The latest Japanese charts are here and there are a couple of major changes to note this week.
First, looking at software, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have finally been knocked off the top spot by none other than Fire Emblem Engage, with the latter selling an impressive 144,558 copies. It's a strong start for the tactical RPG, which also performed well in the UK, earning the second highest boxed launch of the entire franchise, just behind Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
Otherwise, it's business as usual over in Japan, with the usual big hitters retaining their spots in the top ten, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Nintendo Switch Sports, and Minecraft.
Here is your full look at this week's software chart:
- [NSW] Fire Emblem Engage (Nintendo, 01/20/23) – 144,558 (New)
- [NSW] Pokémon Scarlet Scarlet / Pokémon Violet (The Pokémon Company, 11/18/22) – 43,983 (4,739,035)
- [NSW] Splatoon 3 (Nintendo, 09/09/22) – 16,091 (3,833,699)
- [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 13,857 (5,115,176)
- [NSW] Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo, 04/29/22) – 9,220 (978,511)
- [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 8,146 (3,016,620)
- [NSW] Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo, 10/29/21) – 6,009 (1,157,864)
- [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! (Konami, 11/19/20) – 5,942 (2,830,215)
- [PS5] Gran Turismo 7 (SIE, 03/04/22) – 5,468 (267,222)
- [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 5,327 (5,105,655)
The other major change this week comes via the hardware chart, which sees Sony's PlayStation 5 finally come out on the top, knocking the Switch OLED Model down to second place. It's a significant milestone for the console, but obviously keep in mind that if you combine the sales for all three Switch variants, Nintendo's hardware still continues to dominate.
For a closer look at all things hardware, here's this week's chart:
- PlayStation 5 – 38,602 (2,213,311)
- Switch OLED Model – 28,626 (3,787,574)
- Switch – 12,820 (19,138,059)
- Switch Lite – 10,141 (5,175,409)
- PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 3,550 (335,499)
- PlayStation 4 – 2,544 (7,849,815)
- Xbox Series S – 740 (229,048)
- Xbox Series X – 205 (173,083)
- New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 83 (1,190,306)
What do you make of this week's Japanese charts? Let us know in the comments!
Who allowed a PS5 game to wiggle its way onto my blessed Switch top ten list. WHO!? Clearly, 5,468 individuals made the wrong choice. If you were going to purchase a live service game like Gran Turismo, you could have opted for Chocobo GP on Switch instead.
'PS5 finally comes out on top.'
Man, this site has been rooting for that to happen for years lol! Anyways, lets see if this is a blip or a trend. Probably a blip but who knows, maybe we are edging closer to a price drop?
Fire emblem engage well done. That game is incredible beautiful it looks much better than the older Nintendo Switch games. Maybe it is new that is why. Sometimes new games are much better.
The series consoles have been struggling to get past 1000 weekly since the TGS sale they had going. They can't blame it on stock anymore.
Fire emblem engage deserves some impressive sales figures, great game and I love the more "Anime" style they've gone for with this one.
Also really surprised not to see monster hunter rise ps5 version enter the charts.
These numbers always make me laugh, because the switch definitely sold like 10k more copies when you account for the different skus.
Yeah, I think the digital sales might be more larger than the physical sales which would make sense with people going for digital copies these days.
Damn no “Switch has hardware shortage” copy pasta disclaimer when OLED not in first place like it’s usually used for Sony here? Lol like the shameless bias.
Anyway expected Engage to sell notably more then 3H. Install base for switch is way larger compared to when 3H dropped.
@ZimmerRemmiz yes in the end the switch family still outsold the PlayStation family lol
Wow for the first time this year the PS5 finally manage to outsold the Switch OLED for the week and it only had just one game in the top ten. If Nintendo want the Switch to continue its momentum into 2023 that price dropped I mention earlier is still on the table. C'mon Nintendo either you give us a price drop or see Switch sales continue to dwindle and remember the Switch is your only platform. If it falls, you fall along with it.
@GrailUK waiting till mid 2024 to bring out a new switch is going to be a mistake for nintendo
@Arawn93 These are the physical sales for the game which we still don't have the numbers for the digital sales. With gamers going for digital copies these days I think most of the sales could be there.
For the people curious about the actual number, Three Houses sold 143.130 physical copies in the same time period. Impressively small difference.
@UltimateOtaku91 There is no physical release of MHR for PS5, not even in Japan.
I dunno bought you guys but I still can't find any stores that sell the PS5 where I live.
Xbox is selling well. 😂😂
@ZimmerRemmiz I literally said this in the article..?
I was expecting at least 200k for Fire Emblem Engage
@Saizo ah I forgot it was digital only, strange decision from capcom to not make a physical version.
@johnedwin To be blunt, I'm not going to take PS5 being top during a very slow week of the year to mean much. Like I keep saying, sales data is out of date the moment it is published. So remains to be seen if it is a blip or a trend.
Good opening week numbers for Fire Emblem. I barely scratched the surface in the game and so far, it's great.
Oh huh, PS5 outsold Switch OLED this week. I'm sure things will be back to normal next week with it in the lead
PS5 console sales have improved since around November, Christmas had some very strong numbers and at the moment we seem to be seeing 40K per week vs what was usually 10K most weeks before. FFXVI is the only current moment I see PS5 console sales in Japan being really high and having a chance at outselling the whole Switch family, and even then I have doubts it will sell as well in Japan for multiple reasons. I really hope it does well there but I can't see it hitting around 1 million as most titles do in Japan, imagine SE will be relying on western sales
Oh, PS5 on the top. 😀
I always find the reporting of hardware charts stupid. Lets be honest here the Switch is still top of the hardware charts at 51k units vs Playstation 5s 42k units. The units play the same games they are just different revisions/variations of the same console.
Im enjoying Engage mainly because of the combat and class diversity. If it wasnt for that I would ditch the game and completely regret my purchase. The characters and story are terrible in my opinion and seems very fan service-y.
PS5 outselling Switch OLED is really an empty victory considering the fact that the original Switch is still selling quite well. It was much more impressive when the PS5 family outsold the Switch family:
Awesome. Such is the Power of Fire Emblem!
Crazy that Scarlet/Violet could reach 5million in one year whereas it took Mario Kart 8 Deluxe like 4ish years
@Arawn93 well that and Engaged is the better game
@Joker1234 I mean digital sales existed for 3H too since 3H launch. We don’t know how much either game sold on Eshop so it’s a moot point to bring that up without any information.
What we do know is that Engage launched with what…? A roughly 3x larger install base to work with compared to when 3H launched? Attach rate wise 3H ended up being more impressive and even if Engage had “a lot of that is in Eshop sales” it still should have bled over and notably increased physical sales when it’s in Japan of all places.
@liljmoore depends if you care about combat and nothing else. That definitely isn’t my preference when I play role playing games like Engage since I would just play stuff like Space Invaders if I just cared about raw gameplay and nothing else.
In my playthough I ended up still preferring 3H overall for the more balanced approach of decent story, characters, replayability, side social content, and combat. Engage felt like they marginally improved combat and visuals compared to 3H, but as a tradeoff everything else went down the toilet in quality
The Switch is split between three popular SKUs, whereas the PS5 All-Digital doesn't appear to be all that attractive to this market, so I'm not shocked the main PS5 model is selling more. This will definitely start happening more when stuff like Final Fantasy XVI, Monster Hunter World 2, etc. releases. And, you know, the Switch is practically six years old. It has to stop selling someday, right?
Still, good on Sony for gaining some ground in Japan, even if people don't appear to be buying very many games to go alongside their new home consoles. Which makes me wonder if people are all just grabbing digital games, playing their older stuff like Monster Hunter World, or if re-sellers are snatching up stock and shipping them out overseas.
@Ralizah Usually console sales figure started dwindling around the console's 5th, 6th, or 7th year due to these reasons:
1) The next gen console successor are usually announced or present during that time.
2) Game releases for the current gen system had slow down.
3) Everyone at that point probably already own one or two or multiple version of that console.
4) Dev kit for next gen successor are sent out so devs reduce support for current gen with focus more on the next gen successor.
5) First and third party supports (warranty service, online service, retail service, gaming events, etc.) are slowly and quietly getting discontinued.
@Serpenterror Realistically, hardware sales usually start to slump pretty significantly better the third-party support drops off, which is why console makers often drop prices on the hardware in its twilight years. No amount of compelling new software can help a console escape the impact of market saturation. With Switch apparently speeding past 120 million units now and showing relatively little slowdown, I'm kinda curious how far Nintendo can push it.
The Switch sold more, though. OLED is not a next gen Nintendo console. They should count both oled and normal Switch sales together.
So... 38,602 people bought a PS5 and 0.14 copies of Gran Turismo 7 each? How is the console suddenly on top without any games also dominating the charts?? Weird.
@Olliemar28 I was just amused by the pyrrhic victory.
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