Happy Monday everyone, and happy holiday rush time! With the festivities out of the way, it’s time to talk about Japanese game sales. This was a huge week, because Nintendo’s back to drain wallets with their mega-hit franchise. (No, Breath of the Wild isn’t out. Stop asking!)
Other than that, the release counter was, well… pretty empty. Still, with the PS4 Pro in play and a holiday season kicking into gear, we have a lot to talk about!
Note: Due to the holiday weekend (and a delay of the numbers due to Japanese holidays), I’m a bit late this time. Apologies, everybody!
This was a strong week for the Big N, whose consoles claimed eight titles in the top-20. This time around, seven 3DS titles and a Wii U game made the cut.
The call of Alola was simply irresistible for the Japanese marketplace, as Pokémon Sun & Moon hit the top spot like a Seismic Toss. The two games sold through a combined 1,590,629 copies to take an easy first place. A limited-edition bundle containing both titles took second place, with 151,379 units sold. (Are people really still calling the franchise a “fad” at this point?)
Overall, Pokémon moved 1,742,008 units. It’s completely sold out in Japan. The game sold more than 16 times the rest of the top-20, combined (103,896 for items 3-20). Estimated title breakdowns (individual SKUs) are as follows:
- Pokémon Sun: 808,000 (~50.79%)
- Pokémon Moon: 783,000 (~49.21%)
In comparison, Mario Party: Star Rush‘s sales seem dreadfully anemic. The title sold a mere 6,021 copies (63,897 LTD) to take the #9 spot. Beyblade Burst wasn’t far behind, as it moved 5,611 copies (22,127 LTD) to take 10th place.
Meanwhile, Minecraft (Wii U) just continues to truck along, doing its thing. Minecraft‘s blocky builder moved 4,932 units (176,825 LTD) as it climbed back up to 11th place. The title is selling consistently, and should reach five months in the charts next week. So, congratulations, Microsoft! You have a second long-term seller in Japan this generation!
Monster Hunter Stories also continued to cling to the top-15 this sales period. Capcom’s quirky RPG spinoff sold through 4,778 units this period (271,566 LTD) to take 12th place. If all goes well, the title will cross the 275K milestone next sales period.
PriPara continued to hang tough in the top-15 this period. PriPara Mezameyo! Megami no Dress Design (3DS) managed to move another 4,086 copies (32,951 LTD) to take 15th place. It’s not stellar by any stretch, but it certainly is doing better than a few of Bandai’s recent licensed fare.
At the bottom of the charts, it seems that Kirby’s pink mech has some gas left in it. Kirby: Planet Robobot blasted back into the charts this period, selling through 3,100 units (469,860 LTD) to take 20th place. The title’s very likely to pass 475K, even if it’s in the realm of the uncharted. So, really, kudos to Nintendo for proving that robots make everything better, especially Kirby.
On the Hardware Front
The 3DS was the king of the hardware market this time around, with 107,631 units reaching customers’ hands. The Wii U also saw a bump, to 3,251 consoles sold.
This looks to be the start of the holiday rush for Wii U’s final Christmas season, so I’m genuinely curious to see how things pan out.
Though they certainly didn’t take the sales crowns for hardware or software this time around, the PlayStation family still saw a strong week. Twelve PlayStation titles made the big board this week, with seven PS4 titles and five Vita games making the cut.
Space-themed shoot-bangs led the charge this time around, with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare taking top spot for the PlayStation camp. The title took third place this period, selling through 11,120 units (142,954 LTD). The title is on track to break 150K by the time it exits the top-20, which certainly isn’t bad for a western title. whether it’ll reach the 230K+ that Black Ops III did, though, remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, the Holy Grail War continues to rage on in the top-5. Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star‘s Vita version claimed fourth place this period, selling through 9,276 units (82,295 LTD). The PS4 SKU wasn’t far behind, selling through 8,723 copies (76,079 LTD) to take the #5 space. Combined, along with the limited-edition Velber Box, the title’s sold through 176,813 copies.
FPS fans who don’t want Call of Duty‘s sci-fi trappings are heading back to the trenches for another charge. Battlefield 1 (PS4) moved 8,494 copies (203,863 LTD) to take sixth place. The title officially crushed the 200K sales milestone, so kudos to EA are definitely in order.
It seems that fans are still eager to jump into the shoes of the Dragonborn, bellowing out a mighty “Fus-ro-dah!” as they venture off into Skyrim. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition (PS4) laid claim to the #7 space this period, with 7,587 copies (34,917 LTD) reaching customers.
The Saiyan forces managed to hold their own in this onslaught, though. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (PS4) managed to hang onto its 8th place position, with 6,703 units sold (87,105 LTD). The title did see a 50% drop week-over-week, but this was an expected decline.
Speaking of holding their own, though, Minecraft (Vita) continues to stalk the top-20 like a Creeper in a darkened plain. Mojang’s blocky builder scaled its way back up to 13th place, with 4,727 units sold (920,327 LTD). Seriously, I can’t say enough about the longevity of this title – it continues to defy expectations, and I would not be shocked to see it reach a million at its current rate.
Not far behind, Titanfall 2 continues to show how 4,000 units sold can also be a bad thing. The PS4 shooter moved a mere 4,583 units (46,709 LTD) to take 14th place. As the title continues its march down the charts, the dream of 75,000 sales, let alone higher, begins to look more and more like a sad unfulfilled wish. A shame, indeed, and proof of a strategic blunder by EA in its release.
Meanwhile, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization continues to meander down the charts. The Vita version of the game sold though 3,991 copies this period (95,670 LTD), which was enough to secure 16th place. The PS4 version was close behind, capturing 18th with 3,363 units sold (96,395 LTD). Combined, the two games have sold through 192,065 units. While it’s still tracking below its predecessors, Hollow Realization should cross 200K before both titles exit the big board.
Sandwiched between the two Sword Art Online games was World of Final Fantasy (Vita), which is neck-and-neck with Titanfall 2 for “most poorly conceived release plan of 2016.” The title shifted just 3,513 units this time around (72,437 LTD), securing 17th place. I fully expect this to disappear from the charts with the début of Final Fantasy XV.
Samurai-era romance rounded out the PlayStation charts this time. Hakuoki: Yuugi Roku – Taishitachi no Daienkai (Vita) limped into 19th place. selling through 3,228 units in its début week.
On the Hardware Front
The PS4 was the second-highest selling hardware this time around, selling through 38,026 units. Of those, the base PS4 sold through 25,605 units while the PS4 Pro took 12,421 sales.
The Vita wasn’t far behind the Pro this time, selling through 9,191 handhelds for the period.
In the British transport system, Bus Route 186 is a London route serviced by Metroline. The line services stops between the Brent Cross Shopping Centre and Northwick Park Hospital.
In the world of Japanese hardware sales, 186 XBox Ones sold means that some folks may be forced to trade their bus passes for jogging shoes as they tackle their daily commutes.