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Media Create (Japan) Game Sales Analysis: 2018 Week 2 (01/08/2018 – 01/14/2018)

Happy Sunday everyone, and welcome to an all-new week of Media Create sales! This week was the proverbial calm before the storm, with Monster Hunter World looming on the horizon and the sole charting new release being Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT. That said, there’s been a surprising amount of movement this week, with a few blasts from the past making their way back into the rotation.

Also, remember how I kept mentioning that holiday sales wouldn’t last? Remember when I said there would be a drop in the new year? Well, the drop starts this week. Sales will be down across the board, due to simple market inertia.

With that out of the way, let’s look at the numbers!


This was another powerful week for Nintendo, who saw titles on their hardware claiming fifteen spots this sales period. Of them, five were 3DS games, and ten were Switch titles.

At the top of this week’s Splatfest, we saw the squiddly inklings of Splatoon with the easy win. Splatoon 2 (Switch) managed to move 34,632 copies this week (1,917,342 LTD) to take second place. The title continues to rush toward that big two-million sales milestone, and should easily surpass it by early February. In doing so, it will be the first console game to crack two million since Wii Party in 2010. At this point, I’m not sure what else I can say, outside of “keep it up!” Also, kudos, Nintendo. You did well… er… again.

Not far behind, the Odyssey continues its journey undaunted. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) soared to third place this period, with 28,193 units sold (1,536,340 LTD). The title continues to hold strong outside of the holiday season, moving one three copies for every four Switches reaching customers. Moreover, the title seems to be on track to reach that million mark by summer, so long as sales remain consistent. The title’s performed admirably so far, and should become an evergreen, much like Splatoon, in the medium-term. Expect to see this one become a regular sight in the charts as we continue through the winter, and beyond.

Speaking of evergreens, it looks like Rainbow Road is still seeing plenty of action. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) screeched into a fourth place finish this time around, pushing 22,836 copies to customers. We should see this one crack the 1.25 million mark by next sales period. Moreover, I expect Mario Kart to continue its term as a regular in the charts well beyond its first anniversary. Moreover, I expect this one to reach the 1.5 million sales mark by mid-June, at the latest.

At the back of the top-5, it looks like the Alola has become the go-to Pokémon training destination for a second year in a row. Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon (3DS) moved another 21,494 copies (1,498,509 LTD), to claim fifth place. The title will crack the 1.5 million mark next sales period, barring some interstellar disaster. The title has sold slower than its predecessor, but it’s still moving units like a champ, given that it’s a sequel to a popular title on sunsetting hardware. This should remain a steady seller through February, but the forecast gets murkier after that.

Apparently, when Mario parties, it just doesn’t stop. Mario Party: The Top 100 (3DS) dipped down to the #6 space, moving 20,320 copies this period (124,319 LTD). I’m pretty shocked to say that this should easily crush 150K, given its current trajectory. That’s nothing to sneeze at, given that many thought this one was dead in the water after that disastrous first week.

A bit further back, the Hylian Champion continues to hang on. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) clung to that #7 spot like it was waiting out a rainstorm, pushing 12,415 copies (815,227) this week. At its current pace, there’s still a distant shot of a million sales, though that will be tested by the game’s legs as we get out past January. I’m curious to see if it can pull it off.

Meanwhile, there’s something strange in the neighborhood, and folks are calling the Yo-kai Watch crew. Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Hihou Legend Banbarayaa moved another 7,851 units this time around (473,836 LTD). At its current pace, the title should crack 500K, but don’t expect it to go much further. While lower than its predecessor, the title is performing decently, given the hardware situation.

At the bottom of the top-10, Ribbon Girl and Spring Man are holding up the fort with ARMS (Switch). Nintendo’s stretchy slugfest sold another 7,352 copies this period (346,681 LTD) to take the #10 spot. While ARMS won’t set the charts on fire, it has performed admirably for a new franchise. I expect this one to crack 350K next period, with a possible 400K if it can hang in long enough.

Speaking of hanging in there, 1-2-Switch (Switch) seems to have found a new set of legs. The quirky casual title shifted another 6,886 copies (377,919 LTD) to take the #12 space. The title continues to have these odd pulses in the charts, surging with new hardware then withering away in dry periods. I’m actually kind of curious to see how it performs long-term, given that. For now, though, it’s doing well for a new franchise, especially given that its generally “meh” reception by numerous audiences.

A bit further back, it seems that the house that Tom Nook built is still untouchable. Animal Crossing: New Leaf‘s “Welcome amiibo” bundle kept its house in order at 13th place, with 4,806 sales (362,509 LTD). We should expect to see this one crack 375K before too long. And, really, I’m still astonished to say that. We’re, as I’ve said before, looking at a re-release of a re-release of a 2012 game. Simply incredible.

A bit further back, Rex and Pyra seem to be fighting the good fight. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch) saw 4,476 new fans entering Core Crystal gacha fever (172,676 LTD) to take 14th place. We should see this one crack 175K next sales period, though the game does appear to be following a fairly typical RPG sales pattern. I don’t see this one sticking around into February.

It looks like Bomberman is making one last blast up from the under-charts this week. Super Bomberman R (Switch) shifted 4,134 units this week (145,029 LTD) to take 15th place. While I’d love to see this one crack 150K, I’m not sure if we’ll be seeing it in the big board at this point. It’s hard to say, for sure.

In the bottom half of the charts, it looks like folks like being told to cut it out. Snipperclips Plus: Cut it Out, Together! (Switch) took 16th place this period, with 3,215 copies reaching customers (47,124 LTD).

Not far behind, the pink puffball looks like he’s ready to make his final exit. Kirby Battle Royale (3DS) shifted another 2,959 units (142,524) to inhale the #17 space.

Finally, Switch fans are gearing up for Monster Hunter fever with, well… the best thing they can get (thanks, Capcom). Monster Hunter Double Cross: Nintendo Switch Ver. (Switch) jumped back to the #20 space with 2,810 copies reaching customers (201,839 LTD). The title finally managed to crack that 200K milestone, which is fantastic to see. Still, I do hope this translates into a new entry for Nintendo’s hybrid console sooner than later.

On the Hardware Front

This week, the Nintendo Switch took second place, with 37,500 units sold (3,496,125 LTD). We should see the console crack 3.5 million next period, if sales remain consistent.

The 3DS, meanwhile, took a distant third place, with 16,855 handhelds reaching customers (23,885,371 LTD). Of those, 9,929 are 2DS-XL units.


This week, titles in the PlayStation family managed to claim five spots on the big board, with four PS4 games and a Vita title making the cut.

At the front of the pack, fans are bringing back the epic cross-game battles. Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT (PS4) took the #1 spot this period, with 105,667 units sold. As of now, I’m not too sure on how to read this. The game debuted roughly on-par with ARMS on the Switch (100,652 week-1), so I’m not sure if we’re looking at average sales in a small space, or weak sales in a busy market. I’ll have to do some more reading into the subject to be sure, but I’ll be taking the former as a more likely case at this point.

A bit further back, folks continue to show that the only good space bug is a dead space bug. Earth Defense Force 5 (PS4) jumped up to the #8 spot with 10,717 copies reaching customers (212,130 LTD). The continued sales are encouraging, especially considering that there’s a good chance that this could reach 250K. As of now, though, it all depends on sales momentum.

Just outside of the top-10, folks continue to take their positions on Normandy Beach. Call of Duty: WWII (PS4) moved 7,185 copies this week (369,194 LTD) to take an easy 11th place. We should see this crack 375K next week.

A bit further back, folks are learning that Kiwami means EXTREME once again. Yakuza: Kiwami 2 (PS4) beat its way back into the charts, with 2,908 units sold (195,332).

At the back of the pack, Mojang’s blocky builder makes its last gasp in the big board. Minecraft (Vita) dipped to the #19 spot with 2,842 copies reaching customers (1,276,619 LTD).

On the Hardware Front

the PS4 took top honors this time around, with 43,808 units sold (6,027,894 LTD). Of those, 10,918 were PS4 Pro consoles. This week is special, though, as the console finally cracked that six million mark. This is a major milestone, for sure, and I have little doubt that we’ll see that seven million mark before the end of 2018. Kudos, Sony. You did well.

The Vita, meanwhile, held on to fourth place this period, with 4,388 handhelds reaching customers (5,804,197 LTD).


In the world of Enduro racing, number 113 is considered to be highly unlucky. Folks within the community refer to the designation as a “blind pew”, and is often given to riders who’ve seen more than two events cancelled immediately after they entered.
In the world of Japanese console sales, 113 XBox One consoles sold (88,748 LTD) means that at least one poor Microsoft employee likely feels like they’re flying blind in this arena. Doubly so when you consider a whopping 6 (yes, six – 2,189 LTD) XBox One consoles reached customers over the course of the week.

[Full Charts at 4Gamer]
[Discussion at ResetEra]

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