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This Week In Sales Finale: Shadows Only Live Twice, Sales Are Forever


Period: The week of March 18 – March 24 (2019) [Finale]

Top-seller: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – 157,548 (PS4)

Nintendo Switch sales: 56,099 (Last week – 56,954)

Nintendo 2DS sales: 2,300 (793)

New Nintendo 2DS LL sales: 4,731 (4,040)

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 912 (892)

PlayStation 4 sales: 27,061 (25,015)

PlayStation 4 Pro sales: 7,834 (7,206)

PlayStation Vita sales: 376 (870)

Xbox One sales: 63 (45)

Xbox One X sales: 28 (91)

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Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

Last week in Japan was a bit of a bittersweet, week as it saw the release of big titles like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Super Robot Wars T, and Atelier Lulua, but it was also the final week of the sales column provided by Media Create. The Japanese sales tracker Media shared the latest video game software and hardware sales data from the week of March 18 to March 24, 2019.


The top-selling #1 title of the week goes to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice with 157,548 units sold on PS4 for an excellent debut. While it may not rank as high as FromSoftware’s Dark Souls games in opening sales, it pulled similar numbers to Bloodborne when it debuted as a new IP in Japan back in 2015. Check out how they compare below:

  • (2011) Dark Souls  – 279,567 [PS3]
  • (2014) Dark Souls II261,147 [PS3-255,197|X360-5,950]
  • (2015) Bloodborne – 152,567 [PS4]
  • (2016) Dark Souls III210,141 [PS4]
  • (2018) Dark Souls: Remastered71,730 [PS4]
  • (2019) Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – 157,548 [PS4]


Next up, we have Super Robot Wars T at #2 with 88,093 units sold on PS4 and at #3 with 44,051 units sold on Switch to combine for a total of 132,144 units. Here’s how it compares to the previous couple entries:

  • (2017) Super Robot Wars V – 183,887 [PS4-100,154|PSV-83,733]
  • (2018) Super Robot Wars X 143,301 [PS4-89,259|PSV-54,042]
  • (2019) Super Robot Wars T – 132,144 [PS4-88,093|Switch-44,051]


Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! debuted with the Switch version at #4 with 28,509 units sold and the PS4 version at #6 with 21,041 units sold, combining for 49,550 units between the two.


The latest Atelier game released with Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland for PlayStation 4 at #5 with 27,734 units sold and for Switch at #13 with 12,473 units sold in its debut for a total of 40,207 units sold between the two. It’s the first rise in opening sales for the main entry since Atelier Sophie in 2015, so it’ll be crucial for Gust and Koei Tecmo to ride the momentum going into the next Atelier game. You can check out some of the previous Atelier game debuts below:

  • (2013) Atelier Escha & Logy – 57,550 [PS3]
  • (2014) Atelier Shallie – 43,744 [PS3]
  • (2015) Atelier Sophie – 68,106 [PS4-39,759|PSV-25,805]
  • (2016) Atelier Firis – 43,525  [PS4-23,372|PSV-16,153]
  • (2017) Atelier Lydie & Suelle – 21,129 [PS4]
  • (2019) Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists – 31,314 [PS4/PSV/Switch]
  • (2019) Atelier Lulua – 40,207 [PS4-27,734|Switch-12,473]


Lastly, we have Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet at #11 with 12,958 units sold on PS4 and at #20 with 7,075 units sold on Switch to combine for 20,033 units. The original Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 sold 44,723 units with Fortune on PS4 and 21,959 units with Venus on PS Vita to combine for 66,682 units.


In hardware sales, the PlayStation 4 system sold 27,061 units and an additional 7,834 units of PS4 Pros for a total of 34,895 units between the two. The Nintendo Switch sold 56,099 units as the best-selling console of the week, making up about 56.4% of all hardware sales. Going by Media Create’s final figures, the Nintendo Switch is currently at 7,749,855 units sold in Japan since its launch in March 3, 2017.


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

LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSysPublisher
New01.Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice157,548NewPS4From Software
New02.Super Robot Wars T88,093NewPS4Bandai Namco
New03.Super Robot Wars T44,051NewSwitchBandai Namco
New04.Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy!28,509NewSwitchSquare Enix
New05.Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland27,734NewPS4Koei Tecmo
New06.Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy!21,041NewPS4Square Enix
04.07.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate21,0082,974,153SwitchNintendo
05.08.New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe17,827534,367SwitchNintendo
03.09.Devil May Cry 515,353164,703PS4Capcom
01.10.The Division 215,18679,003PS4Ubisoft
New11.Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet12,958NewPS4Koei Tecmo
06.12.Mario Kart 8 Deluxe12,5042,190,792SwitchNintendo
New13.Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland12,473NewSwitchKoei Tecmo
07.14.Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Let’s Go, Eevee!10,7271,546,944SwitchPokémon Company
11.15.Super Mario Party9,2881,064,507SwitchNintendo
10.17.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild8,5851,334,410SwitchNintendo
13.18.Splatoon 27,8912,970,723SwitchNintendo
02.19.One Piece: World Seeker7,73758,777PS4Bandai Namco
New20.Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet7,075NewSwitchKoei Tecmo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create. We’d also like to thank all the hard workers at Media Create for their services and having provided us with Japanese sales numbers for well over a decade.

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