Japan: more sales data for Week 51 2017, holiday season, more (Media Create, Dengeki)

Week 51, Holiday season (Media Create)

Today, Media Create published their weekly report on video game sales in Japan during Week 51, 2017. It reveals that total Software sales topped 1 761 000 units, which is 146.14% of Week 50 sales. As for Hardware sales, they topped 432 000 units (123.15% of Week 50 sales). Both saw a major increase, which was expected for what was basically the biggest week of the year for video game sales.

Media Create also share some data for the holiday season (December 11th to December 24th), and the results are hardly surprising to anyone who has been paying attention to the market this year. Software sales during that period were down to 2 967 million units (88.70% of sales during the same period, last year), while Hardware sales rose to 784 000 units (130.32% of sales during the same period last year).

The increase for Hardware is quite obviously due to the Nintendo Switch, which more than compensates for the drop in Nintendo 3DS and other platforms sales… and that’s despite the console being heavily supply constrained. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Software, due to a lackluster line-up from third-party publishers. Yes, Nintendo games sold pretty well, but the same cannot be said of third-party titles…

During the holiday season, the Nintendo 3DS was the most popular platform Software-wise, with 1 278 000 units sold (40% market share). Meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch also did well with 1 076 000 units sold, and 9 games in the Top 20 (selling about 914 000 units): that’s more than the Nintendo 3DS, that only managed to put 6 titles in the Top 20 (selling about 880 000 units).

While that may seem contradictory (the console with less games in the Top 20 sold almost as much Software as the one with more), it’s obviously due to the large number of games available on Nintendo 3DS. Meanwhile, the library is still pretty limited on Nintendo Switch, which is not surprising for a first year (especially with such lukewarm support from third-party publishers).

During the past two weeks, the Nintendo Switch sold no less than 491 000 units, which is 60% of total Hardware sales during that period. The Nintendo Switch led the market, as other platforms all saw a drop in sales compared to the same period last year. Also, with over 3 million units, the console is poised to outsell its ill-fated predecessor pretty soon (in fact, by the time you’re reading this, it already has!).

Source: Media Create

Week 51 (Dengeki)

This week, Super Mario Odyssey sold about 200 000 units: that’s roughly 70 000 units more than the previous week, bringing the total since launch to over 1.26 million units. Splatoon also saw a big increase in sales, with 151 000 units sold: that’s about 2.1 times what it sold during Week 50. Total sales since launch have now topped 1 700 000 units… the 2 million units milestone isn’t too far now!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 103 000 units this week, bringing the total since launch to 1 075 000 units, allowing it to become the third million-seller on Nintendo Switch.

As for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon, it sold 214 000 units this week (all versions combined), bringing the total to 2 027 000 units since launch. It managed to reach the 2 million units milestone in 6 weeks, which is a fairly good for a mere third version (and not a full sequel, like Pokémon Black 2 and White 2).

Yo-kai Watch Busters 2 also performed relatively well, with 199 000 units sold this week, and 395 000 units since launch. Unsurprisingly, sales of Nintendo 3DS increased during Week 51, the biggest week of the year for video games sales.

Here’s some more sales data for Week 51:

  • Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings: 37 000 units for all platforms, 6 684 units for the Nintendo Switch version;
  • Medabots Classics: 11 760 units sold.

Hardware-wise, the momentum of the Nintendo Switch is still going, with 269 000 units sold this week: that’s 22.8% more than during Week 50. Since launch, the console has sold over 3.18 million units, reaching the 3 million units milestones in 43 weeks. It’s less than the Wii during the same amount of weeks (it had already sold 3 610 000 units by then), but it’s much more than the Wii U and its 770 000 units sold.

Dengeki point out that the Nintendo Switch gained momentum with the release of Splatoon 2, and that momentum got boost with the release of Super Mario Odyssey. Right now, the console is selling at near-Wii levels, and it will be interesting to see how it fares during the last week of 2017 and the first one of 2018.

Next, here’s Software sales for each platform:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 244,231 13.7% 6,938,396 30.0%
PS3 3,938 0.2% 144,132 0.6%
Vita 63,747 3.6% 1,150,805 5.0%
Switch 713,053 39.9% 6,170,307 26.6%
Wii U 11,300 0.6% 272,326 1.2%
3DS 750,728 42.0% 8,471,381 36.6%
X One 215 0.0% 13,693 0.1%
Total 1,787,212 100.0% 23,161,040 100.0%

And here’s Hardware sales:

Platforms This week This week (%) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year (%)
PS4 74,498 16.6% 1,209,725 23.2%
PS3 8 0.0% 7,093 0.1%
Vita 14,746 3.3% 184,864 3.5%
Switch 269,265 60.1% 2,605,389 49.9%
Wii U 28 0.0% 4,231 0.1%
3DS 30,322 6.8% 554,313 10.6%
2DS 58,840 13.1% 648,082 12.4%
X One 212 0.0% 5,036 0.1%
Total 447,919 100.0% 5,218,733 100.0%

Finally, here’s the Top 50 Software:

01./01. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} – 199,929 / 1,260,016
02./04. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} – 150,794 / 1,708,043
03./07. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} – 102,556 / 1,075,348
04./03. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Hihou Legend Banbarayaa – Magnum (Level 5) {2017.12.16} – 99,684 / 195,478
05./02. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Hihou Legend Banbarayaa – Sword (Level 5) {2017.12.16} – 99,589 / 199,707
06./05. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 89,778 / 679,685
07./06. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 81,438 / 661,487
08./11. [3DS] Kirby Battle Royale (Nintendo) {2017.11.30} – 45,322 / 110,068
09./20. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} – 28,611 / 343,897
10./19. [NSW] ARMS (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} – 28,428 / 310,360
11./18. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} – 26,883 / 172,974
12./17. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Explorer’s Edition (Nintendo) {2017.11.23} – 24,800 / 69,177
13./16. [3DS] Style Savvy: Styling Star (Nintendo) {2017.11.02} – 24,500 / 110,509
14./00. [PS4] Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (Koei Tecmo) {2017.12.21} – 22,681 / NEW
15./14. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon Veteran Trainer’s Dual Pack (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} – 21,205 / 343,122
16./08. [PS4] Earth Defense Force 5 (D3Publisher) {2017.12.07} – 19,235 / 166,552
17./27. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} – 19,089 / 99,533
18./00. [PS4] The Idolm@ster: Stella Stage (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.12.21} – 20,481 / NEW
19./23. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park e Youkoso (Nippon Columbia) {2017.12.07} – 16,361 / 35,278
20./21. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} – 16,178 / 300,635
21./28. [NSW] FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} – 16,006 / 64,379
22./09. [PS4] Yakuza: Kiwami 2 (Sega) {2017.12.07} – 15,853 / 176,779
23./26. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Dokonan Desu? (Nippon Columbia) {2017.07.20} – 14,528 / 96,239
24./00. [NSW] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – Deluxe Edition (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.12.21} – 14,400 / NEW
25./00. [PS4] A-Train Exp. (Artdink) {2017.12.21} – 13,617 / NEW
26./25. [3DS] The Snack World: TreJarers (Level 5) {2017.08.10} – 13,161 / 241,287
27./22. [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Nintendo) {2017.12.01} – 12,139 / 142,288
28./00. [3DS] Medabots Classics 20th Anniversary Edition (Imagineer) {2017.12.21} – 11,760 / NEW
29./30. [3DS] Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2016.12.01} – 11,728 / 1,139,820
30./34. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} – 10,183 / 2,701,918
31./37. [NSW] Snipperclips Plus: Cut it Out, Together! (Nintendo) {2017.11.10} – 9,494 / 26,306
32./29. [3DS] Beyblade Burst God (FuRyu) {2017.11.23} – 9,333 / 33,728
33./35. [PSV] Minecraft: Playstation Vita Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2015.03.19} – 9,278 / 1,169,062
34./00. [PS4] Okami HD (Capcom) {2017.12.21} – 9,053 / NEW
35./24. [PS4] Call of Duty: WWII (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.11.03} – 9,028 / 378,384
36./00. [PSV] Code:Realize – Shirogane no Kiseki (Idea Factory) {2017.12.21} – 8,692 / NEW
37./33. [3DS] Attack on Titan 2: Future Coordinates (Spike Chunsoft) {2017.11.30} – 8,556 / 28,763
38./00. [PSV] Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (Koei Tecmo) {2017.12.21} – 7,806 / NEW
39./36. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.04.27} – 7,656 / 231,887
40./13. [3DS] Harvest Moon: Twin Villages+ (Marvelous) {2017.12.14} – 7,238 / 22,276
41./00. [NSW] Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (Koei Tecmo) {2017.12.21} – 6,684 / NEW
42./00. [PSV] La Corda d’Oro 2ff (Koei Tecmo) {2017.12.21} – 6,523 / NEW
43./15. [PS4] Resident Evil 7: biohazard – Gold Edition (Capcom) {2017.12.14} – 6,391 / 20,624
44./42. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (Nintendo) {2017.10.05} – 6,311 / 74,644
45./41. [PS4] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.10.26} – 6,078 / 52,155
46./47. [NSW] Monster Hunter Double Cross: Nintendo Switch Ver. (Capcom) {2017.08.25} – 5,844 / 185,153
47./56. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} – 5,822 / 2,459,120
48./53. [3DS] Mario Sports Superstars (Nintendo) {2017.03.30} – 5,739 / 141,706
49./40. [PS4] Star Wars: Battlefront II (Electronic Arts) {2017.11.17} – 5,641 / 60,440
50./50. [3DS] Idol Time PriPara: Yume All-Star Live! (Takara Tomy) {2017.10.26} – 5,578 / 34,593

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

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