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

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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:

 

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys Publisher
07. 01. Minecraft 25,948 212,170 Switch Nintendo
02. 02. Splatoon 2 24,188 2,556,846 Switch Nintendo
03. 03. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun 21,109 162,020 Switch Bandai Namco
06. 04. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 20,346 1,708,892 Switch Nintendo
05. 05. WarioWare Gold 20,142 70,344 3DS Nintendo
08. 06. Mario Tennis Aces 18,520 315,658 Switch Nintendo
09. 07. Pro Yakyuu Famista Evolution 13,259 71,776 Switch Bandai Namco
13. 08. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker 12,111 102,235 Switch Nintendo
16. 09. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 9,682 1,084,321 Switch Nintendo
17. 10. Kirby: Star Allies 8,707 596,203 Switch Nintendo
18. 11. Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon 8,447 1,703,711 3DS Pokémon Company
12. 12. Octopath Traveler 8,002 183,627 Switch Square Enix
20. 13. Super Mario Odyssey 7,066 1,795,879 Switch Nintendo
01. 14. Yakuza 3 6,753 32,800 PS4 Sega
21. 15. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker 5,766 39,742 3DS Nintendo
15. 16. Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy DX 5,101 14,805 Switch Level-5
11. 17. Okami HD 4,758 18,848 Switch Capcom
22. 18. Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit 4,703 222,514 Switch Nintendo
37. 19. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2018 3,449 227,851 PS4 Konami
04. 20. Fire Pro Wrestling World 3,326 23,544 PS4 Spike Chunsoft

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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