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Nintendo Switch Returns to the Top of Japan Sales

by Jose Belmonte

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Nintendo Switch has returned to the top of the Japanese weekly charts according to Media Create, after a string of weeks in which PS4 and Nintendo 3DS took the number 1 place thanks to their new game releases. The promised increase of consoles available in stores is finally a reality thanks to the additional shipments of Splatoon 2 bundles.

On the other hand, Nintendo 3DS and PS4 also had a very positive week, thanks to the effect of Dragon Quest XI, which is still strong after the launch week. Square Enix’s RPG showed good numbers even after debuting with more than 2 million, and the drop is better than the usual 80% for games of the genre. By now the sum of physical shipments and digital sales exceeds 3 million, which makes clear that Dragon Quest is one of the few truly gigantic franchises left in Japan.

As for the new releases of this week, Great Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 2 failed to impresse, and the Japanese public showed little love for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which is a drastically different situation to its performance in other markets. It seems like the audience that once made some entries of the series million sellers has moved on from the console world onto other platforms.

Software List

01. [3DS] Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – 307.714 / 1.456.601 (-73%)
02. [PS4] Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – 200.798 / 1.151.113 (-79%)
03. [NSW] Splatoon 2 – 74.235 / 827.646 (-30%)
04. [3DS] Great Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 2 – Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Kakugo – 69.848 / NEW
05. [PS4] Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – 30.384 / NEW
06. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 13.764 / 615.633 (-1%)
07. [3DS] Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy – 12.699 / 108.057 (-48%)
08. [3DS] Great Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 1 & 2 Special Edition – 9.651 / NEW
09. [3DS] Hey! Pikmin – 8.493 / 107.887 (-29%)
10. [NSW] Arms – 5.472 / 189.417 (-8%)
11. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 5.304 / 554.123 (-9%)
12. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Koko, Dokonan Desu? – 5.197 / 34.107 (-35%)
13. [3DS] Pokemon Sun / Moon – 4.321 / 3.304.705 (-18%)
14. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo – 4.293 / 212.998 (+19%)
15. [PS4] Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – 4.217 / 132.188 (-48%)
16. [PS4] Gundam Versus – 3.948 / 153.086 (-25%)
17. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition – 3.297 / 1.187.447 (-15%)
18. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [New Price Edition] – 2.852 / 372.514
19. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 2.823 / 2.799.235
20. [3DS] Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS – 2.711 / 1.069.884

Hardware List

01. Nintendo Switch – 61.933
02. Nintendo 3DS– 60.889
03. PlayStation 4 – 52.939
04. PlayStation Vita – 4.773
05. Wii U – 158
06. Xbox One – 96
07. PlayStation 3 – 90

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