Famitsu Says 95% of Consoles Sold in Japan Last Week Were Nintendo Switch’s
According to Famitsu reports, the Nintendo Switch continues to carry console sales in Japan, accounting for 95% of all consoles sold in the country last week. While the Nintendo Switch sold 25 times more than what the PS4 sold, Pokémon Sword and Shield sold the best in the software category with another 382,500 copies. Shenmue III which just launched on November 19th but it’s in fourth place in sales with less than 18,000 units sold. With Pokémon and the Nintendo Switch seeing such success in Japan, it’s likely the console exclusives are continuing to drive hardware sales.
The following are Famitsu’s list of top sellers in Japan last week (lifetime sales in bracket):
- Pokémon Sword and Shield – 382,540 (1,740,084)
- Ring Fit Adventure – 26,141 (290,081)
- Luigi’s Mansion 3 – 23,872 (258,919)
- Shenmue III – 17,857 (new)
- Death Stranding – 12,520 (235,811)
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – 10,321 (37,082)
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 – 8,826 (51,582)
- Super Mario Party – 8,576 (1,154,354)
- Minecraft – 8,512 (1,011,672)
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 7,360 (2,533,458)
It’s clear that although Game Freak offended many gamers with the national Pokédex controversy, they’re continuing to sell Pokémon without issue. We hope the success of Sword and Shield drives an even more spectacular followup. Although Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has fluctuated in sales since it released, it remains the best selling Nintendo Switch title of all time. It’s likely that if Pokémon continues to top sales charts, it will catch up eventually.
The hardware Famitsu sales list is far smaller than the software list, with the PS Vita remaining on the list despite lacking the support it once had:
- Nintendo Switch – 179,992
- PS4 – 7,073
- Nintendo 3DS – 1,073
- Xbox One – 110
- PS Vita – 23
Although the PS4 remains the best selling console of this generation, the Nintendo Switch is on track to dethrone it as their sales remain consistent while PlayStation’s have dipped. Are you a gamer with a Nintendo Switch or was Pokémon still not enough to win you over? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Gaming Bolt