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Mario + Rabbids and PS4 Lead Japanese Sales

by Jose Belmonte

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This week’s Japanese sales chart from Media Create shows one of those unusual situations where the best selling game of the week does not match the best selling console. Nintendo Switch’s Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was the most relevant release of the week, and as such it took the top spot in the software list. Yes, we are talking about the same Mario + Rabbids game that was released in North America and Europe back in September, but Nintendo (the publisher of the game in Japan) decided to move its release date to a quieter month like January. Overall the game has sold well, although its numbers are far from other proper Nintendo games featuring characters from the Super Mario franchise.

Other game releases this week include Gintama Ranbu for PS4 and PSVita, and Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, which failed to attract a large number of new fans to the game, as it happened this week in the United Kingdom. Finally, the last new entrance in the software list is a re-issue of Valkyria Chronicles Remastered at a lower price, which precedes the release of Valkyria Chronicles 4 in March, featuring a special mission with the characters of the original game.

On the hardware list, the excitement of the upcoming release of Monster Hunter: World is making PS4’s sales grow even in the weeks preceding, which just shows how much of an event is a new launch of the series in the country. Nintendo Switch also gets more sales than last week, although the new shipment was not enough to top the charts. Earlier this week we analyzed the chances of Nintendo Switch to pass PS4’s lifetime sales this year, and this week’s result just goes to show that it’s going to be a harder feat than many expected.

Software List

01. [NSW] Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – 66.692 / NEW
02. [PS4] Gintama Ranbu – 38.443 / NEW
03. [NSW] Splatoon 2 – 28.691 / 1.946.033 (-17%)
04. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 26.365 / 1.264.800 (+15%)
05. [PSV] Gintama Ranbu – 23.417 / NEW
06. [PS4] Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT – 20.433 / 126.100 (-81%)
07. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey – 18.972 / 1.555.312 (-33%)
08. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon – 16.790 / 1.515.299 (-22%)
09. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 – 11.454 / 135.773 (-44%)
10. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 9.502 / 824.728 (-23%)
11. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Hihou Legend Banbarayaa – Sword / Magnum – 9.262 / 483.098 (+18%)
12. [PS4] Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition – 7.908 / NEW
13. [PS4] Earth Defense Force 5 – 6.472 / 218.602 (-40%)
14. [PS4] Call of Duty: WWII – 5.890 / 375.084 (-18%)
15. [NSW] Arms – 4.951 / 351.631 (-33%)
16. [NSW] 1-2-Switch – 4.401 / 382.320 (-36%)
17. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX – 4.311 / 209.965 (+167%)
18. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo – 3.405 / 365.914 (-29%)
19. [PS4] Valkyria Chronicles Remastered [New Price Edition] – 3.346 / NEW
20. [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – 3.081 / 175.757 (-31%)

Hardware List

01. PlayStation 4 – 52.507
02. Nintendo Switch – 43.027
03. Nintendo 3DS – 12.115
04. PlayStation Vita – 4.256
05. Xbox One – 1.388

 

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