Japan: more sales data for Week 50 2017, Yo-kai Watch Busters 2, Switch, more (Media Create, Dengeki)

Week 50 (Media Create)

Today, Media Create published their weekly report on video game sales in Japan during Week 50, 2017. It reveals that total Software sales topped 1 205 000 units, which is 123.69% of Week 49 sales. Sales crossed the 1 million units mark, which is pretty standard for the holiday season.

Sales of new releases were stable (95.98% of Week 49 sales), and it’s from previously released games that the increase comes from (136.78% of Week 49 sales). Again, this is pretty standard for the holiday season, when parents buy games for their kids and generally don’t go for the latest releases (unless it’s a major title like Pokémon).

The main new release this week was Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: it had a disappointing debut, with only 209 000 units. It certainly could have been worse, but it’s still a major drop from the original (694 000 units sold at launch).

It looks like retailers did expect a drop, but not that it would be that sharp: sell-through ratio is 45.23% for the Sword version and 44.69% for the Magnum version. In comparison, the original had a sell-through of 59.92% and 86.19% (with one version being much more popular than the other, for some reason).

What’s more, Yo-kai Watch Busters 2 sold less than the third version of Yo-kai Watch 3 (Sukiyaki), which opened with 338 000 units sold (77.32% sell-through ratio) one week earlier, in 2016. For Media Create, it’s pretty clear that Yo-kai Watch Busters 2 is off to a sluggish start, and is the sign of a clear drop in popularity for the Yo-kai Watch series.

Source: Media Create

Day 1 sell-through (Media Create)

Here’s the Day 1 sell-through for a couple of games on Nintendo platforms:

  • [3DS] Medabots Classics: 20th Anniversary Edition (Imagineer) (¥12.000) – 50%. Low sales;
  • [3DS] Medabots Classics: Metabee Ver. / Rokusho Ver. (Imagineer) – 50%. Low sakes;
  • [PS4] [PSV] [NSW] Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (Koei Tecmo) – 60%. Low sales, with the Nintendo Switch version being the worst-selling one. However, it’s said to be very close to the PlayStation Vita version, so things could change over the week-end.

Source: Media Create
Via: hiska-kun (ResetEra)

Week 50 (Dengeki)

Dengeki report that Super Mario Odyssey was once again #1 of sales, and for the 5th week in a row. It sold 124 000 additional units during Week 50, bringing to the total to over 1 million units (becoming the second million-seller on Nintendo Switch, after Splatoon 2).

As for Yo-kai Watch Busters 2, it sold 196 000 units (even less than what Media Create reported), with a low sell-through ratio: 45% for both versions. That’s a pretty big drop from the 703 000 units of the original (over 2.3 million units LTD). Just like Media Create, Dengeki point out that the popularity of the Yo-kai Watch series as a whole has dropped, and that the Yo-kai Watch mania is truly behind us now.

Other sales data for this week include:

  • Harvest Moon: A Tale of Two Towns+ with 15 000 units sold
  • Splatoon 2: 72 000 units sold this week, 1 557 000 units LTD
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 48 000 units sold this week, 973 000 units LTD

Dengeki point out that sales of Nintendo Switch games have been increasing steadily over the past few weeks.

Hardware-wise, the Nintendo Switch dominated sales with 219 000 units sold (+31.6% compared to the previous week). It was in fact the best week for the console following the launch one (336 000 units sold).

As of this week, the Nintendo Switch has sold 2.91 million units in Japan, with 6 120 000 units for Software (50 games). That means the attach rate for the console is about 2.1

While everything seems to be going well for the Nintendo Switch, Dengeki points out a rather worrying trend: only Nintendo games are truly selling well on the platforms. The thing is, Nintendo games account for 80.7% of total Software sales, which is… well, not really good. In other words, Nintendo is the only company carrying the Nintendo Switch.

The low sales for 3rd-party publishers are not too surprising, as the majority of them were caught unprepared, and clearly didn’t expect the Nintendo Switch to catch on like it did. So far, the console has mostly gotten (late) ports from them, or original games with limited appeal (such as Lost Sphear or Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon, which sold poorly on all platforms).

Hopefully, things will change in 2018, as it’s pretty clear Nintendo cannot carry the Nintendo Switch on their own… not in the long term, at least. Dengeki expects that third-party publishers will eventually find success on the Nintendo Switch, which would revitalise the market as a whole.

Next, here’s Software sales for each platform:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 209,479 18.5% 6,694,165 31.4%
PS3 2,705 0.2% 140,194 0.7%
Vita 52,270 4.6% 1,087,058 5.1%
Switch 358,575 31.6% 5,446,941 25.5%
Wii U 6,103 0.5% 261,026 1.2%
3DS 503,613 44.4% 7,708,884 36.1%
X One 378 0.0% 13,478 0.1%
Total 1,133,123 100.0% 21,351,746 100.0%

And here’s Hardware sales:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 65,349 18.5% 1,135,227 23.8%
PS3 21 0.0% 7,085 0.1%
Vita 9,315 2.6% 170,118 3.6%
Switch 219,271 62.1% 2,336,124 49.0%
Wii U 25 0.0% 4,203 0.1%
3DS 19,709 5.6% 523,991 11.0%
2DS 38,861 11.0% 589,242 12.4%
X One 279 0.1% 4,824 0.1%
Total 352,830 100.0% 4,770,814 100.0%

Finally, here’s the Top 50 Software:

01./03. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} – 124,167 / 1,060,087
02./00. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Hihou Legend Banbarayaa – Sword (Level 5) {2017.12.16} – 100,118 / NEW
03./00. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Hihou Legend Banbarayaa – Magnum (Level 5) {2017.12.16} – 95,794 / NEW
04./04. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} – 71,789 / 1,557,249
05./05. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 52,841 / 589,907
06./06. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 48,949 / 580,049
07./07. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} – 47,861 / 972,792
08./02. [PS4] Earth Defense Force 5 (D3Publisher) {2017.12.07} – 31,035 / 147,317
09./01. [PS4] Yakuza: Kiwami 2 (Sega) {2017.12.07} – 30,471 / 160,926
10./00. [PSV] Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.12.14} – 23,376 / NEW
11./10. [3DS] Kirby Battle Royale (Nintendo) {2017.11.30} – 22,779 / 64,746
12./00. [PS4] Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.12.14} – 18,906 / NEW
13./00. [3DS] Harvest Moon: Twin Villages+ (Marvelous) {2017.12.14} – 15,038 / NEW
14./11. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon Veteran Trainer’s Dual Pack (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 14,328 / 321,917
15./00. [PS4] Resident Evil 7: biohazard – Gold Edition (Capcom) {2017.12.14} – 14,233 / NEW
16./15. [3DS] Style Savvy: Styling Star (Nintendo) {2017.11.02} – 13,454 / 86,009
17./14. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Explorer’s Edition (Nintendo) {2017.11.23} – 13,194 / 44,377
18./26. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} – 12,872 / 146,091
19./19. [NSW] ARMS (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} – 12,150 / 281,932
20./20. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 12,072 / 315,286
21./17. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} – 10,130 / 284,457
22./08. [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Nintendo) {2017.12.01} – 10,089 / 130,149
23./16. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park e Youkoso (Nippon Columbia) {2017.12.07} – 9,206 / 18,917
24./13. [PS4] Call of Duty: WWII (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.11.03} – 9,111 / 369,356
25./22. [3DS] The Snack World: TreJarers (Level 5) {2017.08.10} – 8,876 / 228,126
26./27. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Dokonan Desu? (Nippon Columbia) {2017.07.20} – 8,681 / 81,711
27./24. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} – 8,472 / 80,444
28./30. [NSW] FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} – 6,683 / 48,373
29./28. [3DS] Beyblade Burst God (FuRyu) {2017.11.23} – 6,141 / 24,395
30./33. [3DS] Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2016.12.01} – 5,805 / 1,128,092
31./00. [PS4] The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR (Bethesda Softworks) {2017.12.14} – 5,565 / NEW
32./42. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Mura o Tsukurundesu (Nippon Columbia) {2016.07.21} – 5,346 / 202,574
33./25. [3DS] Attack on Titan 2: Future Coordinates (Spike Chunsoft) {2017.11.30} – 5,162 / 20,207
34./39. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} – 5,076 / 2,691,735
35./37. [PSV] Minecraft: Playstation Vita Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2015.03.19} – 4,717 / 1,159,784
36./35. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.04.27} – 4,622 / 224,231
37./38. [NSW] Snipperclips Plus: Cut it Out, Together! (Nintendo) {2017.11.10} – 4,294 / 16,812
38./21. [PS4] Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.12.07} – 4,288 / 11,126
39./00. [NSW] Gear.Club Unlimited (3goo) {2017.12.14} – 4,273 / NEW
40./32. [PS4] Star Wars: Battlefront II (Electronic Arts) {2017.11.17} – 4,125 / 54,799
41./34. [PS4] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.10.26} – 4,056 / 46,077
42./41. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (Nintendo) {2017.10.05} – 3,627 / 68,333
43./12. [PS4] Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package (Capcom) {2017.12.07} – 3,488 / 16,217
44./40. [PS4] Ark: Survival Evolved (Spike Chunsoft) {2017.10.26} – 3,453 / 126,984
45./18. [PS4] Nioh: Complete Edition (Koei Tecmo) {2017.12.07} – 3,347 / 11,128
46./36. [PS4] Gran Turismo Sport (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.10.19} – 3,347 / 199,350
47./46. [NSW] Monster Hunter Double Cross: Nintendo Switch Ver. (Capcom) {2017.08.25} – 3,294 / 179,309
48./44. [PS4] Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2015.12.03} – 3,235 / 274,778
49./09. [PS4] Kamen Rider: Climax Fighters (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.12.07} – 3,212 / 24,391
50./49. [3DS] Idol Time PriPara: Yume All-Star Live! (Takara Tomy) {2017.10.26} – 3,059 / 29,015

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

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