Nintendo Switch Lifetime Japanese Sales Data Compilation (Media Create)

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Update: (October 9th, 2018 4:18M EST) Week 34-39’s Media Create Top 50, Famitsu Top 30, and Dengeki’s Top 50 are FINALLY up!

I also decided to finally split the three trackers into their own articles due to the sheer size of the article now. This will be repurposed as the Media Create article and the central hub with all updates. Find the trackers linked to below!

Links to each tracker:

Media Create/Famitsu/Dengeki

This will be the complete database of all up-to-date Nintendo Switch sales data in Japan. I will update this post multiple times a week as new data comes in! I will include data from all three trackers; Media Create, Famitsu, AND Dengeki!

Each entry will now show their most recent week. This helps know how old the numbers are, and helps me do the math when any shows up weeks later to determine their amount of weeks absent.

Note: Famitsu throughout 2017 would have their week show as one later (example; Media Create would be Week 9, 2017, where as Famitsu would be Week 10, 2017). Also, Famitsu had a Week 53 in the same week that Media Create had its Week 52, after that, both started at Week 1, 2018, matching each other.

All the data will be after the jump.

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Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania (Switch) Review

Title: Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: RGG Studio
Publisher: Sega
Release Date: October 5th, 2021 (NA)
File Size: 3.1GB

Review copy provided by Sega

This is my first review of a Super Monkey Ball game, but not the first I played! Way back, I played and loved Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz on Wii, released on the system’s launch day. I found that to be super fun, colorful, pretty, and had an OUTSTANDING soundtrack. Fast forward to the Switch and Sega actually had remastered that game… to less than optimal results. Most of that wonderful soundtrack by Noisycroak was removed, no motion controls (not even on Switch), and a bizarrely different yellow and black interface, replacing that vivid, colorful one the original game had. I didn’t play it as a result. Very disappointed.

So now we arrive at this game, which is actually a sort of bundled remake of Super Monkey Ball 1, 2, and Deluxe, all mashed together (so not in the Crash and Spyro arrangement, but closer to Tony Hawk I guess). How did this turn out, at least to someone who never touched the original GameCube games? Well, let’s roll on and find out!

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Nascar Heat Ultimate Edition+ (Switch) Review

Title: Nascar Heat Ultimate Edition+
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: 704Games
Publisher: Motorsport Games
Release Date: November 19th, 2021 (NA)
File Size: 7.1GB

Review copy provided by Motorsport Games

Well it took 5 years, but the Nascar Heat franchise has finally made it to Switch, and there’s something very special about this franchise that will pique the interest of Nintendo fans; the franchise since the old days, ending with Nascar Heat 4 back in 2019, was developed by none other than Monster Games, the creators of Excite Truck, Excitebots, and Excitebike World Rally! Monster Games had a near decade-long exclusivity with Nintendo. After finishing with the Excite series, Nintendo had Monster Games develop Pilotwings Resort for the 3DS as a launch title, and then had them port both Donkey Kong Country Returns and Xenoblade Chronicles from Wii to 3DS and New 3DS respectively. Remember those Diddy Kong Racing 2 by Monster Games rumors from back in 2012? I sure do…

After Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, Monster Games left Nintendo to return to making new Nascar Heat games with Nascar Heat Evolution in 2016. For whatever reason, none of the games from Nascar Heat Evolution through Nascar Heat 4 made it to a Nintendo system. Nascar Heat 5 last year was taken over by the series publisher and co-developer 704Games, who then finally ported that to Switch as a definitive edition with extra content from the 2021 season. So how does this game fare on Switch? Does it fill you with Excite-ment, or does it feel more like a Burnout? Let’s find out!

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NIS Classics Volume 1: Phantom Brave / Soul Nomad (Switch) Review

Title: Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 1: Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle Remastered / Soul Nomad & the World Eaters
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: NIS (originals) / Codeglue (Switch ports)
Publisher: NIS (JP) / NIS America (NA and EU)
Release Date: August 31st, 2021 (NA)
File Size: 3.3GB

Review copy provided by NIS America

This one’s a bit late and for good reason but I’ll get to that later. Anyway, this is the first of a new line of Switch-specific 2-packs of classic Nippon Ichi Software games from the past, now ported to Switch and bar the PC versions are in “HD” for the first time here. The first pack here has Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle Remastered and Soul Nomad & the World Eaters, both originating from the PlayStation 2. In fact, Phantom Brave even got a Wii port back in 2009 as Phantom Brave: We Meet Again (get it?). Also note; both can’t be bought separately on the eShop, it’s all in one icon on the home menu. Anyway, how do both of these fare on Switch? Let’s find out!

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The Caligula Effect 2 (Switch) Review

Title: The Caligula Effect 2
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Historia
Publisher: FuRyu (JP)/NIS America (NA and EU)
Release Date: October 19th, 2021 (NA)
File Size: 6.7GB

Review copy provided by NIS America

This is the sequel to The Caligula Effect Overdose which I reviewed on Switch years ago. I can tell you right now that this is MUCH better. Both in general, and in quality. The original was sadly a really sore spot in Engine Software’s otherwise fantastic Switch port pedigree. Granted I think that game was their first ever Japanese game, so they may have struggled with the language barrier at first, or perhaps Historia’s code was too complex for them to handle. Either way, Historia seemingly did this one themselves, to the point where I believe this was actually built for Switch primarily (the original began on Vita via Aquria), which is very nice to see and frankly should be FAR more common in the Japanese game industry, but alas, it isn’t. So how does this game fare? Will you feel like a million virtuadollars or virtuadull? Let’s find out!

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Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny (Switch) Review

Title: Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America
Release Date: June 29thth, 2021 (NA)
File Size: 6.4GB

Review copy provided by NIS America

This is the LONG awaited 6th entry in the Disgaea series. Disgaea 5 originally came out on PS4 all the way back in 2015 worldwide, so it’s been 6 (heh) years since that came out. Of course we can’t forget Disgaea 5 Complete which came out on Switch at launch in Japan and then a bit later in May 2017 for the west. Apparently that version did SO well, that NISA made the decision to actually only release the Switch version of Disgaea 6 in the west, leaving the PS4 version behind in Japan. This is a historical moment in the franchise as that makes it a Nintendo-exclusive in the franchise’s biggest market (the series only does… okayish in Japan, but a huge lion’s share of the sales in the west). So yeah, crazy times. So is this game a punch in the enemy’s throat, a punch in YOUR throat? Let’s find out!

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Dragon Star Varnir (Switch eShop) Review

Title: Dragon Star Varnir
Platform: Nintendo Switch eShop
Developer: Compile Heart
Publisher: Idea Factory International (NA)
Release Date: August 3rd, 2021 (NA)
File Size: 7.1GB

Review copy provided by Idea Factory International

This is another Idea Factory/Compile Heart JRPG review, though this time, it actually uses a more unique battle system than simply running around a circular field. Yes, it can be done! Anyway, with this release, Compile Heart have ported over nearly every one of their “Galapagos RPG” line of games from PS4, with the sole exception now being Omega Quintet. So how does this game fare? Is it bewitching, or does it dragon for too long? Let’s find out!

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Ys IX: Monstrum Nox (Switch) Review

Title: Ys IX: Monstrum Nox
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Nihon Falcom/Engine Software (Switch version)
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America
Release Date: July 6th, 2021 (NA)
File Size: 3.2GB

Review copy provided by NIS America

My 4th Falcom game review and 3rd of the ones by NISA! The first two were Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA, and The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III. Where as Ys VIII was ported to Switch by NIS internally (apparently by the Disgaea team?), Ys IX was instead ported to Switch by Engine Software, who did the Switch ports of Cold Steel III and Cold Steel IV. So how does this game fare? Is it Ys-y or a curse? Let’s find out!

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 (Switch) Review

Title: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Neversoft (original games)/Vicarious Visions (remakes)/Turn Me Up Games (Switch version)
Publisher: Activision
Release Date: June 25th, 2021 (NA)
File Size: 12.2GB

Review copy provided by Activision

Here’s my newest Activision review, and the first not of a Crash or Spyro game! This time we have the remakes of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 from the N64 era. These were originally by Neversoft, then remade last year by Crash Bandicoot veteran Vicarious Visions, and finally ported to Switch by Turn Me Up Games, who also did the Switch ports of Borderlands 1 and 2 last year. So how do these fare? Do they fly like a bird, or feel like a boulevard of broken bones? Let’s find out!

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World’s End Club (Switch) Review

Title: World’s End Club
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Too Kyo Games / Grounding
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America / IzanagiGames (JP)
Release Date: May 28th, 2021 (NA)
File Size: 6GB

Review copy provided by NIS America

Another NISA review so soon? You betcha! This time we have something a little different… a mystery adventure game! This comes from newcomer Too Kyo Games, who were formed by Kotaro Uchikoshi, the creator of Zero Escape at Chunsoft, and Kazutaka Kodaka, the creator of Danganronpa at Spike! But a 3rd founder was also Takumi Nakazawa, who formed Regista and directed games like Root Double and Memories Off. So yeah, Too Kyo’s really a dream team of top tier mystery adventure storytellers, ain’t it?

Their first game at Too Kyo was actually a game called Death Come True, which was actually this sort of live-action Japanese horror adventure game. It actually did release on Switch and other platforms and in the west to boot (have a look). This was actually something Chunsoft did back in the day like 428 on Wii. Anyway, this game is their second game and something more light-hearted (to a point) and cartoony. Fun fact, do the character designs look at all familiar Pokémon fans? They should, as they’re by Take, who designed characters like Nessa and Milo in Pokémon Sword & Shield! Finally, this game actually originated as an Apple Arcade game with only I think the first main act of the game, the same I believe is the ENTIRE free demo on the eShop. So does this game feel like a win, or is it the end of the world? Let’s find out!

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Saviors of Sapphire Wings / Stranger of Sword City Revisited (Switch) Review

Title: Saviors of Sapphire Wings / Stranger of Sword City Revisited
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Experience Inc. / Codeglue (Switch ports)
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America
Release Date: March 16th, 2021 (NA)
File Size: 3.1GB

Review copy provided by NIS America

This one’s quite a bit late! Anyway, this is a 2-pack of developer Experience Inc.’s recent Dungeon RPG games; Saviors of Sapphire Wings, originally a JP-only Vita game, and Stranger of Sword City Revisited, which in its original form was a JP-only Xbox 360 game in 2014 (those were a thing!), with the Revisited release debuting also on Vita in 2015 (which did get localized by NISA as well). The 2-pack was actually ported by Codeglue, the same dev that helped out on Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed‘s localization (my review) and did the Switch port of Corpse Party: Blood Drive. So how do both of these fare on Switch? Will it give you wings or make you who is a total stranger feel like a total stranger? Let’s find out!

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