Following Wednesday’s results, Media Create has published its weekly analysis on the situation of the Japanese video game market.
Last week (from June 26th to July 2nd), software sales were 278,000 in total, which is 94.48% compared to the previous week. Newly-released games sold 68,000 copies in toital, which is a further decrease of 23,000 units from the week prior.
The top-selling game of this week, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology for 3DS sold only 61.91% of the initial shipment. On the other hand, the sales of older games increased slghtly, from 204,400 to 210,000 units sold week-over-week.
Hardware sales were on the rise from a fairly disappointing week, with 76,000 units total, which is 112.20% of the total sold the previous seven days.
Sales of PS4 and PS4 Pro recovered from the second week of June, when they had dipped under 20,000 units sold, and have been on the rise for three consecutive weeks. The Nintendo Switch also recovered slightly from last week, moving 25,805 against 22,361 units.
Notably, Media Create Expect strong sales for both PS4 and Switch starting from mid-July on both the hardware and software fronts.
Looking at the calendar, the Switch has Splatoon 2 coming on July 21st, and the first game has been very successful in Japan. The momentum should carry on in August with Monster Hunter XX on the 25th. It remains to be seen how many Monster Hunter fans are willing to double dip for a remaster of a game released on 3DS just five months before.
On the PS4 front, the Dragon Quest XI juggernaut is ready to hit on July 29th. Considering the massive popularity of the series in Japan, it has the potential to drive sales for Sony’s home console for the whole summer and deep into the fall. The only unknown factor is the Switch version, that has been teased but not revealed, and remains without a release date. Will Nintendo users hold out for it, maybe buying the 3DS version to bridge them over, or maybe they will be charmed by the visual glitz of the PS4 version and make the jump?