Nintendo Switch Sells Over 220,000 Units in Japan in a Week According to Media Create

The Nintendo Switch and its top games sell like bowls of hot ramen and baked sweet potatoes combined in the Japanese winter season.

on December 20, 2017 5:11 PM

Today is Wednesday and like every week, Media Create released its sales charts for the Japanese market, giving us a look at how the Holiday shopping period is pushing consoles and games.

Below you can read the software charts for the period between December 11th and December 17th.

  1. Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Sword/Magnum – 3DS – 208,540/New
  2. Super Mario Odyssey – Switch – 133, 180/1,082,650
  3. Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon – 3DS – 119, 005/1,169,173
  4. Splatoon 2 – Switch – 70, 489/1,530,859
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Switch – 50,679/945, 232
  6. Earth Defense Force 5 – PS4 – 33, 333/144, 408
  7. Yakuza Kiwami 2 – PS4 – 26,650/158, 581
  8. Kirby Battle Royale – 3DS – 25, 180/72, 528
  9. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory – PS Vita – 24,636/New
  10. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory – PS4 – 20,890/New
  11. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch – 19, 469/702, 460
  12. Harvest Moon: Twin Villages – 3DS – 15,612/New
  13. Resident Evil 7 biohazard: Gold Edition – PS4 – 14,787/New
  14. Girls Mode 4 Star Stylist  – 3DS – 13,532/84,236
  15. Pokémon Ultra Sun/Pokémon Ultra Moon Double Pack – 3DS – 12, 117/302, 266
  16. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Switch – 12,017/129, 426
  17. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo – 3DS – 12, 007/318, 524
  18. Pokkén Tournament DX- Switch –  11, 144/150, 782
  19. ARMS- Switch – 10, 714/272, 206
  20. Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Dokonan Desu? – 3DS – 10,072/92,586

And here is the hardware chart:

  1. Switch – 221, 210
  2. PS4 – 45, 161
  3. New 2DS XL – 31, 653
  4. New 3DS XL – 19, 115
  5. PS4 Pro – 17,804
  6. PS Vita – 9,049
  7. 2DS – 4, 324
  8. Xbox One – 2,175
  9. New 3DS – 421
  10. Xbox One X – 132
  11. Wii U – 75
  12. PS3 – 44

The first obvious element is that pent-up demand for the Switch is making sales explode now that Nintendo is managing to put more units on the shelves. Over 220,000 units in a week is a very flattering result, and the console has sold 2,908,416 units in Japan life-to-date. This means that it’ll probably be over three million units this week.

While the Yo-kai Watch Busters 2 topped the software sales, showing once more the popularity of Level-5’s child-friendly IP, exceptional Switch sales pushed the most successful games on the console, including Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Super Mario Odyssey also passed a million units sold in Japan this week, even if Splatoon 2 appears to still be unreachable as the Switch’s best selling game in the country.

The one Nintendo Switch game that appears to have run out of steam early is Xenoblade Chronicles 2, that is doing a bit better than its predecessor, but is close to dropping out of the chart only three weeks after its release. For some reason, it seems that Monolith Soft’s excellent games haven’t yet found as much purchase among Nintendo’s fanbase in Japan as those created by other first party studios.

 /  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.