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This Week In Sales: Monster Hunter Is Still King In Japan

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Period: The week of January 22 – January 28 (2018)

Top-seller: Monster Hunter: World – 1,245,169 (PlayStation 4)

Nintendo Switch sales: 47,107 (Last week – 43,027)

Nintendo 2DS sales: 1,094 (1,250)

New Nintendo 2DS LL sales: 6,842 (7,302)

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 3,377 (3,563)

PlayStation 4 sales: 110,023 (37,572)

PlayStation 4 Pro sales: 30,122 (14,935)

PlayStation Vita sales: 3,744 (4,256)

Xbox One sales: 68 (103)

Xbox One X sales: 1,618 (1,285)

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Last week, Japan had a big week with the release of Monster Hunter: World which launched globally on January 26, 2018. Japanese sales tracker Media Create released the latest software and hardware sales data from the week of January 15 through January 21, 2018.

 

The top-seller of the week is without a question Monster Hunter: World, which charted at #1 with 1,245,169 sold on PlayStation 4. This is a tremendous debut for any title these days, and it should be interesting to see if any other titles top it the rest of this year.

 

Here’s how the first-week figures of Monster Hunter: World compares to other entries from the series:

  • [2004] Monster Hunter – 124,500 (PS2)
  • [2005] Monster Hunter Freedom – 113,640 (PSP)
  • [2006] Monster Hunter 2 – 362,173 (PS2)
  • [2007] Monster Hunter Freedom 2 – 705,281 (PSP)
  • [2008] Monster Hunter Freedom Unite – 880,468 (PSP)
  • [2009] Monster Hunter Tri – 520,138 (Wii)
  • [2010] Monster Hunter Portable 3rd – 1,950,717 (PSP)
  • [2011] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – 521,959 (3DS)
  • [2013] Monster Hunter 4 – 1,715,060 (3DS)
  • [2014] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – 1,446,289 (3DS)
  • [2015] Monster Hunter Generations – 1,448,367 (3DS)
  • [2017] Monster Hunter XX – 848,467 (3DS)
  • [2018] Monster Hunter: World – 1,245,169 (PS4)

 

Monster Hunter: World’s figures may not be as high as Monster Hunter 4, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and Monster Hunter Generations on 3DS, it managed to sell over 1.2 million to a smaller install base of the PS4 in Japan. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd almost hit 2 million in its debut back in 2010, and while it may seem impossible to surpass today, keep in mind that it happened when the series’ popularity was at a peak during the PSP’s prime.

 

Nonetheless, Monster Hunter: World’s debut is impressive and it should be interesting to see how it performs in the coming weeks. It’s also worth noting that console games tend to not sell as much longterm compared to handheld hits, so this will be a challenge for Capcom as well.

 

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle kept up at #2 with 26,088 units sold on Switch and following closely behind it is Splatoon 2 at #3 with 25,776 units sold. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey are also seeing continued sales, charting at #4 and #5 with 21,834 and 16,664 units sold respectively.

 

As far as other new titles go, the only other one was The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia which debuted with 6,961 units sold on the PS4. It’s a bit on the lower end, but about expected for the series.

 

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On the hardware side of things, the PS4 was the top-selling console after with 110,023 units sold thanks to a huge boost of sales from Monster Hunter: World. The Nintendo Switch continues strong sales with 47,101 units sold, which now puts it at 3,584,982 units sold in Japan since its launch in March 2017, according to Media Create’s trackers.

 

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

LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSysPublisher
New01.Monster Hunter: World1,245,169NewPS4Capcom
01.02.Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle26,08892,780SwitchNintendo
03.03.Splatoon 225,7761,97,810SwitchNintnedo
04.04.Mario Kart 8 Deluxe21,8341,286,634SwitchNintendo
07.05.Super Mario Odyssey16,6641,571,976SwitchNintendo
08.06.Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon12,7021,528,0013DSPokémon Company
10.07.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild10,240834,968SwitchNintendo
06.08.Dissidia Final Fantasy NT7,999134,100PS4Square Enix
11.09.Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Sword & Magnum7,755490,8533DSLevel-5
New10.The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia6,961NewPS4Bandai Namco
09.11.Mario Party: The Top 1006,535142,3083DSNintendo
02.12.Gintama Rumble5,80044,243PS4Bandai Namco
17.13.Pokkén Tournament DX4,765214,730SwitchPokémon Company
15.14.ARMS4,399356,031SwitchNintendo
16.15.1-2-Switch4,375386,695SwitchNintendo
14.16.Call of Duty: WWII4,203379,286PS4SIE
05.17.Gintama Rumble3,79027,207PSVBandai Namco
40.18.FIFA 183,72078,169SwitchEA
13.19.Earth Defense Force 53,292221,894PS4D3 Publisher
21.20.Monster Hunter XX Nintendo Switch Ver.3,162207,939SwitchCapcom

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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Editor-in-Chief at Siliconera. Gamer, avid hockey fan, and firm believer in the heart of the cards.