Switch and PS4 Neck and Neck in Japan as Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 Tops Media Create

While Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball dominated the Japanese charts, God of War held pretty well. On the other hand, Nintendo Labo dropped quite a bit.

By Giuseppe Nelva

May 2, 2018

Today is Wednesday, and despite the Golden Week Holidays, the good folks at Media Create still pulled out their charts for the week related to the week between April 23rd and April 29th.

Below you can check out the software chart. As usual, the second number for each game represents its lifetime sales.

  1. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball – PS4 – 124,831/New
  2. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball – PS Vita – 58,435/New
  3. God of War – PS4 – 29,517/75,608
  4. Nintendo Labo – Variety Kit – Switch – 25,914/116,324
  5. Splatoon 2 – Switch – 18,664/2,267,587
  6. Kirby Star Allies – Switch – 17,950/451,439
  7. Utawarerumono: A Lullaby For Those Who Are Scattered – PS4 – 14,426/New
  8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Switch – 13,191/1,497,835
  9. SD Gundam G Generation Genesis – Switch – 11,975/New
  10. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II: Kai – The Erebonian Civil War – PS4 – 11,345/New
  11. The Snack World Trejarers Gold – Switch – 10,482/61,984
  12. Utawarerumono: A Lullaby For Those Who Are Scattered – PS4 – 8,591/New
  13. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch – 7,850/969,276
  14. Super Mario Odyssey – Switch – 7,244/1,704,766
  15.  Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy – Switch – 6,682/New
  16. Doukoku Soshite… – PS4 – 6,357/New
  17. Nintendo Labo – Robot Kit – Switch – 5,680/34,309
  18. Bravo Team – PS4 – 4,980/New
  19. Far Cry5 – PS4 – 4,430/127,388
  20. Ciest Skylines PlayStation 4 Edition – PS4 – 4,316/21,432

You can also check out the corresponding hardware chart:

  1. Switch – 38,752
  2. PS4 – 25,005
  3. PS4 Pro – 10,004
  4. PS Vita – 4,562
  5. New 2DS XL – 4,377
  6. New 3DS XL – 2,840
  7. 2DS – 516
  8. Xbox One – 123
  9. Xbox One X – 56

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On the hardware side, the Switch and the PS4 were pretty much neck and neck this week, but the Switch managed to get ahead despite the fact that PS4 sales, including PS4 Pro were almost three times as many as last week. Apparently, Sony’s console was short on supply, but now the situation has been solved with new shipments.

On the software side, the crown goes to Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018, which had a pretty solid launch across two platforms, even if it sold less than the 2016 edition due to the lack of a PS3 version.

God of War managed to overtake Nintendo Labo‘s Variety Kit in this week’s chart, holding rather well with almost 30,000 copies, probably thanks to the stellar reviews that are starting to filter through in Japan.

On the other hand, Labo seems to have shorter legs than the usual Nintendo first party franchise, with a the Variety Kit dropping to 4th place, and a collapse to 17th place for the Robot Kit. Considering that Nintendo shipped a lot more units to retailers, we’ll have to see if the Golden Week holidays help get them off the shelves and into the hands of Japanese kids.

Rounding the week off are a lot of remasters and ports, but as usual the Japanese audience didn’t really prove excessively interested in them. Only the remaster of Utawarerumono, and the PS4 version of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II managed to push beyond 10,000 units sold.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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