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This Week In Sales: Splatoon 2 Makes A Big Splash


Period: The week of July 17– July 23 (2017)

Top-seller: Splatoon 2 – 648,085 (Nintendo Switch)

Nintendo Switch sales: 98,999 (Last week – 31,906)

Nintendo 2DS sales: 2,300 (1,901)

New Nintendo 2DS LL sales: 17,717 (43,315)

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 1,020 (1,242)

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 13,108 (12,101)

Wii U sales: 176 (146)

PlayStation 4 sales: 23,841 (28,569)

PlayStation 4 Pro sales: 7,037 (7,649)

PlayStation 3 sales: 142 (129)

PlayStation Vita sales: 4545 (4,655)

Xbox One sales: 77 (200)

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Last week, Japan saw one of the biggest weeks of the year, and the biggest week for the Nintendo Switch since its launch, with the super successful debut of Splatoon 2.


Other new titles include Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy, Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Doko Nan Desu?, Fate.Extella on Switch, and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]. Japanese sales tracker Media Create shares the latest on software and hardware sales data from the week of July 17 through July 23, 2017.


#1 of the week goes to none other than Splatoon 2, which debuted at 648,085 units sold for Nintendo Switch. When the first Splatoon on Wii U released back in May 2015, it sold 144,818 copies in its opening week and made the top-20 chart its home for quite a while. The first game made an impressive debut for a new IP, and the sequel impressed even more by having the best debut of any Switch title in Japan to date.


To put things into perspective, Splatoon 2’s debut of 648,085 units is close to the combined total of Switch’s current million-seller debuts in Japan. Going by Media Create’s numbers, we haveThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (186,379 units), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (284,823 units), ARMS (100,652 units), and 1-2-Switch (79,536 units) with a combined total of 651,390 units.


Next, at #2 we have Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy with 70,867 units sold on its debut. It may not be a six-digit debuts like we’ve seen from the mainline series, but those are pretty good numbers for a spinoff title with a new protagonist.


Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Doko Nan Desu? charted at #4 with 20,883 units sold, and Fate/Extella made a return with its Switch release debuting at 10,248 copies. French-Bread fighter Under night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] sold only 5,013 units for its debut, but it’s hard to say that it was much of a shock considering that it’s one of the more niche anime fighters even in Japan.


Cars 3: Driven to Win released on Switch to take #16 with 3,220 units sold, and GN Software’s PS Vita visual novel game World Election placed #18 with 3,017 units sold.


On the hardware front, the Nintendo Switch stood out with 98,999 units sold for Splatoon 2 release week, and that’s the highest we’ve seen the Switch sell since its launch week. Going by Media Create’s numbers, that puts the Switch at 1,195, 985 units sold in Japan to date since its March launch. The PlayStation consoles and Nintendo’s 3DS family on handhelds showed stable numbers again, including the recently released New 2DS LL.


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

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys Publisher
New 01. Splatoon 2 648,085 New Switch Nintendo
New 02. Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy 70,867 New 3DS Level-5
02. 03. Hey! Pikmin 21,628 87,494 3DS Nintendo
New 04. Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Doko Nan Desu? 20,883 New 3DS Nihon Columbia
01. 05. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age 19,049 119,813 PS4 Square Enix
05. 06. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 12,980 588,028 Switch Nintendo
New 07. Fate/Extella 10,247 New Switch Marvelous
07. 08. ARMS 7,984 177,987 Switch Nintendo
03. 09. Gundam Versus 6,665 143,844 PS4 Bandai Namco
08. 10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 5,989 543,016 Switch Nintendo
10. 11. Pokémon Sun/Moon 5,276 3,295,102 3DS Pokémon Company
New 12. Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] 5,013 New PS4 ASW
04. 13. Ever Oasis 4,511 18,835 3DS Nintendo
12. 14. Monster Hunter XX 3,354 1,546,392 3DS Capcom
15. 15. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition 3,331 1,180,284 PSV SIE
New 16. Cars 3: Driven to Win 3,220 New Switch Warner Bros.
14. 17. Animal Crossing: New Leaf –Welcome amiibo 3,201 205,098 3DS Nintendo
New 18. World Election 3,017 New PSV GN Software
13. 19. Grand Theft Auto V 2,792 366,844 PS4 TakeTwo
25. 20. 1-2-Switch 2,636 233,737 Switch Nintendo

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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