PS4 Beats Switch Again in Japan; Mario + Rabbids and Gintama Win Software – Media Create
For the second week in a row, the PS4 is at the top of Japanese hardware sales after a Holiday season of overwhelming Switch domination.
Today is Wednesday, and Media Create released its weekly sales chart for both hardware and software, giving us a picture of the situation on the Japanese video game market.
Below you can see the software chart related to the period between January 15th and January 21st.
- Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – Switch – 66,692/New
- Gintama Rumble – PS4 – 38,443/New
- Splatoon 2 – Switch – 28,691/1,946,033
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Switch – 26, 365/1,264,800
- Gintama Rumble – PS Vita – 23,417/New
- Dissidia Final Fantasy NT – PS4 – 20,433/126,100
- Super Mario Odyssey – Switch – 18,972/1,555,312
- Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon – 3DS – 16,790/1,515,299
- Mario Party: The Top 100 – 3DS – 11,454/135,773
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch – 9,502/824,728
- Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Sword/Magnum – 3DS – 9,262/483,098
- Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition – PS4 – 7,908/7,908
- Earth Defense Force 5 – PS4 – 6,472/218,602
- Call of Duty: WWII – PS4 – 5,890/375,084
- ARMS – Switch – 4, 951/351,631
- 1-2-Switch – Switch – 4,401/382,320
- Pokkén Tournament DX – Switch – 4,311/209,965
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo – 3DS – 3,405/365,914
- Valkyria Chronicles Remastered (New Price Version) – PS4 – 3,346/New
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Switch – 3,081/175,757
You can also check out the hardware chart:
- Switch – 43,027
- PS4 – 37,572
- PS4 Pro – 14,935
- New 2DS XL – 7,302
- PS Vita – 4,256
- New 3DS XL – 3,563
- Xbox One X – 1,285
- 2DS – 1,250
- Xbox One – 103
For the second week in a row, the PS4 managed to grab the top of the hardware charts after over a month of unrivaled Switch domination during the Japanese Holiday season. Sony’s console sold 52,507 units in a week between standard and Pro models, while the Switch sold a very respectable 43,027 units.
Japan seems to be gearing up for the release of Monster Hunter World this week, so savvy gamers may be grabbing a PS4 earlier, in order to avoid possible shortages when the ten-ton gorilla drops. On the other hand, it’s also very possible that the Switch may be suffering from shortages as well, as shipments ramp down following the Holiday onslaught.
On the software side, Ubisoft and Nintendo have reasons to celebrate, with a solid launch for Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle selling 66,692 copies on Switch. Counting both PS4 and PS Vita SKUs, Gintama Rumble would actually be at the top, with 76,886 units sold, which is a pretty good debut for a Musou-style anime game.
Interestingly, Xbox One X also got a small bump, possibly thanks to increased availability in the country.
If you want to compare, you can also check out the prior week’s results.