Last week we saw a strong debut for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in Japan, which in turn boosted Nintendo Switch hardware sales. The latest results from Media Create are now out and provide some interesting updates on what's hot and what's not in the country.
The software charts lack any big hitting new releases this week, opening the door for Nintendo's kart racer to hold top spot. In fact, the top 9 has three Switch titles and six on 3DS, showing that Nintendo's hardware is currently benefitting from a number of 'evergreen' titles. The top 20 is below, with lifetime sales in brackets.
- [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 90.652 (375.475)
- [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X - 31.271 (128.365)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter Double Cross - 30.338 (1.451.544)
- [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 21.926 (442.867)
- [3DS] Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia - 14.765 (169.154)
- [3DS] Mario Sports Superstars - 10.975 (86.477)
- [3DS] Pro Baseball Famista Climax - 10.632 (69.723)
- [NSW] 1-2-Switch - 9.488 (205.446)
- [3DS] Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS - 8.134 (1.035.534)
- [PS4] NieR: Automata - 7.245 (320.497)
- [WIU] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 7.121 (116.313))
- [3DS] Pokemon Sun / Moon - 6.940 (3.256.775)
- [PS4] Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition - 6.560 (48.662)
- [PS4] Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands - 5.413 (174.865)
- [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki - 5.363 (716.405)
- [3DS] Mario Kart 7 - 5.314 (2.768.991)
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo - 5.120 (173.009)
- [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition - 4.051 (1.149.824)
- [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot - 4.005 (560.524)
- [PSV] Dungeon Travelers 2-2: The Maiden Who Fell into Darkness and the Book of Beginnings - 3.851 (37.891)
Moving on to hardware, the Nintendo Switch reverts back to its 'standard' sales of a little under 50,000 after a previous boost led by MK8 Deluxe; supplies to stores may be having a constraining effect, too. It's still comfortably in the lead, and then the New 3DS LL (XL) narrowly misses out on second place to the PS4; there are some modest boosts for various systems, likely thanks to the Golden Week holiday in Japan.
The results are below with last week's sales in brackets.
- Nintendo Switch - 47,911 (76,679)
- PS4 - 20,963 (18,848)
- New Nintendo 3DS LL - 20,457 (17,873)
- PS Vita - 7,158 (5,994)
- PS4 Pro - 6,991 (6,455)
- Nintendo 2DS - 5,355 (4,101)
- New Nintendo 3DS - 1,169 (1,089)
- Xbox One - 677 (101)
- PS3 - 407 (453)
- Wii U - 397 (543)
So there you have it, another solid set of results for Nintendo in Japan; we'll see how well Mario Kart 8 Deluxe maintains its momentum next week.