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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:

LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSysPublisher
02.01.Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS100,308890,8383DSNintendo
01.02.Pokémon Sun & Moon90,2983,039,5853DSPokémon Company
03.03.Momotaro Dentetsu 2017: Tachiagare Nippon!!47,905244,3583DSNintendo
06.04.Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition32,0311,074,494PSVSIE
04.06.Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki23,698585,2063DSLevel-5
05.07.Final Fantasy XV23,346907,768PS4Square Enix
09.08.Animal Crossing: New Leaf –Welcome amiibo15,512101,3543DSNintendo
07.09.Yakuza 6: The Song of Life13,825326,325PS4Sega
10.10.Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Heroes13,76673,5603DSKonami
11.11.Minecraft: Wii U Edition13,391271,044Wii UMicrosoft Japan
15.12.Mario Party: Star Rush10,293145,3183DSNintendo
14.13.Grand Theft Auto V9,513235,352PS4TakeTwo
19.14.Mario Kart 78,9462,723,3023DSNintendo
12.15.Watch Dogs 28,71897,955PS4Ubisoft
23.16.Kirby: Planet Robobot8,225525,2263DSNintendo
17.17.Sumikko Gurashi: Mura wo Tsukurundesu8,141145,7223DSNippon Columbia
21.18.New Super Mario Bros. 27,7852,516,2493DSNintendo
26.19.Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi/Tempura Busters T Pack7,00241,4303DSLevel-5
18.20.Battlefield 16,770244,406PS4EA

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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