[Japan, Taiwan, S. Korea] Famitsu and Media Create sales for Week 35, 2021 (August 23 – August 29) [Top 30]

Here’s the latest sales reports from Famitsu and Media Create, with Hardware and Software sales for Week 35, 2021 in Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea!

Famitsu (Week 35)

Week 35 saw the release of a few key titles in Japan, which brought some fresh blood in the otherwise overly familiar Top 10 Software.

The best-selling entry in Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon, which is off to an impressive start with over 138 000 units sold (and 72 237 units on Nintendo Switch specifically).

It’s extremely rare for a Visual Novel to sell that much, but then again, this is definitely not your run-of-the-mill Visual Novel! Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon is a re-telling of Tsukihime, a cult-classic first released back in 2000 on PC. This is also the latest game from Type-Moon (mostly known as the creator of the popular and highly lucrative Fate series), whose fans are extremely dedicated.

Unfortunately, sales for this type of game tend to be extremely frontloaded, so it shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks for both versions of fall off the Top 10 Software.

The second entry this week is No More Heroes III, which is off to a disappointing (but not entirely unexpected) debut with only 7 951 units sold at retail. This is the worst debut for the series in Japan — even worse than second entry on Wii, which sold 9 463 units at launch. Even if you add digital sales, this third numbered entry in the No More Heroes series did quite worse than the original on Wii (about 13 000 units at launch).

There’s several reasons to explain such a mediocre performance, the main one being that the series was never all that popular in Japan (the best-selling version is the PS3 port with barely 63 000 units sold LTD), and that it’s been over 10 years since the last numbered entry in the series. It’s fairly clear Marvelous and Grasshopper Manufacture were not able to bring in new fans, and are clearly putting all their expectations on Europe and North America.

As for the usual evergreen titles on Nintendo Switch, they’re all enjoying strong sales even if their sales are slightly down this week. There’s one exception: Pokémon Sword and Shield makes a comeback in the Top 10 Software with 7 499 units sold this week (+16%).

Milestones this week include:

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has now sold over 4 million units at retail alone.
Famitsu – Software sales (Top 30)

01./00. [NSW] Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon # <ADV> (Aniplex) {2021.08.26} (¥7.000) – 72.237 / NEW <80-100%>
02./00. [PS4] Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon # <ADV> (Aniplex) {2021.08.26} (¥7.000) – 66.171 / NEW <80-100%>
03./01. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure # <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) – 15.671 / 2.788.621 <80-100%> (-11%)
04./03. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 14.838 / 4.009.933 <80-100%> (-6%)
05./04. [NSW] Minecraft # <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 13.860 / 2.153.053 <80-100%> (-10%)
06./06. [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! <TBL> (Konami) {2020.11.19} (¥6.300) – 12.023 / 2.348.554 <80-100%> (-11%)
07./02. [NSW] Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel: Saikyou Battle Royale!! <TBL> (Konami) {2021.08.12} (¥6.000) – 9.491 / 122.530 <60-80%> (-43%)
08./08. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) – 8.536 / 4.397.935 <80-100%> (-4%)
09./00. [NSW] No More Heroes III # <ACT> (Marvelous) {2021.08.27} (¥6.800) – 7.951 / NEW <60-80%>
10./13. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980) – 7.499 / 4.120.436 <80-100%> (+16%)
11./09. [NSW] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury <ACT> (Nintendo) {2021.02.12} (¥5.980) – 7.381 / 864.873 <80-100%> (-10%)
12./00. [NSW] The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie <RPG> (Clouded Leopard Entertainment) {2021.08.26} (¥6.980) – 6.227 / NEW <60-80%>
13./11. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2020.03.20} (¥5.980) – 6.092 / 6.867.005 <80-100%> (-10%)
14./10. [NSW] Super Mario Party # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) – 5.727 / 1.976.550 <80-100%> (-16%)
15./17. [NSW] Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics <ETC> (Nintendo) {2020.06.05} (¥3.980) – 5.401 / 782.676 <80-100%> (-7%)
16./00. [PS4] Hitman 3 <ADV> (H2 Interactive) {2021.08.26} (¥6.800) – 5.132 / NEW <40-60%>
17./12. [NSW] Game Builder Garage <EDU> (Nintendo) {2021.06.11} (¥3.164) – 4.978 / 224.508 <80-100%> (-24%)
18./15. [NSW] eBaseball Professional Baseball Spirits 2021: Grand Slam <SPT> (Konami) {2021.07.08} (¥6.980) – 4.902 / 182.045 <80-100%> (-20%)
19./14. [NSW] Crayon Shin-chan: Ora to Hakase no Natsuyasumi – Owaranai Nanokakan no Tabi # <ADV> (Neos) {2021.07.15} (¥5.982) – 4.366 / 180.428 <80-100%> (-31%)
20./20. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 4.363 / 3.931.244 <80-100%> (-6%)
21./07. [PS4] Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut <Ghost of Tsushima \ Ghost of Tsushima: Iki Island \ Ghost of Tsushima: Legends> <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2021.08.20} (¥6.900) – 4.154 / 14.378 <80-100%> (-59%)
22./16. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD <ADV> (Nintendo) {2021.07.16} (¥5.980) – 4.146 / 257.837 <80-100%> (-31%)
23./18. [NSW] Miitopia <SLG> (Nintendo) {2021.05.21} (¥4.980) – 4.090 / 236.150 <80-100%> (-23%)
24./00. [PS5] Hitman 3 <ADV> (H2 Interactive) {2021.08.26} (¥6.800) – 3.890 / NEW <40-60%>
25./19. [NSW] Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin <RPG> (Capcom) {2021.07.09} (¥6.990) – 3.643 / 224.536 <80-100%> (-30%)
26./05. [PS5] Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut <Ghost of Tsushima \ Ghost of Tsushima: Iki Island \ Ghost of Tsushima: Legends> <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2021.08.20} (¥7.900) – 3.526 / 17.271 <60-80%> (-74%)
27./21. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 3.338 / 1.864.308 <80-100%> (-12%)
28./22. [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise # <ACT> (Capcom) {2021.03.26} (¥7.990) – 3.131 / 2.315.495 <80-100%> (-17%)
29./00. [NSW] Hakuoki: Shinkai – Reimeiroku # <ADV> (Idea Factory) {2021.08.26} (¥6.300) – 2.804 / NEW <60-80%>
30./24. [NSW] Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise <HOB> (Imagineer) {2020.12.03} (¥5.800) – 2.764 / 138.011 <80-100%> (-20%)

Number of games in Top 30

NSW – 25
PS4 – 3
PS5 – 2

Famitsu – Hardware

Now that the Summer holiday season is well and truly behind us, it’s no wonder that Nintendo Switch sales would drop during Week 35. The console sold 63 254 units this week, down from 72 527 units last week and 78 773 units during the same week last year. After an unexpected Year on Year increase last week, 2020 sales are once more catching up to 2021 sales. The gap between the two years is now less than 40 000 units.

Next week, the Nintendo Switch will hit two more milestones:

  • 21 million units sold since launch, all models combined
  • 17 million units sold since launch for the OG model, by far the most popular (the Lite model only recently hit the 4 million units milestone).

In roughly one month, the OLED model will launch, and it will be interesting to see what kind of impact it has on sales in both the short and mid-term. So far, it does not seem to have any particularly noticeable impact on sales, but then again, pre-orders for the new models are not yet open in Japan (they will be later this month).

So far, the Nintendo Switch has sold 3 650 230 units this year (up from 3 611 983 units last year), and 20 990 604 units since launch. The OG model has sold 16 959 653 units since launch, and the Lite model 4 030 951 units since launch.

As for the Nintendo 3DS, it’s still trucking along with 509 units sold this week (down from 522 units last week and 1 011 units last year). This brings YTD sales to 41 984 units, and LTD sales to 24 579 457 units.

+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
|System |  This Week |  Last Week |  Last Year |     YTD    |  Last YTD  |     LTD     |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
| NSW # |     63.254 |     72.527 |     78.773 |  3.650.230 |  3.611.983 |  20.990.604 |
| PS5 # |     20.154 |     12.638 |            |    740.431 |            |     995.581 |
| XBS # |      5.669 |      5.782 |            |     51.872 |            |      83.296 |
| PS4 # |      2.067 |        943 |      1.926 |     90.824 |    465.109 |   9.381.714 |
| 3DS # |        509 |        522 |      1.011 |     20.549 |     41.984 |  24.579.457 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
|  ALL  |     91.653 |     92.412 |     81.738 |  4.553.906 |  4.122.098 |  57.201.957 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
|  PS5  |     17.852 |     10.083 |            |    625.219 |            |     831.841 |
| PS5DE |      2.302 |      2.555 |            |    115.212 |            |     163.740 |
| XBS X |      2.848 |      2.932 |            |     32.065 |            |      56.941 |
| XBS S |      2.821 |      2.850 |            |     19.807 |            |      26.355 |
| NSW L |     10.766 |     10.505 |     24.039 |    958.859 |  1.506.897 |   4.030.951 |
|  NSW  |     52.488 |     62.022 |     54.734 |  2.691.371 |  2.105.086 |  16.959.653 |
|  PS4  |      2.067 |        943 |      1.817 |     90.600 |    288.758 |   7.805.991 |
|n-2DSLL|        509 |        522 |        969 |     20.549 |     39.489 |   1.184.512 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+

Media Create (Week 34)

Media Create – Software sales (Japan – Top 5)

01./00. [NSW] Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon # <ADV> (Aniplex) {2021.08.26} (¥7.000)
02./00. [PS4] Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon # <ADV> (Aniplex) {2021.08.26} (¥7.000)
03./01. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure # <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980)
04./03. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980)
05./04. [NSW] Minecraft # <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600)

Number of games in Top 5

NSW – 4
PS5 – 1

Media Create – Software sales (Taiwan – Top 5)

01./03. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo) {2019.10.31}
02./02. [PS5] Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2021.08.20}
03./00. [NSW] The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie (Clouded Leopard Entertainment) {2021.08.26}
04./00. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Nintendo) {2018.10.05}
05./05. [NSW] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Nintendo) {2021.02.12}

Number of games in Top 5

NSW – 4
PS5 – 1

Media Create – Software sales (South Korea – Top 5)

01./02. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo) {2019.10.18}
02./04. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo) {2020.03.20}
03./03. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.12.15}
04./00. [NSW] No More Heroes III <ACT> (Grasshopper Manufacture) {2021.08.27}
05./00. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15}

Number of games in Top 5

NSW – 5

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Source: Media Create / Famitsu / Famitsu / Gamer (via hiska-kun)
Data compiled by: Chris1964 (ResetEra)


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