Splatoon 2 Obliterates Media Create Japanese Sales Chart; Pushes Almost 100,000 Switch Units

If you want to see what total domination looks like, Splatoon 2 and the Japanese Media Create sales charts will provide a solid example.

July 26, 2017

If there was any doubt on the fact that Japanese gamers love Splatoon, it has been wiped off the face of the planet today. The newly-released Media Create charts related to the period between July 17th and July 23rd were absolutely dominated by Splatoon 2, which of course also pushed sales of the Nintendo Switch.

Below you can read the full ranking:

  1. Splatoon 2 – Switch – 648,085/New
  2. Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy – 3DS – 70, 867/New
  3. Hey! Pikmin – 3DS – 21, 628/87,494
  4. Sumikko-gurashi Koko, Doko Nandesu? – 3DS – 20,883/New
  5. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – PS4 – 19,049/119, 813
  6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Switch – 12,980/588, 028
  7. Fate/EXTELLA – Switch – 10,247/NEW
  8. ARMS – Switch – 7, 984/177, 987
  9. Gundam Versus – PS4 – 6,665/143, 844
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch – 5,989/543, 016
  11. Pokémon Sun & Moon – 3DS – 5,276/3,295,102
  12. Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] – PS4 – 5,013/New
  13. Ever Oasis – 3DS – 4,511/18,835
  14. Monster Hunter XX – 3DS – 3, 354/1,546,392
  15. Minecraft: PS Vita Edition – PS Vita – 3,331/1,180,284
  16. Cars 3: Driven to Win – Switch – 3,220/New
  17. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo – 3DS – 3, 201/205, 098
  18. World Election – PS Vita – 3,017/New
  19. Grand Theft Auto V – PS4 – 2,792/366, 844
  20. 1-2-Switch – Switch – 2,636/233, 737

And here’s the hardware chart:

  1. Switch: 98, 999
  2. PS4: 23, 841
  3. New 2DS XL: 17,717
  4. New 3DS XL: 13, 108
  5. PS4 Pro: 7,037
  6. PS Vita: 4,545
  7. 2DS: 2,300
  8. New 3DS: 1,020
  9. Wii U: 176
  10. PS3: 142
  11. Xbox One: 77

Splatoon 2 completely obliterated the competition, pushing almost 100,000 Switch consoles. Nintendo must have pulled out every little bit of stock they had available in order to partly satisfy demand of the console. Not only the game sold by far more than any other released last week, but it outsold the lifetime Japanese sales of former best selling Switch game, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe. In a week.

The 3DS family of system also shown good performance, with Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy, Hey! Pikmin and Sumikko-gurashi Koko, Doko Nandesu? occupying the ranks between two and four.

Despite the Nintendo onslaught, PS4 managed to sell well, with a solid 30,878 units despite the lack of new system sellers, a good indication that the console has hit its stride in Japan. Just today, we learn that it passed five million units sold in its shelf lifetime in Japan.

If this week was a big one for the Japanese market, the next will probably be even bigger. Splatoon 2 will probably have a long tail, but the attention will all be on Dragom Quest XI: Will the PS4 take its revenge over Nintendo by beating the 3DS version, or maybe Japanese gamers will push a Nintendo console at the top again by choosing portability and nostalgia over beauty?

We’ll know next Wednesday.

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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