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This Week In Sales: A Very Merry Switchmas Week In Japan


Period: The week of December 18 – December 24 (2017)

Top-seller: Super Mario Odyssey – 209,630 (Nintendo Switch)

Nintendo Switch sales: 269,684 (Last week – 221,210 )

Nintendo 2DS sales: 6,992 (4,324)

New Nintendo 2DS LL sales: 45,387 (31,653)

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 311 (421)

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 27,947 (19,115)

Wii U sales: 98 (75)

PlayStation 4 sales: 50,662 (45,161)

PlayStation 4 Pro sales: 16,595 (17,804)

PlayStation 3 sales: 40 (44)

PlayStation Vita sales: 14,041 (9,049)

Xbox One sales: 687 (2,175)

Xbox One X sales: 32 (132)

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Last week, Japan saw the biggest week in sales of the year on the last week before Christmas, where we also saw new releases in The Idolmaster: Stella Stage, Atelier Lydie & Suelle, Okami HD, and One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Deluxe Edition. Japanese sales tracker Media Create released the latest software and hardware sales data from the week of December 18 through December 24, 2017.

Super Mario Odyssey was the winner of the big week with 209,630 units sold to take the #1 spot. Yo-kai Watch Busters 2 followed its second week at #2 with 184,739 units sold on 3DS. Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon saw another #3 for the third week in a row with 176,789 units sold on the 3DS.

At #4 we have Splatoon 2 with 137,607 units sold on Switch, followed by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with 100,205 units sold on Switch to complete a top-5 with over 100,000 units sold. Most of the best-selling titles of the week consisted of Switch titles, including some that were in the bottom half of the list in previous weeks, showing that a variety of titles like ARMS and Pokkén Tournament DX were picked up by new Switch-owners.

The first new release of the week is The Idolmaster: Stella Stage at #10 with 23,772 units sold on PS4, a big drop from its predecessor The Idolmaster: Platinum Stars that opened with 76,165 units on PS4 in August 2016.

Next up, we have Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings at #13 with 21,129 units sold on PS4. You can check out how it compares to other more recent main entry Atelier games:

  • (2013) Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky – 57,550
  • (2014) Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea – 43,744
  • (2015) Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book – 68,106
  • (2016) Atelier Firis: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Journey – 43,525
  • (2017) Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings – 21,129*

It’s worth noting that the number accounts for only sales from the PS4 version of the game as the Nintendo Switch and PS Vita versions didn’t chart. Considering how high #20 is at 15,916 during the busy Christmas week, the other two versions might’ve sold more than expected, but we’ll get a better idea how it performed after the full numbers are out.

And lastly, two other titles released during the week with Okami HD at #18 with 16,536 units sold on PS4 and One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Deluxe Edition at #19 with 16,011 units sold on Switch.

Hardware sales are always big around this time of year, and this year’s was exceptionally big with it being the first holiday season for the Nintendo Switch, which sold 269,684 units to surpass the 3 million milestone at 3,176,829 units sold in Japan since its March launch, going by Media Create’s data. The Switch’s total sales of the week accounted for 62.4% of all hardware sales of the week. The New Nintendo 2DS LL and 3DS LL both saw a large increase as well as the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita compared to the week prior.

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

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys Publisher
02. 01. Super Mario Odyssey 209,630 1,292,289 Switch Nintendo
01. 02. Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Sword & Magnum 184,739 393,279 3DS Level-5
03. 03. Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon 176,789 1,345,962 3DS Pokémon Company
04. 04. Splatoon 2 137,607 1,668,466 Switch Nintendo
05. 05. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 100,205 1,045,438 Switch Nintendo
08. 06. Kirby: Battle Royale 42,796 115,324 3DS Nintendo
11. 07. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 35,565 738,026 Switch Nintendo
18. 08. Pokkén Tournament DX 27,053 177,835 Switch Pokémon Company
19. 09. ARMS 25,285 297,491 Switch Nintendo
New 10. The Idolmaster: Stella Stage 23,772 New PS4 Bandai Namco
21. 11. 1-2-Switch 23,156 328,694 Switch Nintendo
14. 12. Style Savvy: Styling Star 21,321 105,557 3DS Nintendo
New 13. Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings  21,129 New PS4 Koei Tecmo
06. 14. Earth Defense Force 5 20,536 164,995 PS4 D3 Publisher
17. 15. Animal Crossing: New Leaf –Welcome amiibo 18,019 336,543 3DS Nintendo
20. 16. Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Doko Nandesu? 17,769 110,355 3DS Nippon Columbia
15. 17. Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Double Pack 17,679 319,945 3DS Pokémon Company
New 18. Okami HD 16,536 New PS4 Capcom
New 19. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Deluxe Edition 16,011 New Switch Bandai Namco
27. 20. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch 15,916 89,161 Switch Bandai Namco

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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