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This Week In Sales: Super Mario Maker For Nintendo 3DS Makes Its Way To The Top


Period: The week of January 2nd – January 8th (2017)

Top-seller: Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS  – 100,308 (3DS)

Nintendo 2DS – 26,214 (Last week 20,259)

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 8,019 (4,342)

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 54,645 (45,809)

Wii U sales: 3,147 (2,589)

PlayStation 4 sales: 78,927 (73,421)

PlayStation 4 Pro: 8,242 (9,916)

PlayStation 3 sales: 1,156 (1,002)

PlayStation Vita sales: 34,023 (25,487)

Xbox One sales: 180 (221)

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Last week, it was another week without any top-20 new releases in Japan, but we did get to see an impressive race between Pokémon Sun & Moon and Super Mario Maker for 3DS for the second week of 2017. Here’s the latest from Japanese sales tracker, Media Create, with a look at software and hardware sales from the week of January 2 through January 8, 2017.


Top of the list is Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS at #1 with 100,308 copies sold in the week. The game has been butting heads with Pokémon Sun & Moon since its release, and while Mario builder game saw the bigger margin of increase in sales two weeks ago for the Christmas week, it fell shy by less than 20k in sales for the New Year’s finish line. However, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS is already starting the year strong being the only title to hit 100,000 units in sales for the week in 2017 thus far.


In #2 we have Pokémon Sun & Moon at 90,298, which should be considered a pretty good follow to the week prior that saw 90,891 units sold, showing that it is maintaining a pretty good pace for the start of 2017 and putting it past the 3 million mark in retail copies sold in Japan alone. Momotaro Dentetsu 2017 placed #3 with 47,905 copies sold.


At #4 we have Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition that is there to make a statement with 32,031 copies sold, showing that it doesn’t have plans to step out of the top-20 anytime soon. Miitopia has also been following closely with 23,867 in sales that week, an increase over its 18,259 units the week prior, making it the only title not named Super Mario Maker in the top-10 to have more sales than the week prior.


The hardware front shows a little increase in console sales with PS4 going from 73,421 to 78,927, the New 3DS LL bumped from 45,809 to 54,645, the PS Vita from 25,487 to 34,023, and even the 2DS, PS4 Pro, New 3DS, Wii U, and PS3 all saw an increase in sales. Well, everyone except the Xbox One which went from 221 to 180. Perhaps this could just be a follow up in sales from otoshidama as mentioned in our previous sales report. Japanese consumers have also been spending more money in January of recent years compared to past, so that could also have something to do with it. It should also be noted that the regular 3DS and 3DS LL numbers are no longer included.


The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys Publisher
02. 01. Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS 100,308 890,838 3DS Nintendo
01. 02. Pokémon Sun & Moon 90,298 3,039,585 3DS Pokémon Company
03. 03. Momotaro Dentetsu 2017: Tachiagare Nippon!! 47,905 244,358 3DS Nintendo
06. 04. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition 32,031 1,074,494 PSV SIE
08. 05. Miitopia 23,867 144,838 3DS Nintendo
04. 06. Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki 23,698 585,206 3DS Level-5
05. 07. Final Fantasy XV 23,346 907,768 PS4 Square Enix
09. 08. Animal Crossing: New Leaf –Welcome amiibo 15,512 101,354 3DS Nintendo
07. 09. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life 13,825 326,325 PS4 Sega
10. 10. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Heroes 13,766 73,560 3DS Konami
11. 11. Minecraft: Wii U Edition 13,391 271,044 Wii U Microsoft Japan
15. 12. Mario Party: Star Rush 10,293 145,318 3DS Nintendo
14. 13. Grand Theft Auto V 9,513 235,352 PS4 TakeTwo
19. 14. Mario Kart 7 8,946 2,723,302 3DS Nintendo
12. 15. Watch Dogs 2 8,718 97,955 PS4 Ubisoft
23. 16. Kirby: Planet Robobot 8,225 525,226 3DS Nintendo
17. 17. Sumikko Gurashi: Mura wo Tsukurundesu 8,141 145,722 3DS Nippon Columbia
21. 18. New Super Mario Bros. 2 7,785 2,516,249 3DS Nintendo
26. 19. Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi/Tempura Busters T Pack 7,002 41,430 3DS Level-5
18. 20. Battlefield 1 6,770 244,406 PS4 EA

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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