Japanese news site, 4Gamer, released sales data of the best selling video games in Japan, for the week of July 17-23. Not too shocking – Nintendo kicked everyone’s ass.
Here’s the list (by units sold):
- 648,085 – Splatoon 2 (Switch)
- 70,867 – Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy (3DS)
- 21,628 – Hey! Pikmin Nintendo (3DS)
- 20,883 – Sumikko Gurashi Koko, Doko Nan Desu? (3DS)
- 19,049 – Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age (PS4)
- 12,980 – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)
- 10,247 – Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star (Switch)
- 7,984 – ARMS (Switch)
- 6,665 – Gundam Versus (PS4)
- 5,989 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
- 5,276 – Pokémon Sun / Pokémon Moon (3DS)
- 5,013 – Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] (PS4)
- 4,511 – Ever Oasis (3DS)
- 3,354 – Monster Hunter XX (3DS)
- 3,331 – Minecraft: PS Vita Edition (PSVita)
- 3,220 – Cars 3: Driven to Win (Switch)
- 3,201 – Animal Crossing: New Leaf amiibo (3DS)
- 3,017 – World Election (PSVita)
- 2,792 – Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)
- 2,636 – 1-2-Switch (Switch)
Nintendo’s domination is thanks in no small part to the release of Splatoon 2 on July 21st, which managed to sell over 600,000 copies in 5 days. 3DS games filled in many gaps while Playstation was only able to make a dent with help from 3rd-party franchises.
Additionally, console sales swing heavily in Nintendo’s favor. They’re regularly releasing notable titles, hoping the stacking library will convince folks to break-down and buy-in. And it’s working like gangbusters.
- 98,999 – Switch
- 23,841 – PS4
- 17,717 – 2DS LL
- 13,108 – 3DS LL
- 7,037 – PS4 Pro
- 4,545 – Vita
- 2,300 – 2DS
- 1,020 – 3DS
- 176 – Wii U
- 142 – PS3
- 77 – Xbox One
Playstation consoles suffer while gamers are still hot for Nintendo’s Switch, but Sony is hanging in. And Xbox barely makes the list, because Japanese hate the Xbox. Most AAA games are cross platform now, so I imagine Japanese players prefer Sony over Xbox, which releases more western-developed titles.
The only thing that surprises me is the number of handheld systems sold. Altogether, they account for 1/3 of total sales, which is an impressive number. But with so many new reports showing how young men are playing more games than ever (and working less), maybe it’s not surprising after all.
With Splatoon 2 sales absolutely killing it, these numbers might motivate people to go all-in themselves. Who’s ready to jump on the Splatoon bandwagon?