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This Week In Sales: Monster Hunter X Continues To Soar, SMT X FE Drops


Period: The week of December 28th (2015) – January 3rd (2016)

Top-seller: Monster Hunter X – 130,063

Nintendo 3DS sales: 21,621

Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 3,205

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 21,501

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 73,778

PlayStation Vita sales: 63,811

Vita TV sales: 670

Wii U sales: 53,547

PlayStation 4 sales: 65,427

Xbox One sales: 765

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Following the delayed sales and rankings from the week prior, Media Crates updated with the latest Japanese sales data from this past week of December 28th through January 3rd. For the first time in a while, we didn’t have any new releases for the week.


This marks the first week going into 2016 and also the first week after Christmas, so there are noticeable drops throughout software and hardware sales. Monster Hunter X continued leading the pack with a strong finish on top at the end of 2015 with Monster Strike following in second place. Splatoon should also get a mention for consistently selling well throughout most of the year.


Monster Hunter X hit a milestone of 2.5 million units in sales, a few months earlier than what Capcom’s expected date of March 31, 2016 for hitting the figure, so they can add another one to their list of successful titles from the series.


One missing title that stands out is Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem (Genei Ibun Roku#FE) which failed to make the top-20 list, meaning that it sold less than 8,122 units total a week after its release.


In the previous sales report, we looked at various possibilities as to why it sold on the lower end with only 26,340 units moved in its first week. While the sales figures were actually from the last day of Media Create’s data of the previous week, a lot of us expected to see its numbers rise a little more for the following week. That said, Nintendo and Atlus are probably going to be scratching their heads about this one.


On a lighter note, it’s pretty interesting to see titles New Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 7, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf make the list. We can assume that these titles likely got a boost from those who got shiny new consoles or handhelds for Christmas, and decided to pick up a few popular games.


The complete top-20 software sales chart for last week is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Monster Hunter X 130,063 2,521,859 3DS Capcom
02. 02. Monster Strike 91,572 699,436 3DS Mixi
05. 03. Splatoon 60,447 1,153,989 Wii U Nintendo
04. 04. Super Mario Maker 52,753 726,885 Wii U Nintendo
03. 05. Yo-kai Watch Busters: White Dog Unit/Red Cat Troupe 49,533 2,124,427 3DS Level-5
07. 06. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition 48,222 584,717 PSV SCE
11. 07. Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ 26,513 620,782 3DS Nintendo
08. 08. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer 24,539 1,301,227 3DS Nintendo
12. 09. Fallout 4 22,378 178,420 PS4 Bethesda
09. 10. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam 22,343 198,315 3DS Nintendo
06. 11. Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS Force 20,508 107,763 PSV Bandai Namco
10. 12. Disney Magical World 2 16,139 252,344 3DS Bandai Namco
??? 13. Star Wars Battlefront 13,216 192,475 PS4 EA
??? 14. Call of Duty: Black Ops III 11,150 266,459 PS4 SCE
??? 15. Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!! 9,962 22,420 3DS Alchemist
18. 16. Mario Kart 8 9,875 1,187,570 Wii U Nintendo
??? 17. New Super Mario Bros. 2 9,828 2,421,040 3DS Nintendo
??? 18. Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition 8,835 32,901 PS4 SCE
17. 19. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 8,499 4,110,542 3DS Nintendo
??? 20. Mario Kart 7 8,122 2,589,230 3DS Nintendo

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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