Japan in June 2019 - Top 5 software, top 3 publishers, and total hardware sales

Another great month for Nintendo

Time to break down how the software/hardware scene went in Japan for June 2019. Check out the top software and publishers below, as well as total hardware sales for the month.

Top 5 titles

01./00. [NSW] Super Mario Maker 2 # (Nintendo) {2019.06.28} (¥5.980) – 196.153 / NEW
02./00. [NSW] Yo-kai Watch 4: We Are Looking Up at the Same Sky (Level 5) {2019.06.20} (¥5.980) – 191.097 / NEW
03./00. [NSW] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball (Konami) {2019.06.27} (¥6.980) – 75.505 / NEW
04./00. [NSW] Doraemon: Story of Seasons (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.06.13} (¥6.100) – 65.544 / NEW
05./02. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) – 46.339 / 3.140.500 (-9%)

Top 3 publishers

Nintendo – 465.000
Level 5 – 196.000
Bandai Namco Games – 133.000

Hardware sales

Switch: 189,307 units
3DS: 12,380 units

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The latest deals for our neighbors to the North

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Nintendo's Kensuke Tanabe says Gooigi 'might taste like coffee,' ponders a Gooigi-only spin-off

A shot of Gooigi in the morning

During E3 2019, the internet went slightly mad for Gooigi. While the character existed before this year's E3, he really got the spotlight due to his major appearance in Luigi's Mansion 3. Plenty of people who caught their first glimpse of Gooigi were instantly intrigued, and they needed to know more. For some reason, everyone was dying to know if Gooigi is edible.

In a Game Informer interview, Nintendo's Kensuke Tanabe revealed that Gooigi is most likely edible, as the character is sort of like Jell-o or gummy candies. Now Verge has taken things a step further to ask what Gooigi tastes like, and Tanabe was more than happy to answer by saying that Gooigi "might taste like coffee."

That might seem odd at first, but it actually makes perfect sense. Tanabe had previous explained that "Professor E. Gadd extracted a bunch of energy out of the ghost that he captured, and then he accidentally spilled coffee on it, and that's how the goo was made." Certainly seems like a coffee flavor is the way to go!
With so many Gooigi fans coming out of E3, what does the future hold for the character? Tanabe has said that if Luigi's Mansion 3 is a sales success, it could lead to bigger and better things for the gooey one.

“There might be a Gooigi-only spinoff perhaps, with all different colors. Gooigi Power Rangers.”

Zero Escape series creator says new installments could happen if fans want them

It could happen...

Kotaro Uchikoshi is busy putting the finishing touches on AI: The Somnium Files, but that doesn't mean he's forgotten about his previous works. Uchikoshi built up quite a following with his Zero Escape franchise, but there hasn't been a new installment in a number of years. Should we consider the series done, or is there room for more? Uchikoshi was asked about the potential for new installments by Japanator, to which he answered, "If the fans desire it, there’s always a possibility." In other words, if you want it to happen, start making some noise!

Miles & Kilo making its way to 3DS

Who says the system is dead?!

Well here's a major shocker! The developer of Miles & Kilo has confirmed that the Switch title is going to see release on 3DS! While there's no release date for the title just yet, we do know that it'll have stereoscopic 3D, all while running at a rock-solid 60fps. Looks like you'll have a reason to dust off your 3DS in 2019!

Comparing the Switch Lite's size to other gaming hardware

What about compare to a Virtual Boy?

Want to get a more clear idea of how big the Switch Lite is? IGN has put together a gallery of photos showcasing the size of the platform as compared to other currently-available gaming hardware. If you own one of these devices, it should help give a much better picture of what Switch Lite will feel like in your hands. Check out the gallery here.

Japanese eshop charts for July 4th to 10th, 2019

Straight fire

Well this is an impressive showing. Fire Emblem: Three Houses shoots right to the top of the Switch charts this week. The game's not even out yet, but it got enough preloads to make #1!

Equally as impressive is Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns bum-rushing the 3DS eShop charts and taking the top spot. Looks like the hype for Story of Seasons: Reunion in Mineral Town is real!


1. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Nintendo)
2. Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo)
3. Human: Fall Flat (Teyon Japan)
4. Sky Ride (MUTAN)
5. Futari de!Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
6. Super Mario Maker 2 First Time Online Set (Nintendo)
7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo)
8. PixARK (Spike Chunsoft)
9. Minecraft (Mojang/Microsoft Japan)
10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)


1. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (Marvelous)
2. Tobidasu!Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
3. Pocket Monsters Crystal (Nintendo)
4. Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e… (Square-Enix)
5. Story of Seasons (Marvelous)
6. Adventure Bar Story (Rideon Japan)
7. Mercenaries Saga 3 (Rideon Japan)
8. Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition (Microsoft Japan)
9. Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning (Marvelous)
10. Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (Marvelous)

Europe - The Summer Sale started on 3DS & Switch eShops, lasts until July 25

Nintendo of Europe has proudly announced The Summer Sale, which discounts tons of digital games on both 3DS & Switch for the next two weeks. Some of first-party highlights on Nintendo Switch are Super Mario Party, Octopath Traveler, Splatoon 2, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes. In addition to these known entities, a number of tip top third-party titles and indies are slashed as well. So, go forth to the Nintendo eShop and explore over 180 offerings!

Japanese software sales for July 1st to 7th, 2019 (Top 30)

An expanded look at the week's sales

It's that time in the week where we get to see a bit more of what's going on with the software charts in Japan. Take a look at the titles that filled out the top 30 below.

01./01. [NSW] Super Mario Maker 2 # (Nintendo) {2019.06.28} (¥5.980) - 83.204 / 279.357 <60-80%> (-58%)
02./00. [PS4] Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers # (Square Enix) {2019.07.02} (¥4.200) - 22.260 / NEW <60-80%>
03./03. [NSW] Yo-kai Watch 4: We Are Looking Up at the Same Sky (Level 5) {2019.06.20} (¥5.980) - 19.407 / 210.504 <60-80%> (-52%)
04./00. [NSW] Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle (Koei Tecmo) {2019.07.04} (¥7.800) - 19.127 / NEW <60-80%>
05./02. [NSW] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball (Konami) {2019.06.27} (¥6.980) - 18.719 / 94.224 <60-80%> (-75%)
06./00. [PS4] Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle (Koei Tecmo) {2019.07.04} (¥7.800) - 14.817 / NEW <60-80%>
07./05. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 8.968 / 3.149.468 <80-100%> (-12%)
08./08. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 8.183 / 2.356.972 <80-100%> (+1%)
09./09. [NSW] Minecraft # (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 7.234 / 837.919 <80-100%> (-7%)
10./12. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 6.072 / 3.105.283 <80-100%> (+9%)
11./10. [NSW] Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! / Let's Go, Eevee! # (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} (¥5.980) - 5.733 / 1.571.688 <80-100%> (-26%)
12./07. [NSW] Doraemon: Story of Seasons (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.06.13} (¥6.100) - 5.625 / 71.169 <80-100%> (-36%)
13./00. [PS4] PixArk (Spike Chunsoft) {2019.07.04} (¥5.500) - 5.540 / NEW <40-60%>
14./00. [NSW] PixArk (Spike Chunsoft) {2019.07.04} (¥5.500) - 5.469 / NEW <40-60%>
15./13. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 5.185 / 1.353.574 <80-100%> (-4%)
16./00. [PS4] Final Fantasy XIV: Complete Pack {Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn \ Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward \ Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers} (Square Enix) {2019.07.02} (¥5.800) - 5.030 / NEW <40-60%>
17./14. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo) {2019.01.11} (¥5.980) - 3.622 / 647.048 <80-100%> (-23%)
18./04. [PS4] Samurai Shodown (SNK) {2019.06.27} (¥7.200) - 3.343 / 20.005 <60-80%> (-80%)
19./16. [NSW] Super Mario Party # (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) - 3.283 / 1.052.306 <80-100%> (-14%)
20./11. [PS4] Yakuza 5 (Sega) {2019.06.20} (¥3.990) - 3.249 / 30.652 <80-100%> (-49%)
21./17. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World [Best Price] # (Capcom) {2018.08.02} (¥4.990) - 3.196 / 67.854 <80-100%> (-10%)
22./20. [PS4] Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition [PlayStation Hits] (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2019.06.27} (¥1.990) - 2.133 / 5.314 <40-60%> (-33%)
23./21. [NSW] Puyo Puyo Champions (Sega) {2019.06.27} (¥1.990) - 1.940 / 4.937 <20-40%> (-35%)
24./26. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) - 1.755 / 1.982.368 <80-100%> (-12%)
25./25. [NSW] Yoshi's Crafted World (Nintendo) {2019.03.29} (¥5.980) - 1.588 / 154.785 <80-100%> (-32%)
26./29. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) - 1.587 / 347.320 <80-100%> (+1%)
27./28. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) - 1.510 / 734.410 <80-100%> (-8%)
28./30. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon # (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) - 1.365 / 2.487.235 <80-100%> (-10%)
29./06. [PS4] Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Syukufuku wo! Kibou no Meikyuu to Tsudoishi Boukenshatachi # (Entergram) {2019.06.27} (¥7.980) - 1.353 / 10.209 <80-100%> (-85%)
30./00. [PS4] Marvel's Spider-Man [Value Selection] (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2019.03.20} (¥3.900) - 1.338 / 14.028 <60-80%>

Shakedown: Hawaii's "Full Tank" Update Out Now, 3DS Release Still Coming

Gas up, baby!

Shakedown: Hawaii just got another big update. This patch is called the 'Full Tank' update, and it's chock full of content. Check out the complete rundown of what's in this update below, as well as a status update on the 3DS version of the game.

The second big Shakedown: Hawaii update is OUT NOW on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PS Vita.


Adds new vehicles including tanks
Adds more enforcement types including agents
Adds a zoomed-out camera option
Adds new shakedown mission scenarios
Adds heat system to shakedowns
Adds off-island travel from the airport
Adds vehicle purchasing
Adds transferring funds to other characters
Game console in living room is now playable
Improves property selection on map screen
Misc. bug fixes

Shakedown: Hawaii for Nintendo 3DS is also wrapped and currently in certification. A release date will be finalized once it's approved. It will include all of these updates!


Tanks are finally in the world of Shakedown: Hawaii... and bulletproof military SUVs!

The tanks crush anything in their path, and come loaded with built-in rockets and unlimited ammo! Want to equip them with something else? No problem! They can also fire your character's other weapons... from the pistol to the hair dryer, to the flamethrower!

You can rotate the turret with the Right Stick / C Stick, and fire by pressing either the shoot button, or by clicking the stick (R3). PC keyboard players can choose to use either the Arrow Keys or WASD under the options menu.

To get your hands on a tank or bulletproof SUV, take your shenanigans to a level 6 and survive long enough to hop into one, then park it inside a garage to save it for later. Alternatively, after purchasing the prison, a tank will appear parked out back on the left side of the building.


The "cops and robbers" sandbox experience has also been beefed up. Once you reach level 5, agents will now spawn, wielding a wide arsenal of artillery. If you can survive them, once you reach level 6 you'll need to face off against the military in their bulletproof SUVs and tanks!


By popular request, a third camera option has been added which allows you to zoom the camera waaaaaay out and see much more of the screen, showcasing the pixel art on a whole new level.


A couple more shakedown scenarios have been added to increase the variety of these optional micro-missions, including a hair dryer chase!

Additionally, to improve the experience and pacing, a new shakedown heat system has been added. If you shakedown too many businesses over a short period of time, the authorities will be on high alert. In order to continue shaking down more shops, you'll need to change your disguise, go back to completing story missions, or wait until the heat has cooled.


After purchasing the airport, you'll now be able to travel back to off-island locations such as the farms and jungle areas. Some of these locations hold secrets areas and items, so keep an eye out.


Vehicles can now be purchased from the car dealership located in the middle of the map (under your VR startup).

TIP! Easily earn cash to purchase vehicles by selling unwanted ones to the auto export located on the far left of the map.


It's time you give Scooter and Al a raise! From the Salary Management menu, you can now transfer pocket cash to other characters as well as your company. If you accidentally paid yourself too much and need to acquire some more businesses, just transfer it back using this handy menu.


Well, you've requested it! So, yes, if you do want to play more... erm... Space Bullet Marine... the "game console" is now playable in your living room!


The map screen now displays alert icons on properties in need of expenditure approvals, and features and improved snap on hover when selecting properties for purchase.


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