Japan: more sales data for Week 29 2018, Taiko no Tatsujin; 2.5 millions for Splatoon 2 (Media Create, Dengeki)

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

Media Create (Week 29)

Today, Media Create shared their weekly report on video games sales in Japan. It reveals that Software sales topped 364 000 units, which is 89.38% of Week 28 sales. Since sales of new games only account for 40% of Week 28 sales, the ratio of new games in total Software sales dropped from 44.34% to 21.27%. Sales of previously released games did increase: they account for 126.41% of Week 28 games, but that wasn’t enough to compensate for the drop in sales for new releases, and so total Software sales are down.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun sold 70 000 units, which is one of the best opening in a while for the series. Here’s how two previous entries sold:

  • Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigina Orb (Nintendo 3DS, 2012): 65 000 units at launch;
  • Taiko no Tatsujin Wii U Version! (Wii U, 2013): 19 000 units at launch.

As you can see, Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun did better than those two games, which is a really positive sign. Media Create point out that generally, launch week only account for 10-20% of total sales for Taiko no Tatsujin games, since they tend to sell well on the long run (and especially during holiday seasons).

In other words, Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun could end up selling pretty well if its sales trajectory ends up the same as previous entries. It should prove pretty popular during the Summer holidays (that started this week), and during the end of year holiday season.

Source: Media Create

Day 1 sell-through (Media Create)

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

  • [NSW] Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 (Capcom) – 40%. Ok debut, though it’s seemingly sold less than the PlayStation 4 version (for now);
  • [PS4] [NSW] Disgaea 1 Complete (Nippon Ichi Software)  – 20%. Low debut, but the series hasn’t been performing well in Japan lately (and this is but a remake);
  • [PS4] [NSW] Rocket League: Collector’s Edition (Psyonix) – 10%. Very low debut, pretty usualy for late physical release of digital-only games;
  • [NSW] Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Bethesda Softworks) – 10%. Very low debut, not surprising for a late port of a game that really didn’t set the charts on fire on PlayStation 4 to begin with.

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

Dengeki (Week 29)

Dengeki report that Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun sold about 71 000 units, with a surprisingly high sell-through for such a game: 50%. Additional shipments during the week-end helped prevent shortages (unlike a certain Octopath Traveler). It’s the second best debut for a Taiko no Tatsujin game in the past 5-6 years, and only Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Gouka Ban did better with 113 000 units sold at launch (over 623 000 units LTD) back in 2012.

Just like Media Create, Dengeki point out that Taiko no Tatsujin games usually tend to sell on the long run. On Nintendo platforms specifically, the average ratio of launch week sales in total sales can go as low as 15.3%, and each game has become a hit, and so they naturally expect the same for thist first Nintendo Switch entry.

This week, Splatoon 2 sold about 21 000 units, which brings total sales to over 2.5 million units (2 509 380 units): it’s the first tracker to report that, since both Media Create and Famitsu have been reporting lower sales. They point out that whole sales stabilised this week, they’ve been growing steadily: about 15 000 units weekly, and 60 000 units monthly.

As of this week, the Nintendo Switch has sold about 4.69 million units, which means Splatoon 2 has an attachment rate of about 53.5%. In other words: more than 1 new Nintendo Switch owner out of 2 bought the console specifically for this game. Now that’s what you call a system seller, and it’s been one since it launched last year.

This Fall, the Nintendo Switch is getting some heavy-hitters, namely Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (releasing on November 16th and December 7th respectively). Those two are definitely system sellers, so the Summer season is the last period where Splatoon 2 will be the main system seller. It will be interesting to see how far it will be able to carry the Nintendo Switch until it has to share the spotlight with the two games we just mentioned.

This week, Nintendo 3DS Sales increased by 38.9% and went above the 10 000 units/weeks threshold for the first time in a long while, thanks to the New Nintendo 2DS XL bundles with Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo and Mario Kart 7. However, this didn’t change much: the market is still dominated by the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4, which account for 85% of total Hardware sales.

Next, here’s Software sales for each platform:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 58,802 16.7% 1,964,120 35.4%
Vita 10,175 2.9% 418,024 7.5%
Switch 240,199 68.1% 2,559,965 46.1%
3DS 41,736 11.8% 577,963 10.4%
ETC 1,927 0.5% 32,951 0.6%
Total 352,839 100.0% 5,553,023 100.0%

And here’s Hardware sales:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 17,611 21.0% 302,536 26.5%
Vita 2,579 3.1% 43,443 3.8%
Switch 52,937 63.2% 663,355 58.0%
3DS 10,384 12.4% 130,750 11.4%
ETC 195 0.2% 2,722 0.2%
Total 83,706 100.0% 1,142,806 100.0%

Finally, here’s the Top 50 Software:

01./00. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} – 71,335 / NEW
02./01. [NSW] Octopath Traveler (Square Enix) {2018.07.13} – 24,233 / 131,100
03./02. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} – 22,539 / 65,317
04./06. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} – 21,478 / 2,509,380
05./03. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} – 19,239 / 250,689
06./05. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} – 18,828 / 150,340
07./08. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} – 11,544 / 1,647,743
08./04. [3DS] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} – 10,563 / 26,924
09./09. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} – 6,083 / 586,705
10./11. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 5,156 / 800,101
11./15. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} – 3,967 / 1,681,551
12./16. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} – 3,267 / 201,060
13./12. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} – 3,122 / 183,649
14./17. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 3,105 / 836,683
15./20. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 2,853 / 811,422
16./00. [NSW] Touhou Genso Wanderer: Reloaded (Unties) {2018.07.19} – 2,438 / NEW
17./22. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} – 2,411 / 193,136
18./07. [PS4] Mary Skelter: Nightmares 2 (Compile Heart) {2018.07.12} – 2,365 / 14,653
19./14. [PS4] The Crew 2 (Ubisoft) {2018.06.29} – 2,256 / 30,078
20./21. [PS4] New Gundam Breaker (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.21} – 2,094 / 79,673
21./00. [PS4] Closed Nightmare (Nippon Ichi Software) {2018.07.19} – 2,058 / NEW
22./23. [NSW] FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} – 2,039 / 142,328
23./19. [PS4] Detroit: Become Human (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.05.25} – 1,975 / 78,187
24./10. [PS4] Zanki Zero: Last Beginning (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.07.05} – 1,961 / 23,241
25./24. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 (Konami) {2018.04.26} – 1,950 / 220,935
26./26. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} – 1,922 / 277,951
27./00. [NSW] Sonic Mania Plus (Sega) {2018.07.19} – 1,769 / NEW
28./27. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege – Advanced Edition (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} – 1,400 / 66,618
29./40. [NSW] ARMS (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} – 1,306 / 440,958
30./34. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 1,272 / 470,369
31./18. [PSV] Zanki Zero: Last Beginning (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.07.05} – 1,250 / 12,760
32./29. [PS4] FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} – 1,250 / 115,031
33./36. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} – 1,189 / 366,367
34./39. [NSW] The Snack World: TreJarers (Level 5) {2018.04.12} – 1,156 / 101,408
35./35. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 (Konami) {2018.04.26} – 1,100 / 104,870
36./33. [NSW] Little Nightmares: Complete Edition (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.07} – 1,061 / 15,671
37./30. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon Veteran Trainer’s Dual Pack (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 1,060 / 372,775
38./25. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2018 (Konami) {2017.09.14} – 1,015 / 162,644
39./45. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} – 1,005 / 212,163
40./28. [PS4] Dark Souls Remastered (From Software) {2018.05.24} – 983 / 120,918
41./41. [PS4] Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2015.12.03} – 961 / 326,588
42./44. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} – 911 / 191,657
43./00. [NSW] Closed Nightmare (Nippon Ichi Software) {2018.07.19} – 894 / NEW
44./32. [PS4] Far Cry 3: Classic Edition (Ubisoft) {2018.07.05} – 875 / 3,888
45./13. [NSW] Shining Resonance Refrain (Sega) {2018.07.12} – 861 / 4,617
46./38. [PS4] Super Bomberman R (Konami) {2018.06.14} – 794 / 13,352
47./46. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} – 794 / 382,101
48./00. [PS4] Sonic Mania Plus (Sega) {2018.07.19} – 787 / NEW
49./49. [PS4] Cities: Skylines – PlayStation 4 Edition (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.04.12} – 756 / 37,623
50./31. [NSW] Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Nippon Ichi Software) {2018.06.28} – 739 / 11,522

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

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