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Switch Continues to Dominate the Japanese Charts

Switch Continues to Dominate the Japanese Charts - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 16 December 2021 / 2,951 Views

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl (NS) has remained in first place on the retail charts in Japan with sales of 130,772 units, according to Famitsu for the week ending December 12, 2021. 

Mario Party Superstars (NS) is in second place with sales of 53,824 units. Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain (NS) is in third place with sales of 33,092. Minecraft (NS) is in fourth place with sales of 26,256 units.

The entire top 10 are games for the Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling platform with 192,335 units sold and accounted for 98.8 percent of all consoles sold for the week. The PlayStation 5 sold 1,470 units, the Xbox Series X|S sold 805 units, the 3DS sold 391 units, and the PlayStation 4 sold 103 units.

Switch Continues to Dominate the Japanese Charts

Here is the complete top 10:

    1. [NSW] Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl (The Pokemon Company, 11/19/21) – 130,772 (2,046,040)
    2. [NSW] Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo, 10/29/21) – 53,824 (459,001)
    3. [NSW] Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain (Nintendo, 12/03/21) – 33,092 (70,020)
    4. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 26,256 (2,336,145)
    5. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo, 03/20/20) – 23,786 (7,010,861)
    6. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 21,819 (4,191,268)
    7. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 20,364 (4,552,841)
    8. [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! (Konami, 11/19/20) – 14,709 (2,448,283)
    9. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo, 10/18/19) – 13,765 (2,956,485)
    10. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield (The Pokemon Company, 11/15/19) – 12,825 (4,227,847)

    Here is the hardware breakdown:

    1. Switch OLED Model – 90,076 (582,248)
    2. Switch – 59,460 (17,634,683)
    3. Switch Lite – 42,799 (4,327,684)
    4. PlayStation 5 – 1,020 (998,625)
    5. Xbox Series X – 450 (70,908)
    6. New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 391 (1,178,644)
    7. Xbox Series S – 355 (53,225)
    8. PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 113 (190,659)
    9. PlayStation 4 – 103 (7,819,116)

    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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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    5 Comments
    Uloveme (on 16 December 2021)

    Nintendo switch outsold Ps5 169 times. Sony now knows how Microsoft has felt all these years in japan

    • +7
    Legit (on 16 December 2021)

    Sony's officially dead in Japan

    • +4
    scrapking (on 17 December 2021)

    Interesting to see Series X outselling Series S some weeks, and the other way around other weeks. Is Series X supply constrained in Japan, and Series S not? Or do they get enough stock for the (comparably low) demand in that region of both consoles? Because one being supply constrained and the other not could be one explanation for it swinging back and forth.

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    Kakadu18 scrapking (on 18 December 2021)

    Afaik they both just instantly sell out.

    • +1
    scrapking Kakadu18 (on 20 December 2021)

    If so, I'm surprised Microsoft doesn't direct more units to Japan. It's a market that they've coveted for SO long, you'd think they'd want to strike when the iron is hot. A few thousand extra units sent to Japan would be a big percentage increase to Xbox success there, while being barely missed in North America or Europe (on a percentage basis).

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