Japan: more sales data for Week 25 2018, May, Mario Tennis Aces (Media Create, Dengeki, Famitsu)

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

Media Create (Week 25)

Today, Media Create published their weekly report on video game sales in Japan during Week 25, 2018. It reveals that total Software sales topped 440 000 units, which is 176.99% of Week 24 sales.

Despite sales of previously released games dropping from 221 000 units to 199 000 units (85.51% of Week 25 sales), sales for newly released games more than compensated for that drop. Media Create report that their sales increased by nearly 10 times week on week: they went from 27 000 units to 251 000 units.

The biggest release of the week is Mario Tennis Aces, with 124 000 units sold in the first 3 days. The 8th games in the series more than doubled the launch week sales of the previous entry, Mario Tennis Ultra Smash (about 55 000 units sold). It also outsold the Nintendo 3DS entry, Mario Tennis Open (102 000 units sold).

For Media Create, one of the reasons the game was so successful at launch is because of the great amount of exposure it got in the media ahead of launch, including the Pre-launch Online Tournament in early June, leading to a smooth launch.

Source: Media Create

Media Create (Day 1 sell-through)

This week, we have the Day 1 sell-through for two games on Nintendo Switch:

  • [NSW] Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Nippon Ichi Software) – 20%
  • [NSW] Shiin (Experience) – 20%

The sell-through is pretty low for both games, which is not really good news as it’s unlikely retailers ordered a large amount of copies to begin with. Also, those are games that usually do not sell more during the week-end (like Nintendo’s family friendly games), or on the long run (like Nintendo’s evergreen titles).

Unfortunately, it looks like players not too familiar with the Ys series may be intimidated by the “8” in the title, even though each game can be played on its own (with the various games being only loosely connected to each other).

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

Dengeki (Week 25)

Dengeki report slightly higher sales for Mario Tennis Aces at launch, with 123 000 units sold. That’s a better performance than the two previous entries on home consoles:

  • New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis (Wii): 57 000 units at launch, 247 000 units LTD
  • Mario Tennis Ultra Smash (Wii U): 58 000 units at launch, 156 000 units LTD

In other words, Mario Tennis Aces is off to a great start. What’s more, the sell-through ratio is pretty good: about 75%, which means retailers have most definitely received a second shipment by the time you read this.

As for Minecraft: Dengeki report about 63 000 units at launch, which is a solid performance. That’s better than the Wii U version with its 24 000 units sold at launch (350 000 units LTD). Of course, this is no surprise: as mentioned when Media Create shared their data on Wednesday, this is the best debut for Minecraft in Japan, and by a wide margin to boot.

According to Dengeki, the sell-through ratio for this game is about 45%, which is fairly good. It may seem a bit on the low side (especially compared to Mario Tennis Aces), but it’s hardly a negative: retailers will have absolutely no trouble selling the remaining units in the upcoming weeks.

Minecraft always sells on the long run, and it would be pretty surprising if this wasn’t the case on Nintendo Switch. If anything, sales are bound to be even better on that platform, definitely the healthiest one for the game so far (popular platform + the Minecraft audience is definitely there).

Dengeki also share some data about the Nintendo 3DS. To the surprise of no one, the market as whole is gravitating more and more around two platforms: the Nintendo Switch, and the PlayStation 4. Nintendo’s handheld, former market leader, is definitely on the way out.

It’s now been more than 7 years since the Nintendo 3DS was released (in February 2011), and it’s sold over 24 million units LTD. However, sales just keep on dropping, and the data for 2018 so far (as of the end of May) clearly show it:

  • Hardware: 1.1 billion Yen (-62.6%)
  • Software: 1.5 billion Yen (-75.7%)
  • Total: 2.6 billion Yen (-71.5%)

For Fiscal Year 2018 as a whole, they expect sales to drop by more than 50 billion Yen, to 21.2 billion Yen. What’s more, last year had major titles like Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, so the drop is probably to be even worse. For Nintendo, a key point will be to see just how much they’re able to compensate for the drop in Nintendo 3DS sales with the Nintendo Switch.

Next, here’s Software sales for each platform:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 128,765 30.3% 1,645,716 38.9%
Vita 12,002 2.8% 356,009 8.4%
Switch 256,182 60.3% 1,765,800 41.7%
3DS 25,691 6.0% 438,002 10.4%
ETC 2,249 0.5% 26,112 0.6%
Total 424,889 100.0% 4,231,639 100.0%

And here’s Hardware sales:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 19,304 24.9% 225,037 27.3%
Vita 2,090 2.7% 32,973 4.0%
Switch 48,727 63.0% 464,847 56.5%
3DS 6,971 9.0% 97,959 11.9%
ETC 289 0.4% 2,110 0.3%
Total 77,381 100.0% 822,926 100.0%

Finally, here’s the Top 50 Software:

01./00. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} – 123,183 / NEW
02./00. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} – 62,989 / NEW
03./00. [PS4] New Gundam Breaker (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.21} – 62,165 / NEW
04./01. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} – 12,233 / 2,440,689
05./04. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} – 8,600 / 1,608,154
06./05. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} – 6,767 / 562,999
07./06. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} – 5,817 / 184,415
08./02. [PS4] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Link (Marvelous) {2018.06.07} – 5,313 / 98,620
09./12. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 4,194 / 781,945
10./11. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} – 4,094 / 168,943
11./07. [PS4] Detroit: Become Human (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.05.25} – 3,728 / 67,529
12./13. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} – 3,722 / 1,666,511
13./03. [PS4] Record of Grancrest War (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.14} – 3,000 / 15,234
14./13. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} – 2,700 / 45,396
15./10. [PS4] Dark Souls Remastered (From Software) {2018.05.24} – 2,669 / 114,587
16./09. [PS4] Super Bomberman R (Konami) {2018.06.14} – 2,488 / 7,901
17./17. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 (Konami) {2018.04.26} – 2,272 / 213,271
18./08. [PSV] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Link (Marvelous) {2018.06.07} – 1,980 / 45,105
19./41. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2018 (Konami) {2017.09.14} – 1,862 / 155,354
20./18. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege – Advanced Edition (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} – 1,847 / 60,417
21./33. [PS4] FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} – 1,833 / 108,235
22./30. [NSW] FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} – 1,733 / 134,250
23./22. [NSW] The Snack World: TreJarers (Level 5) {2018.04.12} – 1,644 / 96,369
24./23. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 (Konami) {2018.04.26} – 1,578 / 100,170
25./21. [PS4] Little Nightmares: Complete Edition (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.07} – 1,556 / 9,548
26./24. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.06.14} – 1,538 / 3,451
27./27. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} – 1,494 / 271,468
28./32. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 1,483 / 826,544
29./28. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 1,372 / 802,746
30./19. [NSW] Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (Nintendo) {2018.06.08} – 1,250 / 9,217
31./34. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 1,233 / 465,653
32./37. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} – 1,200 / 361,866
33./31. [NSW] ARMS (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} – 1,111 / 436,218
34./40. [PS4] Persona 5 (Atlus) {2016.09.15} – 1,067 / 443,926
35./20. [NSW] Little Nightmares: Complete Edition (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.07} – 1,000 / 11,560
36./15. [NSW] God Wars: Nihon Shinwa Taisen (Kadokawa Games) {2018.06.14} – 978 / 4,296
37./42. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} – 950 / 208,459
38./29. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} – 933 / 187,847
39./39. [PS4] Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2015.12.03} – 894 / 322,860
40./26. [PS4] Life Is Strange: Before the Storm (Square Enix) {2018.06.07} – 888 / 9,610
41./00. [NSW] The Mahjong (D3Publisher) {2018.06.21} – 888 / NEW
42./43. [PS4] Cities: Skylines – PlayStation 4 Edition (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.04.12} – 831 / 34,429
43./45. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World (Capcom) {2018.01.26} – 824 / 1,996,804
44./16. [PS4] God Wars: Nihon Shinwa Taisen (Kadokawa Games) {2018.06.14} – 806 / 4,088
45./36. [3DS] Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (Nintendo) {2018.06.08} – 794 / 4,232
46./46. [PS4] God of War (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.04.20} – 781 / 101,920
47./58. [3DS] Kirby Battle Royale (Nintendo) {2017.11.30} – 750 / 178,733
48./38. [PS4] BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (Arc System Works) {2018.05.31} – 744 / 18,805
49./52. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} – 706 / 379,059
50./112. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue (Square Enix) {2017.01.12} – 689 / 194,896

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

Famitsu (Digital sales estimates, May 2018)

In its latest issue, Famitsu shares the latest digital sales estimates, for May (April 30th to May 27th to be precise, so 4 weeks).

It allows us to learn than in roughly 3 weeks, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze sold an estimated 14 507 units on the Nintendo eShop, which is a respectable performance. If we add sales at retail, we end up with 157 554 units sold.

As for Minecraft, it’s still as popular as ever. Despite the digital version being available for many months, and the retail release on the horizon, it still sold about 9 972 in May on the Nintendo eShop.

Source: Famitsu
Via: ryokutya2089

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