Today, Media Create released its weekly report for video game sales in Japan, providing us with more sales data for Week 12.
During that week, a total of 1 146 000 games were sold, which amounts to 232.56% of Week 11 sales (which were slightly down compared to Week 10). Media Create notes that thanks to the popularity of the new entries, sales for new games quadrupled (as opposed to those that ame out before Week 12), with 804 000 units sold. It’s the first time since the New Year period that total Software sales are above the 1 million unit threshold.
Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 was the best-selling title, with 368 665 units sold during the first four days. The sellthrough ratio is 59.16%, which means that Square-Enix shipped 623 166 units for launch day. In other words, the game didn’t quite meet Square-Enix and retailers’ expectations, but saleq should remain steady in the upcoming weeks.
Here’s the first week data for the previous entry:
- Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru to Ruka no Fushigi na Fushigi na Kagi – 443 656 (sellthrough ratio 78,65%; 564 089 units shipped for Day 1)
Despite being a brand new entry, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 sold worse during its first four days on the market, and had a worse sellthrough ratio due to Square-Enix shipping more copies (pretty normal of them to expect a new entry to sell more than a remake).
According to Dengeki, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker sold 380 654 units during the first four days, with a sellthrough ratio of 55%. As comparison, the previous entries in the series, on Nintendo DS, sold:
- Dragon Quest Monsters Joker: 589 000 units (launch week) / 1 573 000 (LTD)
- Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2: 632 000 units (launch week) / 1 320 000 (LTD)
Dengeki notes that even though the previous two entries did end up selling over 1 million units, there’s a risk Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 will not manage to do the same.