This Week In Sales: Pokémon Sun & Moon Makes Its Grand Debut

By Sato . November 27, 2016 . 12:00am

Period: The week of November 14th – November 20 (2016)

Top-seller: Pokémon Sun & Moon – 1,590,629

Nintendo 3DS sales: 529

Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 96

Nintendo 2DS – 17,769

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 8,193

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 81,044

PlayStation Vita sales: 9,191

Wii U sales: 3,251

PlayStation 4 sales: 25,605

PlayStation 4 Pro: 12,421

PlayStation 3 sales: 625

Xbox One sales: 186

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Last week, Japan saw the biggest first-week debut for any title this year with the highly anticipated release of Pokémon Sun & Moon. Japanese sales tracker Media Create gives us a look at how it performed along with other titles not named Pokémon from the week of November 14 through November 20, 2016.

 

#1 of the week goes to Pokémon Sun & Moon with a whopping 1,590,629 sold in its debut. Combined with the Pokémon Sun & Moon Double Pack, which placed #2 with 151,379 copies sold. With the double pack counting towards two copies each, it totaled to a grand 1,893,387. According to Media Create, Sun version sold roughly 808,000 copies while Moon version sold around 783,000.

 

You might be wondering “what about the 1.9 millions in three days that was reported earlier?” Keep in mind that Famitsu and Media Create are two different trackers, and both may have similar numbers, but will always be slightly different, but the reason Famitsu has much higher numbers is because they also include digital cards that are sold at retailers (but not digital sales from the eShop).

 

Now here’s the fun part—let’s see how it stacks compared to the first-week sales of Pokémon titles going all the way back to Ruby & Sapphire in 2002, provided by Media Create:

 

  • (2002) Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire – 1,093,299 [GBA]
  • (2004) Pokémon Fire Red & Leaf Green – 1,013,119 [GBA]
  • (2004) Pokémon Emerald – 790,527 [GBA]
  • (2006) Pokémon Diamond & Pearl – 1,588,734 [DS]
  • (2008) Pokémon Platinum – 963,273 [DS]
  • (2009) Pokémon Heart Gold & Soul Silver – 1,442,990 [DS]
  • (2010) Pokémon Black & White – 2,557,779 [DS]
  • (2012) Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 – 1,561,738 [DS]
  • (2013) Pokémon X & Y – 1,866,570 [3DS]
  • (2014) Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire – 1,327,671 [3DS]
  • (2016) Pokémon Sun & Moon – 1,893,387 [3DS]

 

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[Thanks for the data and chart, Ishaan!]

 

As you can see, Pokémon Sun & Moon’s debut with the double pack puts it at the 2nd all-time best-selling debut for the series. According to Media Create, the sell-through rate was around 80%, about the same X & Y had, except it didn’t have a double pack to go with it.

 

On the hardware side, Pokémon Sun & Moon proved to be console-sellers, as it helped move 81,044 units of the New 3DS LL, an increase of 398.36% compared to the week prior with the additional 34,000 units of the Pikachu Yellow model and 9,000 units of the Solgaleo and Lunala Black model. The 3DS family as a whole sold about 108,000 units, about 333.21% increase compared to the week prior. Starting this week, we’ll begin seeing a separate set of numbers for the PlayStation 4 Pro, which sold about half the total of the standard PlayStation 4.

 

The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys Publisher
New 01. Pokémon Sun & Moon 1,590,629 New 3DS Pokémon Company
New 02. Pokémon Sun & Moon Double Pack 151,379 New 3DS Pokémon Company
05. 03. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare 11,120 142,954 PS4 SIE
01. 04. Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star 9,276 82,295 PSV Marvelous
02. 05. Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star 8,723 76,079 PS4 Marvelous
09. 06. Battlefield 1 8,494 203,863 PS4 EA
04. 07. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition 7,587 34,917 PS4 Bethesda
08. 08. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 6,703 87,105 PS4 Bandai Namco
12. 09. Mario Party: Star Rush 6,021 63,897 3DS Nintendo
07. 10. Beyblade Burst 5,611 22,127 3DS FuRyu
17. 11. Minecraft: Wii U Edition 4,932 176,825 Wii U Microsoft Japan
13. 12. Monster Hunter Stories 4,778 271,566 3DS Capcom
18. 13. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition 4,727 920,327 PSV SIE
10. 14. Titanfall 2 4,583 46,709 PS4 EA
03. 15. PriPara Mezameyo! Megami no Dress Design 4,086 32,951 3DS Takara Tomy
15. 16. Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization 3,991 95,670 PSV Bandai Namco
16. 17. World of Final Fantasy 3,513 72,437 PSV Square Enix
14. 18. Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization 3,363 96,395 PS4 Bandai Namco
New 19. Hakuoki Yuugiroku Taishi-tachi no Daienkai 3,288 New PSV Idea Factory
??? 20. Kirby: Planet Robobot 3,100 469,860 3DS Nintendo

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.



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