Japan: more sales data for Week 40 2018, Super Mario Party, Fiscal Year (Media Create, Dengeki)

Super Mario Party

Here’s the latest sales data reports from Media Create, Dengeki, and Famitsu!

Media Create (Week 40)

Today, Media Create shared their weekly report on video games sales in Japan. It reveals that Hardwares sales topped 71 000 units during Week 40, which is 96.24% of Week 39 sales. The drop is mostly due to the announcement of the price cut for the PlayStation 4 Pro.

Software-wise, Media Create report that Super Mario Party sold about 143 000 units. As the very first Mario Party game on Nintendo Switch, it’s off to a strong start… a much better one than Mario Party 10, which sold about 52 000 units at launch. Of course, that was on the Wii U of all platforms, so a direct comparison isn’t exactly fair.

Usually, Mario Party games tend to sell on the long run: Mario Party 10, for example, sold over 250 000 units in total… that’s 5 times launch week sales. Therefore, it’s no wonder Media Create expect Super Mario Party to end up selling a lot of units, especially with the holiday season (Christmas, New Year, where a significant boost in sales is to be expected) in a couple of months.

Source: Media Create

Dengeki (Week 40)

Dengeki report slightly lower sales for Super Mario Party, with about 142 000 units sold during launch week: that’s about 50% for the sell-through ratio. This shows that both Nintendo and retailers are pretty confident in the game, and they’re quite right: they will have no trouble selling the remaining units pretty quickly (and they will be able to avoid shortages)!

As mentioned on Wednesday, it’s the best opening for the series since Mario Party 9, that ended up selling over 750 000 units. As such, if launch week sales are any indication, it’s pretty safe to say Super Mario Party is going to end up one of the best-selling entries in the series. Just like Media Create, Dengeki expect strong sales during the end of year holiday season, but also beyond.

Other sales data this week include Mega Man 11 with 27 000 units sold on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 (combined, unfortunately), and Sumikko Gurashi: Atsumare! Sumikko Town with about 6 000 units sold.

As mentioned previously, sales declined during the first half of the current Fiscal Year, due to the lack of major releases:

  • Hardware: 56.6 billion Yen (-26.9%)
  • Software: 61.4 billion Yen (-25.6%)
  • Total: 118 billion Yen (-26.2%)

However, Dengeki expect things to change during the second half of the Fiscal Year (which started on October 1st), thanks to major titles such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. They also expect sales to be concentrated on that second half.

Usually, between 56% and 65% of total sales for a given Fiscal Year come from the second half (October to March). The highest was back in 2004, with 64.9% of sales during the second half, and the lowest was in 2008 with 56.2% of sales.

If we expect sales in Fiscal Year 2018-19 to fall within that range (between 56% and 65% of sales coming from the second half), then we can estimate them to land around 262 to 337.1 billion Yen. That would be quite the drop from the previous Fiscal Year, when sales topped 406.4 billion Yen.

As such, Dengeki hope that sales during the second half of the year will increase dramatically compared to the previous year, so that total sales for the full Fiscal Year end up on the rise.

Next, here’s Software sales for each platform:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 169,269 34.9% 3,817,667 37.5%
Vita 12,307 2.5% 596,784 5.9%
Switch 272,530 56.1% 4,546,104 44.6%
3DS 28,682 5.9% 1,172,789 11.5%
ETC 2,698 0.6% 54,081 0.5%
Total 485,486 100.0% 10,187,425 100.0%

And here’s Hardware sales:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 14,596 20.6% 529,343 26.4%
Vita 2,522 3.6% 71,642 3.6%
Switch 46,990 66.2% 1,176,265 58.6%
3DS 6,565 9.3% 226,831 11.3%
ETC 260 0.4% 4,171 0.2%
Total 70,933 100.0% 2,008,252 100.0%

Finally, here’s the Top 50 Software:

01./00. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} – 142,382 / NEW
02./00. [PS4] Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (Ubisoft) {2018.10.05} – 46,233 / NEW
03./01. [PS4] Warriors Orochi 4 (Koei Tecmo) {2018.09.27} – 21,363 / 133,376
04./00. [NSW] Mega Man 11 (Capcom) {2018.10.04} – 15,253 / NEW
05./03. [PS4] FIFA 19 (Electronic Arts) {2018.09.28} – 13,988 / 67,661
06./09. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} – 12,144 / 341,153
07./00. [PS4] Mega Man 11 (Capcom) {2018.10.04} – 11,567 / NEW
08./06. [PS4] Marvel’s Spider-Man (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.09.07} – 11,556 / 266,764
09./11. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} – 10,619 / 2,679,734
10./05. [NSW] Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.09.27} – 9,094 / 34,887
11./02. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV – The End of Saga (Nihon Falcom) {2018.09.27} – 8,188 / 117,848
12./12. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} – 7,306 / 1,771,193
13./04. [NSW] Warriors Orochi 4 (Koei Tecmo) {2018.09.27} – 6,984 / 34,777
14./08. [NSW] FIFA 19 (Electronic Arts) {2018.09.28} – 5,983 / 21,789
15./00. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Atsumare! Sumikko Town (Nippon Columbia) {2018.10.04} – 5,700 / NEW
16./15. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} – 4,661 / 221,602
17./00. [PS4] Astro Bot: Rescue Mission (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.10.04} – 3,609 / NEW
18./20. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 3,600 / 850,434
19./00. [PSV] Wand of Fortune R2 FD: Kimi ni Sasageru Epilogue (Idea Factory) {2018.10.04} – 3,548 / NEW
20./16. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} – 3,494 / 357,411
21./21. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} – 3,417 / 642,317
22./14. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2019 (Konami) {2018.08.30} – 3,339 / 122,630
23./17. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03: Drive Kit (Nintendo) {2018.09.14} – 2,972 / 23,492
24./00. [NSW] Work x Work (FuRyu) {2018.10.04} – 2,753 / NEW
25./10. [NSW] The World Ends with You: Final Remix (Square Enix) {2018.09.27} – 2,647 / 16,840
26./24. [3DS] WarioWare Gold (Nintendo) {2018.08.02} – 2,500 / 117,306
27./07. [PS4] Utawarerumono: Zan (Aqua Plus) {2018.09.27} – 2,422 / 21,119
28./22. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} – 2,361 / 1,722,619
29./19. [PS4] Conan Exiles (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.08.23} – 2,139 / 82,559
30./35. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} – 2,128 / 206,009
31./23. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} – 2,022 / 139,601
32./25. [NSW] My Hero: One’s Justice (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.23} – 1,978 / 50,390
33./13. [NSW] Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Sega) {2018.09.27} – 1,967 / 8,020
34./30. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 1,905 / 838,684
35./18. [PS4] Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Square Enix) {2018.09.14} – 1,828 / 47,891
36./31. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 1,795 / 864,664
37./26. [NSW] Pro Baseball Famista Evolution (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.02} – 1,694 / 98,098
38./34. [3DS] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} – 1,379 / 64,744
39./39. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} – 1,211 / 382,141
40./42. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} – 1,206 / 296,356
41./40. [PS4] NBA 2K19 (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.09.11} – 1,069 / 10,300
42./38. [NSW] Octopath Traveler (Square Enix) {2018.07.13} – 1,067 / 195,379
43./00. [XB1] Forza Horizon 4 (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.10.02} – 1,013 / NEW
44./41. [PS4] F1 2018 (Ubisoft) {2018.09.20} – 1,006 / 7,485
45./27. [PS4] Steins;Gate Elite (5pb.) {2018.09.20} – 978 / 17,971
46./54. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey X (Atlus) {2018.08.02} – 900 / 96,922
47./61. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} – 900 / 223,725
48./43. [PS4] Persona 5 [New Price Edition] (Atlus) {2018.09.06} – 889 / 9,261
49./45. [NSW] ARMS (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} – 883 / 455,563
50./44. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} – 867 / 222,043

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

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