Metroid: Samus Returns and Pro Evolution Soccer debut at the top in Japan

Now this is a rush

While the Switch continues to eat all the other consoles’ lunch, a few new titles dropped last week. Metroid: Samus Returns and Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 were the top selling new releases, with the latter on top with over 64,000 sales. For a remake of an old yet popular Metroid 2, 30,855 sales seem about right. 

Champion Jockey Special just squeezed in at number 20, reminding me of Japan’s love of horse racing. I’m not sure what it is they love so much about horse racing to have so many games based on it, including nearly every arcade devoting a large area to virtual horse racing. I even grew up in Kentucky where horses and horse racing are huge, but no one in Kentucky made a bunch of video games around it.

Media Create Sales 9/11/17-9/17/17 [4gamer]

Top game sales. Lifetime sales in parentheses.

  1. [PS4] Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 – 64,342 (New)
  2. [NSW] Splatoon 2 – 37,481 (1,138,962)
  3. [3DS] Metroid: Samus Returns – 30,855 (New)
  4. [PS4] Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – 23,131 (New)
  5. [PS4] Destiny 2 – 20,018 (70,281)
  6. [PS4] Everybody’s Golf – 13,487 (136,694)
  7. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 – 12,777 (New)
  8. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 10,971 (694,185)
  9. [3DS] Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – 10,525 (1,720,431)
  10. [NSW] Monster Hunter XX – 9,414 (133,621)
  11. [PS4] F1 2017 – 7,190 (New)
  12. [3DS] The Snack World: Trejarers – 6,658 (161,807)
  13. [PS4] Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – 5,877 (1,343,479)
  14. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 5,000 (585,553)
  15. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf Amiibo+ – 3,840 (239,954)
  16. [NSW] Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 – 3,782 (27,827)
  17. [NSW] Arms – 3,589 (221,700)
  18. [PSV] Minecraft: PS Vita Edition – 3,160 (1,208,116)
  19. [3DS] Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 – 3,057 (38,653)
  20. [NSW] Champion Jockey Special – 2,626 (New)

Top console sales. Prior week’s sales in parentheses.

  1. Switch – 44,052 (45,439)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 19,322 (18,483)
  3. New 3DS LL – 10,650 (9,628)
  4. New 2DS LL – 8,761 (9,403)
  5. PlayStation 4 Pro – 5,338 (10,999)
  6. PlayStation Vita – 3,847 (3,913)
  7. 2DS – 1,726 (1,772)
  8. New 3DS – 428 (331)
  9. PlayStation 3 – 99 (115)
  10. Wii U – 86 (90)
  11. Xbox One – 57 (63)
Cory Arnold
Pretty cool dude in Japan. 6/9/68