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This Week In Sales: Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Party, More Ended 2018 On A Good Note


Period: The week of December 24 – December 30 (2018)

Top-seller: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 275,417 (Switch)

Nintendo Switch sales: 174,770 (Last week – 278,701)

Nintendo 2DS sales: 374 (724)

New Nintendo 2DS LL sales: 9,649 (19,096)

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 3,576 (7,116)

PlayStation 4 sales: 58,203 (57,948)

PlayStation 4 Pro sales: 14,227 (17,845)

PlayStation Vita sales: 3,566 (3,939)

Xbox One sales: 169 (182)

Xbox One X sales: 189 (195)

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After a bit of a delay due to the holidays in Japan, we got a look at the updated sales chart from Japanese sales tracker Media Create that shared the data from the week of December 24 to December 30, 2018 that saw the release of Go Vacation and Diablo III: Eternal Collection for Switch and Mario & Luigi: Bowser Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey for 3DS.


The top-selling title of the week went to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which continued strong with 275,417 units sold in the week to take #1, for a total of 2,355,186 units sold for Switch since it’s December 7 debut.



When Super Mario Party released for the Switch back in October, not many would’ve predicted that it would stand at #2 in the last week of the year, but the game appears to have reminded Japan how much they loved Mario Party games, as it sits at 841,037 units sold thus far.



Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Let’s Go, Eevee! also enjoyed its share of success in 2018 after its November 16 launch on Switch, and it sold 65,497 units to chart #3 in the week. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe made a Golden Mushroom dash to chart #4 with 41,872 units sold, just on time to hit the 2 million milestone before the end of the year with a total of 2,000,142units sold in Japan.



Dragon Quest Builders 2 made its debut last week with the PS4 version on top, but the Switch version struck back in its second week to chart #5 with 34,589 units sold. The PS4 version wasn’t far behind at #7 with 29,877 units sold, right behind Splatoon 2 at #6 with 30,669 units.


In hardware sales, the PlayStation 4 sold 58,203 units plus an additional 14,227 from PS4 Pro to combine for 72,430 units sold in Japan in the last week of 2018. The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console of the week with 174,770 units sold to make up about 66% of all hardware sales. Going by Media Create’s figures, the Nintendo Switch is currently at 6,846,784 units sold in Japan since its launch in March 3, 2017.


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

LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSysPublisher
01.01.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate275,4172,355,186SwitchNintendo
02.02.Super Mario Party98,682841,037SwitchNintendo
03.03.Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Let’s Go, Eevee!65,4971,331,287SwitchPokémon Company
07.04.Mario Kart 8 Deluxe41,8722,000,142SwitchNintendo
05.05.Dragon Quest Builders 234,589132,269SwitchSquare Enix
08.06.Splatoon 230,6692,839,787SwitchNintendo
04.07.Dragon Quest Builders 229,877140,161PS4Square Enix
14.10.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild15,2501,227,293SwitchNintendo
10.11.God Eater 314,228189,900PS4Bandai Namco
New12.Go Vacation13,310NewSwitchBandai Namco
12.13.Super Mario Odyssey12,5531,914,779SwitchNintendo
11.14.Kirby: Star Allies10,935702,874SwitchNintendo
New15.Diablo III: Eternal Collection10,143NewSwitchBlizzard
15.16.Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!9,814269,677SwitchBandai Namco
New17.Mario & Luigi: Bowser Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey9,436New3DSNintendo
19.18.Mario Tennis Aces7,778400,543SwitchNintendo
28.19.Call of Duty: Black Ops IV6,692505,455PS4SIE
20.20.Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon6,257,1,796,5843DSPokémon Company

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create. We will have part 2 of the year-end sales from Media Create covering the dates of December 31, 2018 to January 6, 2019 soon.

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