Pokémon Keeps Dominating Media Create; Xbox One S Japanese Launch Gives Xbox One Sales a Small Bump

on November 30, 2016 8:51 AM

Today Media Create released its top-twenty sales chart for software and its weekly hardware chart giving us a glimpse on the performance of the Japanese market last week. This time around we see the debut of many games, and a rather interesting entry, the local release of the Xbox One S on November 24th.

First things first: here is the software chart.

  1. Pokémon Sun and Moon – 3DS –  375,665 / 1,966,294
  2. SD Gundam G Generation Genesis – PS Vita –  88,324 / New
  3. SD Gundam G Generation Genesis – PS4 – 87,568 / New
  4. Sengoku Musou: Sanada Maru – PS4 – 26,682 / New
  5. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo – 3DS – 16,916 / New
  6. Sengoku Musou: Sanada Maru – PS Vita – 13,049 / New
  7. Sengoku Musou: Sanada Maru – PS3 – 11,040 / New
  8. Aikatsu Stars! My Special Appeal – 3DS – 10,087 / New
  9. Code: Realize Shukufuku no Mirai – PS Vita – 8,250 / New
  10. Monster Hunter Frontier Z – PS4 – 7,341 / New
  11. RPG Maker Fes – 3DS – 7,135 / New
  12. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – PS4 – 6,506 / 149,460
  13. Mario Party: Star Rush – 3DS – 6,328 / 70,225
  14. Pokémon Sun and Moon Double Pack – 3DS – 6,113 / 157,492
  15. Battlefield 1 – PS4 – 5,641 / 209,504
  16. Minecraft: PS Vita Edition – PS Vita – 5,628 / 925,955
  17. Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Wii U – 5,394 / 182,219
  18. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition – PS4 – 5,223 / 40,140
  19. Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star – PS Vita – 3,929 / 86,224
  20. Beyblade Burst – 3DS – 3,845 / 25,972

Following, the hardware chart.

  1. New3DS XL – 45,622
  2. PS4 – 33,859
  3. 2DS – 18,158
  4. PS Vita – 12,240
  5. PS4 Pro – 8,243
  6. New 3DS – 6,955
  7. Wii U – 3,493
  8. Xbox One – 778
  9. PS3 – 623
  10. 3DS – 482
  11. 3DS XL – 95

The launch of the HDR-enabled and slimmer Xbox One S shook sales a bit, lifting them up from 186 the week before, to 778. Of course, the bump remains small, and I don’t think anyone really expected an explosion.

PS4 Pro sales also dropped further, much lower than the very solid sales of the cheaper CUH-2000 PS4. It’ll be interesting to see its results starting next week. With the release of Final Fantasy XV and then Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, which are both visually intensive Japanese games, local consumers might get a spike in interest, and it’s probably Sony’s best interest to have enough units on the shelves, but we’ll have to wait and see about this.

As a small note of color, this week we see a PS3 game back in the top-twenty, thanks to Sengoku Musou: Sanada Maru. Older generation sales are often pushed by anime and TV Shows, that bring more casual customers with outdated machine back into the fold. Sanada Yukimura’s popularity has boomed in Japan due to a recent TV drama.

Last, but definitely not least, Pokémon keeps dominating by far, also pushing 3DS sales in the process. Yet, this was pretty much as predictable as the size of the bump in Xbox One sales: no one stops the Pokémon train.

 /  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.