PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Today Media Create released its yearly sales chart for the Japanese market, 1 day late due to the Holiday split which generated a small backlog. The chart is regarding the interval between January 1st and January 7th, and it’s among the most important of this year.

Below you may read the application chart. The next number for each game reflects its life sales at brick and mortar shops.

  1. Splatoon 2 — Switch — 117, 840/1,882,709
  2. Super Mario Odyssey — Switch — 110, 816/1,508,148
  3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — Switch — 82, 806/1,215,599
  4. Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon — 3DS — 69, 355/1,477,015
  5. Mario Party: The Top 100 — 3DS — 51, 818/103, 999
  6. Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Sword/Magnum — 3DS — 34,565/465, 985
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — Switch — 31, 761/802, 811
  8. ARMS – Switch — 25, 374/339, 328
  9. 1-2-Switch — Switch — 21, 104/371, 033
  10. Earth Defense Force 5 — PS4 — 19, 948/201, 414
  11. Kirby Battle Royale — 3DS — 14,561/139, 564
  12. Call of Duty: WWII — PS4 — 13, 305/362, 2009
  13. Animal Crossing: New Leaf — Welcome amiibo — 3DS — 13, 208/357, 703
  14. Pokkén Tournament DX- Switch —  12,553/204,038
  15. Xenoblade Schemes 2 — Switch — 11,483/168, 200
  16. Minecraft: PS Vita Edition – PS Vita – 9,517/1,273,777
  17.  Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park e Youkoso – Switch – 9, 505/47, 989
  18. Snipperclips — Switch — 9,290/43, 909
  19. FIFA 18 — Switch — 8,915/71, 698
  20. Women Mode 4 Star Stylist  — 3DS — 8,639/119,777

You might also discover the hardware graph below.

  1. Switch – 146, 006
  2. PS4 – 75, 344
  3. New 2DS XL – 28,237
  4. PS4 Guru – 16,339
  5. New 3DS XL – 12, 246
  6. PS Vita – 11, 929
  7. 2DS – 5,254
  8. Xbox One – 190
  9. Xbox One X – 9

Those that are not familiar with the Japanese gaming market will most likely be amazed that concerning the large sales in the first week of January, however it’s certainly not surprising. In Japan, New Year is the actual holiday, with Christmas being a convention embraced from the west.

Notably entertainment markets receive a large boost due to the convention called “Otoshidama,”  which prompts parents to present money for their children on New Year’daily. This also sees a restricted extension in other fields of Japanese culture and results to a massive influx of cold hard cash prepared to be invested into fun.

Being the new kid on the block the Switch definitely gained the most from all the spending, together with the other 146,000 units that saw a loving Japanese house. This officially attracts the console over 3.5 million units sold in the country (3,566,794 to be exact), formally passing the life sales of this Wii U.

Speaking of the Wii U, Media Create has officially stopped tracking it, and the same goes for PS3.

The PS4 also got a large boost, demonstrating by far the greatest sales of this Holiday season, and basically doubling the result of this Christmas week using  91,683 units sold between the foundation and Pro models united. This really shows an advancement year-on-year, and puts Sony’s console only shy of six million units sold in Japan during its lifetime.

On the front, the Switch is firmly at the top, with those purchasing a new console hurrying to also purchase Nintendo’s staple names. With no new releases in this week, the surface of the ranking is basically identical to this one before, with the only relevant shift being Splatoon 2 overtaking Super Mario Odyssey and conquering the first place. Together with the 2 games being often neck and neck, it’s getting increasingly unlikely that Mario will probably manage to overtake the third-person-shooter as the best selling Switch game.

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