Japan: more sales data for Week 16 2018, Nintendo Labo, Nintendo Switch (Media Create, Dengeki)

More sales data from Japan, with the latest reports from Media Create and Dengeki!

Media Create (Week 16)

Last week, Media Create published their weekly report on video game sales in Japan during Week 16, 2018. It reveals that total Software sales topped 420 000 units, which is 133.91% of Week 15 sales: a noticeable increase mostly due to the large number of releases. There was only 3 in Week 15, but during Week 16, there was 14 of them.

Those new releases also sold more: sales topped 198 000 units, as opposed to only 62 000 units during the previous week. Media Create points out that it’s the first time in 3 weeks that Software sales are on the rise.

The main new release was Nintendo Labo, which sold a total of 119 000 units, with about 90 000 units for the Variety Kit, and 29 000 units for the Robot Kit. The sell-through ratio is pretty low: only 30%, which is due to retailers having high expectations for this game, but also the Golden Week drawing near.

Despite Nintendo Labo releasing, Nintendo Switch sales didn’t increase. In fact, they went down: the game didn’t really drive sales. Since Nintendo Labo is a unique title, more akin to an educational product than a full-fledged game, Media Create is going to pay particular attention to its sales in the future, especially during Golden Week and the Summer holidays.

Source: Media Create

Dengeki (Week 16, Fiscal Year 2017)

Dengeki report slightly lower for Nintendo Labo: 112 000 units, with an even lower sell-through ratio (25%). Just like Media Create, they’re going to pay attention to how the game sells in the upcoming weeks and months, to see if it become well-accepted by users.

In their preview two reports, Dengeki talked about the gap in sales between popular games and publishers, which was wider than ever. And that gap is also clearly visible on Nintendo Switch.

During the past Fiscal Year, total Software sales for the Nintendo Switch topped 9.2 million units, spread over 74 titles: that’s a 28.3% market share, and an average of 124 324 units sold. But the thing is, 57.9% of those sales are due to only 3 games: Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

In fact, Nintendo alone account for 79.9% of Software sales on Nintendo Switch, leaving only 20.1% for the 62 third-party games released… not the best of performance for them (that’s an average of 0.3% for the market share of each individual title).

For Dengeki, this isn’t really surprising that Nintendo would lead sales, since the Nintendo Switch is a relatively new platform. However, if that domination keeps on going, and third-party games don’t sell more, this will inevitably lead to third-party publishers to move away from the Nintendo Switch. As a result, less games will be made for the platform, which will hurt the Nintendo Switch as a whole.

They hope that third-party publishers will also find success on the console, which is only going to be beneficial to the Nintendo Switch market as a whole.

Next, here’s Software sales for each platform:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 131,258 33.0% 371,323 36.3%
Vita 18,817 4.7% 53,691 5.2%
Switch 210,557 52.9% 462,046 45.2%
3DS 35,179 8.8% 128,636 12.6%
ETC 2,195 0.6% 7,068 0.7%
Total 398,006 100.0% 1,022,764 100.0%

And here’s Hardware sales:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 10,561 18.9% 34,755 19.8%
Vita 2,903 5.2% 8,679 4.9%
Switch 34,308 61.4% 102,899 58.7%
3DS 7,954 14.2% 28,673 16.3%
ETC 143 0.3% 431 0.2%
Total 55,869 100.0% 175,437 100.0%

Finally, here’s the Top 50 Software:

01./00. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} – 88,580 / NEW
02./00. [PS4] God of War (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.04.20} – 50,160 / NEW
03./00. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} – 23,412 / NEW
04./02. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} – 17,911 / 448,306
05./01. [NSW] The Snack World: TreJarers (Level 5) {2018.04.12} – 15,374 / 49,116
06./00. [PS4] Metal Max Xeno (Kadokawa Games) {2018.04.19} – 13,839 / NEW
07./05. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} – 13,500 / 2,299,445
08./07. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} – 10,700 / 1,510,692
09./00. [PSV] Metal Max Xeno (Kadokawa Games) {2018.04.19} – 7,589 / NEW
10./04. [PS4] Far Cry 5 (Ubisoft) {2018.03.29} – 6,806 / 123,563
11./06. [PS4] Cities: Skylines – PlayStation 4 Edition (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.04.12} – 6,108 / 18,995
12./08. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} – 4,972 / 1,624,965
12./11. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 4,144 / 738,187
14./03. [PS4] Death end re;Quest (Compile Heart) {2018.04.12} – 3,407 / 21,042
15./00. [NSW] Portal Knights (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.04.19} – 3,100 / NEW
16./10. [3DS] Detective Pikachu (Pokemon Co.) {2018.03.23} – 3,040 / 73,163
17./12. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World (Capcom) {2018.01.26} – 3,022 / 1,982,417
18./00. [NSW] Neo Atlas 1469 (Artdink) {2018.04.19} – 2,606 / NEW
19./15. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege – Advanced Edition (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} – 2,459 / 38,324
20./09. [PS4] Super Robot Wars X (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.03.29} – 2,219 / 104,505
21./12. [PS4] Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (Level 5) {2018.03.23} – 2,089 / 89,996
22./21. [NSW] ARMS (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} – 2,044 / 418,871
23./19. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} – 1,995 / 171,619
24./23. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 1,811 / 449,762
25./18. [NSW] Attack on Titan 2 (Koei Tecmo) {2018.03.15} – 1,761 / 51,038
26./29. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 1,678 / 788,819
27./14. [PSV] Super Robot Wars X (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.03.29} – 1,665 / 64,086
28./27. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} – 1,661 / 195,732
29./16. [NSW] Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (Koei Tecmo) {2018.03.22} – 1,639 / 41,453
30./17. [PS4] Like the North Star (Sega) {2018.03.08} – 1,611 / 165,016
31./24. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} – 1,550 / 254,379
32./26. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 1,544 / 811,973
33./25. [NSW] Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix) {2018.03.01} – 1,456 / 50,037
34./20. [PS4] Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Sega) {2018.03.21} – 1,400 / 74,029
35./32. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} – 1,350 / 348,660
36./36. [PS4] Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2015.12.03} – 1,322 / 312,577
37./22. [PS4] Attack on Titan 2 (Koei Tecmo) {2018.03.15} – 1,290 / 52,120
38./30. [NSW] Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Nintendo) {2018.01.18} – 1,222 / 208,954
39./35. [NSW] FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} – 1,189 / 121,643
40./00. [3DS] Shin Megami Tensei IV & Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse – Double Hero Pack (Atlus) {2018.04.19} – 1,069 / NEW
41./31. [3DS] Kirby Battle Royale (Nintendo) {2017.11.30} – 1,044 / 169,345
42./38. [3DS] The Snack World: TreJarers (Level 5) {2017.08.10} – 1,039 / 270,105
43./39. [PSV] Minecraft: Playstation Vita Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2015.03.19} – 1,006 / 1,200,791
44./33. [PS4] Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.02.08} – 989 / 113,321
45./28. [PS4] Shining Resonance Refrain (Sega) {2018.03.29} – 950 / 27,623
46./41. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} – 939 / 151,790
47./40. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} – 917 / 370,437
48./42. [3DS] Doraemon: Nobita no Takarajima (FuRyu) {2018.03.01} – 900 / 18,943
49./34. [PS4] Call of Duty: WWII (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.11.03} – 844 / 432,494
50./43. [NSW] Snipperclips Plus: Cut it Out, Together! (Nintendo) {2017.11.10} – 728 / 67,700

Source: Dengeki
Top 50 data compiled by ZSaberLink (ResetEra)

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