Weekly Retail Game Sales In Japan Are The Worst They Have Been In 20 Years

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Japan’s weekly game sales for the week of May 20 to May 26 were the lowest they’ve been since 1999.

Via Dengeki, here are the top 10 selling games at Japanese retail for the week:

10. Team Sonic Racing (Switch) - 3533 copies

9. Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered (PS4) - 3714

8. Yoshi’s Crafted World (Switch) - 3728

7. Days Gone (PS4) - 4333

6. Resident Evil Origins Collection (Switch) - 4527

5. Splatoon 2 (Switch) - 4878

4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) - 5250

3. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch) - 5433

2. Minecraft (Switch) - 8717

1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) - 9039

As Dengeki points out, the number one game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, came out over six months ago.

The other new games out during this week — Resident Evil Origins Collection, Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered and Team Sonic Racing — all sold under 5000 copies in their first week, which is hardly impressive. (Yet they still made it into the top 10, showing the current state of retail game sales in Japan.)

Hardware sales were down by 5.3 per cent during this week. According to Dengeki and Hachima, not a single game sold over 10,000 copies, making this the worst weekly sales figures in Japan for the past 20 years.

Obviously, digital sales are cutting into these retail numbers, and bigger titles later this year should (hopefully) see better numbers.

Should we be worried? Not yet! Kotaku reported earlier this year that the Japanese console game market grew for the first time in 11 years. So maybe next week will be better.


    "Obviously, digital sales are cutting into these retail numbers, and bigger titles later this year should (hopefully) see better numbers."

    So, nothing to see here.

    I guess Japan really likes the Switch!

      Well, with Sony California declaring war on japanese games, I can see them loving it even more than the former competition. I know I've played my switch more in the last month than the previous year.

        Sony California declaring war on japanese games

        I did not know about this. Can you please tell me more?

          The Playstation division has changed headquarters from Japan to California, and as a result have started a highly regressive censorship when it comes to the female figure that makes Australia's censors look enlightened. It affects games with artwork by female japanese artists such as Tsunako, as even the japanese games have to pass the Californian 'skin is ebil!' philosophy (Yet they have all those beaches? I guess they wear 19th century swimwear there to avoid offence.)

          Its at the point where development on the next Senran Kagura game has been halted because its impossible to release even in Japan with Sony's new regime. Theres a lot of games that are having CG censored worldwide where they hadn't been at this time last year, and the only reason the JP version hasn't been was because it had already come out there.

          As such, Japanese Devs are jumping ship to the Switch, with some such as D3 sticking both fingers up at Sony by release a 'Family Friendly' edition for the PS4, and the full version on the Switch.

          Last edited 02/06/19 8:45 pm

            Wow that's amazing. What is the point of PS4 if you can't get the more left field stuff from Japan?

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