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This Week In Sales: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Is Back To Kick Some Tail


Period: The week of April 30 – May 6 (2018)

Top-seller: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – 88,421 (Nintendo Switch)

Nintendo Switch sales: 53,113 (Last week – 38,752)

Nintendo 2DS sales: 731 (516)

New Nintendo 2DS LL sales: 6,545 (4,377)

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 3,509 (2,840)

PlayStation 4 sales: 25,064 (25,005)

PlayStation 4 Pro sales: 9,930 (10,004)

PlayStation Vita sales: 5,502 (4,562)

Xbox One sales: 161 (123)

Xbox One X sales: 27 (56)

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Last week, Japan was on vacation with Golden Week but it saw the release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Nintendo Switch. Japanese sales tracker Media Create released the latest video game software and hardware sales data from the week of April 30 through May 6, 2018.


There was only one new title to release last week. He’s bigger, faster, and stronger too. he’s the first member of the DK crew. DK! Donkey Kong! Yes, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze made its Nintendo Switch debut and stormed through the charts with a solid 88,421 units sold. In comparison, the original Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the Wii U debuted with just 35,717 units sold.


At #2 is last week’s big-hitter Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakuu 2018 which sold over 124,000 in its debut as last week’s top title. This week it sold 39,430 units on PS4. Following at #3 is Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit with some rather strong sales of 32,244 units sold for Switch.


The next three are three more Switch regulars with Kirby: Star Allies at #4 with 31,377 units sold, Splatoon 2 at #5 with 29,850 units sold, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with 23,983 units sold.


As far as other notable titles go, the previous week was the first time Monster Hunter: World dropped out of the top-20 since its release, after charting at #26. Last week was no different as it isn’t in the top-20 once again. Also missing is The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II: Kai which charted at #10 last week with 11,345 units. One surprise on a positive note is the return of Animal Crossing: New Leaf –Welcome amiibo, which managed to sneak in at #20 with 3,991 units sold on the 3DS.


Other titles that were outside the top-20 in the prior week but made it in this past week include Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon at #13 (from #23 the week prior,) 1-2-Switch at #14 (from #29), ARMS at #16 (from #31), and Pokkén Tournament DX at #17 (from #34).


In hardware sales, the PlayStation 4 sold 25,064 units and the PS4 Pro sold 9,930 units for a combined total of 34,994 units between the two. The Nintendo Switch won Golden Week sales with 53,113 units sold in the week, making up about 50.8% of all hardware sales. Going by Media Create’s numbers, the Nintendo Switch is currently at 4,163,693 units sold in Japan since its launch in March 3, 2017.


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

LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSysPublisher
New01.Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze88,421NewSwitchNintendo
01.02.Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 201839,430164,260PS4Konami
04.03.Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit32,244148,568SwitchNintendo
06.04.Kirby: Star Allies31,377482,816SwitchNintendo
05.05.Splatoon 229,8502,297,437SwitchNintendo
08.06.Mario Kart 8 Deluxe23,9831,521,818SwitchNintendo
03.07.God of War16,49792,105PS4SIE
02.08.Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 201815,86774,303PSVKonami
11.09.The Snack World: Trejarers Gold12,65474,638SwitchLevel-5
14.10.Super Mario Odyssey11,8731,716,639SwitchNintendo
13.11.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild11,151980,427SwitchNintendo
17.12.Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit6,69441,003SwitchNintendo
23.13.Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon6,5061,628,8633DSPokémon Company
19.15.Far Cry 54,400131,788PS4Ubisoft
34.17.Pokkén Tournament DX4,264259,693SwitchNintendo
18.18.Bravo Team4,2409,220PS4SIE
09.19.SD Gundam: G Generation Genesis for Nintendo Switch4,19216,168SwitchBandai Namco
33.20.Animal Crossing: New Leaf –Welcome amiibo3,991405,3063DSNintendo

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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