Nintendo has really had a rollercoaster of a ride in 2017. With the company finally enjoying the huge stream of support thanks to the launch of the Nintendo Switch, the company finally earned its hard-earned lesson by bringing a number of changes to its overall business plan model. Despite many gamers disapproving the Switch’s existence due to the smartphone market’s expansion, Nintendo prevailed an made a core place for itself throughout 2017 with some amazing minds planning out what they have in store ahead.
With the Nintendo Switch enjoying massive success, Nintendo isn’t forgetting about the 3DS anytime soon, and neither does the sales numbers for the handheld console indicate that. With Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon dropping on the 17th of November 2017, Japanese enthusiasts couldn’t wait any longer to get a hold of the newly released title on the 3DS. A research company from Japan by the name of Media Create has released some immense sales numbers for the latest addition in the Pokemon series, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon. According to their report, the title sold over 915,221 units within 72 hours of its launch. Here’s the sale rankings for the top 10 titles sold through the 13th- 19th November in Japan.
|1||3DS||Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon||667,439|
|2||3DS||Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon Double Pack||247,782|
|3||SW||Super Mario Odyssey||62,024|
|4||PS4||Star Wars Battlefront II||38,769|
|5||PS4||Call of Duty World War II||34,116|
While these do hand in some excellent numbers for Nintendo, Call Of Duty:WWII seems to be handing in well too despite its release a few weeks prior from now. What’s interesting to see is how many people actually opted in for the Double-Pack.
Regarding hardware sales, Nintendo continues to dominate throughout 2017 due to the fact that it hit the console market this year with such a successful lineup of titles to accompany it. Here’s the hardware rankings for the console market in Japan throughout the same period.
|New2DS LL||29, 013|
|New 3 DS LL||11074|
|PS4 Pro||8, 176|
What’s incredible to see is how well the 2DS managed to take second place thanks to Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon’s release overtaking the PlayStation 4 in Japan. The exclusivity Nintendo has laid out for the rest of this year is definitely enlightening for enthusiasts and for Nintendo themselves. Let’s hope that Nintendo could keep up with the demand and hype in 2018.
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