It looks like its a big month for SEGA and Atlus in Japan since they released both Persona 5 Royal and Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games come out the same week. Surprisingly enough, Persona 5 Royal (201,448 units sold) did so well that it beat Nintendo’s Luigi’s Mansion 3 (150,649 units) by over 50k units.
I think its surprising because Persona 5 Royal is a ‘complete’ version of Persona 5 which launched with 264,793 units on PS4 (72,974 units on PS3). Sure, Persona 5 Royal sold less than the original but its still selling better than the last ‘highest selling Persona game’ before Persona 5, Persona 4 Golden which launched with 137,076 units. This shows you that re-releasing acclaimed games with more content isn’t a bad strategy and it seems Atlus fans come out and purchase these new versions.
Nintendo fans might think its disappointing to see Luigi’s Mansion 3 on Nintendo Switch not make it at number one, but this entry is the highest selling entry in Japan with 150,649 units compared to Luigi’s Manson: Dark Moon which launched with 110,840 units in 2013.
But what about Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games?
Sadly it doesn’t look like Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games performed as well as it should have in Japan, especially considering the game is a love letter to Japanese Olympic history and should have had every reason to sell more than the last entries, but it didn’t.
Here is the list of ‘first week sales’ on each release Mario & Sonic game:
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Nintendo, 11/22/2007) – 62,550 (Wii version)
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Nintendo, 1/17/2008) – 89,909 (DS version)
- Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Nintendo, 12/08/2011) – 30,222 (Wii version)
- Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Nintendo, 03/01/2012) = 43,155 (3DS version)
- Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Nintendo, 02/18/16) – 41,736 (3DS version)
- Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Sega, 11/01/19) – 19,438
The reason that Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games didn’t make the sales list is because it sold so badly that it didn’t get a first week public sales numbers. This mostly has to do with the fact that the Wii U was basically dead during this time, the consoles total unit sales for the month was 48,762… so yeah.
While Sochi 2014 is probably the worse selling game, that had a reason being on the Wii U. In my opinion dropping that low in the first week isn’t good, but the Mario & Sonic franchise has always had long legs, so we shall see how it goes.