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Forums - Sales Discussion - Japan Sales week 5, January 28 - February 3 , 2019

PwerlvlAmy said:
Damn. Switch still with nothing, continues to clean house in Japan. Wonder why the boost for Switch.

Restock of Pokemon hardware bundle.

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zorg1000 said:
PwerlvlAmy said:
Damn. Switch still with nothing, continues to clean house in Japan. Wonder why the boost for Switch.

Restock of Pokemon hardware bundle.

That would make sense. 

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Meanwhile, just as expected, KH3 crashed hard, although I did not expect the same for RE2 ...

NSMBU continues to break my expectations ... grrrr ...

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zorg1000 said:
TheBraveGallade said:

It's technically not Nintendo land.

That PS2 audience transitioned directly into the psp audience.

The current PS4 base has pretty much hit the ceiling, but it has that ceiling because it's a home console in an age when some houses don't even HAVE a TV.

Ok, I can see where the PS2 base was split between PSP & PS3 but where did it go after that?

PSP+PS3 did over 30 million, Vita+PS4 is currently under 14 million.

They're on their phones. The same place as the long sales in the past two generations. 

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With digital 15-20 percent of 700k would put KH 3 near 840k in Japan. It’s likely to cross a million there with dígital sales. Unfortunate that PS4 sales are so low tbh, the switch is taking over that market rapidly.


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jonathanalis said:
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The japanese market ain't what it used to be. I blame mobile "gaming".

I think the Switch is probably Japan's best chance at a recovery, but it isn't good enough yet..

Switch is still expensive (and not as handheld) as 3ds and vita. 

A cheaper mini switch, along with animal crossing and new pokemon gen can put it to a good form. 

Yes. The Switch is doing PSP numbers right now. And everything else is way below it.

In 2005/06 the DS was selling half a million a month, and that was outside holidays. We have come a long way and now most of these gamers have adopted mobile, which in my opinion isn't real gaming. This happened back in the late PS2 days as well, because the users were engaging with DVD video through the PS2, aand that was shrinking the market for VideoGames in Japan. But Nintendo was able to re-energize the market with the DS

Nintendo has to keep growing, and just do a lot better in the future. I don't believe Sony has the goods to revive the market anymore. I'm not expecting anything from them anymore in terms of Japan. Just look at how KH3 and RE2Remake are doing, they're topping the charts but their sales are embarassing.

Switch keeping it's YOY lead over 2018

Not much more to say about Japan at this point, the writing is on the wall.

PS4 is basically a spent force while Switch is headed for a virtual monopoly, at least as far as dedicated gaming devices are concerned.

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

xMetroid said:
Faelco said:


Japan became a handheld and mobile land, and home consoles are becoming more and more a niche product for societal reasons. It's deeper than Nintendo VS Sony, it's the type of gaming changing. Mobile became bigger than console gaming IIRC, and the Switch might also hit a ceiling after a while. 

Still, Psvita flopped and Switch came out years after when the market is suppose to be worse, but is doing really well. Sure it's more gravitating towards mobile/handheld, but still Nintendo is succeeding with an hybrid console which is pretty expensive for a handheld in a market even worse where Sony failed with the vita.

Vita was a failure everywhere, not just Japan, and you have several reasons for this failure. The fact that it's Sony and not Nintendo have nothing to do with it. 

Vita also had good competition (3DS), while the Switch is the only handheld available. 

And are you going to ignore the failure of the Wii U? It's Nintendo though, but it sold almost twice less than the Vita...

It's not Nintendo/Sony, it's home console/handheld/mobile. That's a fact. 

The KH collection is having really great holds. I guess newer players are buying those first before going to KH3.