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Forums - Sales Discussion - Best-Selling Western Games in Japan (500k+ Sales)

Just making the first update in a few months. Only thing that's changed are the sales of Minecraft, which is just shy of 6 million sales right now.

Here are a few games that may be relevant in the foreseeable future:

  • Ghost of Tsushima - Already had over 410k sales on the PS4 before the Director's Cut came out on the PS4 and PS5 and sold another 24k copies their first week. These games will likely continue to sell as more people get access to the PS5, which is appaarently extra-rare in Japan atm.
  • Grand Theft Auto V - Being released on the PS5 could give this game the push it needs to reach the #4 all-time spot, though we won't see until next year.
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2 - The original game sold about 325k, so a sequel can contend for a lower spot on the list depending on the PS5's popularity down the line.


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It feels like MC is still undertracked.






konnichiwa said:

It feels like MC is still undertracked.

Honestly, a lot of these games probably are. A lot of the data I'm using comes from Famitsu, and they don't report on sales of a game unless the game does well enough at least one week. That means a game can theoretically fly under the radar for up to a few years selling hundreds of copies per week, which can add up.

Even that's not counting for some platforms which we just don't have data for. The lack of PC sales is the most obvious example, but we're also missing things like Virtual Console sales of the Donkey Kong Country games.

I could either give up the entire thing as a waste of time or be satisfied that I'm providing the best info possible. I choose the latter.



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Endymion said:

Donkey Kong Land shipped in total 1.08 million units in Japan.

Donkey Kong 64 too was a million seller in Japan.

Shipment totals in Japan:

Donkey Kong Country (SNES): 3.00M
Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES): 2.21M
Donkey Kong Country 3 (SNES): 1.77M
Crash Bandicoot 3 Warped (PS1): 1.45M
Crash Bandicoot 2 (PS1): 1.33M
Luigi's Mansion 2 (3DS): 1.31
Donkey Kong 64 (N64): 1.10M
Donkey Kong Land (GB): 1.08M
Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii): 1.00M
Luigi's Mansion 3 (NSW): 0.92M (soon to be announced as a million seller)

Japan loves animal mascots, period. And green Mario with vacuum cleaner

a DK vs Crash vs Luigi Mansion will be a Monster Hunter level of sales. 



Endymion said:

Luigi's Mansion 3 (NSW): 0.92M (soon to be announced as a million seller)

Luigi's Mansion 3 (NSW): 1.00M as March 2021



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Endymion said:
Endymion said:

Luigi's Mansion 3 (NSW): 0.92M (soon to be announced as a million seller)

Luigi's Mansion 3 (NSW): 1.00M as March 2021

Can you leave a link to the source? I try my best, but clearly miss some things, and would like to be sure that the data is backed up.



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Salnax said:
Endymion said:

Luigi's Mansion 3 (NSW): 1.00M as March 2021

Can you leave a link to the source? I try my best, but clearly miss some things, and would like to be sure that the data is backed up.

https://www.installbaseforum.com/forums/threads/japan-nintendo-software-and-hardware-sales-data-from-1983-to-present.208/



Where do these digital numbers come from?
There's no way Luigi's Mansion 3 only had an 11% digital share. It should be at least at 25%, which would put it's sales at 1mil.



Kakadu18 said:

Where do these digital numbers come from?
There's no way Luigi's Mansion 3 only had an 11% digital share. It should be at least at 25%, which would put it's sales at 1mil.

Digital Numbers are mostly estimates from Famitsu. Back when this thread was young in 2020, it looked like Famitsu was taking a temporary hiatus from reporting digital sales estimates. However, it has been over a year, and thery haven't picked it back up. So in most cases, digital numbers are from no later than early 2020.



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Endymion said:
Salnax said:

Can you leave a link to the source? I try my best, but clearly miss some things, and would like to be sure that the data is backed up.

https://www.installbaseforum.com/forums/threads/japan-nintendo-software-and-hardware-sales-data-from-1983-to-present.208/

I'm sorry to ask something more of you, but that website doesn't let me see the second post, which they say includes their sources. May you please at least copy the relevant link?

Thanks in advance. I'll be updating the OP after I can use those sources.



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