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Japan getting special Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon tournament to promote Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee

- tournament to commemorate the release of Pokemon Let’s GO Pikachu/Eevee
- enter either Pikachu or Eevee (Level 1 – 100)
- you have up till August 3, 2018 8:59 JST to enter the tournament
- the tournament starts August 3, 2018 9am JST and ends August 6, 9am
- ranking will be announced in mid August
- all participants will receive a wallpaper to thank them for their participation, due out mid August 2018
- receive a Pikachu or Eevee wallpaper depending on the Pokemon you used

WarioWare Gold - preload live, file size

Did you check out the demo for WarioWare Gold and decide that you're picking up the full game? If you plan on going the digital route, you can hop on the 3DS eShop and preload the game right now. The title takes up 9,836 blocks of space, so it's a pretty sizable title. WarioWare Gold launches Aug. 3rd, 2018.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker shortage continues in Japan

As we mentioned awhile back, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is experiencing a shortage in Japan much like Octopath Traveler. Yodobashi Camera is completely sold out, and that includes online and all 24 retail locations in Japan. On top of that, Amazon Japan has the game on backorder. This includes both the Switch and 3DS versions.

Japanese sales data and analysis - First-week for Octopath Traveler and Captain Toad, first day for Sonic Mania Plus and more

First week sales

Octopath Traveler

- 110 000 units sold in the first week
- 90% of the initial shipment
- the best debut for a third-party game on Switch
- retailers saw an increase in pre-orders of about 30 to 40% following the release of the second demo

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

- about 59,000 units for the launch week
- 43,000 units for the Switch version and 16,000 for the 3DS version
- Wii U version sold 27,000 units at launch, and went on to sell 177,000 units in total

Shining Resonace: Refrain

- 4,000 units sold

First day sales

Taiko Drum Master: Drum ‘n’ Fun!

- 40% of the initial shipment sold
- similar sales to the Wii and Nintendo 3DS entries

Sonic Mania Plus

- 20% of the initial shipment

Closed Nightmare

- 20% of the initial shipment

Touhou Genso Wanderer: Reloaded

- 30% of the initial shipment

Famitsu's most wanted - July 5th to 11th, 2018

Dairantou Smash Bros. SPECIAL (Switch) - 443
Sekaiju no Meikyuu X (3DS) - 318
Persona Q2 (3DS) - 260
Bayonetta 3 (Switch) - 257
Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) - 198
Fire Emblem: Fuuka Setsugetsu (Switch) - 199
Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete (Switch) - 111
Dragon Quest Builders 2: Hakaishin Shidoo to Karappo no Shima (Switch) - 140
Made in Wario Gorgeous (3DS) - 133
Pocket Monsters: Let’s Go! Pikachu/Eevee (Switch) - 124
Pro Yakyuu Famista Evolution (Switch) - below 101
Subarashiki Kono Sekai -Final Remix- (Switch) - below 101

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux director talks remake, connection to mainline games


These are quotes from a Retronauts interview with Eiji Ishida, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux's director...

On the decision to remake a game like Strange Journey
''We decided to remake Strange Journey to make it more widely known. We would like to consider a sequel, and we actually have ideas for the story and a new game experience. Whether we can make it happen, though, depends on how well this game performs.''

Talking about the rumor that Strange Journey was originally a mainline game
''To be exact, it was developed as a spinoff from the start. The promotional staff at the time judged the game to have high enough quality to be marketed as a numbered title, so they suggested selling it as a numbered SMT game. Even Mr. Kazuma Kaneko, who worked with us to design the human and demon characters and pen the original story, backed up the suggestion, saying it was “good enough to be called Shin Megami Tensei IV.”

But, because it was conceived as a spinoff, we enjoyed the freedom of going off on a tangent from the mainline games (and the extra pain and suffering from that, haha). Therefore, I felt a strong resistance to market it as a numbered title, and I ultimately rejected the suggestion. I think I would be a little more flexible about it now, but my past self who had just experienced the pain of creating a new title wasn’t as confident, and I couldn’t make that decision then.

On that note, Strange Journey has no chronological relationship to the rest of the Shin Megami Tensei series.'' 

Japanese software sales - July 9th to 15th, 2018 (Top 50)

01./00. [NSW] Octopath Traveler (Square Enix) {2018.07.13} (¥6.800) - 110.111 / NEW
02./00. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) - 41.852 / NEW
03./01. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) - 21.838 / 227.452 (-33%)
04./03. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 20.430 / 2.447.782 (+25%)
05./02. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 15.101 / 121.785 (-21%)
06./00. [3DS] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) - 14.558 / NEW
07./05. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 11.417 / 1.627.674 (-6%)
08./00. [PS4] Mary Skelter: Nightmares 2 # (Compile Heart) {2018.07.12} (¥7.200) - 10.370 / NEW
09./12. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) - 7.145 / 1.668.513 (+63%)
10./09. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 6.622 / 1.043.717 (+5%)
11./08. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) - 6.160 / 559.764 (-10%)
12./13. [PS4] New Gundam Breaker # (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.21} (¥7.600) - 5.023 / 82.077 (+22%)
13./10. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) - 5.016 / 1.766.438 (-6%)
14./06. [PS4] The Crew 2 (Ubisoft) {2018.06.29} (¥8.400) - 4.951 / 32.276 (-49%)
15./04. [PS4] Zanki Zero: Last Beginning (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.07.05} (¥7.200) - 4.164 / 19.705 (-73%)
16./16. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX \ Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX > (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} (¥6.800) - 3.788 / 167.064 (+9%)
17./11. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} (¥5.980) - 3.642 / 190.330 (-24%)
18./00. [NSW] Shining Resonance Refrain (Sega) {2018.07.12} (¥5.990) - 3.465 / NEW
19./15. [PS4] Detroit: Become Human # (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.05.25} (¥6.900) - 3.321 / 90.360 (-7%)
20./14. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2018 (Konami) {2017.09.14} (¥7.600) - 2.724 / 172.154 (-32%)
21./17. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥6.980)
22./07. [PSV] Zanki Zero: Last Beginning (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.07.05} (¥6.800)
23./22. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980)
24./26. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980)
25./21. [NSW] FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥5.800)
26./23. [PS4] Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege - Advanced Edition (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} (¥6.000)
27./25. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥7.980)
28./19. [PS4] FIFA 18 # (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥7.800)
29./18. [PS4] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Link # (Marvelous) {2018.06.07} (¥7.980)
30./43. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World # (Capcom) {2018.01.26} (¥8.980)
31./28. [NSW] Arms (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980)
32./20. [NSW] Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Nippon Ichi Software) {2018.06.28} (¥6.980)
33./32. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo # (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700)
34./24. [PS4] Far Cry 3: Classic Edition (Ubisoft) {2018.07.05} (¥3.980)
35./29. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} (¥4.980)
36./31. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400)
37./33. [NSW] The Snack World: TreJarers Gold (Level 5) {2018.04.12} (¥5.980)
38./46. [PS4] Earth Defense Force 5 (D3Publisher) {2017.12.07} (¥7.800)
39./41. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥6.980)
40./44. [NSW] Little Nightmares: Complete Edition (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.07} (¥3.200)
41./30. [PS4] Dark Souls Remastered (From Software) {2018.05.24} (¥4.800)
42./27. [PS4] Super Bomberman R (Konami) {2018.06.14} (¥3.980)
43./00. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon Veteran Trainer's Dual Pack {Pokemon Ultra Sun \ Pokemon Ultra Moon} (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥9.960)
44./48. [PS4] Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.12.07} (¥5.900)
45./34. [PSV] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Link # (Marvelous) {2018.06.07} (¥5.980)
46./35. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park e Youkoso (Nippon Columbia) {2017.12.07} (¥5.800)
47./47. [NSW] Attack on Titan 2 # (Koei Tecmo) {2018.03.15} (¥7.800)
48./40. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.06.14} (¥7.400)
49./37. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} (¥6.800)
50./00. [PS4] NieR: Automata (Square Enix) {2017.02.23} (¥7.800)

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon - Let's Go Cup battle competition detailed

The two stars of Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! are getting together this summer for a fun Online Competition. In the Let's Go! Cup, only these two famous Pokémon will be eligible to participate. Choose which Pokémon you want and head into battle to reach the top of the leaderboards!

The competition features Single Battles with only one Pokémon, either Pikachu or Eevee, in your party. Pokémon brought in via Poké Transporter are permitted. All Pokémon above and below Lv. 50 will be set to Lv. 50 for the duration of the battles. There are no item restrictions. There will be a 5-minute player clock and 30-second turns. All qualified competitors will be eligible to download a mobile-sized wallpaper that features whichever Pokémon was selected to battle the most. Registration for the Let's Go! Cup begins Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 00:00 UTC.

The competition goes from Friday, August 3, 2018, at 00:00 UTC, until Sunday, August 5, 2018, at 23:59 UTC. Trainers will be limited to 10 battles per day. This competition will not have age divisions.

All Trainers will need a Pokémon Trainer Club account, a wireless internet connection, and their own Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon video game with an eligible Pokémon. See the competition regulations for more details.

Good luck, Trainers!

Full details here

Japanese eShop charts - July 12th to 18th, 2018

Switch

1. OCTOPATH TRAVELER
2. Minecraft
3. Susume! Kinopio Taichou
4. Taiko no Tatsujin Nintendo Switch Version!
5. Overcooked!: Special Edition
6. Hollow Knight
7. Mario Tennis Ace
8. Human: Fall Flat
9. Stardew Valley
10. RXN -Raijin-

3DS

1. Tobidasu! Nyanko Daisensou
2. Pocket Monsters Crystal
3. Susume! Kinopio Taichou
4. Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition
5. Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e…
6. Battleminerz
7. Pocket Monsters Gold
8. Pocket Monsters Silver
9. Pocket Monsters Pikachi
10. Dragon Quest II: Akuryou no Kamigami

Wii U

1. Touhoku Daigaku Mirai Kagaku Gijutsu Kyoudou Kenkyuu Center Kawashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu: Motto Nou wo Kitaeru Otona no DS Training
2. Cube Life: Pixel Action Heroes
3. Mother 2: Gyiyg no Gyakushuu
4. Minecraft: Wii U Edition
5. Super Mario 64
6. Mother 3
7. Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken
8. Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi
9. Fire Emblem: Seima no Kouseki
10. Mother

Level-5 releases a commercial to promote the free download of Inazuma Eleven on 3DS

As we talked about last week, the original Inazuma Eleven was getting a second life on the 3DS eShop. The game has been made available for free as of today, and it takes up 1,892 blocks. This is a limited-time offer, but Level-5 hasn't detailed how long the game will be around for. In other words, hop on this free deal while you can!