Media Create: Nintendo begins 2019 strong in JapanSuper Smash Bros., Mario Party, and Pokemon aid sale of nearly 200k Switches in Japan for the first week of the yearRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterFriday 11th January 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareNintendo’s comfortable spot on Japan’s sales charts wasn’t going to be threatened by anything anytime soon, much less coming off a strong holiday for the company and a major release like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.That’s reflected in the latest Media Create sales charts, where Super Smash Bros quite handily smashes every other software release and. Alongside its fellow first-party Nintendo brethren as well as Pokemon and Dragon Quest Builders 2, the title and its bundles helped net Nintendo nearly 200,000 unit sales of Switch hardware.Aside from the absolute Nintendo dominance at the top of the chart, it’s worth taking a look at GO VACATION, which launched in the country on December 27 and seems to be doing well enough as an effective remake of a 2011 Wii game.In addition, it’s interesting to see Dragon Quest Builders 2 garnering nearly as much popularity on the PS4 as it has on the Switch. Combined sales on both platforms would put Dragon Quest Builders 2 above Pokemon Let’s Go! on the charts, though not quite at the level of Super Mario Party.Finally, we see Sega’s Yakuza spin-off Judgement, which launched in Japan on the 13th and is still sitting steadily at #10 on PS4.The top 10 software sellers for the week of December 31, 2018 – January 6, 2019 are shown below, along with hardware sales. The remainder of the chart can be viewed through Media Create.Japanese Hardware Sales December 31, 2018 – January 6, 2019PlatformSalesNintendo Switch199,982PS487,669PS4 Pro29,513New 2DS LL22,645PS Vita4,138New 3DS LL3,2812DS557Xbox One X102Xbox One53Japanese Software Sales December 31, 2018 – January 6, 2019RankTitlePlatformUnits Sold1Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*Nintendo Switch258,9742Super Mario Party*Nintendo Switch95,1023Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu!/Eevee!*Nintendo Switch68,3084Mario Kart 8 DeluxeNintendo Switch55,7585Dragon Quest Builders 2Nintendo Switch46,1766Splatoon 2*Nintendo Switch43,0337Minecraft*Nintendo Switch42,8458Dragon Quest Builders 2PlayStation 438,9699GO VACATIONNintendo Switch21,82610JudgementPlayStation 420,018*Denotes that sales include hardware/controller bundlesCelebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 3 hours agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 6 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.