Japan: more sales data for Week 24 2018, Nintendo Switch (Media Create, Dengeki)

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

Media Create (Week 24)

Today, Media Create published their weekly report on video game sales in Japan during Week 24, 2018. It reveals that total Software sales topped 249 000 units, which is 69.44% of Week 23 sales. This week, there was no less than 7 new releases, but they all sold relatively small amounts: only one game sold more than 10 000 units (Grancrest Senki), while the rest all sold about or less than 5 000 units each).

As a result, it’s no wonder that sales of new games only account for 18.68% of their sales during Week 23: they dropped from 145 000 units to only 27 000 units. Talk about a harsh drop!

On the other hand, sales of already released games are on the rise: they went from 213 000 units to 221 000 units, which is 104.12% of Week 23 sales. It’s the very reason Software sales didn’t drop like a rock this week.

Splatoon 2 was #1 of sales with about 16 000 units sold (2.38 million units LTD), and for the very first time since the beginning of the year. According to Media Create, during Week 24, the game sold 117.08% of what it sold during Week 23: an increase they tie to the release of the Octo Expansion on June 14th.

Next week will be a big one, with the Mario Tennis Aces x Minecraft combo, and will make us all forget about the rather uneventful week that was Week 23.

Source: Media Create

Media Create (Day 1 sell-through)

This week, we have the Day 1 sell-through for just one, lone Nintendo Switch game:

  • [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft Game Studios) – 20%. Low sell-through, but sales are expected to pick up during the week-end (just like most family-focused games). Also, retailers are expecting the game to sell well on the long run, so they have probably ordered more units than usual, knowing pretty well they will have no trouble selling any remaining units.

No data for Mario Tennis Aces, since it was released today (Friday).

Source: Media Create
Via: hiska-kun (ResetEra)

Dengeki (Week 24, Fiscal Year 17)

Just like Media Create, Dengeki point out that Splatoon 2 topped the charts this week, with about 15 000 units sold. Overall, sales were rather sluggish, so it’s no wonder a popular game like Splatoon 2, that sells well on the long run, managed to rank #1 almost a full year since its release. So far, over 2.43 million units have been sold since launch, and there’s no doubt the game will reach 2.5 millions sometime in July.

This week, Hardware sales grew by 12.3% to 81 000 units, while Software sales dropped noticeably to 243 000 units (-30.8%).

Next, Dengeki compare the market share of the major publishers on both the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4 during the past Fiscal Year, to illustrate just how one-sided things are on the former.

PlayStation 4

  1. Square-Enix (with Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, and more): 21.7%
  2. Capcom (with Monster Hunter World, and more): 21.1%
  3. Sony: 13.7%
  4. Bandai-Namco: 10.9%
  5. SEGA: 5.8%
  6. Koei-Tecmo: 4.1%

Nintendo Switch

  • Nintendo: 80%
  • Capcom 3.4%
  • Third place: >3%
  • All pubishers not Nintendo combined: 20%

In other words, only Nintendo games (and games contracted to third-party developers) sold a meaningful amount of units. As a result of the tepid support, less games were released during the Fiscal Year, and the market didn’t grow. Naturally, Dengeki hope that a third-party game will finally become a hit on Nintendo Switch, in order to revitalise the market as a whole.

Next, here’s Software sales for each platform:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 107,156 44.0% 1,516,951 39.8%
Vita 18,414 7.6% 344,007 9.0%
Switch 86,501 35.5% 1,509,618 39.7%
3DS 29,517 12.1% 412,311 10.8%
ETC 1,868 0.8% 23,863 0.6%
This week 243,456 100.0% 3,806,750 100.0%

And here’s Hardware sales:

Platforms This week (%) This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 24,282 29.8% 205,733 27.6%
Vita 2,419 3.0% 30,883 4.1%
Switch 46,988 57.7% 416,120 55.8%
3DS 7,327 9.0% 90,988 12.2%
ETC 476 0.6% 1,821 0.2%
Total 81,492 100.0% 745,545 100.0%

Finally, here’s the Top 50 Software:

01./03. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} – 15,297 / 2,428,456
02./01. [PS4] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Link (Marvelous) {2018.06.07} – 12,807 / 93,307
03./00. [PS4] Record of Grancrest War (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.14} – 12,234 / NEW
04./07. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} – 8,703 / 1,599,554
05./08. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} – 7,928 / 556,232
06./04. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} – 7,539 / 178,598
07./05. [PS4] Detroit: Become Human (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.05.25} – 6,100 / 63,801
08./02. [PSV] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Link (Marvelous) {2018.06.07} – 6,056 / 43,125
09./00. [PS4] Super Bomberman R (Konami) {2018.06.14} – 5,413 / NEW
10./06. [PS4] Dark Souls Remastered (From Software) {2018.05.24} – 5,020 / 111,918
11./27. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} – 4,775 / 164,849
12./14. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 4,639 / 777,751
13./16. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} – 3,778 / 1,662,789
14./13. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} – 3,722 / 181,126
15./00. [NSW] God Wars: Nihon Shinwa Taisen (Kadokawa Games) {2018.06.14} – 3,318 / NEW
16./00. [PS4] God Wars: Nihon Shinwa Taisen (Kadokawa Games) {2018.06.14} – 3,282 / NEW
17./15. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 (Konami) {2018.04.26} – 3,122 / 210,999
18./18. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege – Advanced Edition (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} – 2,660 / 58,570
19./12. [NSW] Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (Nintendo) {2018.06.08} – 2,561 / 7,967
20./09. [NSW] Little Nightmares: Complete Edition (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.07} – 2,439 / 10,560
21./11. [PS4] Little Nightmares: Complete Edition (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.07} – 2,378 / 7,992
22./17. [NSW] The Snack World: TreJarers (Level 5) {2018.04.12} – 2,289 / 94,725
23./20. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 (Konami) {2018.04.26} – 2,033 / 98,592
24./00. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.06.14} – 1,913 / NEW
25./00. [PSV] God Wars: Nihon Shinwa Taisen (Kadokawa Games) {2018.06.14} – 1,753 / NEW
26./10. [PS4] Life Is Strange: Before the Storm (Square Enix) {2018.06.07} – 1,707 / 8,722
27./24. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} – 1,600 / 269,974
28./30. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 1,589 / 801,374
29./26. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} – 1,494 / 186,914
30./33. [NSW] FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} – 1,472 / 132,517
31./31. [NSW] ARMS (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} – 1,472 / 435,107
32./34. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 1,472 / 825,061
33./25. [PS4] FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} – 1,400 / 106,402
34./29. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 1,306 / 464,420
35./00. [PS4] Clannad (Prototype) {2018.06.14} – 1,289 / NEW
36./21. [3DS] Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (Nintendo) {2018.06.08} – 1,228 / 3,438
37./38. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} – 1,156 / 360,666
38./19. [PS4] BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (Arc System Works) {2018.05.31} – 1,153 / 18,061
39./42. [PS4] Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2015.12.03} – 1,147 / 321,966
40./35. [PS4] Persona 5 (Atlus) {2016.09.15} – 1,072 / 442,859
41./50. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2018 (Konami) {2017.09.14} – 1,033 / 153,492
42./32. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} – 1,022 / 207,509
43./48. [PS4] Cities: Skylines – PlayStation 4 Edition (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.04.12} – 1,007 / 33,598
44./22. [PS4] Liar Princess and the Blind Prince (Nippon Ichi Software) {2018.05.31} – 978 / 9,612
45./37. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World (Capcom) {2018.01.26} – 965 / 1,995,980
46./41. [PS4] God of War (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.04.20} – 907 / 101,139
47./39. [3DS] Detective Pikachu (Pokemon Co.) {2018.03.23} – 839 / 87,472
48./58. [PS4] NieR Automata (Square Enix) {2017.02.23} – 811 / 393,060
49./46. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} – 806 / 42,696
50./40. [NSW] Mega Man Legacy Collection 1+2 (Capcom) {2018.05.24} – 760 / 12,138

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

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