Japan: more sales data for Week 46 2018, Pokémon: Let’s Go (Media Create, Dengeki)

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

Media Create (Week 46)

Today (one day earlier than usual due to Friday being a public holiday in Japan), Media Create shared their weekly report on video games sales in Japan. It reveals that total Software sales topped 959 000 units, which is 370.70% of Week 45 sales. Unsurprisingly, that major increase is pretty much exclusively due to the launch of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! on Nintendo Switch.

Also, the release of the two bundles for that game, as well as the one for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (ahead of the game’s launch, on December 7th), boosted Nintendo Switch sales: they nearly quadrupled, reaching 200 000 units. Unfortunately, the track did not share the sales breakdown for those two bundles, so we don’t know how many units they sold.

Back to Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee!. It sold about 661 000 units at launch, which is quite lower than Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (about 1 163 000 units at launch). But not only did it sell about 500 000 units less than its predecessor, its sell-through ratio is also quite lower: 62.96% for Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and 51.80% for Let’s Go, Eevee. In comparison, previous entries in the series had a much higher sell-through ratio at launch: about 70% to 80%.

Of course, The Pokémon Company did not really overship the game: retailers will have no trouble selling the remaining units, especially as word of mouth is especially strong for this game (besides, the holiday season is just around the corner).

Media Create point out that this game made some major changes to the Pokémon formula, even going as far as incorporating elements from Pokémon GO, in an attempt to attract a new audience. Unfortunately, it’s hard to say whether that was successful or not at this point in time.

Since Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! is a key title, Media Create is going to pay special attention to it during the holiday season and New Year.

Source: Media Create

Media Create – Day 1 Sell-through (Week 47)

Nothing this week.

Dengeki (Week 46 2018)

Dengeki report significantly lower sales for Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee!: about 603 000 units (nearly 60 000 units less than Media Create, which is rather unusual). Here’s the sales breakdown for the two versions:

  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! – 332 193 units
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – 270 929 units

Dengeki point out that Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! has the best opening for any game released this Fiscal Year, which really isn’t that much of an achievement due to the lack of major releases until now.

Quite interestingly, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! is by far the most successful Pokémon game on a home console. It sold nearly three times as much as Pokémon Stadium 2, released back in 2000 on Nintendo 64 (227 000 units at launch, and 821 000 units LTD). Of course, the fact that the Nintendo Switch is a hybrid helped a lot, because a mainline Pokémon game would never have been released on a traditional home console!

Naturally, Dengeki is quite looking forward to see how much sales grow once the holiday season is in full swing.

This week, Super Mario Party sold 19 000 additional units, bringing the total to 345 000 units LTD.

Hardware-wise, Dengeki report that the Nintendo Switch sold about 179 000 units, which is 3.2 times what it sold the previous week. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! contributed to the boost, helped by the two bundles, and the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate bundle. With this game, Nintendo is clearly trying to attract new users to the Nintendo Switch, and this week’s show that it seems to be working so far.

By the way, this is the first time since Week 1 that Nintendo Switch sales topped 100 000 units this year. Hopefully, sales will remain above that level until Week 1 2019!

Next, here’s Software sales for each platform:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fisca Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 147,520 16.7% 4,973,427 38.9%
Vita 8,609 1.0% 642,754 5.0%
Switch 691,739 78.3% 5,733,203 44.9%
3DS 34,128 3.9% 1,356,891 10.6%
ETC 1,521 0.2% 62,980 0.5%
Total 883,517 100.0% 12,769,255 100.0%

And here’s Hardware sales:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 16,871 8.3% 649,261 25.1%
Vita 1,579 0.8% 82,375 3.2%
Switch 178,618 87.7% 1,586,980 61.3%
3DS 6,472 3.2% 264,815 10.2%
ETC 178 0.1% 5,275 0.2%
Total 203,718 100.0% 2,588,706 100.0%

Finally, here’s the Top 50 Software:

01./00. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} – 332,193 / NEW
02./00. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} – 270,929 / NEW
03./00. [PS4] Fallout 76 (Bethesda Softworks) {2018.11.15} – 67,815 / NEW
04./03. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} – 18,694 / 344,881
05./02. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.10.12} – 15,193 / 459,204
06./01. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion (Nintendo) {2018.11.08} – 11,367 / 38,516
07./00. [PS4] Hitman 2 (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2018.11.15} – 10,427 / NEW
08./05. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} – 9,033 / 398,985
09./04. [PS4] Red Dead Redemption II (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.10.26} – 7,260 / 194,820
10./07. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} – 6,712 / 2,717,622
11./06. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} – 6,682 / 1,807,918
12./00. [PS4] Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs: Steam Dungeon (FuRyu) {2018.11.15} – 4,827 / NEW
13./09. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 4,106 / 869,491
14./00. [PSV] Shiro to Kuro no Alice: Twilight Line (Idea Factory) {2018.11.15} – 3,588 / NEW
15./08. [PS4] Marvel’s Spider-Man (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.09.07} – 3,033 / 292,955
16./10. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} – 3,033 / 1,736,940
17./00. [NSW] RPG Maker MV Trinity (Kadokawa Games) {2018.11.15} – 2,453 / NEW
18./11. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} – 2,406 / 238,102
19./00. [PS4] RPG Maker MV Trinity (Kadokawa Games) {2018.11.15} – 2,220 / NEW
20./12. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} – 2,178 / 655,723
21./20. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} – 1,661 / 368,268
22./25. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 1,661 / 874,287
23./16. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} – 1,567 / 215,002
24./27. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 1,506 / 847,512
25./22. [NSW] FIFA 19 (Electronic Arts) {2018.09.28} – 1,500 / 35,900
26./19. [NSW] Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.09.27} – 1,361 / 50,298
27./26. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2019 (Konami) {2018.08.30} – 1,346 / 132,969
28./28. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} – 1,206 / 148,119
29./31. [NSW] Pro Baseball Famista Evolution (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.08.02} – 1,183 / 105,208
30./24. [PS4] FIFA 19 (Electronic Arts) {2018.09.28} – 1,161 / 83,463
31./14. [PS4] Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (Ubisoft) {2018.10.05} – 1,119 / 80,937
32./42. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} – 1,111 / 218,607
33./23. [PS4] Warriors Orochi 4 (Koei Tecmo) {2018.09.27} – 1,067 / 158,918
34./13. [PS4] Tetris Effect (Enhance Games) {2018.11.09} – 1,056 / 3,271
35./35. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} – 1,017 / 388,520
36./29. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03: Drive Kit (Nintendo) {2018.09.14} – 956 / 33,082
37./36. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Atsumare! Sumikko Town (Nippon Columbia) {2018.10.04} – 950 / 13,632
38./32. [3DS] WarioWare Gold (Nintendo) {2018.08.02} – 950 / 124,867
39./18. [NSW] Cats Together (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.01} – 889 / 6,799
40./30. [NSW] Dark Souls Remastered (From Software) {2018.10.18} – 889 / 22,552
41./00. [NSW] Legendary Fishing (Ubisoft) {2018.11.15} – 875 / NEW
42./00. [NSW] Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate [Best Price] (Capcom) {2018.11.15} – 863 / NEW
43./17. [PS4] Soul Calibur VI (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.10.18} – 850 / 35,675
44./21. [PS4] Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (Capcom) {2018.10.25} – 819 / 18,388
45./38. [PS4] Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2015.12.03} – 806 / 344,458
46./43. [PS4] Gran Turismo Sport (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.10.19} – 789 / 238,248
47./41. [3DS] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} – 778 / 70,528
48./65. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} – 750 / 50,386
49./39. [NSW] Warriors Orochi 4 (Koei Tecmo) {2018.09.27} – 700 / 45,140
50./34. [NSW] Beyblade Burst: Battle Zero (FuRyu) {2018.10.25} – 678 / 9,228

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

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