Media Create: more sales data for 2017 (Super Famicom Mini, 3rd-party games on Switch, more)

Thanks to the Media Create White Book 2018, we have some additional sales data for the video game market in Japan in 2017. First, sales data for the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom, that we didn’t get outside of launch week. According to Media Create, it sold almost 1 million units in 2017, with 929 176 units sold as of December 31st.

Since Nintendo is planning to keep shipping more units until the end of the year, there’s no doubt the console has already sold over 1 million units in Japan. It could eventually reach 2 million units if sales remain strong in 2018.

Next: FIFA 18. It sold pretty decently, with 12 616 units at launch and… 62 783 units by the end of the year. That’s over 5 times launch week sales for LTD sales, which shows that it kept selling steadily way beyond launch week. In fact, it’s also been doing just that in 2018, to the point where the Nintendo Switch version has now outsold the Playstation 4 version.

By the way, last year, FIFA finally outsold Winning Eleven (PES) in Japan, which is something quite remarkable… though it’s more a sign of how much the Winning Eleven series has been losing steam over the past few years than an extraordinary performance from FIFA. Of course, the good sales of the Nintendo Switch version of the game did help!

[PS4] FIFA 18 # <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥7.800) – 55.919 / 104.031
[NSW] FIFA 18 <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥5.800) – 12.616 / 62.783
Total 2017 – 166.814

[PS4] Winning Eleven 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2017.09.14} (¥7.600) – 64.342 / 132.323
[PS3] Winning Eleven 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2017.09.14} (¥6.600) – 12.777 / 29.276
Total 2017 – 161.599

Back to Nintendo, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game sold 771 050 units on Nintendo Switch, and 159 401 units on Wii U, so 930 451 for both platforms combined (but without digital sales). That’s a really good performance for a Legend of Zelda game on home console in Japan, especially as it’s selling steadily (it hasn’t left the Top 20 Software yet).

If we add the Wii U LTD to the latest Nintendo Switch sales, we end up with 1 151 268 units sold so far (again, excluding digital sales). There’s no doubt The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will end up as the best-selling game of all times in Japan at this rate!

Finally, here’s more sales data for third-party games, from Media Create:

[NSW] Super Bomberman R (Konami) (2017.03.03) – 36.623 / 135.496
[NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Bandai Namco Games) (2017.09.07) – 24.045 / 96.040
[NSW] Dragon Quest Heroes I & II for Nintendo Switch (Square Enix) (2017.03.03) – 25.606 / 75.309
[NSW] Puyo Puyo Tetris S (Sega) (2017.03.03) – 12.854 / 71.742
[NSW] Fire Emblem Warriors (Koei Tecmo) (2017.09.28) – 41.491 / 68.263
[NSW] Seiken Densetsu Collection (Square Enix) (2017.06.01) – 29.564 / 51.973
[NSW] Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers (Capcom) (2017.05.26) – 16.404 / 39.316
[NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park e Youkoso (Nippon Columbia) (2017.12.07) – 9.435 / 38.484
[NSW] Dragon Quest X: 5000-nen no Harukanaru Kokyou e Online (Square Enix) (2017.11.16) – 18.444 / 27.174
[NSW] Dragon Quest X: All in One Package (Square Enix) (2017.09.21) – 9.482 / 27.204
[NSW] Minna de Wai Wai! Spelunker (Square Enix) (2017.04.20) – 7.447 /25.563
[NSW] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – Deluxe Edition (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.12.21} – 16.011 / 23.014
[NSW] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Marvelous) (2017.07.20) – 10.247 / 20.084
[NSW] Disgaea 5 Complete (Nippon Ichi Software) {2017.03.03} – 3.477 / 20.514

Only one of them managed to sell more than 100 000 units: the first year was definitely rough for third-party publishers, as pretty much all of them were caught by surprise by the popularity of the Nintendo Switch.

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



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