This Week In Sales: Taiko no Tatsujin Drums Up A Nintendo Switch Version

Period: The week of July 16 – July 22 (2018)

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Top-seller: Taiko no Tatsujin: Nintendo Switch Version 69,984 (Switch)

Nintendo Switch sales: 53,745 (Last week – 50,239)

Nintendo 2DS sales: 437 (448)

New Nintendo 2DS LL sales: 8,296 (4,176)

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 2,844 (2,507)

PlayStation 4 sales: 14,035 (12,431)

PlayStation 4 Pro sales: 6,274 (5,165)

PlayStation Vita sales: 4,277 (4,112)

Xbox One sales: 709 (47)

Xbox One X sales: 56 (32)

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Last week, Japan only had one new title in the top-20 but it wasn’t exactly a quiet one with Taiko no Tatsujin: Nintendo Switch Version drumming up a new release that did quite well for itself. Japanese sales tracker Media Create released the latest video game software and hardware sales data from the week of July 16 through July 22, 2018.


The #1 spot of the week goes to none other than Taiko no Tatsujin: Nintendo Switch Version which sold a whopping 69,984 units in its debut. Here’s how it stacks compared to the Taiko Drum Master games of the past few years:

  • (2013) Taiko Drum Master: Wii U Version! [Wii U] – 19,265
  • (2014) Taiko Drum Master: Don to Katsu no Jiku Daiboken [3DS] – 53,095
  • (2014) Taiko Drum Master: Tokumori! [Wii U] – 11,769
  • (2015) Taiko Drum Master: V Version [PS Vita] – 46,101
  • (2015) Taiko Drum Master: Atsumete Tomodachi Daisakusen [Wii U] – 10,007
  • (2016) Taiko Drum Master: Doko Don! Mystery Adventure [3DS] – 32,369
  • (2017) Taiko Drum Master: Session de Dodon ga Don! [PS4] – 28,245


Taiko no Tatsujin: Nintendo Switch Version saw the best debut for the series to date. It’s safe to assume that a big selling point for the Nintendo Switch version came from its Joy-Con controls, meaning players wouldn’t have to dish out extra money if they didn’t want to play on a traditional controller. You can read more about how it works in Alistair’s playtest.


Octopath Traveler charted at #2 in its second week with 22,438 units sold on Nintendo Switch. Splatoon 2 was back in its familiar spot at #3 with 21,913 units sold and soon approaching the 2.5 million milestone via retail in Japan.


At #4 we have Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker with 20,547 units sold. Next at #5 it was Mario Tennis Aces with 19,709 units sold on Switch, followed by Minecraft at #6 with 16,265 units sold, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with 13,435 units sold. The Nintendo Switch had overall solid software sales last week with the top-7 being Switch games and the only seven to hit five-digit figures in the list.


As far as any other notable titles, Animal Crossing: New Leaf –Welcome amiibo went from #33 last week to #14 this week with 4,354 units sold on 3DS. This is the first time in a couple months that the game makes it back into the top-20. Mario Kart 7 also managed to squeeze into the #20 spot with 2,614 units sold on 3DS after failing to chart in the top-50 last week.


As for hardware sales, the PlayStation 4 sold 14,035 units and the PS4 Pro sold 6,274 units to combine for 20,309 units between the two. The Nintendo Switch sold 53,745 units to make up for 59.3% of all hardware sales of the week. Going by Media Create’s figures, the Nintendo Switch is currently at 4,654,456 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
New 01. Taiko no Tatsujin: Nintendo Switch Version 69,984 New Switch Bandai Namco
01. 02. Octopath Traveler 22,438 132,550 Switch Square Enix
04. 03. Splatoon 2 21,913 2,469,695 Switch Nintendo
02. 04. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker 20,547 62,399 Switch Nintendo
03. 05. Mario Tennis Aces 19,709 247,161 Switch Nintendo
05. 06. Minecraft 16,265 138,051 Switch Nintendo
07. 07. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 13,435 1,641,109 Switch Nintendo
09. 08. Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon 7,554 1676,067 3DS Pokémon Company
06. 09. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker 7,188 21,746 3DS Nintendo
10. 10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 7,173 1,050,891 Switch Nintendo
11. 11. Kirby: Star Allies 6,407 566,171 Switch Nintendo
13. 12. Super Mario Odyssey 5,695 1,772,133 Switch Nintendo
19. 13. Detroit: Become Human 4,613 94,973 PS4 SIE
33. 14. Animal Crossing: New Leaf –Welcome amiibo 4,354 425,839 3DS Nintendo
21. 15. Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit 3,842 205,809 Switch Nintendo
17. 16. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 3,378 193,708 Switch Nintendo
08. 17. Mary Skelter 2 2,986 13,356 PS4 Compile Heart
14. 18. The Crew 2 2,728 35,004 PS4 Ubisoft
12. 19. New Gundam Breaker 2,639 84,716 PS4 Bandai Namco
??? 20. Mario Kart 7 2,614 2,903,441 3DS Nintendo

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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