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Japanese Gamers Vote Chrono Trigger the Best Game of the Past 30 Years

Video games have come a long, long way in the 30 years since the 8-bit days of NES and Game Boy. Gaming hardware evolved rapidly, new genres and styles of play emerged, and video games entered the mainstream like never before. Thousands of incredible adventures have been released in the past three decades, but which ones are the best?

Popular Japanese publication Famitsu recently set out to answer that question by polling their readers. After tallying votes from more than 7,100 Japanese fans, Famitsu narrowed it down to the top three. In first place, SNES classic Chrono Trigger reigns supreme with 230 votes. The runners-up are both much more modern titles. In fact, they both released in 2017. With 209 votes and 205 votes, respectively, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Nier Automata took second and third.

Did Famitsu’s readers make a good call, or are there games more deserving to be called the best in three decades? Let us know your all-time favorites in the comments below!

Source: Famitsu (via Japanese Nintendo)

News Nintendo Nintendo Switch

Switch Hits 8 Million Units Sold in Japan Alone

Nintendo Switch is on a hot streak right now, outselling its 2018 numbers every single week in Japan thus far in 2019. Back in January, we reported that Switch passed 7 million units sold in Japan alone and that it was closing in on PlayStation 4 in that region. Although it hasn’t quite passed up Sony’s console yet, it’s likely to do so in just one or two more weeks. In the meantime, Switch just hit another milestone in Japan.

According to the latest sales data, Switch moved another 40,000 units in Japan last week (easily enough to top the charts), bringing its grand total to just over 8 million. That means Switch has sold over 1 million units in Japan alone since early January. It now trails PlayStation 4 by just over 33,000 sales, so it should eclipse it next week.

We also know that Switch has been the top-selling hardware in the US for the last four months in a row. These stronger than expected sales worldwide over the past few months should boost Switch’s life total considerably. Nintendo infamously lowered their hardware target from 20 million to 17 million earlier this year, but they’ve since been outselling all projections. They’ll likely still fall a bit short of the 20 million target, but they might be closer than previously thought. Nintendo will release their year-end financial data soon, as they’re meeting with investors and reporters over the next few days.

Source: Resetera

News Nintendo Nintendo Switch

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Passes 3 Million Sales in Japan Alone

The weekly hardware and software sales from Japan are in, courtesy of Famitsu (now that Media Create no longer releases their data to the public), and the latest Dragon Ball game is topping the charts. Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission debuted with over 70,000 sales on Nintendo Switch, and with no other major new releases, there was no competition.

Overall it was a fairly boring week in Japan with few noteworthy gaming stories, but the latest sales data shows one popular game hitting a major milestone. With another 14,775 units moved last week, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has now eclipsed 3 million copies sold in Japan alone. Smash joins with Splatoon 2, another Nintendo Switch title that passed the same mark just a few weeks ago. You can check out the full breakdown below.

Software

1. [NSW] Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission – 70,990 / NEW
2. [NSW] Yoshi’s Crafted World – 28,468 / 78,745
3. [PS4] Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – 18,101 / 212,961
4. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 14,775 / 3,000,151
5. [NSW] Minecraft – 12,278 / 719,845
6. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 12,111 / 560,098
7. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 9,551 / 2,246,416
8. [NSW] Splatoon 2 – 8,161 / 3,028,994
9. [NSW] Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 6,309 / 1,281,348
10. [NSW] Super Mario Party – 6,305 / 991,550

Hardware:

Switch – 46,850
PS4 – 8,347
PS4 Pro – 5,507
New 2DS LL – 3,469
New 3DS LL – 919
PS Vita – 482
Xbox One X – 60
Xbox One S – 33

Source: Famitsu (via Nintendo Everything)

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Tops the Charts in Japan

The weekly hardware and software sales from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and it was a strong week with multiple new releases. FromSoftware’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice captured first place with over 157,000 units sold at launch. But Super Robot Wars T from Bandai Namco wasn’t too far behind, with over 132,000 across its PlayStation 4 and Switch versions.

Nintendo Switch once again easily took the top hardware spot with over 56,000 units sold. PlayStation 4 was a distant second with just under 35,000 units sold between the standard and Pro models. The extended 3DS family combined for around 8,000 sales, and no other hardware sold enough units to warrant a mention.

You can check out the full breakdown below. It’s worth noting that this may be the last time we are able to report on Media Create’s sales numbers. Starting next month, Media Create does not intend to release specific data to the public. Instead, they’ll just release a top ten list with no sales figures.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS4] Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software, 03/22/19) – 157,548 (New)
  2. [PS4] Super Robot Wars T (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 03/21/19) – 88,093 (New)
  3. [NSW] Super Robot Wars T (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 03/21/19) – 44,051 (New)
  4. [NSW] Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! (Square Enix, 03/21/19) – 28,509 (New)
  5. [PS4] Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland (Limited Editions Included) (Koei Tecmo, 03/21/19) – 27,734 (New)
  6. [PS4] Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! (Square Enix, 03/21/19) – 21,041 (New)
  7. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 21,008 (2,974,153)
  8. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo, 01/11/19) – 17,827 (534,367)
  9. [PS4] Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom, 03/08/19) – 15,353 (164,703)
  10. [PS4] The Division 2 (Limited Edition Included) (Ubisoft, 03/15/19) – 15,186 (79,003)
  11. [PS4] Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet (Koei Tecmo, 03/21/19) – 12,958 (New)
  12. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 12,504 (2,190,792)
  13. [NSW] Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland (Limited Editions Included) (Koei Tecmo, 03/21/19) – 12,473 (New)
  14. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! (Bundle Editions Included) (Nintendo, 11/16/18) – 10,727 (1,546,944)
  15. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 9,288 (1,064,507)
  16. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Bundle Version Included) (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 9,136 (649,961)
  17. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 8,585 (1,334,410)
  18. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 7,891 (2,970,723)
  19. [PS4] One Piece: World Seeker (Bandai Namco, 03/14/19) – 7,737 (58,777)
  20. [NSW] Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet (Koei Tecmo, 03/21/19) – 7,075 (New)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Switch – 56,099 (56,954)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 27,061 (25,015)
  3. PlayStation 4 Pro – 7,834 (7,206)
  4. New 2DS LL – 4,731 (4,040)
  5. 2DS – 2,300 (793)
  6. New 3DS LL – 912 (892)
  7. PlayStation Vita – 376 (870)
  8. Xbox One X – 63 (91)
  9. Xbox One – 28 (45)

Source: 4Gamer (via Gematsu)

News Nintendo Nintendo Switch PlayStation 4

Multiple New Games Fail to Boost PS4 Sales in Japan

The weekly hardware and software sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and it was a bit of a mixed bag. PlayStation 4 received multiple big games (which might as well have been exclusives given the lack of Xbox interest in Japan) like Jump Force, Catherine: Full Body, Far Cry: New Dawn, and Metro Exodus, but Sony’s console actually saw slightly decreased sales over last week, including Pro sales.

Meanwhile, Nintendo Switch coasted to an easy first place (and an increase of nearly 5,000 units sold over last week) despite having no major releases. Thus far, Switch’s 2019 performance has outpaced its 2018 numbers every single week. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate were the top Switch titles.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS4] Jump Force (Bandai Namco, 02/14/19) – 76,894 (New)
  2. [PS4] Catherine: Full Body (Limited Edition Included) (Atlus, 02/14/19) – 51,824 (New)
  3. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/11/19) – 34,541 (431,771)
  4. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 29,843 (2,860,986)
  5. [PS4] Far Cry: New Dawn (Ubisoft, 02/15/19) – 26,285 (New)
  6. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III (Limited Edition Included) (Square Enix, 01/25/19) – 19,265 (755,810)
  7. [PS4] Metro Exodus (Spike Chunsoft, 02/15/19) – 17,513 (New)
  8. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! (Bundle Editions Included) (Nintendo, 11/16/18) – 15,287 (1,490,789)
  9. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 12,249 (2,133,021)
  10. [PS4] Resident Evil 2 (Z Version and Limited Edition Included) (Capcom, 01/25/19) – 11,636 (338,492)
  11. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 10,942 (1,018,889)
  12. [PS4] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Taishi with Power-Up Kit (Koei Tecmo, 02/14/19) – 10,326 (New)
  13. [PSV] Catherine: Full Body (Atlus, 02/14/19) – 9,241 (New)
  14. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Bundle Version Included) (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 8,905 (607,502)
  15. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 8,235 (1,292,065)
  16. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 7,193 (2,932,629)
  17. [PSV] Kin’iro no Corda: Octave (Limited Edition Included) (Koei Tecmo, 02/14/19) – 4,585 (New)
  18. [PS4] Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 01/17/19) – 3,758 (231,659)
  19. [NSW] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix, 12/20/18) – 3,758 (231,659)
  20. [NSW] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Taishi with Power-Up Kit (Koei Tecmo, 02/14/19) – 3,705 (New)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Switch – 65,958 (61,280)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 11,792 (11,583)
  3. PlayStation 4 Pro – 7,892 (8,111)
  4. New 2DS LL – 3,358 (3,216)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 1,767 (1,475)
  6. New 3DS LL – 1,254 (1,070)
  7. 2DS – 142 (138)
  8. Xbox One X – 55 (129)
  9. Xbox One – 13 (16)

Source: 4Gamer (via Gematsu)

News PlayStation 4

Kingdom Hearts III Tops Resident Evil 2 in Japan


The weekly hardware and software sales numbers from Japan are in, and it was a monster week for PlayStation 4. Kingdom Hearts III topped the charts with an impressive 610,077 copies sold on PlayStation 4. The Xbox One version of the game did not make it in the top twenty. the Resident Evil 2 Remake also had a fantastic start with over a quarter million copies sold, once again on PlayStation 4.

These two big hits massively boosted PlayStation 4 sales. The Pro model was the more successful of the two, moving over 33,000 units for the week compared to over 19,000 for the standard model. For the first time in a long time, combined sales of PlayStation 4 were slightly higher than Nintendo Switch for the week. You can check out the full sales breakdown below.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III (Limited Edition Included) (Square Enix, 01/25/19) – 610,077 (New)
  2. [PS4] Resident Evil 2 (Z Version and Limited Edition Included) (Capcom, 01/25/19) – 252,848 (New)
  3. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/11/19) – 57,725 (312,869)
  4. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 38,478 (2,764,751)
  5. [PS4] Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 01/17/19) – 25,499 (227,878)
  6. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 11,958 (983,903)
  7. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 10,860 (2,096,812)
  8. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! (Bundle Editions Included) (Nintendo, 11/16/18) – 9,334 (1,436,633)
  9. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Bundle Version Included) (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 8,588 (582,039)
  10. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 7,329 (2,910,678)
  11. [NSW] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix, 12/20/18) – 7,117 (217,610)
  12. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 6,578 (1,279,601)
  13. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (Square Enix, 03/09/17) – 6,097 (229,283)
  14. [PS4] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix, 12/20/18) – 5,275 (211,667)
  15. [PS4] Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 01/11/19) – 5,039 (53,994)
  16. [PS4] Yakuza 4 (Sega, 01/17/19) – 4,393 (22,833)
  17. [NSW] Fitness Boxing (Imagineer, 12/20/18) – 4,130 (19,719)
  18. [PS4] PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corporation, 01/17/19) – 3,408 (10,855)
  19. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (SIE, 10/12/18) – 3,261 (527,400)
  20. [PS4] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou (Limited Edition Included) (Entergram, 01/24/19) – 2,868 (New)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Switch – 52,429 (71,139)
  2. PlayStation 4 Pro – 33,032 (6,958)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 19,612 (9,505)
  4. New 2DS LL – 3,781 (3,767)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 1,701 (1,755)
  6. New 3DS LL – 972 (1,514)
  7. 2DS – 179 (158)
  8. Xbox One X – 82 (94)
  9. Xbox One – 11 (24)

Source: 4Gamer (via Gematsu)

News Nintendo

A Go-Kart Company is Trying to Trademark “Nintendo is Irrelevant”


Every now and then in-development games leak due to the discovery of a trademark, but today’s trademark story is… something else entirely. Last year Nintendo successfully won a lawsuit against a Japanese company called MariCAR that was using Nintendo-replica go-karts and costumes without permission. MariCar has since re-branded as “MARI Mobility Development,” and their karts now read “Unrelated to Nintendo.”

More recently, they’ve also started branding their karts with Japanese lettering that translates to “Nintendo is irrelevant.” In an ironic development, it appears that MARI is now worried about protecting its own branding, and thus, they’re attempting to trademark both phrases. The trademarks were officially filed by Chizai Bouei Kabushiki Gaisha (or “Intellectual Property Defense Corporation”), a company with a history of filing trademarks on MARI’s behalf.

I’m not exactly sure what this accomplishes, and given that MARI was just on the losing side of a Nintendo lawsuit I’d also argue that the latter slogan isn’t accurate. Oh well. I guess there’s no feeling quite like filing a trademark out of spite.

Source: Japanese Nintendo

News Nintendo Nintendo Switch PlayStation 4

Switch Sales Have Almost Caught Up to PS4 in Japan

As we reported in our recent Media Create sales coverage, Nintendo Switch has been selling like crazy since Black Friday. Holiday titles like Super Mario Party, Pokémon: Let’s Go, and Super Smash Bros. are all huge hits, and evergreen titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe continue to perform admirably as well. All of this has boosted Switch sales to new heights in recent weeks, helping it achieve another milestone while gaining on a competitor with a massive head start.

Over the past two weeks Switch has put up impressive numbers with 174,770 units and 199,982 units moved in Japan in the last week of December and first week of January, respectively. This brings the console’s lifetime sales in its home region up to 7,046,766. That puts the hybrid console less than 700,000 units behind PlayStation 4, despite the fact that Sony’s machine had a head start of more than three years.

Source: 4Gamer (via Resetera)

News Nintendo Nintendo Switch

Smash Sold Another Half-Million Copies in Japan in Two Weeks


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate got off to a hot start in Japan with
over 1.2 million sales at launch, and that momentum has stayed strong ever since. Typically Media Create publishes sales data every week, but they took one week off during the holiday season before coming back with a double-length report today. According to the latest data, Smash has gone on to sell well over half a million copies just since Christmas Eve.

Typically you start to see sales decline after the lucrative Christmas season, and that decline is sharpened by the turn of the new year. Despite these historical trends, Smash sold another 275,417 during December’s last week and an additional 258, 974 in the first week of January. Super Mario Party, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Pokémon: Let’s Go also put up strong numbers over the past two weeks, keeping Switch sales strong. Nintendo’s hybrid console sold 174,770 units during the final week of December and an increased 199,982 in the first week of January.

Source: 4Gamer

News

Japanese Developers Reveal Their Favorite Games in 2018

As we make our way through the last few days of 2018, many around the world are reflecting on their favorite games from the past year. Earlier this month, numerous titles were honored at The Game Awards, and various publications have been posting similar awards lists since. Popular Japanese publication Famitsu took a slightly different angle for their end-of-the-year festivities. Instead of having their editors put together a list of awards, they polled Japanese developers to find out their favorite games.

In total, Famitsu spoke with 128 Japanese developers and general industry employees. The big winner turned out to be the new PlayStation 4 exclusive Spider-Man game from Insomniac and Marvel, followed by Monster Hunter: World and, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, Detroit: Become Human. In fact, four of the top five games were PlayStation 4 exclusives. Oddly enough, a handful of games from 2017 also made the list, including Splatoon 2 and Breath of the Wild.

1. Marvel’s Spider-Man
2. Monster Hunter: World
3. Detroit: Become Human
4. Red Dead Redemption 2
5. God of War
6. Octopath Traveler
7. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
8. Fortnite
9. Conan Exiles
10. Splatoon 2
11. Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
12. Dead by Daylight
13. Fate/Grand Order
14. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
15. Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection
16. Cities: Skylines
17. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
18. Dragon Quest Rivals
19. Dungeon Maker
20. Kyoutou Kotoba RPG Kotodaman
21. Zanki Zero: Last Beginning
22. Super Mario Party
23. Border Break
24. Teku-Teku Teku-Teku
25. NieR: Automata
26. Assassin’s Creed Origins
27. Clash Royale
28. Dead Cells
29. Far Cry 5
30. Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle

Source: Famitsu (via Nintendo Everything)

News Nintendo Nintendo Switch

Smash and Switch Continue to Dominate Japan’s Holiday

The weekly hardware and software sales numbers from Japan are in, and Switch continues to dominate in its home country. Hardware sales were strong all around, thanks to the boost from the holiday season, but Switch was number one by a mile with another 278,701 units sold. PlayStation 4’s standard and Pro units combined to sell over 75,000 units, good for a distant second place.

In hardware, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate retained the top spot, selling nearly half a million more copies. Dragon Quest Builders 2 sold over 200,000 copies across Switch and PlayStation 4, and Super Mario Party and Pokémon: Let’s Go sold over 155,000 and 144,000, respectively. You can check out the full breakdown below.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 452,617 (2,079,769)
  2. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 155,060 (742,355)
  3. [NSW] Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! (Bundle Editions Included) (Nintendo, 11/16/18) – 144,770 (1,265,790)
  4. [PS4] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix, 12/20/18) – 110,285 (New)
  5. [NSW] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix, 12/20/18) – 97,673 (New)
  6. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Bundle Version Included) (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 48,359 (479,769)
  7. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 47,096 (1,958,270)
  8. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 41,405 (2,809,117)
  9. [PS4] Judgment (Sega, 12/13/18) – 37,643 (185,889)
  10. [PS4] God Eater 3 (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 12/13/18) – 25,039 (175,562)
  11. [NSW] Kirby: Star Allies (Nintendo, 03/16/18) – 21,643 (691,939)
  12. [PS4] Onimusha: Warlords (Limited Edition Included) (Capcom, 12/20/18) – 21,367 (New)
  13. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 21,384 (1,902,226)
  14. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 16,093 (1,212,043)
  15. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun (Bandai Namco, 07/19/18) – 15,50 (259,863)
  16. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion (Nintendo, 11/08/18) – 15,325 (79,700)
  17. [NSW] Katamari Damacy Reroll (Bandai Namco, 12/20/18) – 11,665 (New)
  18. [PS4] Super Neptunia RPG (Compile Heart, 12/20/18) – 11,521 (New)
  19. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo, 06/22/18) – 10,957 (392,757)
  20. [3DS] Pokémon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (The Pokemon Company, 11/17/17) – 10,140 (1,790,327)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Switch – 278,701 (281,213)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 57,948 (62,580)
  3. New 2DS LL – 19,096 (14,510)
  4. PlayStation 4 Pro – 17,845 (19,014)
  5. New 3DS LL – 7,116 (5,132)
  6. PlayStation Vita – 3,939 (2,647)
  7. 2DS – 724 (395)
  8. Xbox One X – 195 (847)
  9. Xbox One – 182 (204)

Source: 4Gamer (via Gematsu)

News Nintendo Nintendo Switch

Smash Dominates Japan and Massively Boosts Switch Sales

The weekly hardware and software sales from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and it was an absolutely dominant week for Nintendo. Unsurprisingly, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sits at number one with a franchise record 1,220,535 sales on opening weekend, which is the best debut for any non-Pokemon Nintendo game in Japan. That was just the beginning of Nintendo’s impressive week, as the top six best-sellers are all Switch games. This includes Pokemon: Let’s Go, which broke the 1 million mark in Japan this week.

Smash also provided a massive boost for Switch hardware sales, and the console climbed from an already impressive 120,546 units sold last week to 281,222 this week. That was easily enough for first place, as PlayStation 4 managed just under 75,000 between its standard and Pro models. You can check out the full sales breakdown below.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 1,220,535 (New)
  2. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! (Bundle Editions Included) (Nintendo, 11/16/18) – 93,787 (1,012,247)
  3. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 69,861 (489,767)
  4. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 20,995 (1,881,751)
  5. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 19,083 (2,740,677)
  6. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Bundle Version Included) (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 16,948 (403,784)
  7. [PS4] Just Cause 4 (Square Enix, 12/06/18) – 16,100 (New)
  8. [PS4] Battlefield V (Electronic Arts, 11/20/18) – 10,555 (141,324)
  9. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 9,592 (1,866,426)
  10. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 9,531 (1,182,281)
  11. [3DS] Persona Q2: New Shadow Labyrinth (Atlus, 11/29/18) – 8,076 (87,823)
  12. [NSW] Kirby: Star Allies (Nintendo, 03/16/18) – 7,677 (658,270)
  13. [PS4] Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle (Capcom, 12/06/18) – 7,318 (New)
  14. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (SIE, 10/12/18) – 6,515 (485,497)
  15. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion (Nintendo, 11/08/18) – 6,466 (54,800)
  16. [NSW] Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle (Capcom, 12/06/18) – 5,903 (New)
  17. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun (Bandai Namco, 07/19/18) – 5,113 (236,220)
  18. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (The Pokemon Company, 11/17/17) – 4,931 (1,773,521)
  19. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo, 06/22/18) – 3,601 (376,482)
  20. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03: Vehicle Kit (Nintendo, 09/14/18) – 3,597 (43,451)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Switch – 281,222 (120,546)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 50,450 (9,852)
  3. PlayStation 4 Pro – 24,046 (10,558)
  4. New 2DS LL – 10,021 (7,401)
  5. New 3DS LL – 3,631 (2,692)
  6. PlayStation Vita – 2,484 (1,798)
  7. 2DS – 620 (342)
  8. Xbox One X – 117 (260)
  9. Xbox One – 32 (25)

Source: 4Gamer (via Gematsu)

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Smash Ultimate Breaks Sales Records in Japan and the UK

Nintendo just unleashed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch, and according to early reports, it’s a phenomenal success. The highly-anticipated crossover fighting game had a record-breaking number of pre-orders, and that has translated into record-breaking early sales. Based on numbers out of Japan and the UK, Smash Ultimate is living up to its name.

Morgan Stanley has provided sales figures for Smash based on Famitsu data. While the official total (which should be announced on Wednesday) may slightly differ, early indications are that Smash sold around 1.3 million copies in Japan alone. This is the best opening weekend for any Nintendo Switch game and also for any Smash game. No other Smash title has ever sold 1 million at launch in Japan.

It’s a similar story in the UK, where Smash Ultimate completely destroyed its predecessors. Based on physical sales (digital has not been reported), Ultimate sales are 302% higher than those of the Wii U iteration, 233% higher than 3DS, and 62.5% higher than Brawl. It easily took the top spot in the UK this week, and it even outsold the launch numbers achieved by Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee.

Source: Morgan Stanley, Games Industry

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Pokémon Tops the Charts, Quadruples Switch Sales in Japan

The weekly hardware and software sales numbers from Japan are in, and unsurprisingly it was a huge week for Nintendo. The launch of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee was easily the biggest event of the week. The twin games combined to sell over 660,000 copies, snagging first place and boosting switch sales from around 54,000 last week to over 200,000 this week. Fallout 76 was a distant second with around 73,000 units sold.

In hardware, Switch was obviously the champion with 200,850 total units sold. No other console managed to sell even 9,000 units. It seems Fallout 76 and Hitman 2, despite both charting in the top 5, were unable to provide PlayStation 4 with any kind of boost heading into the holiday season. You can check out the full sales breakdown below.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! (Bundle Editions Included) (Nintendo, 11/16/18) – 661,240 (New)
  2. [PS4] Fallout 76 (Limited Edition Included) (Bethesda Softworks, 11/15/18) – 73,489 (New)
  3. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 20,942 (345,627)
  4. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (SIE, 10/12/18) – 17,159 (460,890)
  5. [PS4] Hitman 2 (Warner Bros. Interactive, 11/15/18) – 10,162 (New)
  6. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion (Nintendo, 11/08/18) – 9,320 (36,689)
  7. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 9,319 (1,836,063)
  8. [PS4] Red Dead Redemption 2 (Limited Editions Included) (Take-Two Interactive, 10/26/18) – 8,120 (181)
  9. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 7,992 (2,698,886)
  10. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 7,449 (365,347)
  11. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 6,215 (1,159,398)
  12. [PS4] Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs: Steam Dungeon (FuRyu, 11/15/18) – 5,025 (New)
  13. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 3,990 (1,845,682)
  14. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (The Pokemon Company, 11/17/17) – 3,493 (1,760,304)
  15. [PS4] Marvel’s Spider-Man (Bundle Version Included) (SIE, 09/07/18) – 3,134 (305,030)
  16. [NSW] Kirby: Star Allies (Nintendo, 03/16/18) – 2,958 (642,205)
  17. [NSW] RPG Maker MV (Kadokawa Games, 11/15/18) – 2,641 (New)
  18. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! (Bandai Namco, 07/19/18) – 2,181 (225,417)
  19. [PS4] RPG Maker MV (Kadokawa Games, 11/15/18) – 2,090 (New)
  20. [PSV] Shiro to Kuro no Alice: Twilight Line (Limited Edition Included) (Idea Factory, 11/15/18) – 2,087 (New)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Switch – 200,850 (54,235)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 8,922 (8,154)
  3. PlayStation 4 Pro – 8,867 (7,927)
  4. New 2DS LL – 4,189 (4,243)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 1,877 (1,869)
  6. New 3DS LL – 1,788 (1,681)
  7. 2DS – 622 (294)
  8. Xbox One X – 119 (360)
  9. Xbox One – 45 (46)

Source: 4Gamer (via Gematsu)

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Luigi’s Mansion 3DS Debuts On Top in Japan

The weekly hardware and software sales from Japan are in, and although it was a fairly mundane week for software, a few new titles launched. Luigi’s Mansion for Nintendo 3DS, which launched last month in most territories, finally made its Japanese debut. With 27,370 units sold, it’s far from a smash hit… but it was still good enough to top the charts in a slow week. Tetris Effect and Deracine, the other two newcomers this week, each sold less than 5,000 copies.

Hardware sales failed to impress as well, with only Switch seeing a notable “holiday season” bump. Despite a lack of compelling new software for the week, Switch saw its sales jump from 43,747 to 54,235. However, PlayStation 4 saw a sales decline across both its standard and Pro models. You can check out the full breakdown below.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion (Nintendo, 11/08/18) – 27,370 (New)
  2. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (SIE, 10/12/18) – 25,740 (443,731)
  3. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 23,333 (324,685)
  4. [PS4] Red Dead Redemption 2 (Limited Editions Included) (Take-Two Interactive, 10/26/18) – 16,819 (184,061)
  5. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 8,466 (1,826,744)
  6. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 7,562 (357,898)
  7. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 6,783 (2,690,893)
  8. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 5,706 (1,153,183)
  9. [PS4] Tetris Effect (SIE, 11/08/18) – 4,372 (New)
  10. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 3,780 (1,831,692)
  11. [PS4] Marvel’s Spider-Man (Bundle Version Included) (SIE, 09/07/18) – 3,771 (301,895)
  12. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (The Pokemon Company, 11/17/17) – 3,349 (1,756,810)
  13. [PS4] Deracine (Limited Edition Incldued) (SIE, 11/08/18) – 3,086 (New)
  14. [NSW] Kirby: Star Allies (Nintendo, 03/16/18) – 2,963 (639,247)
  15. [PS4] Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Limited Edition Included) (Ubisoft, 10/05/18) – 2,832 (85,706)
  16. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! (Bandai Namco, 07/19/18) – 2,481 (223,236)
  17. [NSW] Neko Tomo (Bandai Namco, 11/01/18) – 2,148 (6,298)
  18. [PS4] Warriors Orochi 4 (Limited Editions Included) (Koei Tecmo, 09/27/18) – 2,025 (153,214)
  19. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (Square Enix, 03/09/17) – 1,977 (198,896)
  20. [PS4] Soulcalibur VI (Bandai Namco, 10/18/18) – 1,824 (35,590)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Switch – 54,235 (43,747)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 8,154 (8,693)
  3. PlayStation 4 Pro – 7,927 (8,847)
  4. New 2DS LL – 4,243 (4,226)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 1,869 (1,945)
  6. New 3DS LL – 1,681 (1,775)
  7. Xbox One X – 360 (129)
  8. 2DS – 294 (273)
  9. Xbox One – 46 (61)

Source: 4Gamer (via Gematsu)

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Call of Duty Tops the Charts, Boosts PS4 Pro Sales in Japan

The weekly hardware and software sales from Japan are in, and there’s a new chart-topper in town. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 debuted at number one this week, selling 228,775 copies on PlayStation 4, and knocking Super Mario Party down to second place for the week. No other new hardware made a major splash, and only the top two games eclipsed 20,000 units sold for the week.

It was also a slow week in terms of hardware sales, but Black Ops provided a noticeable bump to the Pro model of Sony’s popular home console. PlayStation 4 Pro sales jumped from 2,490 units sold to 15,442 this week, while the standard model saw its sales slip by about 1,500. Switch and 3DS saw slight sales declines from last week, likely due to the lack of any major new software.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (SIE, 10/12/18) – 228,775 (New)
  2. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 63,451 (206,319)
  3. [PS4] Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Limited Edition Included) (Ubisoft, 10/05/18) – 19,037 (64,204)
  4. [PS4] Warriors Orochi 4 (Limited Editions Included) (Koei Tecmo, 09/27/18) – 13,224 (138,060)
  5. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 10,402 (326,018)
  6. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 8,767 (2,663,744)
  7. [PS4] Varnir of the Dragon Star: Ecdysis of the Dragon (Compile Heart, 10/11/18) – 8,652 (New)
  8. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 8,352 (1,797,018)
  9. [PS4] Marvel’s Spider-Man (Bundle Version Included) (SIE, 09/07/18) – 7,590 (286,668)
  10. [PS4] FIFA 19 (Limited Editions Included) (Electronic Arts, 09/28/18) – 5,355 (76,553)
  11. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 5,091 (1,134,189)
  12. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV ~The End of Saga~ (Limited Editions Included) (Falcom, 09/27/18) – 4,768 (101,961)
  13. [NSW] Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco, 09/27/18) – 4,496 (35,885)
  14. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (The Pokemon Company, 11/17/17) – 4,032 (1,742,905)
  15. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 3,504 (1,828,729)
  16. [NSW] FIFA 19 (Limited Editions Included) (Electronic Arts, 09/28/18) – 3,382 (24,820)
  17. [NSW] Warriors Orochi 4 (Limited Editions Included) (Koei Tecmo, 09/27/18) – 3,333 (34,014)
  18. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! (Bandai Namco, 07/19/18) – 3,258 (213,085)
  19. [PS4] Astro Bot: Rescue Mission (SIE, 10/04/18) – 3,196 (8,160)
  20. [NSW] Kirby: Star Allies (Nintendo, 03/16/18) – 2,971 (629,157)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Switch – 44,070 (45,762)
  2. PlayStation 4 Pro – 15,442 (2,490)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 10,030 (11,575)
  4. New 2DS LL – 4,665 (4,788)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 2,506 (2,635)
  6. New 3DS LL – 1,976 (2,073)
  7. 2DS – 305 (535)
  8. Xbox One X – 157 (747)
  9. Xbox One – 76 (242)

Source: 4Gamer (via Gematsu)

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Super Mario Party Dominates the Japanese Charts at Launch

The weekly hardware and software numbers from Japan are in, and although the industry as a whole posted unimpressive numbers, it was a solid week for Nintendo. That’s due almost entirely to the success for Super Mario Party on Nintendo Switch. The latest entry in the popular party series is the highest rated in 20 years, and that’s translating into strong sales figures.

Super Mario Party sold 142,868 physical copies in just its first two days on the market in Japan, easily beating out Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (45,166) for the top spot. By comparison, Mario Party 10 debuted at number five with just 50,212 sales. Switch hardware sales saw a slight boost over last week’s numbers, improving by around 3,000 units sold. You can catch the full breakdown below.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 142,868 (New)
  2. [PS4] Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Limited Edition Included) (Ubisoft, 10/05/18) – 45,166 (New)
  3. [PS4] Warriors Orochi 4 (Limited Editions Included) (Koei Tecmo, 09/27/18) – 24,005 (124,836)
  4. [NSW] Mega Man 11 (Limited Edition Included) (Capcom, 10/04/18) – 14,650 (New)
  5. [PS4] FIFA 19 (Limited Editions Included) (Electronic Arts, 09/28/18) – 13,426 (71,197)
  6. [PS4] Marvel’s Spider-Man (Bundle Version Included) (SIE, 09/07/18) – 12,276 (279,078)
  7. [PS4] Mega Man 11 (Limited Edition Included) (Capcom, 10/04/18) – 12,052 (New)
  8. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV ~The End of Saga~ (Limited Editions Included) (Falcom, 09/27/18) – 12,032 (97,193)
  9. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 11,071 (315,616)
  10. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 10,381 (2,654,977)
  11. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 9,953 (1,788,666)
  12. [NSW] Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco, 09/27/18) – 8,186 (31,388)
  13. [NSW] Warriors Orochi 4 (Limited Editions Included) (Koei Tecmo, 09/27/18) – 7,022 (30,682)
  14. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 5,896 (1,129,097)
  15. [NSW] FIFA 19 (Limited Editions Included) (Electronic Arts, 09/28/18) – 5,238 (21,438)
  16. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Atsumare! Sumikko Town (Nippon Columbia, 10/04/18) – 5,221 (New)
  17. [PS4] Astro Bot: Rescue Mission (SIE, 10/04/18) – 4,963 (New)
  18. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (The Pokemon Company, 11/17/17) – 4,637 (1,738,872)
  19. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! (Bandai Namco, 07/19/18) – 4,472 (209,827)
  20. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 3,890 (1,825,226)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Switch – 45,762 (42,957)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 11,575 (15,322)
  3. New 2DS LL – 4,788 (5,218)
  4. PlayStation Vita – 2,635 (2,675)
  5. PlayStation 4 Pro – 2,490 (5,084)
  6. New 3DS LL – 2,073 (1,978)
  7. Xbox One X – 747 (52)
  8. 2DS – 535 (310)
  9. Xbox One – 242 (23)

Source: 4Gamer (via Gematsu)

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is Streaming on Switch in Japan

Nintendo Switch has enjoyed significantly stronger third-party support than Wii U, but there are still some titles that the hybrid console just can’t run under normal circumstances. This has led some developers to experiment with cloud-based versions of games in Japan, allowing Switch owners access to games that need a little extra power.
Resident Evil VII began streaming on Switch in Japan
back in May, and soon another AAA game will be joining it.

Japan got a slightly different version of the recent Nintendo Direct that included some exclusive announcements. Among them was the revelation that Ubisoft is bringing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Cloud Version to Switch on October 5th. Instead of buying the game outright, players pay to stream it for a set amount of time. The pricing model is fairly aggressive, at ¥730 (around $6.50) per day, or ¥8,400 (around $75) to have it for two years. At this time there are no plans for it to be made available outside of Japan.

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Nintendo Direct Delayed After Earthquake Rocks Japan

Yesterday Nintendo announced plans for yet another Nintendo Direct presentation. The 35-minute video about upcoming 3DS and Switch games was planned to air tonight, September 6th, at 3:00 PM Pacific / 6:00 PM Eastern, but that is no longer the case. Nintendo announced today that they are delaying the Direct due to the damage caused by a recent earthquake in Japan.

Japan’s northern island, Hokkaido, was struck by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake yesterday, and the tremors triggered a series of landslides, causing further damage. At this time, over 150 people have been reported as injured, and at least seven have perished with dozens of others currently missing. Over 3 million homes lost power, and many others were damaged.

At this time, Nintendo has not announced a new release date for the Direct. However, they say it will be “in the near future,” so the wait shouldn’t be too long.

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Nintendo Switch Has Sold Over 5 Million Units in Japan Alone

Last generation, Nintendo struggled through underwhelming sales figures for Wii U, and when it was all said and done the two-screen console ended up as Nintendo’s least successful major home console of all time. Times have sure changed. Nintendo Switch has been lighting up the sales charts around the world this generation, including in Nintendo’s home country of Japan.

According to the latest sales data from popular Japanese publication Famitsu, Nintendo Switch has now passed 5 million total sales in Japan. The total is currently estimated at 5,007,368. This milestone was achieved in 79 weeks, which comes out to about 63,384 units sold per week. Famitsu also compiled a list of the five top-selling games on the console in Japan, which are as follows:

  • Splatoon 2 (07/21/17, Nintendo) – 2,621,928
  • Super Mario Odyssey (10/27/17, Nintendo) – 1,788,228
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (04/28/17, Nintendo) – 1,738,502
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 1,065,780
  • Kirby: Star Allies (Nintendo, 03/16/18) – 591,721

Source: Famitsu (via Gematsu)