We've got the sales figures from the latest Famitsu Japanese charts, and during the week of 18th - 24th April, Kirby and the Forgotten Land was dethroned by a double-assault from eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2022.
The latest entry in the hugely popular eBaseball series smashed the competition to sell a total of 147,263 retail copies between the Switch and PS4 releases, with the Nintendo version selling a whopping 92,724 units alone. Kirby is still in a pretty healthy place — another 29,281 sales have helped push the pink puffball well over 600,000 sales in Japan alone, which is really impressive.
There were two more new Switch releases this week to accompany the baseball giant. Yomawari 3, the third entry in Nippon Ichi's horror series debuted at an impressive fifth, and the long-awaited Pocky & Rocky Reshrined also slotted in nicely in tenth.
Here are the full figures for the week:
- [NSW] eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2022 (Konami, 04/21/22) – 92,724 (New)
- [PS4] eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2022 (Konami, 04/21/22) – 54,539 (New)
- [NSW] Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Nintendo, 03/25/22) – 29,281 (618,481)
- [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 11,872 (4,579,625)
- [NSW] Yomawari 3 (Nippon Ichi Software, 04/21/22) – 11,129 (New)
- [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 7,841 (2,612,444)
- [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 6,372 (4,853,533)
- [PS4] Hyperdimension Neptunia: Sisters vs. Sisters (Compile Hart, 04/21/22) – 6,268 (New)
- [NSW] 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (Atlus, 04/14/22) – 6,017 (33,216)
- [NSW] Pocky & Rocky Reshrined (Natsume Atari, 04/21/22) – 5,747 (New)
Looking at hardware sales, there's not much different here. The Switch OLED has increased sales compared to the previous week, from 27,303 to 32,916, while the regular Switch model still sits comfortably in second. Combine the total sales of the two with the Switch Lite's, and Nintendo's console is likely to top the 25 million mark very soon. Speaking of the Lite, it's swapped places with the PlayStation 5 again, as Sony's console has seen a nice little boost in sales.
- Switch OLED Model – 32,916 (1,619,662)
- Switch – 16,389 (18,215,283)
- PlayStation 5 – 15,789 (1,336,473)
- Switch Lite – 8,185 (4,688,271)
- Xbox Series S – 5,459 (88,678)
- PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 1,892 (231,874)
- Xbox Series X – 566 (95,856)
- New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 205 (1,185,272)
- PlayStation 4 – 12 (7,819,445)
Let us know what you make of the latest charts in the comments; are you still playing Kirby and the Forgotten Land?
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The Xbox series X vs the Nindendo 2DS on these sales charts are my favorite thing to watch
Kirby only fears for one thing, and it's sports
Damn Nintendo has such a hold over Japan that Sony needs a new release just to be seen on the top 10 charts.
In other news I hope Ring Fit returns to the top 10 again soon.
Some folks don't realize how the Japanese love baseball more than us Muricans do.
Hey, I know Konami aren't without their fair share of grief, but they've had a couple of number one hits with Switch! They really need to ramp up support and bring Metal Gear series and ZOE over (unless SONY are paying them not to.)
A significant margin between Switch and PS4 sales on ebaseball. Almost double on Switch. We've seen some 3rd party games do better on Switch but usually by nearly 2-to-1.
Kirby still doing well, maintaining 3rd. Takes a long time for most Nintendo games games to slip of the charts now.
Wow Ring Fit Adventure and Pokemon Legends: Arceus, two games that hardly left the top 10 finally dropped out from the top 10 this week. Can't wait to play Pocky and Rocky this summer.
I love MLB The Show on Switch but I wish they'd release eBaseball in the West
@antisumo Right there with you. Love the graphic style and it looks like a lot of fun.
I mean Japan loves their baseball so it's not too surprising. I wonder if Star Allies did better at launch than Forgotten Land purely because of it's baseball subgame, that would be hilarious.
Yeah, is there any good way for a westerner to play eBaseball, or a reason why it's never gotten an english release? Is it really geared towards NPB? The games look super charming and simulation sports games are a drag.
Is eBaseball the same as MLB PowerPros?
I wish we could get more games like this over here in the US. I love the art style to this.
@LinktotheFuture it is indeed, really want to get it but feel like I'd get lost in the menus 🤣
@swoose It's NPB licensed, but it also has a story mode. You can order the physical copy or get it on the Japanese eshop, but just know there will be absolutely no English in the game besides the word "eBaseball". I'm guessing it won't get a western release unless Konami attains the MLB license which I doubt will happen. It would sure be great if they did though! I'd also like to see Bandai Namco release Pro Yakyuu Famista (the original RBI Baseball series) with an MLB license.
@LinktotheFuture Yes, it's the same series. It just hasn't stopped in Japan; whereas, the west has only received it a few times.
I always forget Japan likes their baseball too until I get a random reminder like this every few years.
I wish Konami would localize another Power Pro title for the US. I played a ton of MLB Power Pros on PS2 and it's definitely one of my all time favorite baseball games. Such a good mix of light simulation with arcade controls and lol hijinks.
Bummer but this series is HUGE in Japan so I understand. It's still in the top ten tho so that's cool.
So. What do people think. Switch still on track for 150 million lifetime? (Worldwide of course lol, not Japan!)
I had a lot of fun playing PowerPros on the Wii, would love to have it on the Switch!
Yup, won't be long till Switch hits 25M in Japan alone, super impressive.
And yeah, I agree with some posts above, I would like to see eBaseball make it to the West.
@KryptoniteKrunch soon Switch will surpass 3DS sales in japan, just 76.000 to surpass 3DS in japan.
A boring Baseball game won't stay at the top for long.
@Magician Yup. Basketball and American Football is much bigger then Baseball these days. Meanwhile in Japan Baseball is just growing bigger and bigger.
Baseball doesn’t care if your not super strong/super tall for the most part for most of the positions which I imagine makes it far more approachable for Japanese then other sports
This truly is shocking news! Konami still makes video games!?!!
On a side note, isn't it crazy that Switch OLED has higher lifetime sales than PS5? They came out at roughly the same time.
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