This Week In Sales: Monster Hunter Is Still King In Japan

By Sato . January 31, 2018 . 9:15am

Period: The week of January 22 – January 28 (2018)

Top-seller: Monster Hunter: World – 1,245,169 (PlayStation 4)

Nintendo Switch sales: 47,107 (Last week – 43,027)

Nintendo 2DS sales: 1,094 (1,250)

New Nintendo 2DS LL sales: 6,842 (7,302)

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 3,377 (3,563)

PlayStation 4 sales: 110,023 (37,572)

PlayStation 4 Pro sales: 30,122 (14,935)

PlayStation Vita sales: 3,744 (4,256)

Xbox One sales: 68 (103)

Xbox One X sales: 1,618 (1,285)

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Last week, Japan had a big week with the release of Monster Hunter: World which launched globally on January 26, 2018. Japanese sales tracker Media Create released the latest software and hardware sales data from the week of January 15 through January 21, 2018.

 

The top-seller of the week is without a question Monster Hunter: World, which charted at #1 with 1,245,169 sold on PlayStation 4. This is a tremendous debut for any title these days, and it should be interesting to see if any other titles top it the rest of this year.

 

Here’s how the first-week figures of Monster Hunter: World compares to other entries from the series:

  • [2004] Monster Hunter – 124,500 (PS2)
  • [2005] Monster Hunter Freedom – 113,640 (PSP)
  • [2006] Monster Hunter 2 – 362,173 (PS2)
  • [2007] Monster Hunter Freedom 2 – 705,281 (PSP)
  • [2008] Monster Hunter Freedom Unite – 880,468 (PSP)
  • [2009] Monster Hunter Tri – 520,138 (Wii)
  • [2010] Monster Hunter Portable 3rd – 1,950,717 (PSP)
  • [2011] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – 521,959 (3DS)
  • [2013] Monster Hunter 4 – 1,715,060 (3DS)
  • [2014] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – 1,446,289 (3DS)
  • [2015] Monster Hunter Generations – 1,448,367 (3DS)
  • [2017] Monster Hunter XX – 848,467 (3DS)
  • [2018] Monster Hunter: World – 1,245,169 (PS4)

 

Monster Hunter: World’s figures may not be as high as Monster Hunter 4, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and Monster Hunter Generations on 3DS, it managed to sell over 1.2 million to a smaller install base of the PS4 in Japan. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd almost hit 2 million in its debut back in 2010, and while it may seem impossible to surpass today, keep in mind that it happened when the series’ popularity was at a peak during the PSP’s prime.

 

Nonetheless, Monster Hunter: World’s debut is impressive and it should be interesting to see how it performs in the coming weeks. It’s also worth noting that console games tend to not sell as much longterm compared to handheld hits, so this will be a challenge for Capcom as well.

 

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle kept up at #2 with 26,088 units sold on Switch and following closely behind it is Splatoon 2 at #3 with 25,776 units sold. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey are also seeing continued sales, charting at #4 and #5 with 21,834 and 16,664 units sold respectively.

 

As far as other new titles go, the only other one was The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia which debuted with 6,961 units sold on the PS4. It’s a bit on the lower end, but about expected for the series.

 

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On the hardware side of things, the PS4 was the top-selling console after with 110,023 units sold thanks to a huge boost of sales from Monster Hunter: World. The Nintendo Switch continues strong sales with 47,101 units sold, which now puts it at 3,584,982 units sold in Japan since its launch in March 2017, according to Media Create’s trackers.

 

The top-20 chart of the week is as follows:

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys Publisher
New 01. Monster Hunter: World 1,245,169 New PS4 Capcom
01. 02. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 26,088 92,780 Switch Nintendo
03. 03. Splatoon 2 25,776 1,97,810 Switch Nintnedo
04. 04. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 21,834 1,286,634 Switch Nintendo
07. 05. Super Mario Odyssey 16,664 1,571,976 Switch Nintendo
08. 06. Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon 12,702 1,528,001 3DS Pokémon Company
10. 07. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 10,240 834,968 Switch Nintendo
06. 08. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT 7,999 134,100 PS4 Square Enix
11. 09. Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Sword & Magnum 7,755 490,853 3DS Level-5
New 10. The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia 6,961 New PS4 Bandai Namco
09. 11. Mario Party: The Top 100 6,535 142,308 3DS Nintendo
02. 12. Gintama Rumble 5,800 44,243 PS4 Bandai Namco
17. 13. Pokkén Tournament DX 4,765 214,730 Switch Pokémon Company
15. 14. ARMS 4,399 356,031 Switch Nintendo
16. 15. 1-2-Switch 4,375 386,695 Switch Nintendo
14. 16. Call of Duty: WWII 4,203 379,286 PS4 SIE
05. 17. Gintama Rumble 3,790 27,207 PSV Bandai Namco
40. 18. FIFA 18 3,720 78,169 Switch EA
13. 19. Earth Defense Force 5 3,292 221,894 PS4 D3 Publisher
21. 20. Monster Hunter XX Nintendo Switch Ver. 3,162 207,939 Switch Capcom

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.



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