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Media Create: Nintendo begins 2019 strong in Japan

Super Smash Bros., Mario Party, and Pokemon aid sale of nearly 200k Switches in Japan for the first week of the year

Nintendo's comfortable spot on Japan's sales charts wasn't going to be threatened by anything anytime soon, much less coming off a strong holiday for the company and a major release like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

That's reflected in the latest Media Create sales charts, where Super Smash Bros quite handily smashes every other software release and. Alongside its fellow first-party Nintendo brethren as well as Pokemon and Dragon Quest Builders 2, the title and its bundles helped net Nintendo nearly 200,000 unit sales of Switch hardware.

Aside from the absolute Nintendo dominance at the top of the chart, it's worth taking a look at GO VACATION, which launched in the country on December 27 and seems to be doing well enough as an effective remake of a 2011 Wii game.

In addition, it's interesting to see Dragon Quest Builders 2 garnering nearly as much popularity on the PS4 as it has on the Switch. Combined sales on both platforms would put Dragon Quest Builders 2 above Pokemon Let's Go! on the charts, though not quite at the level of Super Mario Party.

Finally, we see Sega's Yakuza spin-off Judgement, which launched in Japan on the 13th and is still sitting steadily at #10 on PS4.

The top 10 software sellers for the week of December 31, 2018 - January 6, 2019 are shown below, along with hardware sales. The remainder of the chart can be viewed through Media Create.

Japanese Hardware Sales December 31, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Platform Sales
Nintendo Switch 199,982
PS4 87,669
PS4 Pro 29,513
New 2DS LL 22,645
PS Vita 4,138
New 3DS LL 3,281
2DS 557
Xbox One X 102
Xbox One 53

Japanese Software Sales December 31, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Rank Title Platform Units Sold
1 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo Switch 258,974
2 Super Mario Party* Nintendo Switch 95,102
3 Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu!/Eevee!* Nintendo Switch 68,308
4 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo Switch 55,758
5 Dragon Quest Builders 2 Nintendo Switch 46,176
6 Splatoon 2* Nintendo Switch 43,033
7 Minecraft* Nintendo Switch 42,845
8 Dragon Quest Builders 2 PlayStation 4 38,969
9 GO VACATION Nintendo Switch 21,826
10 Judgement PlayStation 4 20,018

*Denotes that sales include hardware/controller bundles

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