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Secret of Mana opens strong in Japan as retro gaming and the Switch roll on

by Ron Duwell | June 8, 2017June 8, 2017 7:00 pm PDT

Japanese gamers are still lining up to get ahold of the Switch, but that hasn’t caused the console to lose much momentum heading into its third month on the market. Research firm Media Create once again puts the console on top of the weekly hardware sales with 23,524 consoles sold over the last week. That number is down 4,000 from the previous week, hinting more at limited availability rather than a drop in interest.

The good news for Sony is that PlayStation 4 sales rose from the previous week thanks to the best-selling console game, Tekken 7. Bandai Namco’s fighter is the first game that has been able to dethrone Mario Kart 8 Deluxe since it launched last month.

However, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe surprisingly didn’t sink to second place, but rather, all the way down to third! Square Enix scored a surprise victory with Seiken Densetsu Collection showing an impressive first week on the market in the number 2 space.

Retro gaming is still the beez-neez

And what a lovely surprise, too. The successful launch of Seiken Densetsu Collection, the Japanese title for the Super Nintendo classic Secret of Mana, means that Square Enix could possibly port even more of its classic masterpieces to the Nintendo Switch. I’m sure the emulation gurus at M2 would be happy to do it.

To those ends, I absolutely say “Yes, please!” Now, if only we could get the bundle in the States as well.

Check out the best-selling software in the list below.

  1. [PS4] Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco, 06/01/17) – 58,736 (New)
  2. [NSW] Seiken Densetsu Collection (Square Enix, 06/01/17) – 29,564 (New)
  3. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 20,984 (488,673)
  4. [PSV] Tsukitomo. Tsukuita. 12 Memories (Bandai Namco, 06/01/17) – 12,763 (New)
  5. [3DS] Monster Hunter XX (Capcom, 03/16/17) – 12,263 (1,502,606)
  6. [PS4] Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Falcom, 05/25/17) – 10,201 (37,492)
  7. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 9,666 (485,687)
  8. [PSV] Death Mark (Experience, 06/01/17) – 7,099 (New)
  9. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X (Bandai Namco, 04/27/17) – 5,935 (158,859)
  10. [NSW] Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers (Capcom, 05/27/17) – 4,735 (21,139)
  11. [PS4] Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 (Arc System Works, 05/25/17) – 3,891 (14,500)
  12. [PS4] NieR: Automata (Square Enix, 02/23/17) – 3,591 (338,144)
  13. [3DS] Pokemon Sun / Pokemon Moon (Nintendo, 11/18/16) – 3,312 (3,269,509)
  14. [PS4] Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft, 12/10/15) – 3,187 (200,144)
  15. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Low Price Version) (Take-Two, 10/08/15) – 3,092 (342,821)
  16. [3DS] Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 12/01/16) – 2,972 (1,047,077)
  17. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf Amiibo+ (Nintendo, 11/23/16) – 2,831 (184,674)
  18. [3DS] Pro Yakyuu Famista Climax (Bandai Namco, 04/20/17) – 2,824 (82,293)
  19. [Wii U] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 2,733 (128,502)
  20. [3DS] Mario Sports Superstars (Nintendo, 03/30/17) – 2,721 (98,459)

And the hardware:

  1. Switch – 23,524 (27,146)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 15,854 (13,972)
  3. New 3DS LL – 12,676 (14,610)
  4. PlayStation 4 Pro – 5,492 (5,030)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 4,454 (4,092)
  6. 2DS – 2,904 (2,667)
  7. New 3DS – 915 (1,018)
  8. PlayStation 3 – 714 (258)
  9. Wii U – 221 (177)
  10. Xbox One – 167 (121)
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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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