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Demon Slayer Tops the Japanese Charts, Switch Sells 72,944 Units

Demon Slayer Tops the Japanese Charts, Switch Sells 72,944 Units - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 21 October 2021 / 4,342 Views

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles (PS4) has debuted in first place on the retail charts in Japan with sales of 94,849 units, according to Famitsu for the week ending October 17, 2021. The PS5 version debuted in third place with sales of 20,187 units.

Metroid Dread (NS) dropped from first to second place with sales of 22,221 units. 

The Idolmaster: Starlit Season (PS4) debuted in fourth place with sales of 15,597 units. Back 4 Blood (PS4) debuted in fifth place with sales of 13,112 units. Monark (NS) debuted in sixth place with sales of 10,521 units.

Five of the top 10 are games for the Nintendo Switch, four are for the PlayStation 4, and one is for the PlayStation 5.

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling platform with 72,944 units sold. The PlayStation 5 sold 18,709 units, the Xbox Series X|S sold 4,187 units, the PlayStation 4 sold 613 units, and the 3DS sold 373 units.

Here is the complete top 10:

    1. [PS4] Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles (Aniplex, 10/14/21) – 94,849 (New)
    2. [NSW] Metroid Dread (Nintendo, 10/08/21) – 22,221 (109,019)
    3. [PS5] Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Hinokami Chronicles (Aniplex, 10/14/21) – 20,187 (New)
    4. [PS4] The Idolmaster: Starlit Season (Bandai Namco, 10/14/21) – 15,597 (New)
    5. [PS4] Back 4 Blood (Warner Bros. Games, 10/12/21) – 13,112 (New)
    6. [NSW] Monark (FuRyu, 10/14/21) – 10,521 (New)
    7. [PS4] Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft, 10/07/21) – 9,917 (44,136)
    8. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 9,648 (2,234,813)
    9. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 9,615 (4,095,124)
    10. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 9,402 (4,460,356)

    Here is the hardware breakdown:

    1. Switch OLED Model – 32,494 (170,903)
    2. Switch – 30,869 (17,229,015)
    3. PlayStation 5 – 16,580 (939,509)
    4. Switch Lite – 9,581 (4,098,365)
    5. Xbox Series S – 3,553 (41,860)
    6. PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 2,129 (180,103)
    7. Xbox Series X – 634 (64,918)
    8. PlayStation 4 – 613 (7,814,080)
    9. New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 373 (1,175,323)

    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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    Salnax (on 23 October 2021)

    IMO, the big story of the week is Demon Slayer selling only selling about 115k copies, despite how huge that series was last year. That's less than One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 last year, which itself was a big decline from the original's first week of over 600k back in 2012. JoJo's All-Star Battle did 390k its first week back in 2013.

    Anime games haven't been selling that well on PlayStation consoles since the PS4 failed to fully replace the PS3. At this point, releasing a Japan-oriented game like this and NOT including a Switch version is insanity.

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    Kakadu18 Salnax (on 24 October 2021)

    I think people also got tired of cheap anime tie-in arena

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    Salnax Kakadu18 (on 24 October 2021)

    That wouldn't necessarily explain how even higher quality and non-arena fighter anime games on PlayStation have done less well in recent years (Dragon Ball FighterZ, the Super Robot Wars series, etc.

    Though speaking of cheap anime tie-in arena fighters, the My Hero Academia games sold about three times as well on the Switch as the PS4. So make of that what you will.

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    SvenTheTurkey (on 21 October 2021)

    Dread is inching its way towards outselling fusion. Should definitely make it in about a month.

    Guessing the OLED is in short supply?

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    Salnax SvenTheTurkey (on 23 October 2021)

    That, the big and retailers might be holding onto a few in reserve for the holiday season, seeing how the big Holiday games are yet to come out (Mario Party & Pokemon).

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    SvenTheTurkey Salnax (on 23 October 2021)

    That's a good theory about putting out more stock around the big releases. Idk about the holidays. That's a little farther out in Japan than in other parts of the world.

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