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This Week In Sales: Obon Holidays Led By Taiko no Tatsujin, Splatoon 2, And Minecraft


Period: The week of August 6 – August 12 (2018)

Top-seller: Minecraft – 25,948 (Nintendo Switch)

Nintendo Switch sales: 54,647 (Last week – 50,143)

Nintendo 2DS sales: 708 (498)

New Nintendo 2DS LL sales: 7,872 (7,628)

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 3,316 (2,784)

PlayStation 4 sales: 20,911 (16,982)

PlayStation 4 Pro sales: 4,932 (5,044)

PlayStation Vita sales: 3,083 (3,507)

Xbox One sales: 51 (31)

Xbox One X sales: 45 (43)

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Last week Japan went through Obon, which is basically the Japanese Día de Muertos that lasts several days, so there weren’t any new releases in the top-20 which was mostly dominated by Switch games. Japanese sales tracker Media Create released the latest video game software and hardware sales data from the week of August 13 through August 19, 2018.


The top spot of the week went to Minecraft which sold 25,948 units on Switch to take the #1 spot for a huge leap coming from #7 last week. I was pretty certain the top of the week would’ve gone to last week’s #2 Splatoon 2 but it ended up getting second place again with 24,188 units sold during the Obon week.


At #3 we have Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun with 21,109 units sold on the Switch, followed by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at #4 with 20,346 copies sold on Switch. Next up at #5 we have a combo-breaker with a 3DS title, WarioWare Gold with 20,142 units sold, which is pretty impressive to see these days.


The rest going down are all Switch games until Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon at #11 with 8,447 units sold on 3DS, and Yakuza 3’s PS4 remaster at #14 with 6,753 units sold in the week. 17 of 20 title in the top-20 are Switch and 3DS titles, so Nintendo enjoyed a fruitful Obon holiday.


In hardware sales, we saw some big increases including the PlayStation 4 which saw a healthy 3k increase with 20,911 units sold in the week. Together with the PS4 Pro’s 4,932 units, the PS4 family sold 25,843 units total. The Nintendo Switch, however, was the best-selling console with 54,647 units sold to make up for 57.2% of all hardware sales. Going by Media Create’s figures, the Nintendo Switch is currently at 4,803,768 units sold in Japan since its launch in March 3, 2017.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSysPublisher
02.02.Splatoon 224,1882,556,846SwitchNintendo
03.03.Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun21,109162,020SwitchBandai Namco
06.04.Mario Kart 8 Deluxe20,3461,708,892SwitchNintendo
05.05.WarioWare Gold20,14270,3443DSNintendo
08.06.Mario Tennis Aces18,520315,658SwitchNintendo
09.07.Pro Yakyuu Famista Evolution13,25971,776SwitchBandai Namco
13.08.Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker12,111102,235SwitchNintendo
16.09.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild9,6821,084,321SwitchNintendo
17.10.Kirby: Star Allies8,707596,203SwitchNintendo
18.11.Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon8,4471,703,7113DSPokémon Company
12.12.Octopath Traveler8,002183,627SwitchSquare Enix
20.13.Super Mario Odyssey7,0661,795,879SwitchNintendo
01.14.Yakuza 36,75332,800PS4Sega
21.15.Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker5,76639,7423DSNintendo
15.16.Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy DX5,10114,805SwitchLevel-5
11.17.Okami HD4,75818,848SwitchCapcom
22.18.Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit4,703222,514SwitchNintendo
37.19.Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 20183,449227,851PS4Konami
04.20.Fire Pro Wrestling World3,32623,544PS4Spike Chunsoft

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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