Nintendo Switch and PS4 Start 2018 With Explosive Week in Japan According to Media Create

The Nintendo Switch is the king of the Japanese New Year, and the PS4 also shows strong sales in one of the busiest Holiday shopping weeks.

January 11, 2018

Today Media Create released its weekly sales chart for the Japanese market, one day late due to the Holiday break that created a slight backlog. The chart is related to the period between January 1st and January 7th, and it’s one of the most relevant of the year.

Below you can read the software chart. The second number for each game represents its lifetime sales at brick and mortar stores.

  1. Splatoon 2 – Switch – 117, 840/1,882,709
  2. Super Mario Odyssey – Switch – 110, 816/1,508,148
  3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Switch – 82, 806/1,215,599
  4. Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon – 3DS – 69, 355/1,477,015
  5. Mario Party: The Top 100 – 3DS – 51, 818/103, 999
  6. Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Sword/Magnum – 3DS – 34,565/465, 985
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch – 31, 761/802, 811
  8. ARMS – Switch – 25, 374/339, 328
  9. 1-2-Switch – Switch – 21, 104/371, 033
  10. Earth Defense Force 5 – PS4 – 19, 948/201, 414
  11. Kirby Battle Royale – 3DS – 14,561/139, 564
  12. Call of Duty: WWII – PS4 – 13, 305/362, 2009
  13. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo – 3DS – 13, 208/357, 703
  14. Pokkén Tournament DX- Switch –  12,553/204,038
  15. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Switch – 11,483/168, 200
  16. Minecraft: PS Vita Edition – PS Vita – 9,517/1,273,777
  17.  Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park e Youkoso – Switch – 9, 505/47, 989
  18. Snipperclips – Switch – 9,290/43, 909
  19. FIFA 18 – Switch – 8,915/71, 698
  20. Girls Mode 4 Star Stylist  – 3DS – 8,639/119,777

You can also find the hardware chart below.

  1. Switch – 146, 006
  2. PS4 – 75, 344
  3. New 2DS XL – 28,237
  4. PS4 Pro – 16,339
  5. New 3DS XL – 12, 246
  6. PS Vita – 11, 929
  7. 2DS – 5,254
  8. Xbox One – 190
  9. Xbox One X – 9

Those who are not familiar with the Japanese gaming market will probably be surprised that about the high sales in the first week of January, but it’s definitely not shocking. In Japan, New Year is the actual holiday, with Christmas being more of a tradition adopted from the west.

Especially entertainment markets get a large boost due to the tradition called “Otoshidama,” which prompts parents to gift money to their children on New Year’s day. This also sees a limited extension in other areas of Japanese society and results into a large influx of cold hard cash ready to be spent into fun.

Being the new kid on the block the Switch definitely benefited the most from all the spending, with another 146,000 units that found a loving Japanese home. This officially brings the console over 3.5 million units sold in the country (3,566,794 to be precise), officially passing the lifetime sales of the Wii U.

Speaking of the Wii U, Media Create has officially stopped tracking it, and the same goes for PS3.

The PS4 also got a big boost, showing by far the best sales of the Holiday season, and basically doubling the result of the Christmas week with 91,683 units sold between the base and Pro models combined. This actually shows an improvement year-on-year, and puts Sony’s console just shy of six million units sold in Japan during its lifetime.

On the software front, the Switch is firmly at the top, with those purchasing a new console hurrying to also buy Nintendo’s staple titles. With no new releases in the week, the top of the ranking is basically identical to the one before, with the only relevant change being Splatoon 2 overtaking Super Mario Odyssey and conquering the first place. With the two games being often neck and neck, it’s becoming more and more unlikely that Mario will manage to overtake the third-person-shooter as the best selling Switch game.

Giuseppe Nelva

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.

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