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Japan: New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Has An Impressive Debut On Nintendo Switch

It is already Wednesday which means it is time to have a look at the latest Media Create sales charts which are now in from Japan. The Nintendo Switch has got off to a good start in 2019 and while sales have dropped a little from last week, it is still comfortably outselling the PlayStation 4. This week saw the release of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe which shot straight to number one with an impressive debut.

  1. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/11/19) – 166,303 (New)
  2. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 62,580 (2,676,740)
  3. [PS4] Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 01/11/19) – 41,510 (New)
  4. [NSW] Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 01/11/19) – 26,588 (New)
  5. [NSW] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix, 12/20/18) – 19,565 (199,003)
  6. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 19,054 (955,194)
  7. [PS4] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix, 12/20/18) – 17,931 (197,062)
  8. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! (Bundle Editions Included) (Nintendo, 11/16/18) – 15,353 (1,414,948)
  9. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 14,991 (2,070,890)
  10. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Bundle Version Included) (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 12,590 (562,344)
  11. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 11,061 (2,893,881)
  12. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 8,636 (1,255,292)
  13. [NSW] Go Vacation (Bandai Namco, 12/27/18) – 7,576 (42,711)
  14. [PS4] Judgment (Sega, 12/13/18) – 6,837 (240,293)
  15. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (SIE, 10/12/18) – 5,618 (519,799)
  16. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun (Bandai Namco, 07/19/18) – 4,682 (290,959)
  17. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 4,134 (1,935,809)
  18. [PS4] God Eater 3 (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 12/13/18) – 3,546 (204,056)
  19. [NSW] Kirby: Star Allies (Nintendo, 03/16/18) – 3,082 (720,725)
  20. [NSW] Fitness Boxing (Imagineer, 12/20/18) – 3,024 (13,201)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Switch – 78,056 (199,982)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 12,012 (87,669)
  3. PlayStation 4 Pro – 6,289 (29,513)
  4. New 2DS LL – 3,954 (22,645)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 1,711 (4,138)
  6. New 3DS LL – 1,483 (3,281)
  7. 2DS – 268 (557)
  8. Xbox One X – 38 (102)
  9. Xbox One – 12 (53)

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24 comments

      1. Only one solution to release the steam. Jack the valve and open the floodgates, don’t forget paper my friend.

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  1. I’ll never understand why third party games sells half the amount of what they sells on PS4. I’m unhappy for that. Hope developers don’t see our Switch as an unattractive platform, for that (though Dragon Quest did good).
    Anyway another great week for the Switch. I’m happy about Fitness Boxing flopping hard.

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    1. A bunch of third-party games actually sell better on Switch. The list even includes an example for that with Dragon Quest Builders 2. An even better example is the indie market, where a lot of games actually sell best on Switch. I think it really depends more on the type of game. There’s games that fit better onto Switch and there’s games that fit better onto PS4. Not to mention that PS4 currently has a way bigger install base, so games having higher sales numbers on PS4 would actually be natural.

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      1. I’m kinda puzzled by tales of vesperia performance.
        There is now only about million difference in install base.
        And the game sold better on Switch in other regions.

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      2. As petric said PS4 and Switch are over 9 millions units, maybe it’s just because on the Nintendo platform there is actual competition with Nintendo games and people prefer them over third party games.

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      3. Ah, good point, I was thinking of the global install base – wasn’t aware they were already this close in Japan. The Switch is on fire over there.

        I don’t know about Vesperia. Maybe it’s just that Sony consoles are still more traditionally associated with J-RPGs (because of the PS1 and PS2 era), so people prefer to buy them there? I can only guess. Having already played the game quite a bit on my Switch, I can say that the performance is definitely pretty shaky here and there, the targeted 60 FPS are rarely reached once dungeons get slightly bigger. I doubt performance is a factor for a lot of people (even I am only slightly bothered by it), but at least some of them probably decided to buy it on PS4 because of this, since I assume the PS4 would manage a rock-solid 60 FPS.

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      4. I doubt it too it should be about performance, RPG people don’t care that much about it, also the Switch is a portable system too and that is much more important to japanese people (being able to carry their RPG on commute), I think it’s about competion with Nintendo games and also the fact that people can buy multiple Switch systems in one family while mere consoles (and not handheld) like PS4 are bought one for an entire family (with the Switch they can buy multiple consoles but rarely multiple cartridges, so there should be more actual PS4 users).

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  2. It’s surprising. At the time this was originally released, I had played several Mario games and was quite burned out on the plumber. But the appeal of 2D Mario games cant be underestimated. Though I really hope this doesn’t sell more than Super Mario Odyssey somewhere down the line. That would be really irritating.

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    1. ” Though I really hope this doesn’t sell more than Super Mario Odyssey somewhere down the line. That would be really irritating.”

      Wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. Mario Odyssey was, for me, one of the most poorly designed and disappointing titles of the franchise. The difficulty is so nonexistence, that I argue that at times it doesn’t even qualify as a game at all. Take three steps to the left? Congratulations! Here’s a Power Moon! Even that too much work for you? Just go to the shop and plunk down 100 coins and you can skip the game entirely.

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      1. I think you are so wrong. I’m definitely not a newbie, still I found some challenge in it. Also I don’t think games have to stress out people, instead they must please them. Mario Odissey is an excellent game, like Super Mario 64. If it was so easy they wouldn’t have included an ‘easy mode’. My children (9-10) did used it.

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  3. DK Tropical Freeze is the better game. Even put more effort in the port.
    Not that this one is bad, no not at all, just not DK, that’s all my friends.

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  4. This game is 6 years old. When the Switch was in R&D in 2013 ,why didnt they just make an all new game then within the last 6 years? And why the games people not asking for, Nintendo makes immediately like Mario Tennis and Mario Party? Why they cant be just as motivated to make a new DK and NSMBU? Look how long it took to do Luigi’s Mansion 3.

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  5. After they finish Luigi’s Mansion 3. I NEED to email the developers to start Luigi’s Mansion 4 immediately. Otherwise have of yall will be grand parents before Nintendo even release that information.

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  6. Remember when Nintendo made games immediately like Mario Galaxy 2? Both Galaxy 1 and 2 was on the Wii. Pikmin1 and 2,

    Zelda Wind Waker and Twilight princess both on Gamecube.

    Wii had Twilight princess and Skyward Sword.

    Wii U only had Breath of the wild.

    N64 had Ocarina of Time and that Majoria’s Mask.

    They just getting more and more lazy.

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