Nintendo Is Finishing The Year Off Strong In Japan

Japan is a very different place than the rest of the world when it comes to video games. The vast majority of sales come from portables and mobile, with console gaming taking a backseat. It’s topsy-turvy almost everywhere else, with power-hungry consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One topping the sales charts in the west.

Looking at last week’s sales data from Famitsu illustrates just how strong of a hold Nintendo has on the Japanese gaming market. From December 19 through December 25, 25 of the top 30 pieces of software were for Nintendo devices. The 3DS outsold its nearest competitor, the PS4 by double. While there is still one more week of sales data that needs to be reported in 2016, it’s obvious that Nintendo still knows how to bring Japanese gamers to the stores. Let’s hope that continues with the Nintendo Switch!

 

Pokémon Sun & Moon and Super Mario Maker for 3DS led the sales charts last week. In fact, the new Pokémon games have already sold over 3.2 million copies and Super Mario Maker moved over 743,000 copies. Here’s the rest of the data:

 

Famitsu Sales: Week 52, 2016 (Dec 19 – Dec 25) 

01./02. [3DS] Pokemon Sun / Moon # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2016.11.18} (¥4.980) – 322.830 / 3.246.222 <80-100%> (+71%)
02./03. [3DS] Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS <ACT> (Nintendo) {2016.12.01} (¥4.700) – 315.382 / 743.388 <80-100%> (+109%)
03./01. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki <RPG> (Level 5) {2016.12.15} (¥4.800) – 176.427 / 509.667 <80-100%> (-47%)
04./00. [3DS] Momotaro Dentetsu 2017: Tachiagare Nippon!! <TBL> (Nintendo) {2016.12.22} (¥4.980) – 132.063 / NEW <40-60%> 
05./09. [3DS] Miitopia <SLG> (Nintendo) {2016.12.08} (¥4.700) – 50.299 / 102.810 <60-80%> (+107%)
06./06. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura # <RPG> (Level 5) {2016.07.16} (¥4.800) – 41.593 / 1.397.436 <80-100%> (+3%)
07./13. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition # <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) – 40.157 / 876.085 <80-100%> (+199%)
08./05. [PS4] Yakuza 6: The Song of Life # <ADV> (Sega) {2016.12.08} (¥8.190) – 35.196 / 288.847 <80-100%> (-33%)
09./07. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2016.11.29} (¥8.800) – 35.168 / 860.127 <80-100%> (-2%)
10./10. [WIU] Minecraft: Wii U Edition <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2016.06.23} (¥3.600) – 33.263 / 241.441 <80-100%> (+121%)
11./08. [3DS] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball Heroes <SLG> (Konami) {2016.12.15} (¥4.500) – 26.882 / 55.027 <40-60%> (-4%)
12./11. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Mura o Tsukurundesu <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2016.07.21} (¥4.800) – 25.203 / 123.195 <80-100%> (+78%)
13./14. [3DS] Mario Party: Star Rush <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.10.20} (¥4.700) – 25.015 / 135.625 <60-80%> (+87%)
14./16. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 23.537 / 71.990 <60-80%> (+102%)
15./00. [3DS] Osomatsu-San: Matsu Matsuri! # <PZL> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.12.22} (¥4.800) – 20.628 / NEW <80-100%> 
16./20. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 <RCE> (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.571) – 18.301 / 2.628.566 <80-100%> (+161%)
17./18. [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot <ACT> (Nintendo) {2016.04.28} (¥4.700) – 17.804 / 479.698 <80-100%> (+109%)
18./22. [WIU] Super Mario Maker # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2015.09.10} (¥5.700) – 16.262 / 972.406 <80-100%> (+165%)
19./04. [PSV] SaGa: Scarlet Grace <RPG> (Square Enix) {2016.12.15} (¥6.800) – 15.633 / 74.047 <60-80%> (-73%)
20./19. [WIU] Splatoon # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2015.05.28} (¥5.700) – 15.356 / 1.463.148 <80-100%> (+114%)
21./25. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons X: God Chapter / Dragon Chapter <RPG> (GungHo Online Entertainment) {2016.07.28} (¥4.800) – 13.822 / 270.402 <80-100%> (+145%)
22./15. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2012.07.28} (¥4.571) – 13.516 / 2.523.645 <80-100%> (+8%)
23./12. [PS4] The Last Guardian <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2016.12.06} (¥6.900) – 11.222 / 93.646 <60-80%> (-20%)
24./24. [3DS] PriPara Mezameyo! Megami no Dress Design # <ACT> (Takara Tomy) {2016.11.10} (¥5.400) – 11.086 / 53.136 <60-80%> (+95%)
25./30. [3DS] Monster Hunter Stories # <RPG> (Capcom) {2016.10.08} (¥5.800) – 10.602 / 286.500 <80-100%> (+130%)
26./23. [3DS] Beyblade Burst <RPG> (FuRyu) {2016.11.10} (¥5.780) – 10.347 / 47.563 <60-80%> (+80%)
27./00. [3DS] Disney Magic World 2 # <ETC> (Bandai Namco Games) {2015.11.05} (¥5.690) – 10.328 / 332.030 <80-100%>
28./00. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 # <RCE> (Nintendo) {2014.05.29} (¥5.700) – 10.132 / 1.273.328 <80-100%>
29./28. [3DS] Dragon Ball: Fusions # <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.08.04} (¥5.700) – 10.072 / 194.375 <80-100%> (+111%)
30./00. [3DS] Super Battle For Money Sentouchuu: Kyuukyoku no Shinobu to Battle Player Choujou Kessen! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2016.09.15} (¥5.300) – 10.038 / 51.374 <80-100%>

Top 30 

3DS – 21
WIU – 4
PS4 – 3
PSV – 2

HARDWARE

 

[Sales data courtesy of Famitsu and Chris1964 at NeoGAF]

Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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