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Pokemon Legends: Arceus Tops the Japanese Charts, Chocobo GP Enters the Charts

Pokemon Legends: Arceus Tops the Japanese Charts, Chocobo GP Enters the Charts - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 March 2022 / 3,150 Views

Pokemon Legends: Arceus (NS) has taken first place on the retail charts in Japan with sales of 34,362 units, according to Famitsu for the week ending March 13, 2022. 

Elden Ring (PS4) is up from fourth to second place with sales of 30,341 units. The PS5 version has fallen out of the top 10.

Gran Turismo 7 (PS4) fell from second to third place with sales of 20,806 units. The PS5 version dropped from second to eighth place as it sold 10,106 units.

Chocobo GP (NS) debuted in sixth place with sales of 12,414 units. .hack//G.U. Last Recode (NS) debuted in seventh place with sales of 11,097 units. 

There are seven Nintendo Switch games in the top 10, two PlayStation 4 games, and one PlayStation 5 game.

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling platform with 97,706 units sold. The PlayStation 5 sold 16,286 units, the Xbox Series X|S sold 1,962 units, the 3DS sold 461 units, and the PlayStation 4 sold 16 units.

Here is the complete top 10:

    1. [NSW] Pokemon Legends: Arceus (The Pokemon Company, 01/28/22) – 34,362 (2,154,392)
    2. [PS4] Elden Ring (FromSoftware, 02/25/22) – 30,341 (274,141)
    3. [PS4] Gran Turismo 7 (SIE, 03/04/22) – 20,806 (85,371)
    4. [NSW] Triangle Strategy (Square Enix, 03/04/22) – 17,380 (103,678)
    5. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 13,038 (4,483,464)
    6. [NSW] Chocobo GP (Square Enix, 03/10/22) – 12,414 (New)
    7. [NSW] .hack//G.U. Last Recode (Bandai Namco, 03/10/22) – 11,097 (New)
    8. [PS5] Gran Turismo 7 (SIE, 03/04/22) – 10,106 (83,505)
    9. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 9,815 (4,804,530)
    10. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 9,464 (2,551,664)

    Here is the hardware breakdown:

    1. Switch OLED Model – 51,933 (1,385,640)
    2. Switch – 30,381 (18,907,424)
    3. Switch Lite – 15,932 (4,624,750)
    4. PlayStation 5 – 14,764 (1,225,415)
    5. Xbox Series S – 1,588 (74,297)
    6. PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 1,522 (219,660)
    7. New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 461 (1,183,777)
    8. Xbox Series X – 374 (86,049)
    9. PlayStation 4 – 16 (7,819,369)

    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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    INCITATUSBR (on 17 March 2022)

    Elden Ring would be doing even better in case it could have been released to the Nintendo Switch.

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    Salnax INCITATUSBR (on 18 March 2022)

    The Switch has significantly worse specs than the PC minimum requirements for Elden Ring. 4 GB of RAM vs 12 GB required, a CPU that clocks in at 1.02 GHz rather the 3.8 GHz of the recommended ARM Cortex-A53, a GPU that maxes out at 768 instead of the AMD Radeon RX 580's 1257 MHz, and Switch Game Cards are only 32GB compared to a 60 GB file size.

    And again, these are the MINIMUM PC requirements. Sure, in practice you can tailor fit things for consoles in ways that you can't for PC's.

    There are a number of games being released on PC and other consoles that could be ported to the Switch. Elden Ring is NOT one of them.

    Think of it this way: Doom Eternal on the Switch is practically considered a miracle, barely meets the requirements of a constant 30 FPS, was ported by goddamn wizards, and even it doesn't come close to being as technically demanding as Elden Ring is.

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    INCITATUSBR Salnax (on 18 March 2022)

    nice details!! I think Nintendo needs a bigger 'boat' to run Elden Ring =)

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    arkham76 Salnax (on 18 March 2022)

    Elden Ring may be played in cloud mode on Switch also on others platform like Stadia. In my opinion cloud streaming game on every device is the better way to play games.

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    arkham76 Mar1217 (on 22 March 2022)

    De gustibus, I play very well on Cloud and I prefer cloud to the archaic clutter of a console

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