 13
PSV – 11
WIU – 6
PS3 – 2

Media Create – Hardware

Media Create reports that Nintendo 3DS sales are slightly up for Week 30, with 29 043 units sold. Looking at sales in 2015, you would probably think the Nintendo 3DS was in deep trouble (going from 55 000 units to 29 000 is not a positive sign during a good period for sales)…

But you should not forget that Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer came out on July 30th last year. It not only boosted sales on its own (due the game requiring a NFC reader), but the bundle with the game + a New Nintendo 3DS XL also helped a lot.

Taking Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer into account, Nintendo 3DS Sales for Week 30 looks pretty decent. That being said, you can clearly see the the creases on the (imaginary) forehead of Nintendo’s aging handheld, strill tucking along.

Wii U-wise, there’s nothing special to note this week. Sales are slightly down, with 5 228 units sold according to Media Create. Nintendo’s home console is still holding above the 5 000 units/week threshold, and should manage to stay there at least until September. However, even with the Summer holidays, there should not be any major increase in sales in the upcoming weeks.

Media Create – Hardware

Famitsu

01./00. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons X: God Chapter / Dragon Chapter <RPG> (GungHo Online Entertainment) {2016.07.28} (¥4.800) – 100.943 / NEW <40-60%>
02./01. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura <RPG> (Level 5) {2016.07.16} (¥4.800) – 90.409 / 818.964 <60-80%> (-39%)
03./00. [PS4] The Idolm@ster: Platinum Stars # <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.07.28} (¥8.200) – 74.490 / NEW <80-100%>
04./00. [PSV] Toukiden 2 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.07.28} (¥6.800) – 64.169 / NEW <40-60%>
05./00. [PS4] Toukiden 2 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.07.28} (¥7.800) – 55.771 / NEW <60-80%>
06./06. [3DS] Pokemon Red / Green / Blue / Yellow _3DS Virtual Console Version_ |DL| (Dedicated Download Card Special) <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2016.02.27} (¥1.389) – 13.651 / 228.831 <80-100%> (+63%)
07./07. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥4.571) – 13.371 / 3.033.744 <80-100%> (+69%)
08./02. [PSV] Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana # <RPG> (Nihon Falcom) {2016.07.21} (¥6.800) – 9.730 / 57.411 <80-100%> (-80%)
09./05. [WIU] Minecraft: Wii U Edition <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2016.06.23} (¥3.600) – 8.816 / 70.426 <60-80%> (+3%)
10./15. [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot <ACT> (Nintendo) {2016.04.28} (¥4.700) – 8.513 / 356.309 <80-100%> (+121%)
11./00. [PS3] Toukiden 2 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.07.28} (¥7.800) – 7.235 / NEW <60-80%>
12./03. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Mura o Tsukurundesu <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2016.07.21} (¥4.800) – 7.094 / 25.034 <40-60%> (-60%)
13./08. [WIU] Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games <SPT> (Nintendo) {2016.06.23} (¥5.700) – 6.580 / 69.010 <60-80%> (-14%)
14./09. [WIU] Splatoon # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2015.05.28} (¥5.700) – 6.042 / 1.374.097 <80-100%> (-13%)
15./10. [3DS] Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns <SLG> (Marvelous) {2016.06.23} (¥4.980) – 4.474 / 171.364 <80-100%> (-28%)
16./13. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) – 4.397 / 741.429 <80-100%> (-2%)
17./12. [3DS] Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games <SPT> (Nintendo) {2016.02.18} (¥4.700) – 4.382 / 204.162 <80-100%> (-6%)
18./00. [PSV] Strawberry Nauts # <ADV> (Entergram) {2016.07.28} (¥5.980) – 3.684 / NEW <80-100%>
19./14. [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Don Don! Mystery Adventure <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.06.16} (¥4.800) – 3.478 / 80.930 <60-80%> (-11%)
20./00. [PSV] The Longest 5 Minutes # <RPG> (Nippon Ichi Software) {2016.07.28} (¥3.980) – 2.777 / NEW <20-40%>
21./17. [PS4] Overwatch <ACT> (Square Enix) {2016.05.24} (¥7.800) – 2.660 / 119.255 <80-100%> (-16%)
22./21. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf [Nintendo Selects] <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700) – 2.382 / 74.584 <80-100%> (+2%)
23./18. [3DS] Culdcept Revolt <TBL> (Nintendo) {2016.07.07} (¥4.700) – 2.210 / 42.183 <80-100%> (-22%)
24./04. [PS4] Black Rose Valkyrie # <RPG> (Compile Heart) {2016.07.21} (¥7.200) – 2.191 / 14.846 <40-60%> (-83%)
25./19. [3DS] Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice # <ADV> (Capcom) {2016.06.09} (¥5.800) – 1.991 / 258.757 <80-100%> (-27%)
26./23. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [New Price Edition] <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} (¥4.990) – 1.910 / 109.058 <80-100%> (-3%)
27./24. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 <SPT> (Konami) {2016.04.28} (¥6.980) – 1.798 / 132.213 <80-100%> (-8%)
28./00. [PSV] Kujiragami no Tearstilla # <ADV> (Piacci) {2016.07.28} (¥6.800) – 1.738 / NEW <60-80%>
29./00. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 <RCE> (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.800) – 1.713 / 2.564.420 <80-100%>
30./27. [PS4] Tales of Zestiria <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.07.07} (¥3.800) – 1.652 / 10.449 <60-80%> (-5%)

3DS – 13
PSV – 7
PS4 – 6
WIU – 3
PS3 – 1

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


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