Japanese Sales Chart: Shadow of War Takes Top Spot, Lost Sphear Makes Top 10

October 18, 2017Written by Anthony Nash

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Another week, and another newcomer on top of the Japanese sales charts, as Middle-earth: Shadow of War took the spot this week. The newly released action-adventure game just barely sold better than the runner up, Splatoon 2. Last week’s top seller, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, slid all the way down to the #4 spot, while FIFA 18 dropped all the way to #7.

Once again, Nintendo seemed to dominate the top 10, with four of the top five highest selling games this week coming from the publisher. For the third straight week, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was nowhere to be found, and it’s best to assume it won’t be coming back for some time. In terms of hardware, the Nintendo Switch once again dominated the competition, with the PlayStation 4 coming in at second for another week.

According to Media Create, here’s the 20 best-selling retail games (new releases in bold), along with how each system sold in Japan from October 9 to October 15, 2017:

Games (Lifetime)

  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War (PS4) – 20,144
  2. Splatoon 2 (NS) – 19,622 (1,232,523)
  3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS) – 13,321 (747,454)
  4. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (3DS) – 12,215 (38,003)
  5. Pokken Tournament DX (NS) – 8,367 (97,135)
  6. Lost Sphear (PS4) – 7,363
  7. FIFA 18 (Limited Editions and Bundles Included) (PS4) – 6,703 (75,791)
  8. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (NS) – 6,088 (610,953)
  9. Lost Sphear (NS) – 5,770
  10. No Heroes Allowed! VR (PS4) – 5,457
  11. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Limited Edition Included) (PS4) – 5,457 (105,298)
  12. Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PS4) – 4,307 (102,018)
  13. Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (PS4) – 4,093 (14,919)
  14. Fire Emblem Warriors (NS) – 4,016 (53,531)
  15. Monster Hunter XX Nintendo Switch Ver. (NS) – 3,966 (155,634)
  16. The Snack World: Trejarers (3DS) – 3,939 (180,898)
  17. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (NS) – 3,815 (44,239)
  18. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (3DS) – 3,659 (1,741,582)
  19. Animal Crossing: New Leaf Amiibo+ (3DS) – 3,497 (253,665)
  20. Yoshiwara Higanbana: Kuon no Chigiri (PSVR) – 3,396

Systems (Previous Week)

  1. Switch – 40,803 (38,204)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 16,933 (16,680)
  3. New 2DS LL – 10,569 (12,658)
  4. New 3DS LL – 8,369 (8,534)
  5. PlayStation 4 Pro – 5,773 (5,859)
  6. PlayStation Vita – 3,938 (3,545)
  7. 2DS – 1,565 (1,594)
  8. New 3DS – 242 (265)
  9. Xbox One – 71 (186)
  10. PlayStation 3 – 65 (72)
  11. Wii U – 58 (45)

[Source: Gematsu]