Yakuza 3 and Nintendo Switch Top Japanese Market According to Media Create Charts

Yakuza 3 dropkicks the Media Create software chart, while the Nintendo Switch is hot as the Japanese summer in the hardware chart.

on August 15, 2018 6:15 PM

Today is Wednesday and statistics firm Media Create published its usual hardware and software charts, giving us a glimpse into the ups and downs of the Japanese video game market.

Below you can check out the software chart related to the period between August 6th to August 12th. As usual, the second number for each game represents its lifetime sales.

  1. Yakuza 3 – PS4 – 26,047/New
  2. Splatoon 2 – Switch – 21,630/2,532,658
  3. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! – Switch – 21,020/140,911
  4. Fire Pro Wrestling World – PS4 – 20,218/New
  5. WarioWare Gold – 3DS – 19,183/50,201
  6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Switch – 17,795/1,688,546
  7. Minecraft – Switch – 17,003/186,221
  8. Mario Tennis Aces – Switch – 16,456/297,138
  9.  Pro Baseball Famitsa Evolution – Switch –  15,671/58,517
  10. Bullet Girls Phantasia – PS4 – 14,396/New
  11. Okami HD – Switch – 14,089/New
  12. Octopath Traveler – Switch – 11,390/175,625
  13. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Switch – 10,875/90,123
  14. Etrian Odyssey X – 3DS – 9,914/81,860
  15. Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy DX – Switch – 9,704/New
  16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch – 8,300/1,074,639
  17. Kirby Star Allies – Switch – 7,657/587,496
  18. Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon – 3DS – 6,451/1,695,264
  19. Bullet Girls Phantasia – PS Vita – 6,441/New
  20. Super Mario Odyssey – Switch – 6,016/1,788,814

And here is the hardware chart:

  1. Switch:  50,143
  2. PS4: 16,982
  3. New 2DS XL: 7,628
  4. PS4 Pro: 5,044
  5. PS Vita: 3,507
  6. New 3DS XL: 2,784
  7. 2DS: 498
  8. Xbox One X: 43
  9. Xbox One: 31

While the Switch continues to sell very well during the summer break, with shoppers looking to bring a console with them on vacation, the top of the software chart is taken by the Yakuza 3 remaster for PS4.

Remasters tend to show very soft performance in Japan, and while the numbers aren’t massive, they’re not bad at all for a game that already launched on PS3.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! proves to be definitely a success on the Switch, thanks to a combination of fitting the platform really well, and being pretty much the perfect game for the Japanese summer.

Fire Pro Wrestling World also comes with a pretty decent debut, especially if you consider its nature as a niche retro-style title. That being said, if you sum PS4 and PS Vita, it would be overtaken by Bullet Girls Phantasia. Japanese gamers definitely still love their waifus.

If you want to compare these results with last week’s, you can check them out in our dedicated article.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.