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Pokemon Sword and Shield Top Japanese Charts Again in Spite of Sales Dip

The Switch is once again the best-selling system.


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Famitsu has released its weekly data for video game software and hardware sales in Japan. Sales were down in both fronts – which makes sense, since the Holiday boost that software and hardware sales enjoyed for a while is now winding down. Just like every week since its release though, Pokemon Sword and Shield was top of the charts once again, selling over 71,000 units. 

Additionally, for the third consecutive week, there was no PS4 games in the top 10, with every entry being a Switch release. Many of these games were the titles we’ve become used to seeing in these charts over the weeks, including the likes of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Minecraft, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Ring Fit Adventure, Super Mario Party, and more. 

On the hardware front, Famitsu has compiled data for two weeks together, since last week’s charts did not include any hardware sales figures. As such, this data is for the entirety of 2020 so far, up until January 12. This period saw the Switch selling a whopping 401,000 units. The PS4 trails by a considerable distance with over 65,000 units sold.

You can check out the full software and hardware charts below.

Software sales (followed by lifetime sales)

01. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield – 71,695 / 3,256,754
02. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 14.100 / 2,725,304
03. [NSW] Luigi’s Mansion 3 – 11,639 / 570,071
04. [NSW] Minecraft – 15,845 / 1,208,747 
05. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 14,129 / 3,510,455
06. [NSW] Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch – 15,757 / 91,908
07. [NSW] Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 – 8,774 / 248,507
08. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure – 21,498 / 547,569 
09. [NSW] Super Mario Party – 9,560 / 1,311,173
10. [NSW] Fishing Spirits: Nintendo Switch Version – 5,233 / 372,933

Hardware sales (January 1 – January 12)

Nintendo Switch – 401,128
PS4 – 65,603
Xbox One – 245
Nintendo 3DS – 5,493

[Via ResetEra]