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This Week In Sales: Monster Hunter XX And Switch Lead The Way On A Bye Week


Period: The week of March 20th –  March 26th (2017)

Top-seller: Monster Hunter XX – 280,293 (3DS)

Nintendo Switch: 78,441 (Last week – 49,913)

Nintendo 2DS: 6,722 (6,131)

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 2,866 (2,796)

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 29,771 (33,352)

Wii U sales: 411 (368)

PlayStation 4 sales: 25,472 (28,805)

PlayStation 4 Pro: 5,261 (5,826)

PlayStation 3 sales: 2,940 (2,212)

PlayStation Vita sales: 7,574 (8,004)

Xbox One sales: 115 (135)

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Last week, Japan had a bye week in sales without any new titles in the top-20, but we still saw strong numbers coming from Monster Hunter XX and Nintendo Switch to maintain their top spots. Here’s the latest from Japanese sales tracker Media Create with a look at software and hardware sales from the week of March 20 through March 26, 2017.


Monster Hunter XX is #1 again after 280,293 in its second week to pass the million-seller mark. This would be the first time for a Monster Hunter title to take two weeks to hit a million since Monster Hunter Tri when it sold about 520,000 copies on its debut for Wii. However, these are still considered strong numbers in today’s market nonetheless and it also continued helping the 3DS maintain high sales numbers.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild went back up to #2 with 39,103 copies sold. 1-2-Switch also managed to take #3, showing that it and Zelda are the mainstay of Switch software sales in Japan. It should also be noted that Deus EX: Mankind Divided was a new release but we won’t get to see how it performed until later this week as it failed to make the top-20.


We should also give a warm round of applause to Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS that has been continuing the good fight by charting #14 with 6,801 and hitting the million mark with 1,002,323 copies sold on 3DS.


The Nintendo Switch saw a big boost in sales going from 49,913 units sold the week prior to 78,441, which was likely thanks to a restock for retailers. Nintendo’s console now has now sold 518,503 units to date in Japan going by Media Create’s numbers.


As for the rest of the consoles, we saw relatively stable numbers for the most part, but what was a little baffling was seeing the PS3 console maintain its numbers with 2,930 units sold after selling 2,212 units before that when it sold a mere 639 units on the prior week to that.


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

Lw Tw Titles Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys Publisher
01. 01. Monster Hunter XX 280,293 1,127,760 3DS Capcom
04. 02. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 39,103 302,080 Switch Nintendo
09. 03. 1-2-Switch 21,647 137,384 Switch Nintendo
06. 04. Ghost Recon: Wildlands 17,349 133,768 PS4 Ubisoft
07. 05. Horizon Zero Dawn 12,559 181,944 PS4 SIE
12. 06. Pokémon Sun & Moon 9,956 3,221,001 3DS Pokémon Company
03. 07. Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight 9,665 48,318 PSV Bandai Namco
08. 08. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix 9,216 88,147 PS4 Square Enix
10. 09. NieR: Automata 8,847 278,156 PS4 Square Enix
11. 10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 7,796 81,188 Wii U Nintendo
02. 11. Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash 7,529 61,276 PS4 Marvelous
05. 12. Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight 7,287 39,302 PS4 Bandai Namco
19. 13. Super Bomberman R 6,952 57,708 Switch Konami
18. 14. Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS 6,801 1,002,323 3DS Nintendo
16. 15. Grand Theft Auto V 5,295 308,854 PS4 TakeTwo
23. 16. Dragon Quest Heroes I & II for Nintendo Switch 4,544 41,419 Switch Square Enix
21. 17. Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki 4,425 694,376 3DS Level-5
17. 18. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional 4,353 182,957 3DS Square Enix
24. 19. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition 4,227 1,130,619 PSV SIE
28. 20. Animal Crossing: New Leaf –Welcome amiibo 4,136 150,355 3DS Nintendo

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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