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This Week In Sales: Samus Returns


Period: The week of September 11 – September 17 (2017)

Top-seller: Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 – 64,342 (PS4)

Nintendo Switch sales: 44,052 (Last week – 45,439 )

Nintendo 2DS sales: 1,726 (1,772)

New Nintendo 2DS LL sales: 8,761 (9,403)

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 428 (331)

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 10,650 (9,628)

Wii U sales: 86 (90)

PlayStation 4 sales: 19,322 (18,483)

PlayStation 4 Pro sales: 5,338 (10,999)

PlayStation 3 sales: 99 (115)

PlayStation Vita sales: 3,847 (3,913)

Xbox One sales: 57 (63)

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Metroid Samus Returns

Last week, Japan saw several releases with Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 on PS4 and PS3, Metroid: Samus Returns for 3DS, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, F1 2017, and Champion Jockey Special on Nintendo Switch. Japanese sales tracker Media Create shared the latest on software and hardware sales data from the week of September 11 through September 17, 2017.

At #1 we have Pro Evolution Soccer which sold 64,342 units on PS4. Its PS3 version sold 12,777 units for #7 of the week. This time last year, PES 2017 sold 66,037 units on its debut for PS4 and 34,502 units for the PS3 version.


Splatoon 2 charted at #2 for the fourth week straight with 37,481 units sold on the Nintendo Switch.


At #3 we have Metroid: Samus Returns, the 2.5D remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus, which opened with 30,855 units sold on the Nintendo 3DS. Metroid games usually sell in lower numbers in Japan compared to Nintendo’s bigger series so you won’t be seeing it open with the six-digit debuts we might see from Nintendo’s bigger franchises. To give you an idea, the last traditional Metroid game Metroid: Zero Mission sold a life-to-date total of 58,546 units in Japan for Game Boy Advance back in 2004.


Other new titles of the week includes Uncharted: The Lost Legacy with 23,131 units sold on PS4 to chart at #4, F1 2017 came in #11 with 7,190 copies sold on PS4, and Champion Jockey Special was in last place of the top-20 with 2,626 units sold on the Nintendo Switch.


Hardware sales remained mostly the same with PlayStation 4 Pro numbers going back to normal after seeing a spike in sales from the Glacier White model that released the week prior. The Nintendo Switch was on top again with 44,052 units sold in the week.  Going by Media Create’s numbers, the Nintendo Switch has sold a total of 1,666,526 units in Japan since its launch in March.


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

LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSysPublisher
New01.Pro Evolution Soccer 201864,342NewPS4Konami
02.02.Splatoon 237,4811,138,962SwitchNintendo
New03.Metroid: Samus Returns30,855New3DSNintendo
New04.Uncharted: The Lost Legacy23,131NewPS4SIE
01.05.Destiny 220,01870,281PS4SIE
04.06.Everybody’s Golf13,487136,694PS4SIE
New07.Pro Evolution Soccer 201812,777NewPS3Konami
07.08.Mario Kart 8 Deluxe10,971694,185SwitchNintendo
05.09.Dragon Quest XI10,5251,720,4313DSSquare Enix
06.10.Monster Hunter XX Nintendo Switch Ver.9,414133,621SwitchCapcom
New11.F1 20177,190NewPS4Ubisoft
09.12.The Snack World6,658161,8073DSLevel-5
08.13.Dragon Quest XI5,8771,343,479PS4Square Enix
13.14.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild5,000585,553SwitchNintendo
17.15.Animal Crossing: New Leaf –Welcome amiibo3,840239,9543DSNintendo
03.16.Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch3,78227,827SwitchBandai Namco
19.18.Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition3,1601,208,116PSVSIE
12.19.Etrian Mystery Dungeon 23,05738,6533DSAtlus
New20.Champion Jockey Special2,626NewSwitchKoei Tecmo

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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