[Japan] Media Create sales for Week 34, 2016 (August 22nd – 28th) [Top 50]

Update 2: full Top 50 for Media Create is now available!
Update: Famitsu data added. Full Top 50 for Media Create will be added tomorrow!

Media Create – Software

This week, quite a few games were released in Japan, including a couple of Nintendo 3DS titles. Yes, a “couple”… yet the chart below only shows one. There’s a good reason for that discrepancy: one of them didn’t even manage to chart. Naturally, we’re talking about Metroid Prime: Federation Force.

To the surprise of no one, Metroid Prime: Federation Force had a pretty poor debut, with less than 4 441 units. According to Media Create, it sold 4 286 units, with a sell-through ratio of 0-25%… Unfortunately, the writing was on the wall:

  • the game was clearly meant for western markets (FPS, online multiplayer), and got a pretty negative reception from fans there (reviews were actually mostly positive)
  • the game was barely advertised (if at all)
  • the Metroid series hasn’t been selling pretty well in Japan (especially the FPS entries)

One thing’s for sure: it’s by far one of the worst-selling Nintendo games this generation, along with the likes of Code Name S.T.E.A.M. and The Wonderful 101.

The other entry on Nintendo 3DS is the Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack, which sold about 6 426 units during its first week. It’s a rather decent debut for this retail package, which includes both Azure Striker Gunvolt 1 and 2.

Now that the Summer holidays are pretty much over, sales have been dropping pretty hard, and no game or platform is spared. For example, Yo-kai Watch 3 sales dropped by 48%, with 32 460 units sold. Retailers still have roughly 150 000 units left, and getting rid of them all is going to take a little while now.

Looking at the various “Summer games” on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, you can see that holidays are over:

  • 10./04. [3DS] Dragon Ball: Fusions (Bandai Namco Games) – 10.827 / 138.479 (-41%). Despite the drop, the game is nearing 150 000 units sold (it will reach that next month). It should have no trouble topping 200 000 units sold before the end of the year;
  • 11./05. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons X: God Chapter / Dragon Chapter (GungHo Online Entertainment) – 10.372 / 154.477 (-37%). It finally reached 150 000 units sold since launch, and should manage to crawl to 200 000 units in the upcoming months;
  • 12./06. [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot (Nintendo) – 8.147 / 415.444 (-34%). It should keep selling steadily in the upcoming weeks and months, but it’s truly during weeks with public holidays that this title is going to shine;
  • 13./07. [WIU] Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Microsoft Game Studios) – 8.003 / 99.412 (-18%). The drop is not as sharp as for the other “Summer games”, which is not unexpected for Minecraft (it just keeps on selling all the time). The Wii U version has been outselling the PS Vita version since launch, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change any time soon.
  • 20./13. [WIU] Splatoon (Nintendo) – 4.441 / 1.456.508 (-23%). Ever since the Super Mario Maker Premium Pack was discontinued, and the Splatoon bundle became the de facto bundle for players interested in a Wii U, sales have dropped noticeably. Of course, this is also due to the fact the game is nearing saturation: there’s only so much it can keep on selling on the Wii U, after all.

As for Pokémon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire, the Pokémon GO effect is starting to wane a little bit, but sales remain unusually steady. With 6 914 units sold this week, this remake of the GameBoy Advance classic is doing pretty fine for a 2014 title. With Pokémon Sun and Moon releasing in a couple of months, sales should remain steady throughout September and October.

Finally, we have the two versions of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016, which haven’t left the Top 20 yet (one, if not both, will most likely be gone by next week).

They sold 5 301 units (3DS) and 4 810 units (Wii U) respectively. Sales didn’t drop as sharply as expected with the end of the Summer holidays and the Olympics, so it’s probably safe to assume they will remain somewhat steady in the upcoming weeks (especially the Nintendo 3DS version).

Media Create – Software Top 50

01./03. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura <RPG> (Level 5) {2016.07.16} (¥4.800) – 32.460 / 1.152.838 (-48%)
02./01. [PS4] Tales of Berseria <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.08.18} (¥8.200) – 24.057 / 197.593 (-86%)
03./00. [PS4] No Man’s Sky <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2016.08.25} (¥5.900) – 22.200 / NEW
04./00. [PS4] The King of Fighters XIV <FTG> (SNK Playmore) {2016.08.25} (¥7.200) – 20.655 / NEW
05./00. [PSV] Sengoku Otome: Legend Battle # <FTG> (Planet G) {2016.08.25} (¥6.980) – 16.054 / NEW
06./00. [PS4] Sengoku Basara: Sanada Yukimura-Den <ACT> (Capcom) {2016.08.25} (¥6.990) – 15.592 / NEW
07./02. [PS3] Tales of Berseria <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.08.18} (¥8.200) – 15.262 / 91.447 (-80%)
08./00. [PS4] Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X HD <ACT> (Sega) {2016.08.25} (¥7.990) – 12.915 / NEW
09./00. [PS3] Sengoku Basara: Sanada Yukimura-Den <ACT> (Capcom) {2016.08.25} (¥6.990) – 11.796 / NEW
10./04. [3DS] Dragon Ball: Fusions # <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.08.04} (¥5.700) – 10.827 / 138.479 (-41%)
11./05. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons X: God Chapter / Dragon Chapter <RPG> (GungHo Online Entertainment) {2016.07.28} (¥4.800) – 10.372 / 154.477 (-37%)
12./06. [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot <ACT> (Nintendo) {2016.04.28} (¥4.700) – 8.147 / 415.444 (-34%)
13./07. [WIU] Minecraft: Wii U Edition <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2016.06.23} (¥3.600) – 8.003 / 99.412 (-18%)
14./08. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥4.571) – 6.914 / 2.878.174 (-26%)
15./00. [3DS] Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack <Azure Striker Gunvolt \ Azure Striker Gunvolt 2> # <ACT> (Inti Creates) {2016.08.25} (¥4.800) – 6.426 / NEW
16./09. [3DS] Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games <SPT> (Nintendo) {2016.02.18} (¥4.700) – 5.301 / 228.811 (-35%)
17./12. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) – 5.114 / 859.174 (-21%)
18./10. [WIU] Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games <SPT> (Nintendo) {2016.06.23} (¥5.700) – 4.810 / 86.256 (-34%)
19./00. [PSV] Moujuu-Tachi to Ohimesama # <ADV> (Idea Factory) {2016.08.25} (¥6.300) – 4.765 / NEW
20./13. [WIU] Splatoon # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2015.05.28} (¥5.700) – 4.441 / 1.456.508 (-23%)
21./00. [3DS] Metroid Prime: Federation Force <ACT> (Nintendo) {2016.08.25} (¥4.700)
22./00. [PSV] Meiji Toukyou Renka: Full Moon # <ADV> (5pb.) {2016.08.25} (¥6.800)
23./00. [PSV] Ouma ga Toki: Kakuriyo no Enishi # <ACT> (Nippon Cultural Broadcasting Extended) {2016.08.25} (¥5.800)
24./20. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf [Nintendo Selects] <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700)
25./17. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Mura o Tsukurundesu <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2016.07.21} (¥4.800)
26./21. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [New Price Edition] <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} (¥4.990)
27./11. [PSV] Collar x Malice # <ADV> (Idea Factory) {2016.08.18} (¥6.300)
28./15. [PS4] Ratchet & Clank # <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2016.08.09} (¥5.900)
29./14. [PSV] Toukiden 2 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.07.28} (¥6.800)
30./23. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 <SPT> (Konami) {2016.04.28} (¥6.980)
31./18. [3DS] 12-Sai. Koisuru Diary <ADV> (Happinet) {2016.08.04} (¥5.815)
32./42. [PSV] Coven and Labyrinth of Refrain # <RPG> (Nippon Ichi Software) {2016.06.23} (¥5.980)
33./00. [PSV] PuraMai Wars V # <ADV> (Entergram) {2016.08.25} (¥5.980)
34./22. [PSV] Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana # <RPG> (Nihon Falcom) {2016.07.21} (¥6.800)
35./25. [PS4] Overwatch <ACT> (Square Enix) {2016.05.24} (¥7.800)
36./24. [3DS] Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns <SLG> (Marvelous) {2016.06.23} (¥4.980)
37./26. [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Don Don! Mystery Adventure <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.06.16} (¥4.800)
38./27. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 # <RCE> (Nintendo) {2014.05.29} (¥5.700)
39./29. [3DS] Monster Hunter Generations # <ACT> (Capcom) {2015.11.28} (¥5.800)
40./28. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 <RCE> (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.571)
41./19. [PS4] Toukiden 2 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.07.28} (¥7.800)
42./33. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2015.12.10} (¥8.400)
43./35. [WIU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2014.12.06} (¥7.200)
44./32. [3DS] Tomodachi Life [Nintendo Selects] <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700)
45./31. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2013.10.12} (¥4.571)
46./36. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400)
47./41. [3DS] Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2015.07.30} (¥4.000)
48./38. [WIU] Pokken Tournament # <FTG> (Pokemon Co.) {2016.03.18} (¥7.200)
49./46. [WIU] Super Mario Maker # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2015.09.10} (¥5.700)
50./37. [PS4] Dark Souls III <RPG> (From Software) {2016.03.24} (¥7.430)

Media Create Software Week 34 2016Media Create – Number of games in Top 50

3DS – 18
PS4 – 12
PSV – 11
WIU – 7
PS3 – 2

Media Create – Hardware

Hardware-wise, there’s nothing much to say about Wii U sales. They’re actually quite steady, which is not really due to renewed interest… it’s just that sales couldn’t really drop any lower. The next few weeks are not going to be pretty, with only one game slated for September: Terraria (which already didn’t sell gangbusters on Nintendo 3DS to begin with).

As for the Nintendo 3DS, sales did suffer a noticeable drop, but nothing too important (it went from 28 000 units to 24 000 units). At least, it’s well within the boundaries of a post-holiday drop. But if you look at sales during the same week in 2015, you notice a major drop for 2016.

However, there’s something to keep in mind: Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King was released on August 27th last year. Naturally, this significantly boosted sales, to 48 919 units. The Nintendo 3DS didn’t have a similar release this year, so naturally, sales are down Year on Year (especially since the platform has pretty much reached saturation in Japan).

The next major release for the Nintendo 3DS is One Piece: Dai Kaizoku Colosseum on September 21st, but that game shouldn’t have a noticeable impact on sales.

Finally, a quick note about the original Nintendo 3DS model, which has now sold over 10 million units in Japan alone. Unlike in Europe and North America, it was not discontinued in Japan, where it kept selling steadily (unlike the XL model, which has already been discontinued). The New Nintendo 3DS model should reach 1 million units by October (at the latest).

Famitsu

01./02. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura <RPG> (Level 5) {2016.07.16} (¥4.800) – 40.026 / 1.088.501 <80-100%> (-46%)
02./01. [PS4] Tales of Berseria <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.08.18} (¥8.200) – 26.829 / 186.869 <80-100%> (-83%)
03./00. [PS4] The King of Fighters XIV <FTG> (SNK Playmore) {2016.08.25} (¥7.200) – 23.242 / NEW <60-80%>
04./03. [PS3] Tales of Berseria <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.08.18} (¥8.200) – 16.652 / 90.704 <80-100%> (-78%)
05./00. [PSV] Sengoku Otome: Legend Battle # <FTG> (Planet G) {2016.08.25} (¥6.980) – 16.129 / NEW <80-100%>
06./00. [PS4] No Man’s Sky <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2016.08.25} (¥5.900) – 15.997 / NEW <60-80%>
07./00. [PS4] Sengoku Basara: Sanada Yukimura-Den <ACT> (Capcom) {2016.08.25} (¥6.990) – 15.161 / NEW <40-60%>
08./00. [PS4] Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X HD <ACT> (Sega) {2016.08.25} (¥7.990) – 13.781 / NEW <40-60%>
09./04. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons X: God Chapter / Dragon Chapter <RPG> (GungHo Online Entertainment) {2016.07.28} (¥4.800) – 13.632 / 182.756 <60-80%> (-35%)
10./00. [PS3] Sengoku Basara: Sanada Yukimura-Den <ACT> (Capcom) {2016.08.25} (¥6.990) – 11.116 / NEW <20-40%>
11./00. [3DS] Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack <Azure Striker Gunvolt \ Azure Striker Gunvolt 2> # <ACT> (Inti Creates) {2016.08.25} (¥4.800) – 8.096 / NEW <60-80%>
12./05. [3DS] Dragon Ball: Fusions # <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.08.04} (¥5.700) – 7.855 / 130.590 <80-100%> (-40%)
13./07. [WIU] Minecraft: Wii U Edition <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2016.06.23} (¥3.600) – 7.741 / 106.890 <80-100%> (-23%)
14./00. [PSV] Meiji Toukyou Renka: Full Moon # <ADV> (5pb.) {2016.08.25} (¥6.800) – 7.408 / NEW <60-80%>
15./06. [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot <ACT> (Nintendo) {2016.04.28} (¥4.700) – 6.848 / 395.965 <80-100%> (-39%)
16./09. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥4.571) – 6.311 / 3.069.086 <80-100%> (-28%)
17./00. [PSV] Moujuu-Tachi to Ohimesama # <ADV> (Idea Factory) {2016.08.25} (¥6.300) – 5.181 / NEW <60-80%>
18./10. [WIU] Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games <SPT> (Nintendo) {2016.06.23} (¥5.700) – 4.547 / 96.908 <80-100%> (-39%)
19./11. [3DS] Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games <SPT> (Nintendo) {2016.02.18} (¥4.700) – 4.298 / 230.387 <80-100%> (-39%)
20./00. [3DS] Metroid Prime: Federation Force <ACT> (Nintendo) {2016.08.25} (¥4.700) – 4.286 / NEW <20-40%>
21./00. [PSV] Ouma ga Toki: Kakuriyo no Enishi # <ACT> (Nippon Cultural Broadcasting Extended) {2016.08.25} (¥5.800) – 4.199 / NEW <60-80%>
22./12. [3DS] Pokemon Red / Green / Blue / Yellow _3DS Virtual Console Version_ |DL| (Dedicated Download Card Special) <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2016.02.27} (¥1.389) – 3.975 / 260.134 <80-100%> (-40%)
23./15. [WIU] Splatoon # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2015.05.28} (¥5.700) – 3.934 / 1.393.722 <80-100%> (-28%)
24./16. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) – 3.752 / 759.529 <80-100%> (-25%)
25./13. [PS4] Ratchet & Clank # <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2016.08.09} (¥5.900) – 3.490 / 30.505 <60-80%> (-45%)
26./21. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf [Nintendo Selects] <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.03.17} (¥2.700) – 2.956 / 87.739 <80-100%> (-24%)
27./00. [PSV] PuraMai Wars V # <ADV> (Entergram) {2016.08.25} (¥5.980) – 2.869 / NEW <60-80%>
28./14. [PSV] Toukiden 2 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2016.07.28} (¥6.800) – 2.822 / 99.083 <80-100%> (-55%)
29./19. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Mura o Tsukurundesu <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2016.07.21} (¥4.800) – 2.723 / 42.129 <60-80%> (-34%)
30./22. [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Don Don! Mystery Adventure <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.06.16} (¥4.800) – 2.363 / 93.610 <80-100%> (-32%)

3DS – 12
PSV – 7
PS4 – 6
WIU – 3
PS3 – 2

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


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