Japan: more sales data for Week 42 2017, First Half FY 2018 (Media Create, Dengeki)

Week 42 (Media Create)

Today, Media Create published their weekly report on video game sales in Japan during Week 42, 2017. It reveals that total Software sales topped 533 000 units, which is only 181.31% of Week 41 sales. Sales are back on the rise, thanks to the new releases (as sales of previously released titles were down).

Unfortunately, that’s all Media Create had to say this week about the Japanese market as a whole and Nintendo platforms…

Source: Media Create

Day-1 sell-through

Today, we have the Day-1 sell-through ratio for the following two Nintendo 3DS games:

  • [3DS] Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux # <RPG> (Atlus) (¥6.480) – 40%. An “ok” debut, given sales for RPG (especially “hardcore titles like Atlus’) tend to have pretty frontloaded sales (majority of sales concentrated on the first day). However, it’s not clear if that ratio includes the (rather expensive) Limited Edition, that has been selling out at various retailers;
  • [3DS] Idol Time PriPara: Yume All-Star Live! # <ACT> (Takara Tomy) (¥5.500) < 10%. A rather mediocre debut, but as a family-focused game, sales should be better during the week-end. 

Source: Media Create
Via hiska-kun (ResetEra)

Week 42, First Half of FY 2018 (Dengeki)

Last week, Dengeki shared some more data about the first half of the current Fiscal Year. According to them, the gap between successful games and less successful games is wider than ever.

During the first half of the current Fiscal Year, the number of million-selling games went from 1 to 3. And if you look at just the Top 10, you can see that sales have increased by 58.8%: a noticeable increase… but a pretty unequal one. Indeed, if you take total Software sales (not just the Top 10), then that increase is only 8.2%…

In the Top 500, there’s 3 million-sellers, but the number of games selling between 200 000 and 500 000 units has dropped from 8 to 5. As for games that sold between 100 000 and 200 000 units, there’s only 8 of them now (as opposed to 17 previously). Also, the number of games selling less than 10 000 units has also increased, going from 333 to 347. Those account for 69.4% of games released.

This is actually a pretty worrying trend, as that means less games from third-party publishers, who are only going to greenlight games that are guaranteed to sell a certain amount. This leads to an impoverishment of the offer, with not only less games being made, but also with said games becoming increasing similar, as publishers stick to series and formulas they know can sell.

As mentioned by Dengeki, the widening of the sales gap is a pretty bad thing for the video game market as a whole, which is throwing it in a negative spiral. That’s for this reason they hope the larger titles will be able to revitalise the entire market.

 

Next, here’s Software sales for each platform:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 329,684 67.8% 4,785,783 33.1%
PS3 3,490 0.7% 113,572 0.8%
Vita 38,291 7.9% 884,516 6.1%
Switch 59,138 12.2% 3,335,210 23.1%
Wii U 3,468 0.7% 202,103 1.4%
3DS 51,915 10.7% 5,117,291 35.4%
X One 362 0.1% 10,471 0.1%
Total 486,348 100.0% 14,448,946 100.0%

And here’s Hardware sales:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 33,667 39.9% 828,782 26.4%
PS3 47 0.1% 6,780 0.2%
Vita 3,299 3.9% 131,641 4.2%
Switch 31,539 37.4% 1,318,097 41.9%
Wii U 27 0.0% 3,974 0.1%
3DS 6,388 7.6% 435,632 13.9%
2DS 9,318 11.1% 417,181 13.3%
X One 41 0.0% 2,301 0.1%
Total 84,326 100.0% 3,144,388 100.0%

Finally, here’s the Top 50 Software:

01./00. [PS4] Gran Turismo Sport (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.10.19} – 150,094 / NEW
02./00. [PS4] Kyoei Toshi (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.10.19} – 47,366 / NEW
03./00. [PS4] Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary (Square Enix) {2017.10.19} – 42,283 / NEW
04./00. [PS4] The Evil Within 2 (Bethesda Softworks) {2017.10.19} – 42,240 / NEW
05./00. [PSV] Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary (Square Enix) {2017.10.19} – 17,861 / NEW
06./02. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} – 16,339 / 1,265,263
07./01. [PS4] Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2017.10.12} – 10,678 / 32,522
08./04. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} – 9,894 / 796,575
09./00. [PSV] Uta no Prince-Sama: Amazing Aria & Sweet Serenade Love (Broccoli) {2017.10.19} – 8,569 / NEW
10./05. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} – 5,622 / 101,483
11./03. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (Nintendo) {2017.10.05} – 5,589 / 46,850
12./13. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 4,294 / 576,004
13./08. [3DS] The Snack World: TreJarers (Level 5) {2017.08.10} – 3,742 / 192,072
14./07. [PS4] FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} – 3,459 / 71,881
15./10. [PS4] No Heroes Allowed! VR (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.10.14} – 3,135 / 7,748
16./17. [3DS] Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Square Enix) {2017.07.29} – 2,733 / 1,763,688
17./00. [NSW] NBA 2K18 (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2017.10.17} – 2,669 / NEW
18./16. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} – 2,650 / 49,300
19./14. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2018 (Konami) {2017.09.14} – 2,647 / 104,059
20./15. [NSW] FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} – 2,644 / 24,912
21./22. [NSW] ARMS (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} – 2,539 / 244,830
22./18. [PS4] Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (Capcom) {2017.10.05} – 2,517 / 17,695
23./21. [NSW] Monster Hunter Double Cross: Nintendo Switch Ver. (Capcom) {2017.08.25} – 2,433 / 161,454
24./23. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} – 2,250 / 230,003
25./06. [PS4] Lost Sphear (Square Enix) {2017.10.12} – 2,225 / 9,450
26./12. [PS4] Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (Ubisoft) {2017.10.05} – 2,159 / 16,801
27./11. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Nihon Falcom) {2017.09.28} – 2,100 / 110,450
28./26. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 1,756 / 278,483
29./34. [PS4] Minecraft: Playstation Vita Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2015.12.03} – 1,689 / 258,010
30./33. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2015.10.08} – 1,656 / 320,244
31./30. [PS4] Everybody’s Golf (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.08.31} – 1,653 / 159,982
32./28. [PS4] Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Square Enix) {2017.07.29} – 1,588 / 1,344,642
33./27. [PS4] PlayStation VR WORLDS (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2016.10.13} – 1,561 / 45,219
34./29. [PSV] Minecraft: Playstation Vita Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2015.03.19} – 1,544 / 1,141,078
35./20. [NSW] Fire Emblem Warriors (Koei Tecmo) {2017.09.28} – 1,478 / 51,308
36./62. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix) {2016.11.29} – 1,400 / 1,015,307
37./25. [3DS] Fire Emblem Warriors (Koei Tecmo) {2017.09.28} – 1,389 / 29,841
38./32. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Dokonan Desu? (Nippon Columbia) {2017.07.20} – 1,383 / 58,447
39./31. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (Level 5) {2016.12.15} – 1,283 / 800,751
40./35. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.04.27} – 1,250 / 206,963
41./36. [PS4] Resident Evil 7: biohazard (Capcom) {2017.01.26} – 1,244 / 342,439
42./38. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} – 1,239 / 2,674,778
43./09. [NSW] Lost Sphear (Square Enix) {2017.10.12} – 1,228 / 6,274
44./00. [NSW] Lego Ninjago Movie the Game (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2017.10.19} – 1,217 / NEW
45./37. [3DS] Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2016.12.01} – 1,183 / 1,108,699
46./40. [3DS] Monster Hunter Double Cross (Capcom) {2017.03.18} – 1,078 / 1,651,700
47./72. [PS4] Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (Sega) {2016.12.08} – 1,065 / 378,319
48./47. [PS4] Yakuza: Kiwami [New Price Edition] (Sega) {2017.09.21} – 1,039 / 8,051
49./45. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft) {2015.12.10} – 1,017 / 236,449
50./115. [PS4] Horizon: Zero Dawn (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.03.02} – 975 / 227,739

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

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