Japan continues to make the switch.
Another week, another round of video game hardware and software sales charts from Japan. This week saw the release of the PS4 exclusive Fist of the North Star from Sega, the new adaptation of the popular property using the Yakuza style of gameplay. Though the game had a relatively underwhelming debut with only 123,000 units sold, it nevertheless managed to top charts, pushing Monster Hunter World to number 2 (the first week that Capcom’s monstrous success hasn’t topped charts in Japan since its release).
Nintendo evergreens such as Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Super Mario Odyssey, all ended up charting in the top ten as well. This persistent strong performance from Switch software ensured the system ended up topping hardware chats with 45,000 units sold, in spite of no new game release. PS4 came in at second place, with 28,000 units, with the 3DS, selling 10,000 units, came in at third place.
The next few weeks should be interesting- Kirby Star Allies finally launches, giving the Switch its first major release in Japan in the last few months. Will the console see its sales increase even more, or will they hold steady? It should be interesting to see it all unfold, that’s for sure.