NieR was a cult game, from a director of cult games with no history of mainstream success. Platinum Games is a studio that has largely never made a game that was actually commercially successful. So NieR Automata, a new NieR game that was being made by Platinum, had three times the likelihood of simply not working out as far as commercial success goes.
And yet, according to the newest report on sales performance by Media Create, it seems like the game has had a surprisingly strong showing, selling almost 200,000 copies in Japan in its debut week. NieR topped software charts, ahead of fellow debutant Super Robot Wars 5 (it actually sold more than the PS4 and PS Vita versions of those games put together), and also caused a spike in PS4 hardware sales, which sold 43,500 units last week.
All in all, it looks like the PS4 has stabilized in Japan, and console gaming seems to be making a minor resurgence in the country. This is good to see, especially ahead of the launch of the Nintendo Switch on Friday. NieR, meanwhile, launches in the west next month.