This week's Japanese charts are now in from Famitsu and it's yet another win for Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe which once again comes out on top this time around, selling 16,458 copies (thanks, Gematsu).
If you are thinking that this seems lower than previous weeks, you would be correct (the game had 21,014 sales last week), but with the absence of any new titles in the top ten, the chart is mostly undisturbed. The PS4 version of Resident Evil 4 beat its PS5 counterpart to second place this week and the rest of the table is a Nintendo-fest.
The usual suspects of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Splatoon 3 and Minecraft continue to sell well, but this week also sees a reappearance from both Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Mario Party Superstars which land in ninth and tenth positions with weekly sale numbers of 4,916 and 4,019 respectively.
Full the full rundown, here's your look at the week's Japanese software top ten:
- [NSW] Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe (Nintendo, 02/24/23) – 16,458 (373,615)
- [PS4] Resident Evil 4 (Capcom, 03/24/23) – 11,472 (113,447)
- [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 9,991 (5,234,484)
- [NSW] Pokemon Scarlet / Pokemon Violet (The Pokemon Company, 11/18/22) – 9,812 (4,981,875)
- [NSW] Splatoon 3 (Nintendo, 09/09/22) – 8,712 (3,978,347)
- [PS5] Resident Evil 4 (Capcom, 03/24/23) – 8,301 (116,473)
- [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 7,718 (3,098,860)
- [NSW] Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo, 04/29/22) – 5,556 (1,050,826)
- [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 4,916 (5,160,598)
- [NSW] Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo, 10/29/21) – 4,019 (1,208,034)
Over on the hardware side of things, this week sees Sony's PS5 narrowly secure first place with 39,836 sales, putting it ahead of the Switch OLED's 37,536 — though solid figures from the standard Switch and Switch Lite add up to a higher number than the combined total of all PlayStation models.
The remaining standings are as you might expect, jumping between Sony and Nintendo models with the Xbox Series X/S and New 2DS XL bringing up the rear.
Here's the Japanese hardware charts for this week:
- PlayStation 5 – 39,836 (2,826,327)
- Switch OLED Model – 37,536 (4,181,349)
- Switch – 8,991 (19,261,351)
- PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 6,369 (455,911)
- Switch Lite – 5,983 (5,270,208)
- PlayStation 4 – 1,211 (7,864,825)
- Xbox Series X – 739 (184,436)
- Xbox Series S – 178 (251,277)
- New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 64 (1,191,170)
Let us know what you make of this week's Japanese charts in the comments below.
[source famitsu.com, via gematsu.com]
If I were a Sony executive that software list would infuriate me.
Kirby is a huge draw in Japan, can’t say I’m surprised here
@Cashews these lists only count physical sales and the majority of sony sales are digital..while the majority of nintendo sales are physical..
@johnedwin Really? Because Japanese people like digital shops- but only if they own a Playstation? Because, when I base sales on data that have no facts to back it up, that makes total sense.
Love to see Kirby on top of the charts, but also happy to see Mario Party Superstars back in the top 10 even if barely!
@JimNorman There's a typo in the Nintendo Switch Sports numbers.
@Cashews i am just saying that the majority of ps sales are digital everywhere not only in japan..these charts have to include digital sales somehow to have a accurate count..
@johnedwin Again, with no data to back up your claims, the claims are meaningless. Even if it were true, statistically it would likely mirror this very list.
Unimpressed with your flimsy report - As a Sony executive I would throw all of my overpaid salarymen off of the top floor in a brilliant hail of screams and loose papers - falling like horrible rain on the passerbys below. My anger would be legend in Japan for the next 75 years.
@johnedwin lol Nintendo sales are still high digital in Japan even if their physicals sell more. The Sony software sales are low in Japan because there is very little appealing titles.
Right now it’s pretty much just RE4 temporarily for Sony just like how it was Hogwarts Legacy not that long ago.
They would have more games appear on the list if they had more games that appealed to Japanese more. Even the Vita managed to do that often enough.
@Arawn93 well i expect final fantasy 16 to sell a lot in japan..
Minecraft in the top again... Minecraft's Switch version is one of the worst available versions of Minecraft. And it's becomes worse with every update, it seems... Though, people still can't stop buying Minecraft on Switch. Can we compare Minecraft's Switch version to DOOM's 3DO version?
From this top 10, i have:
Of these, the only game I still want to play is Mario Kart 8 (balloon battle mode) with my wife.
I have very different taste than the Japanese audience. That's why I don't care about these numbers! I have nothing to do with Japan, although my wife is Japanese, she also has a very different taste in games than the Japanese public. At this very moment, as I type, my wife is playing Mortal Kombat 11 online (on Steam using her AMAZING Gamer Desktop) and slaughtering a bunch of people lol (Yes, she plays well and also participates in championships).
Soon I'll be playing Raiden Legacy online on Steam, on my gaming PC, with a friend. We are trying to make the 5 most difficult achievements of all time. These collection games do not have infinite lives and continues. You have 9 lives and you have to finish the game, and without dying in the last stage and the last boss. We've been trying for almost 60 hours! And you have to do this in 4 games! heheh I love it! So much fun! Only 1 person did it (worldwide...you can see it in the ranking list: only 1 person did 100.000.000+). Haaaaard
I wonder how the Japanese consumers will react to Sony's new remote play handheld coming soon for the PS5. Also how come Steam Deck sales numbers doesn't appeared here, I'm sure Valve already open shop for Japanese customers to purchase Steam Deck since December 2022.
A click >
Bullet points >
I own 40% of the games I don't share in common with the Japanese >
A 3 paragraph personal diary>
all of this equals
"I don't care" [?]
Nintendo advertising made me buy 40% of these top 10. But only 10% amuse me, the rest of the games are very boring.
My taste is very different from the Japanese. So I don't care or get excited about these numbers.
This is what we like. This is what amuses us. (emphasis on these paragraphs)
I keep forgetting they still sell the 3DS in Japan
@johnedwin well why are the console sales low also then? I think not. 24 millions switch consoles. Of course the charts will be full of nintendo games.
@JAGleics you do know their are more then 28 million nintendo switches in japan and less then 3 million ps5
@Drmarioland They don't. Production of the 3DS ended in Sept 2020. Just seems to be 3DS's that the stores reporting to Famitsu, have left in stock.
@Hyrule thanks for letting me know
@johnedwin I sure hope it does with the amount of money and marketing this game is getting. It’s a high profile PS5 exclusive [PS5 still doesn’t have too many of those] which hopefully will give the Japanese Sony playerbase some life.
@johnedwin FYI even back when Switch had that similar install base [few million~ in Japan] they still had their software rank in the top 10 at a regular basis. Especially when the Vita was being faded away as a regular guest along with the 3DS
It’s a fact that Japanese gamers are more comfortable with handheld gaming and especially fond of the plethora of exclusive Nintendo IP which is incentive to buy the hardware and buy more of the software.
PS5 can have a 50 million install base tomorrow in Japan and I can still see a Nintendo domination software wise because Sony still has the core issue of very little exclusive high profile Japanese audience pandering games [FFXVI is first one that is remotely that in awhile and Japanese has been complaining it’s a Western RPG] + the disadvantage of being restricted to a living room/bedroom when Japanese often game on their 3DS/Switch/Phone on their public transport systems.
@johnedwin that makes no sense to you saying sony digital sales are high.
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