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Pokémon, Splatoon 2 and Dragon Quest dominate 2017 charts in Japan

Famitsu released its yearly report on the Japanese games market, which saw growth in both software and hardware sales in 2017 for the first time since 2006. Hardware sales reached ¥202bn (£1.33bn) in 2017, a 72.9 per cent increase compared to 2016’s ¥117bn (£0.77bn). 7.6m consoles were shifted in 2017 …

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe topped last Japanese charts of 2017

Nintendo unsurprisingly won Christmas in Japan. What’s more surprising is that it topped the last weekly charts of the year with a title that released back in April, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe charting at No.1 (according to sales data collected by Famitsu from December 25th to 31st 2017). With …

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Call of Duty: WWII knocks Mario Odyssey off the top of the Japanese charts

Activision’s Call of Duty: World War 2 (which is published by Sony on PS4 in Japan) has claimed the top spot in the Japanese charts. In doing so it knocks Nintendo’s Switch platformer, Super Mario Odyssey, from the top spot. Famitsu credits COD’s strong sell-though (89 per cent), and notes …

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Super Mario Odyssey sells 500k+ in Japan in three days

Nintendo’s Switch platformer Super Mario Odyssey was the comfortable Japanese No.1 in its debut week, according to Famitsu data. The game sold 512k units in its first three days on sale, although unlike other territories this is not a record for the series – in fact, it’s the fourth highest …

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Shadow of War claims Japan No.1 with sales up 39% on Mordor

It was another slow week at Japanese retail last week, marking the second consecutive week of decline for its physical game market. This is partly due to a lack of high-profile new releases, as the only new entries this week were Warner Bros’ Shadow of War and Square Enix’s Lost …

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Japan’s physical game market slows despite SNES Mini boom

As we reported on Wednesday, the SNES Mini was the main story of Japanese retail this week, out-selling both the Switch and the NES Mini in its first week, according to the latest figures from Famitsu. The NES Mini, by comparison, sold just 263,000 units in its first week on sale, …

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SNES Mini sells more than Switch in Week One – Famitsu

Nintendo’s Classic Mini SNES has sold over 360,000 units in Japan during its opening week, Famitsu has revealed. While we’ve yet to receive Famitsu’s full hardware charts for last week, the publication took to its own website this morning to state the highly-sought after micro console shifted 368,913 in its first four …

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Everybody’s Golf beat Destiny 2 and PES 2018 to Japanese No.1 in September

Everybody’s Golf was the best-selling title in Japan in September, according to the latest figures from Famitsu, beating Destiny 2 and PES 2018 to the top of the monthly charts. Splatoon 2 put in another good performance last month despite a 48 per cent decline in sales month-on-month, rising one …

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Switch sales surge in Japan, but PS4’s Trails of Cold Steel III takes No.1

Nihon Falcom’s The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III has gone straight in at No1. in the Japanese weekly chart, according to the latest numbers from Famitsu, out-performing both FIFA 18 and Fire Emblem Warriors. Trails of Cold Steel III sold over 104,000 copies in just four days …

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