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Forums - Sales Discussion - Famitsu Sales: Week 15, 2020 (Apr 06 - Apr 12)

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Olivernintentoal said:
Jranation said:
God damn. Those Switch numbers was what I was expecting before March... it finally sunk down there...

Nintendo was only shipping pre-orders this week, but they announced they have resumed shipping more consoles, so it should rebound quickly!

Yep. Hopefully it will be. 



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Wow FF7R software is much lower than I expected. Could be that most people are opting for digital though in the current situation.
PS4 hardware wasn't too far below my 90K prediction though.

And wow this time the shortages finally caught up with the Switch. It can probably make up for it in the long run, but that's still quite a hit.



Great numbers for Final Fantasy VII R, I wish we knew the digital sales.

The PS4 got a bigger boost than I thought it would.

konnichiwa said:
Olivernintentoal said:

Yes! On 4/14 they announced that shipments of the console (including Lite) have resumed to Japan.

https://www.siliconera.com/nintendo-switch-shipments-to-japan-will-resume-this-week-amid-global-shortage/

It helps.

Good to hear.



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I say by the end of this month, the Switch will be back to the "cruise control" mode. I don't see the shortage lasting to long even amongst a time where it is highly in demand.

BTW, unless physical version of games are in shortages, Japan still heavly sits on physical sales, we're not talking about 50% ratio unless we get actual info on the matter.



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Ka-pi96 said:
Blood_Tears said:
For anyone comparing this to FF15 physical copies, please remember it's no longer 2016 and digital attach rate is around 50% now. In some cases it's more.
Pretty good sales for PS4 and FF though.
It should have solid sales in the west as well. The digital attach rate should be really high since alot of physical copies were delayed in the West.

Gonna have to ask for a source for that. Specifically one for Japan.

Japan doesn't download games like the rest of the world does? There are plenty of companies that have announced 50% or over for digital for some of their AAA games in the past year, Sony, Ubi, Capcom. etc. It's 2020,  You have google, use it..



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Blood_Tears said:
Ka-pi96 said:

Gonna have to ask for a source for that. Specifically one for Japan.

Japan doesn't download games like the rest of the world does? There are plenty of companies that have announced 50% or over for digital for some of their AAA games in the past year, Sony, Ubi, Capcom. etc. It's 2020,  You have google, use it..

Japan isn’t the west, in west it’s true some games have greater ratios than 50% here, Japan it’s not the case.



Blood_Tears said:
Ka-pi96 said:

Gonna have to ask for a source for that. Specifically one for Japan.

Japan doesn't download games like the rest of the world does? There are plenty of companies that have announced 50% or over for digital for some of their AAA games in the past year, Sony, Ubi, Capcom. etc. It's 2020,  You have google, use it..

Japans digital ratio for the PS4 has been 17.6% in 2016, 17.7% in 2017 and 21.7% in 2018

And that is the ratio for volume. Revenue is only half of that number.



Digital should be very strong for FF7. It had numerous stock issues at online retailers. SHould be looking at a 1 million+ opening which is great.



Hiku said:

Well, he is banned now (for being an alt account) but:

That's why. Pretty significant weekly boost as well.
This probably had something to do with it:

Ka-pi96 said:

Gonna have to ask for a source for that. Specifically one for Japan.

I don't know about the average, but Monster Hunter World was over 50% digital in Japan on its opening week, because there was a shortage of physical copies.
Square also reported that they would have difficulties shipping out FF7R due to Covid 19, though I don't know if Japan was one of the affected areas.
Either way, considering the pandemic, I imagine incentive for digital versions have increased in general quite notably.

Personally I bought the digital version of FF7R for that reason, and I normally get games like this physically. (I will some day for collection purposes.)

The game boosting sales were a foregone conclusion. The real question is: Will that boost last some time or will it quickly dip down to pre-FF7R sales again?



Switch is extremely supply constrained.  Even if they get more shipments in I expect them to be supply constrained for a while.  This pandemic is just the perfect mix of increasing demand and constraining supplies for the Switch at the same time.

As for Final Fantasy 7 Remake, I am not surprised that it boosted hardware sales of PS4 as much as it did, even for a 6.5 year old system.  One thing I have found as an old school gamer is that the PS4 really doesn't have a lot of games for me.  I've been extremely disappointed with it even though worldwide it is selling well.  However, FF7R is the type of game that would bring in old school gamers.  I mean, there can be a lot of people who haven't touched a Playstation since PS1 or PS2 era and would come back for FF7R.  I expect PS4 to get something of a bump for the rest of April (at least) just from FF7R as word of mouth travels to other old school gamers.