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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Tops the Japanese Charts

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Tops the Japanese Charts - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 29 July 2021 / 2,431 Views

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (NS) has remained in first place on the retail charts in Japan with sales of 42,642 units, according to Famitsu for the week ending July 25, 2021. 

Crayon Shin-chan: Ora to Hakase no Natsuyasumi – Owaranai Nanokakan no Tabi (NS) remained in second place with sales of 22,815 units. Minecraft (NS) is up from sixth to third place with sales of 17,031 units.

Ring Fit Adventure (NS) is up from fifth to fourth place with sales of 16,169 units. Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (NS) dropped from third to fifth place with sales of 16,017 units.

 eBaseball Pro Baseball Spirits 2021: Grand Slam (NS) dropped to sixth place with sales of 14,732 units. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS) is in seventh place with sales of 12,972 units. Game Builder Garage (NS) is in eighth place with sales of 12,949 units. 

The entire top 10 are games for the Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling platform with 69,738 units sold. The PlayStation 5 sold 18,114 units, the Xbox Series X|S sold 4,684 units, the PlayStation 4 sold 1,685 units, and the 3DS sold 491 units.

Here is the complete top 10:

    1. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Nintendo, 07/16/21) – 42,642 (201,731)
    2. [NSW] Crayon Shin-chan: Ora to Hakase no Natsuyasumi – Owaranai Nanokakan no Tabi (Neos, 07/15/21) – 22,815 (130,134)
    3. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 17,031 (2,073,587)
    4. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo, 10/18/19) – 16,169 (2,710,271)
    5. [NSW] Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (Capcom, 07/09/21) – 16,017 (185,804)
    6. [NSW] eBaseball Pro Baseball Spirits 2021: Grand Slam (Konami, 07/08/21) – 14,732 (142,040)
    7. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 12,972 (3,932,225)
    8. [NSW] Game Builder Garage (Nintendo, 06/11/21) – 12,949 (181,336)
    9. [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! (Konami, 11/19/20) – 10,984 (2,280,841)
    10. [NSW] Mario Golf: Super Rush (Nintendo, 06/25/21) – 10,397 (150,184)

    Here is the hardware breakdown:

    1. Switch – 56,922 (16,657,441)
    2. Switch Lite – 12,816 (3,972,012)
    3. PlayStation 5 – 14,709 (767,726)
    4. PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 3,405 (149,836)
    5. Xbox Series S – 2,422 (18,660)
    6. Xbox Series X – 2,262 (49,058)
    7. PlayStation 4 – 1,685 (7,799,167)
    8. New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 491 (1,169,054)

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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    Yassgragra (on 02 August 2021)

    Some strong numbers for X/S! Any reason why it’s performing well?

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    shikamaru317 Yassgragra (on 03 August 2021)

    The demand has been there since it released, has been such a hot ticket item that it has been sold by scalpers in Japan ever since it released. But about 7 weeks ago Microsoft suddenly increased their shipment sizes for Japan considerably, from about 500 per week to anywhere from 1k-4.6k per week, and the demand is still high enough that all of those larger shipments are selling out quickly.

    As for reasoning for the increased demand over Xbox One last gen, I'd say it's a combination of several factors:

    -PS5 is severely supply constrained and it can be somewhat easier for people in Japan to get a Series S or X than a PS5. If people get too tired of waiting around for a PS5 they might pounce on an Xbox if they walk into a store and see one on the shelves.

    -Phil Spencer spent the entire last generation trying to rebuild Microsoft's relationship with Japanese developers after his predecessor Don Mattrick pretty much abandoned Japan in 2010 in favor of pushing Kinect in the west. Those efforts by Phil have resulted in much better 3rd party JP support for Xbox Series than Xbox One had early last gen.

    -The value proposition of Xbox Gamepass, being able to play all 1st and 2nd party exclusives day one, most 3rd party exclusives day one, and a large selection of older 1st, 2nd, and 3rd party games (including several JP 3rd party games), all for one low price of ¥850 per month or ¥1,100 per month for Gamepass Ultimate. That goes hand in hand with Series S being cheaper than PS5 digital.

    -The huge size of PS5 (I've heard that Japanese people tend to like smaller products, so with both Series S and Series X being substantially smaller than PS5, that may be a factor for some JP gamers)

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    TheBraveGallade shikamaru317 (on 04 August 2021)

    also: most people have a switch at this point in japan, from a switch owner xboxseries might be a better proposition

    but thats just my 2 cents

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    Yassgragra shikamaru317 (on 10 August 2021)

    Thanks! That makes sense.

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