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Media Create sales (12/25/17 – 12/31/17)

Posted on January 9, 2018 by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, News, Switch, Wii U

Update (1/9): Media Create data is finally in, so we’ve swapped that out for Famitsu’s numbers below.


Original (1/6): The latest Japanese hardware sales from Famitsu are as follows:

Switch – 134,519
PS4 – 37,175
New 2DS LL – 20,409
New 3DS LL – 12,542
PS4 Pro – 12,456
Vita – 7,970
2DS – 3,700
Xbox One – 335
New 3DS – 163
PS3 – 58
Wii U – 44
Xbox One X – 23

For comparison’s sake, here are the hardware numbers from last week:

Switch – 269,684
PS4 – 50,662
New 2DS LL – 45,387
New 3DS LL – 27,947
PS4 Pro – 16,595
Vita – 14,041
2DS – 6,992
Xbox One – 687
New 3DS – 311
Wii U – 98
PS3 – 40
Xbox One X – 32

And here are the software charts:

1. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey – 105,551 / 1,397,332
2. [NSW] Splatoon 2 – 96,404 / 1,764,870
3. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 87,356 / 1,132,793
4. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon – 61,698 / 1,407,660
5. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 – 52,181 / NEW
6. [3DS] Yo-kai watch Busters 2 – 38,141 / 431,420
7. [NSW] Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 33,024 / 771,050
8. [NSW] 1-2 Switch – 21,235 / 349,929
9. [PS4] Earth Defense Force 5 – 16,522 / 181,466
10. [NSW] ARMS – 16,463 / 313,954
11. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX – 13,650 / 191,485
12. [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – 12,779 / 156,717
13. [PS4] Yakuza Kiwami 2 – 11,806 / 184,445
14. [PS4] Call of Duty: WWII – 10,153 / 348,704
15. [3DS] Kirby Battle Royale – 9,679 / 125,003
16. [NSW] FIFA 18 – 9,131 / 62,783
17. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo – 7,953 / 344,495
18. [NSW] Snipperclips Plus – 7,388 / 34,619
19. [NSW] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Deluxe Edition – 7,003 / 23,014
20. [NSW] Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 – 6,878 / 96,040

* These numbers are even later than normal due to the holidays. When Media Create’s data is available, we’ll swap it in here. For now we’re using Famitsu data.

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  • GoldenTriforce

    If Switch games are really being sold out in Japan, that would explain why Xenoblade 2 dropped off so soon.

    • Tlink7

      Xeno didn’t even sell through its initial shipment, so I highly doubt it. The game simply doens’t do as well in Japan as it does in America

      • ben

        Xenoblade 2 is sold out on Amazon Japan. From my memory the first print was 150k so it is pretty much done with its first print. It also sold well on the Japanese eshop taking the top spot for 2 weeks. If anything Xenoblade sold more in Japan than America and Europe.

        To emphasis what I am saying. I highly doubt Xenoblade 2 did 150k in The US.

        If Persona 5 can only do 2 million world wide after almost 2 years then I think Xenoblade 2 is probably around 500k max and the lions share will be in Japan.

        • NicoG

          Xenoblade pretty much lives off Western support. It definitely sold more than 150k in USA. We’re probably at ~500k worldwide sales.

          Will be very interesting to see Mario+Rabbids sales by the way. DOOM sales too – FPS games have gotten a lot more popular in Japan in the past few years.

          • ben

            Where is the data? This is all stuff people say with no proof!

        • hi v3.0

          Yes it did sold out but I’m pretty sure the game sold more in US lol

          • ben

            What makes you sure_?

          • hi v3.0

            Xenoblade has always sold more in the west than Japan and that pretty much goes for most Japanese games out there too, if it wasn’t because of the west we wouldn’t even have a third Xenoblade game..

          • ben

            Unless you actually have proof of this you are just guessing!
            And the idea there wouldn’t be a third game is total nonsense. If anything Xenoblade 2 went even more Japanese and less Western!

          • hi v3.0

            Then tell me why Disgaea 5 did much better in the west while it sold like sh*t in Japan

          • ben

            That has nothing at all to do with this. That isnt evidence to support Xenoblade x selling better in the west or any Xenoblade game. It is an anomaly that a Disgaea game was a success in the west not the norm!

          • GoldenTriforce

            Also official data for series like Persona, FF, FE, and yes, Disgea, have shown that recently, JRPGs have sold better in the West than in Japan. Even without VGchartz estimates, which you are right, are not very trustworthy, I would not be surprised if an open-world RPG whose predecessors had very western art styles did better in the west.

          • ben

            Fire Emblem Fates sold 600k in Japan. Persona 5 sold over 600k in Japan.
            That is over a third of their world wide sales.

            Now, consider that Asia is also a huge market for Jrpgs. The West is not carrying these games.

          • GoldenTriforce

            Persona 5 sold 2 million units worldwide

          • ben

            Yes, and that includes all of Asia. It was also a very anticipated game in the West. Comparing it to Xenoblade is not productive, I don’t think.

            Think about the design ethics of the game and look at sales charts and you will see that Xenoblade 2 is far more successful in Japan than the rest of the world.

          • GoldenTriforce

            Trust me, even for a console manufacturer, less than 200k isn’t enough to fund an open world game. You need western sales for that to happen, and I wouldn’t be shocked if X didn’t even break even.

          • ben

            Trust you? Why should I? Do you even know how publishing works? A publisher views sales over a portfolio and how diverse that portfolio is. Did X make back its money? Well, that really depends on its marketing budget. Consider that Nintendo uses mostly PR and its own Direct productions as promotion it probably didn’t cost that much. About game costs for development. A lot depend on how smoothly development goes. With Xenoblade they built that engine and have basically been refining it since the wii. It isnt a new gaming engine. It is the same engine. So they just needed to expand its capabilities and increase the amount of content.

            Monolithsoft clearly has a good set of programmers. But watch the games credits they are not that long. Go check the credits for the Witcher 3 or god forbid a ubisoft open world and you will understand the huge cost differences!

            I think Xenoblade is a fairly cheap franchise that only needs to clear 200k at most to break even.
            Zelda Breath of the wild only needed to clear 2 million to break even with its huge marketing budget.

          • Spice’71

            In an interview a couple of years ago, the producer/director of xenoblade said that they budget their game on sales in Japan alone. That tells me the game itself is not as costly to make as we’d think.

          • ben

            This is one hundred percent true. This is because Japan is the lion`s share of sales for Xenoblade Series.

          • Stuart O’Quin

            There’s as much proof of this as pretty much any smaller title in the US – check NeoGAF, VGChartz, and others. We’re not talking HARD DATA, but it’s not hard to look at NPD software rankings and compare the game’s placement relative to titles that we got official publisher numbers from.

            3. Title A (800k)
            4. Title B (???)
            5. Title C (700k)

            A range for Title B’s sales can be inferred. We know the range as an absolute, we just don’t know the exact number. It’s enough to tell us that Title B sold more in Candyland if official numbers from Sugarville are 200k.

            Cheers!

          • ben

            Well, I have no idea what you are trying to write here but Xenoblade games have never been on the NPD sales charts.

        • GoldenTriforce

          Every prior entry sells best in the west by far, and both hit neatly 500k in the US alone, this game is passing a million for sure.

          • GoldenTriforce

            Also Xenoblade and Xenoblade X did Persona 4 like sales so I see no reason why a first party Switch game couldn’t do Persona 5 sales. It won’t, but it likely will out sell 4.

          • ben

            I am sorry but.. all these posts by people have zero facts attached to them.

          • ben

            Show me the numbers. Like this is just stuff people say but the game barely charts on western Amazon sites!

          • ben

            These are numbers you just made up. I mean.. what makes you do that?

          • GoldenTriforce

            http://www.vgchartz.com/gamedb/?name=xenoblade

            Enjoy
            Its not perfectly accurate but it’s the closest we’ll ever get. And don’t assume Im making up numbers.

          • ben

            Is this a sick joke? Your numbers are more reliable than VgchartZ! lol

          • GoldenTriforce

            You are taking this… way too seriously

          • Stuart O’Quin

            I’m with you on this one. I just wish the game went for simpler lighting and FX, and focused on 1080p docked. XCX had a cleaner look, and there is only so much you can do with XC2: https://youtu.be/IWaORkp1t4Q

        • Eagle367

          XCX sold almost 1 mil units and guess what the lion’s share wasn’t Japan. Xc2 is selling better than XCX so it will almost certainly pull off 1mil and guess what the lion’s share won’t be from Japan hell Europe might even be the lion’s share

          • ben

            Where is the data for this?

          • Eagle367
          • ben

            LOL you know that site just makes numbers up, right?

          • GoldenTriforce

            Well until these games sell over a million we aren’t getting official data, so we can at least assume that these are generally close estimates

          • ben

            Why? Why would you even begin to trust a site that has been wrong countless times and has no, Zero sources! You literally only have to open charts on Amazon and Read Famitsu charts and you have as much insider knowledge as that site!

          • Eagle367

            They are close enough estimates and the best we got

          • ben

            They have no sources. You cant take a site seriously that actually has no access to any data! There is a reason the site is banned on many gaming sites!

          • Eagle367

            Sure whatever floats your boat. I don’t know of any site that bans vgchartz but I should take your word for it that it sells best in Japan just because instead of people who actually do day analysis at least no matter how inaccurate I would trust them way more than your word especially since logic and reasoning indicates that they are closer to the truth than you are by a fair margin.

          • ben

            Pretty much every site has banned Vgchartz apart from n4g… and the less said the better about that place.

          • Nhat Anh Hoang

            So please show us the source with your sales number

        • Stuart O’Quin

          “To emphasis what I am saying. I highly doubt Xenoblade 2 did 150k in The US.”

          • ben

            Where is this 900k from? If it had sold 900k it would have been one of the wii u Million sellers on Nintendo`s own website!

      • hi v3.0

        It actually did sold out as of recently

      • GoldenTriforce

        According to a report from GoNintendo, many retail Switch games are sold out in Japan. Some specific examples they listed are BoTW, Xenoverse 2, and Xenoblade 2.

        Also very few Japanese games sell through their entire shipment in their first week, retailers normally order more than needed. It has sold out of that shipment by now though. There still could demand that Nintendo has been unable to address yet.

        • Tlink7

          I’m not trying to diss Xeno here, just so you know 😛 I just find it slightly weird quite a few people are obsessed with the game’s sales. Lots of people like the game, it will do just fine

          • GoldenTriforce

            Well just in general I care about the industry, so I find interest in sales performance, but also the better a game like this does, the better a future its series will have

          • Tlink7

            True, but Xeno has a loyal fanbase, so I wouldn’t worry too much about the future of the series. Plus, the Switch is incredibly popular, so the game will have plenty of time to sell 😀 the franchise is not for everyone however, so it will sell steadily instead of massive bursts

          • ben

            If you care about the industry and sales then do more research. Don’t trust clickbait sites for your information. You can actually find white papers online if you look hard enough.
            I was obsessed with the Dreamcast sales a couple of years ago. Every site claimed that the console had sold 12.5 million but that didn’t make sense to me. I could only find sources that said at the end of its life the console was struggling to sell around 3-4 million. So where had this 8 million come from?

            I started researching and i found Sega`s white paper about how many Dreamcasts had actually been manufactured. You know what it said? The company made around 9.8 million in total.
            So I knew the 12.5 was a mistake. I tried to correct wiki and had to provide all the evidence. I then found the source of the 12.5 million. It came from a forum post.

            This story is to help you understand why I am arguing with you about the Xenoblade numbers.

  • DJ Tako

    Damn, Splatoon 2 is still selling pretty well

  • Roto Prime

    Hey!! Switch sold 303,504 last week……

  • Stuart O’Quin

    These numbers do make the reports of shortages seem legitimate. It would be understandable for Xeno 2, as it’s already covered LT sales for X in a month. Nintendo has to be fairly pleased with the sales, despite looking modest.

    • GoldenTriforce

      Exactly. Quickly outpacing X means Nintendo likely underestimated Japanese sales.

  • awng782

    That moment when an enhanced Wii U port from 8 months ago tops the charts and no one bats an eye…

    • Don Zaloog

      Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an unmitigated beast.

  • Burning Gravity

    DOOMED

    (/s)

    • Apfel

      and soon to be wolfensteineized

  • William Silva

    Damn, 11 Switch games in the top 20! That’s awesome!

  • nemo37

    On Amazon Japan the Switch console appears to be stock limited. What is more interesting (and something I have not seen until now) is that even some of the games are currently stock limited in Japan. This indicates that there is still a lot of unfulfilled demand and here room to grow should they provide the supply.

    On the other hand, my worry right now is the PS4 in Japan (which has remained largely stable despite declines by the other consoles this week; the limited edition Monster Hunter World PS4 Pro has been a contributor to this) in conjunction with Monster Hunter World. For the first time in a good while I have seen the PS4 Slim SKU go above the Switch Neon in the Amazon Japan best sellers chart, and there are several other Playstation SKUs right behind the Neon, which would indicate Playstation as a whole is several spots above Switch as of right now (on Amazon any ways). And pre-orders for Monster Hunter World have resulted in that game also going to the top of the charts for the past several months. There has also been a Slim PS4 Monster Hunter World console announced yesterday with the game bundled and that shot up the charts very quickly. I think this is going to be a major installbase builder for the Playstation 4 in Japan and it might result in far higher weekly sales than Switch for the next few months in Japan. I really hope Nintendo has some titles prepared in response to this. Although the only two rapid selling game I can see being able to go up against Monster Hunter at this point is Pokemon and Animal Crossing (Nintendo does have many other systems sellers but Pokemon and Animal Crossing are ones that can get multiple millions of units sold in Japan in a matter of weeks, much like Monster Hunter), which is still a ways off (though Nintendo may surprise us, particularly with Animal Crossing this year). Perhaps I am overestimating Monster Hunter here (after all FFXV and DQ XI, though DQ XI was also released on 3DS as a completely different which might have been enough for some people to not buy a PS4 for that game, did not have the type of impact that I was expecting; though Monster Hunter is quite bigger and the pre-release data indicate that it is, at the very least, strongly boosting PS4).

    • Amethyst Gaze

      If the combined mights of DQ and Final Fantasy weren’t game changers over there, what makes you think MH will be? It’s just laughable at this point people still waiting for that one miracle game for PS4 to really take off in Japan, 4 years later.

    • ben

      What you have written is interesting but look at the actual console sales for the PS4 over the corresponding time that Monhun World has been at the top of the Amazon Charts! The hardware is living off life support and after monhun releases there is no incentive for people to buy a ps4!

    • awng782

      I’m pretty sure I already said this to you in a previous article, but no, a single game is not going to change the course of the Japanese gaming industry.

      Monster Hunter World will sell very well, and will likely become the PS4’s top selling game in no time. PS4 hardware sales will get a big boost during its launch week as well, likely above Switch sales.

      But that’s it. A big temporary boost from a single big game will do nothing more than just that: a big temporary boost.

    • R.Z.

      I’m half expecting Nintendo to go quiet in Japan while the MH storm passes.
      It would seem wasteful to burn any serious cartridges at the peak of that game’s popularity.
      It seems to me they are pretty much done for the 2017 fiscal year, so I’m expecting big stuff to start coming again from March and onwards once MH is starting to fade, in order to reach that 2018 goal of 20 million they have been talking about.

  • Gregory Weagle

    Even funnier; FIFA 18 for Switch has charted again. Huh.

  • Snackster1001

    You know, for a game that “didn’t sell as high as we wanted it to”, FIFA 18 on switch seems to have become the preferred choice for the japanese audience and clearly has bigger legs than the ps4 version. tsk tsk EA

    • masterjedi

      I honestly feel its because EA didn’t monetize the hell out of it with micro transactions and therefore it didn’t generate nearly the amount of money as the other versions of the game.

      • ben

        It has the same microtransation system.

        • masterjedi

          Did not know that. Thanks for the correction!

    • R.Z.

      Did EA say that ?

      • Snackster1001

        They said something along those lines, but I cant remember the exact quote. However, they did state that it’s because of FIFA 18’s sales that theyre evaluating what they will bring to the switch. Then again, someone involved with FIFA 18 also said “I think you can expect more FIFA titles on the switch in the future”. Other than those statements, its unclear what EA’s direction in terms of the switch is

        • R.Z.

          What I remember is them saying that they will evaluate their support of the Switch based on FIFA18 sales before launch and then not making any further statement post launch.
          I know that FIFA18 sales didn’t seem all that great, but there were some shortages here and there reportedly, so I was assuming it sold above expectations.
          I am on the cautiously optimistic side regarding further support until they clarify their position. Not that I really care much about their games or expect anything that aligns with my interests out of them.

  • mma

    “Arms is dead” they said…

    • Gregory Weagle

      You can make the same argument for 1-2 Switch as well.

  • CynicalAtheist

    WiiU outsell XBoxOneX.
    LOL!!!!!!!!

  • Roto Prime
  • nekoknight

    Japanese hardware sales as of 12/31/2017 according to Media Create:

    PS4 (released 02.22.2014): 5,791,647*

    SWITCH (released 03.03.2017): 3,289,095

    *includes Pro sales

    • carlos holguin holguin

      did Nintendo sell 1M consoles in december?

      • nekoknight

        I think they sold over 600,000 for the month of December.

  • awng782

    Mario Party Top 100 launch sales were double the launch sales of last year’s Mario Party Star Rush, despite being a mediocre low-key Mario Party collection on the aging 3DS.

    Mario Party Switch/11 has a lot of potential. The Switch hardware itself suits party games very well given the JoyCons’ technology + versatility and the console’s portability.