Japan: more sales data for Week 52 2018, CY 2018 (Media Create, Dengeki)

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

Media Create (Week 52)

Today, Media Create shared their weekly report on video games sales in Japan. It reveals that total Software sales topped 1 026 000 units during Week 52, which is 60.25% of Week 51 sales. The big drop is hardly surprising for the post-Christmas week, and both Software and Hardware sales were impacted.

4 games were released during Week 52, but since those were either ports or remakes, they all sold relatively low amounts. As a result, sales of new games topped only 35 000 units. Go Vacation is one of the releases, and it had a rather decent debut with 13 000 units sold. In comparison, the Wii version debuted at 47 000 units sold, and went on to sell over 371 000 units LTD. Media Create expect this Nintendo Switch version to sell in the long run, just like the original.

Source: Media Create

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

No data this week, unfortunately.

Dengeki (Week 52)

Dengeki report that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold 294 000 units during Week 52, and was the best-selling game for the 4th week in a row. It’s now sold over 2 392 000 units, and given the current sales momentum, they expect sales to keep growing. Super Mario Party enjoyed steady sales, with LTD sales clocking in at 778 000 units as of Week 52.

As for new releases, they sold between 10 000 and 15 000 units:

  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey (3DS): 10 000 units
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection (Switch): 10 000 units
  • GO Vacation (Switch): 15 000 units

Since the new releases didn’t sell all that much, previously released games had no trouble monopolising the top of the charts. Dragon Quest Builders 2 sold 80 000 units during its second week, and 289 000 units LTD (Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 versions combined). Meanwhile, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go sold 68 000 additional units, bringing the total to 1 284 000 units.

This week, Dengeki also share data for 2018 as a whole (and more precisely the period going from January 1st to December 30th). Here’s some raw data to begin with:

  • Hardware: 6.1 million units sold (-14.9%) / 181.9 billion Yen (-7.1%)
  • Software: 28.15 million units sold (-13.3%) / 186.4 billion Yen (-5.9%)
  • Total: 368.3 billion yen (-6.5%)

The Nintendo Switch saw its Hardware sales increase to 3.63 million units (+9.6%), and Software sales to 13.41 million units (+84.3%). On the other hand, its main competitor, the PlayStation 4, saw its Hardware sales drop to 1.75 million units (-2.4%), and its Software sales increase to 10.54 million units (+4.9%).

As for the Nintendo 3DS, the previous market leader, its Hardware sales dropped by 66.5% to 570 000 units, while Software sales fell off a cliff with only 2.99 million units sold (-84.3%).

Finally, here’s the Top 5 Software for the full year:

  • [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo): 2.39 million units
  • [PS4] Monster Hunter World (Capcom): 2.1 million units
  • [NSW] Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee (The Pokémon Company): 1.26 million units
  • [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Nintendo): 1.03 million units
  • [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo): 780 000 units

Next, here’s Software sales for each platform:

PlatformsThis weekThis week (%)Fiscal YearFiscal Year (%)

And here’s Hardware sales:

PlatformsThis weekThis week (%)Fiscal YearFiscal Year (%)

Finally, here’s the Top 50 Software: coming soon!

Source: Dengeki
Data compiled by: ZSaberLink (ResetERA)

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