The Japan Preview: 1/8/2012 Edition (SW Climbs on Holiday)

by Jacob Mazel, posted on 08 January 2012 / 4,652 Views

Japanese software sales increased a bit this week due to the timing of the calendar, as holiday gift shopping resumed after a break last week.

1) Mario Kart 7 (3DS) - 181,000

2) Monster Hunter Portable 3G (3DS) - 110,000

3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) - 97,000

4) Inazuma Eleven Go Shine / Dark (3DS) - 71,000

5) Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3) - 57,000

6) Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Ketteiban (Wii) - 43,000

7) Just Dance Wii (Wii) - 39,000

9) Kirby's Return to Dreamland (Wii) - 28,000

9) Magician's Quest: Oshare na Mahou Tsukai (DS) - 28,000

10) Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - 25,000

11) Atsumete! Kirby (DS) - 22,000

12) Mario & Sonic at the London Olympics (Wii) - 21,000

13) Rhythm Heaven Wii (Wii) - 19,000

15) One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 - Shinseka (DS) - 17,000

15) Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2011 Ketteiban (PSP) - 17,000

In addition to the games above, a Vita game or two, Go Vacation (Wii), Monster Hunter Portable 3 (PSP), Wii Sports Resort (Wii), and Wii Party (Wii) should end up in the final top 20 data.

After looking closely at the data, it now looks like January 2nd is one of the biggest shopping days of the year in Japan, which is why software grew this week in 2012 but shrank in the nearly comparable week in 2011 (there were no major game releases either week to muddle the comparison). 3DS software in particular lifted quite a bit, as DS software did when January 2nd was in the first full week of the new year half a decade ago. With software up as much as it is likely that some hardware also grew 5-15% from last week for some platforms, although Vita, PS2, X360 and PS3 could all be flat or down a bit with only six or seven games currently selling above 10,000 units for those four platforms combined at the moment.

Following the brief respite of this week, the next few weeks will see ongoing declines for all platforms in Japan until 'Spring' seasonality takes over. 'Spring' seasonality in Japan is essentially the period between late January and Golden Week, roughly February to April. It looks like February to April should be very quiet in 2012 - combined PS3 + Wii + X360 + PS2 weekly sales rates in that period of 2011 amounted to 40,000 consoles sold per week. The total should be even lower in February to April 2012, mainly because if Final Fantasy XIII-2 didn't push much hardware, the numerous smaller sequels PS3 is getting this year will help even less. Wii / PS2 / X360 may fall to 10,000 units per week combined during some weeks in February to April 2012, barring an early Dragon Quest X release or price cut(s).

3DS will carry quite a bit of strength into at least early 2012, although weekly PSP + DS + 3DS sales in February to April 2011 averaged an amazing 142,000 or so per week (due to the 3DS launch) and so portable hardware weekly sales rates will likely drop in February to April too. Portable hardware will of course continue to dramatically outsell consoles in Japan, even if it does drop a bit from the pace in early 2011 over the next few months. Past April, when 3DS numbers dropped substantially until August during 2011, hardware should be up quite a bit in 2012 from 2011, especially if Vita gets any kind of software infusion after what is likely to be a weak first half to 2012.

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20 Comments

Kangi (on 08 January 2012)

Kirby games have such legs... which is odd seeing as how Kirby himself has no actual legs.


MontanaHatchet (on 08 January 2012)

Should be interesting to see whether Super Mario 3D Land or Mario Kart 7 sells better worldwide in the long run. MK7 seems to have the advantage in Japan, but SM3L in America.


Nintendogamer (on 08 January 2012)

3DS will easily top 5M before march in Japan,


NintendoPie (on 08 January 2012)

That means MH Tri-G passed 1 Million last week! ^-^ Mario Kart 7 is still pushing great sales, too!


Judgement-2012 (on 08 January 2012)

3ds games have serious legs


Boutros (on 08 January 2012)

I'm more impressed by Monster Hunter. This is free money for Capcom ;..;


Millenium (on 08 January 2012)

Mario still selling better than cupcakes after all these years since his creation, brand popularity at it's finest! :-)


Boutros (on 08 January 2012)

FFXIII's fourth week was 33k. Just saying :P (And yes FFXIII came out the same week as FFXIII-2 so it had the same holiday boost)


MANUELF (on 09 January 2012)

Thats true but looks like January 2 is a pretty big day in Japan and FFXIII had it in its third week


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cyberninja45 (on 09 January 2012)

I think they should start 're-marketing' some of the games from the pre-price cut era. I'm sure a Professor Layton ad here or there would put it back on the list.


saicho (on 09 January 2012)

MK Wii in top 10? It's lifted by MK7


Tridrakious (on 08 January 2012)

Well it looks like Tales of Innocence won't do anything for Vita.


spurgeonryan (on 08 January 2012)

Which is strange because people seem to be going crazy over how good MK7 is. KANGI it has done great in Japan!


sepoer (on 10 January 2012)

Last week MK7 had a sales around 100k in Jpn, and now 180k?? Woow... Just wow...


DitchPlaya (on 09 January 2012)

Great FFXIII-2 sales this week, hopefully the good word-of-mouth helps it sell beyond the first 10 weeks.


MANUELF (on 09 January 2012)

I have a doubt, Why should the vita software increase so much? From being in places 29-30 last week to top 20?


StephenKing (on 09 January 2012)

Because it can pick up pace when more and more buy the console. More consoles sold = more games sold. It has had a SLOW start but EVERY Playstation console has that so wait and see the next years what will happen to it.


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goldeneye0074eva2222 (on 10 January 2012)

Vita will need some luck the Nintendo 3 D S gonna have a good 2012 that's for certain with all the big hitters.


Metroid33slayer (on 10 January 2012)

Those three 3ds games have been at the top of the japanese charts for the last month


Kai Master (on 09 January 2012)

January 1st/2nd is "Otoshidama" day (new year's gift) in Japan.


Kai Master (on 09 January 2012)

Which is even more important that Christmas in Japan !


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crunch (on 08 January 2012)

Final Fantasy XIII-2 seems to be holding up reasonably well!


StephenKing (on 09 January 2012)

Sony's Playstation consoles always sells slow in the beginning so I'm sure the Vita will pick up pace as soon as it has hit the shelves around the world. And 1-2 year in with a price drop it will start to fly like the PSP did. PSP is still selling good. 73 mill sold and beaten with more than double by DS hasn't stopped it from becoming the ONLY EVER handheld to compete against Nintendo for many years without dropping out from the market. It has become the ONLY real contender to Nintendo's handheld crown. The Vita will beat the PSP in lifetime sales just wait and see. It might also beat the 3DS but then it really needs some HUGE REAL HELP soon to do so though. I'm one of the few that still believes that Vita might win against the 3DS. I own a DS, 3DS and a PSP myself and are waiting for a Vita. I LOVE Playstation and Nintendo.