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Japan: Nintendo Switch Sells 39K And Nintendo 3DS Sells 10K

This week’s Japanese sales data is in thanks to the team over at Media Create. It would appear as though nothing can top Monster Hunter World at the moment as the game is still the best-selling video game in the country. One the hardware side of things, it’s a fight between the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4 as the best-selling system and it’s the PlayStation 4 which has come out on top. Here’s the best-sellers this week in Japan:

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World (Limited and Bundle Editions Included) (Capcom, 01/26/18) – 85,322 (1,836,291)
  2. [PS4] Secret of Mana (Square Enix, 02/15/18) – 36,042 (New)
  3. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 21,815 (2,042,844)
  4. [PSV] Idolish7: Twelve Fantasia (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 02/15/18) – 21,481 (New)
  5. [PS4] Dynasty Warriors 9 (Limited Edition Included) (Koei Tecmo, 02/08/18) – 21,180 (138,675)
  6. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04,28,17) – 19,280 (1,346,387)
  7. [PSV] Secret of Mana (Square Enix, 02/15/18) – 17,947 (New)
  8. [PS4] A Certain Magical Virtual-On (Sega, 02/15/18) – 17,938 (New)
  9. [PS4] Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 02/08/18) – 12,981 (88,604)
  10. [NSW] Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Nintendo, 01/18/18) – 12,776 (142,591)
  11. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 12,640 (1,614,506)
  12. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 11,764 (871,528)
  13. [NSW] Bayonetta Ultimate Climax Edition (Nintendo, 02/16/18) – 11,694 (New)
  14. [NSW] Bayonetta 2 (Nintendo, 02/16/18) – 9,532 (New)
  15. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Nintendo, 11/17/17) – 9,358 (1,558,042)
  16. [PSV] A Certain Magical Virtual-On (Sega, 02/15/18) – 9,284 (New)
  17. [PS4] Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco, 02/01/18) – 5,975 (88,943)
  18. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 (Nintendo, 12/28/17) – 5,842 (161,624)
  19. [NSW] Arms (Nintendo, 06/16/17) – 4,234 (369,040)
  20. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 4,194 (399,757)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. PlayStation 4 – 41,496 (59,691)
  2. Switch – 39,303 (43,404)
  3. PlayStation 4 Pro – 8,006(11,615)
  4. New 2DS LL – 5,778 (6,031)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 4,959 (4,133)
  6. New 3DS LL – 3,424 (3,581)
  7. 2DS – 959 (904)
  8. Xbox One X – 133 (209)
  9. Xbox One – 57 (52)

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  1. Starting to return to normal levels now after monster hunter. Wonder what the next game to give switch a big boost will be. Selling 40-50k each week in a quiet release period is pretty solid though.

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  2. Whats interesting, is that Bayonetta 2 special edition was sold out on any retailer that was willing to ship it to west. Don’t know what the situation in country was like.
    I’m guessing print was not that huge.
    My retailer got +27 Special Editions that it sold out as soon as listed.
    They received grand total of 20 of the normal edition. Sold out as well, more to be expected in may.

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  3. See? Not only MWH didn’t even slightly faze Nintendo Switch but it’s numbers are still high and as for the 3DS, from the way I see it’s consistent 10k since the Switch launched, it REALLY must retire from gaming market life and give Nintendo’s once proprietary handheld line up a good send off.


      1. Which one? Also, why not just retire the whole system line? It’s not gonna sell well past the next few months with the Switch around and it’s also holding the Switch back.


      2. Original 2DS. They might bring back New 3DS regular size at as low or cheaper price then original 2DS. Nintendo is trying to abnormally extend the 3DS lifespan. During 2019 Nintendo will phase out New 3DS Family of Systems. I think they have one New 3DS game they plan to use bridge to Nintendo’s newest system. Sounds like they’re making another fully all gimicks system like 3DS with Retail games costing a maximum of $20 to $30 and Hardward costing as low as $129.


      3. I don’t think they’re gonna revive the original 3DS model when 1. The 3D sucks and 2. The battery sucks while not having the current exclusive features the new model has. Also, it must retire like..yesterday.


      4. I was talking about the New 3DS regular size, not old 3DS, LOL. And I think at a price of either $99 or $79 or $49. They can get one last boost of sales this way before discontinuation. Having only 3 New modoels for sale makes sense, and the New 3DS still gets exclusives. But yeah, these handhelds (3DS family) are in their last year(s).


      5. @kaizar999 that model was discontinued way back in December, 2016. Yes, the official announcement wasn’t until the summer of 2017, but if you look at their financial reports, they stopped shipping New 3DS models (with the faceplates to be sure we’re talking about the same model), in 12/31/2016. With production discontinued over 1 1/2 years, and with the atrocious sales of the New 3DS faceplate model, there’s no way they’re bringing it back, the Game Boy Micro has more sales than the New 3DS faceplate model!


      6. The 2DS only sells because it’s$80, but its the least features system. If the New 3DS was sold at $80, it would boost sells of the 3DS family of systems considerably, plus Nintendo needs a new gimmeck in sales tactics, to keep sells up. Nintendo won’t discontinue the 3DS till summer 2019 at the earliest. Captain Toad & Paper Mario Color Splash will be ported to the 4DS.

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  4. This might continue until the Labo project launches… Labo might be a game changer for Nintendo and Pokemon will blow it through the roof this year.
    PS4 has really done well on the back of Monster Hunter World.

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  5. Meanwhile in the US, the 3DS family has increased in sales despite a decrease in software- ie scalpers and collectors are gobbling up all those special edition Pikachu and Pokeball and Link systems. Once Nintendo stops releasing special editions, expect to see hardware sales for the US mimic what’s going on in Japan, especially since both countries are seeing massive software drops, and software, not hardware is where Nintendo makes their profits. They don’t care if they sell 1 trillion systems, if they can’t sell 1 trillion games on it, then hardware sales have failed.


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