Japan: more sales data for Week 9 2018, Switch, Dragon Quest Builders, Fiscal Year, more (Media Create, Dengeki)

Media Create (Week 9)

Last week, Media Create published their weekly report on video game sales in Japan during Week 9, 2018. It reveals that total Software sales topped 356 000 units, which is 81.49% of Week 8 sales. Dragon Quest Builders was released on Nintendo Switch, and sold about 28 000 units, which just happens to be about the same as Dragon Quest I and II for Nintendo Switch released (almost) one year ago (about 26 000 units).

As for Hardware, sales were basically flat with 90 000 units sold (about 98.66% of Week 8 sales). Media Create points out that it was the Nintendo Switch’s 53rd week on the market. It sold about 45 000 units, bringing the total for the first year to 3 800 000 units.

Here’s how it compares to previous Nintendo home consoles during the same period:

  • Wii U: 1 219 000 units
  • Wii: 3 871 000

As you can see, the Nintendo Switch handily beat the Wii U (which really isn’t an achievement!), and came pretty close to the first year sales of the Wii. The Wii went to sell over 3 million units during its second year, and it’s pretty likely the Nintendo Switch will do the same. Media Create points out that the key for this second year will be how many new users Nintendo will be able to attract with titles like Nintendo Labo.

Source: Media Create

Dengeki (Week 9, Fiscal Year)

Dengeki report that Dragon Quest Builders on Nintendo Switch sold 27 000 units at launch, with a rather low sell-through ratio: 55%. This is nowhere near the sales of the initial release on PlayStation consoles (PS4: 140 000 units at launch, 220 000 units LTD / PS3: 50 000 units at launch, 110 000 units LTD / PSV: 180 000 units at launch, 310 000 units LTD). As for Doraemon Nobita no Takarajima, it sold about 5 000 units.

Dengeki point out that despite the new releases, the Top 50 was dominated by previously released games, because the new ones all had low sales.

Next, we have data about the current Fiscal Year, as of March (March 27th 2017 to February 25th 2018 to be precise):

  • Hardware: 6 750 000 units (+47.6%) / 188.8 billion Yen (+66.8%)
  • Software: ??? units (+3.8%) / 188.9 billion Yen (+10.6%)
  • Overall: 377 billion Yen (+33%)

Dengeki point out that Hardware sales have grown every month for 12 consecutive months, ever since the release of the Nintendo Switch in March 2017.

Software wise, there were months when sales increased, and others where they fell behind the previous Fiscal Year. July with the release of Splatoon 2 and Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, and January with the release of Monster Hunter World, both saw a significant increase in sales. Thanks to that, total Software sales for the Fiscal Year are slightly up Year on Year.

The market as a whole has been growing steadily for the 8th consecutive month (since July), and Dengeki expect that trend to continue as we head into the new Fiscal Year.

Next, here’s Software sales for each platform:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 133,232 40.1% 10,461,478 34.5%
PS3 1,693 0.5% 168,815 0.6%
Vita 17,945 5.4% 1,418,514 4.7%
Switch 124,873 37.6% 8,353,151 27.5%
Wii U 1,286 0.4% 292,901 1.0%
3DS 53,334 16.0% 9,655,197 31.8%
X One 114 0.0% 15,539 0.1%
Total 332,477 100.0% 30,365,595 100.0%

And here’s Hardware sales:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 25,557 31.2% 1,910,713 27.9%
PS3 23 0.0% 7,544 0.1%
Vita 4,472 5.5% 235,560 3.4%
Switch 40,101 48.9% 3,269,106 47.8%
Wii U 88 0.1% 4,616 0.1%
3DS 4,561 5.6% 618,364 9.0%
2DS 7,008 8.5% 784,041 11.5%
X One 221 0.3% 6,946 0.1%
Total 82,031 100.0% 6,836,891 100.0%

Finally, here’s the Top 50 Software:

01./01. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World (Capcom) {2018.01.26} – 37,261 / 1,908,241
02./00. [NSW] Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix) {2018.03.01} – 27,059 / NEW
03./05. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} – 19,595 / 2,139,870
04./06. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} – 15,079 / 1,420,661
05./03. [PS4] Metal Gear Survive (Konami) {2018.02.21} – 10,525 / 38,218
06./02. [PS4] Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.02.22} – 10,031 / 56,302
07./08. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} – 9,711 / 1,574,644
08./10. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 7,705 / 699,052
09./07. [NSW] Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Nintendo) {2018.01.18} – 7,611 / 187,105
10./00. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege – Advanced Edition (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} – 7,486 / NEW
11./09. [PS4] Dynasty Warriors 9 (Koei Tecmo) {2018.02.08} – 5,865 / 163,004
12./00. [3DS] Doraemon: Nobita no Takarajima (FuRyu) {2018.03.01} – 5,097 / NEW
13./11. [PS4] Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.02.08} – 4,840 / 101,712
14./17. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 4,653 / 769,028
15./18. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 4,584 / 791,903
16./04. [PS4] Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal (Marvelous) {2018.02.22} – 4,200 / 27,834
17./15. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} – 4,074 / 178,152
18./25. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} – 3,579 / 150,057
19./12. [PS4] Seiken Densetsu 2: Secret of Mana (Square Enix) {2018.02.15} – 2,994 / 41,053
20./21. [NSW] ARMS (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} – 2,974 / 400,335
21./19. [PS4] Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.02.01} – 2,958 / 87,441
22./22. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} – 2,926 / 236,095
23./23. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 2,926 / 432,746
24./13. [NSW] Bayonetta 2 (Nintendo) {2018.02.17} – 2,526 / 19,668
25./00. [NSW] DOOM (Bethesda Softworks) {2018.03.01} – 2,519 / NEW
26./27. [3DS] Kirby Battle Royale (Nintendo) {2017.11.30} – 2,316 / 156,138
27./37. [NSW] The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks) {2018.02.01} – 1,975 / 25,820
28./32. [PS4] Call of Duty: WWII (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.11.03} – 1,967 / 422,178
29./36. [NSW] Monster Hunter Double Cross: Nintendo Switch Ver. (Capcom) {2017.08.25} – 1,858 / 214,056
30./34. [NSW] FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} – 1,853 / 110,827
31./24. [PSV] Seiken Densetsu 2: Secret of Mana (Square Enix) {2018.02.15} – 1,767 / 19,161
32./33. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} – 1,663 / 336,482
33./20. [PSV] IDOLiSH7 Twelve Fantasia! (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.02.15} – 1,653 / 22,957
34./39. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Hihou Legend Banbarayaa – Magnum (Level 5) {2017.12.16} – 1,521 / 269,911
35./42. [PS4] Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2015.12.03} – 1,461 / 302,216
36./30. [PS4] Shadow of the Colossus (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.02.08} – 1,456 / 21,866
37./35. [PSV] Minecraft: Playstation Vita Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2015.03.19} – 1,440 / 1,191,402
38./47. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} – 1,439 / 362,076
39./51. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} – 1,406 / 145,078
40./49. [3DS] Monster Hunter Double Cross [Best Price!] (Capcom) {2017.11.30} – 1,405 / 23,008
41./43. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Hihou Legend Banbarayaa – Sword (Level 5) {2017.12.16} – 1,311 / 272,137
42./45. [NSW] Snipperclips Plus: Cut it Out, Together! (Nintendo) {2017.11.10} – 1,258 / 60,232
43./55. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park e Youkoso (Nippon Columbia) {2017.12.07} – 1,179 / 63,496
44./29. [PS4] Cyber Troopers Virtual-On x Toaru Majutsu no Index: Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On (Sega) {2018.02.15} – 1,067 / 19,644
45./50. [3DS] The Snack World: TreJarers (Level 5) {2017.08.10} – 1,037 / 263,292
46./52. [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Nintendo) {2017.12.01} – 989 / 180,100
47./60. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix) {2016.11.29} – 906 / 1,060,680
48./58. [NSW] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – Deluxe Edition (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.12.21} – 889 / 35,130
49./73. [PS4] NieR Automata (Square Enix) {2017.02.23} – 883 / 381,358
50./38. [PSV] Cyber Troopers Virtual-On x Toaru Majutsu no Index: Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On (Sega) {2018.02.15} – 881 / 11,448

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

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