Yo-Kai Watch, 3DS, Xbox One Sales on the Rise in Japan

Yo-Kai Watch, 3DS, Xbox One Sales on the Rise in Japan 1

Media Create’s sales figures for the week of Dec. 12 through Dec. 18 have been published, and the chart shows several interesting trends among Japanese players. In particular, Level 5’s Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki has just surpassed Pokémon Sun and Moon to land first place ranking for weekly sales.

Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki is an additional version of Yo-Kai Watch 3, which was originally released in July 2016 as Sushi and Tempura. The new game broke into Japanese charts with 337,979 units, beating out Pokémon Sun and Moon‘s combined 199,514 sales. The Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura – Busters T-Pack, meanwhile, hit the 10th place slot with 17,709 sales, surpassing Mario Party: Star Rush and Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo.

Suffice to say, the 3DS had a very good week for software sales, and Media Create’s hardware statistics reflect that. According to the Dec. 12 report, the 3DS sold 133,478 units, up from 108,975 the previous week. Meanwhile, the PlayStation 4 only pushed 79,348 consoles, down from last week’s 92,717 sales. Luckily, the PlayStation 4 Pro saw a nice boost: the system sold 9,317 units the week of Dec. 12, up from 7,499 the previous week. But the 3DS is still set to outsell the PlayStation 4, with the system’s total year-to-date resting at 1,727,659 sold units.

But another contender is seeing some surprising growth on the market. The Xbox One sold 1,872 units, up from 1,245 units the previous week, and much higher than the week of Dec. 12 last year: Back then, the Xbox One only moved 512 units. The system currently holds 10,641 Year-To-Date sales, meaning that it won’t surpass any major console families this year. But the increase in units is interesting, especially if the Xbox One gradually sees higher sales over the next couple weeks. Final Fantasy XV may be responsible for the boost in Xbox One units, but the PlayStation 4 version sits at sixth place with 44,340 units sold, down from last week by 44 per cent. Meanwhile, the Xbox One version does not appear in Media Create’s ranking at all. Still, check back shortly for Media Create’s end-of-year sales chart, including total year-to-dates for 2016 and Christmas week sales figures.