Marvel’s Spider-Man Dominates Japan for the Third Consecutive Week According to Media Create

For the third week in a row, Marvel's Spider-Man for PS4 has dominated the Japanese software market, while Switch remains at the top of hardware.

on September 26, 2018 10:47 AM

It’s normally very challenging for western games to land a the top of the Japanese sales charts by Media Create in their debut week, but doing so for three consecutive weeks is a rather epic feat. Insomniac Games’ Marvel’s Spider-Man did it, as you can see in the software chart below, showcasing the period between September 17th and September 23rd.

As usual, the first number associated with each game represents its weekly sales, while the second shows its lifetime sales.

  1. Marvel’s Spider-Man – PS4 – 38,065/244,051
  2. Steins;Gate Elite – PS4 – 13,433/New
  3. Minecraft – Switch – 13,317/291,062
  4. Steins;Gate Elite – Switch – 13,305/New
  5. Splatoon 2 – Switch – 13,205/2,631,538
  6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Switch – 10,288/1,768,152
  7. Shadow of the Tomb Raider – PS4 – 8,239/40,410
  8. Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 – PS4 – 5,945/109,640
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch – 5,910/1,117,445
  10. Conan Exiles – PS4 – 5,822/74,579
  11. Xenoblade 2: Torna the Golden Country – Switch – 5,697/New
  12. F1 2018 – PS4 – 5,517/New
  13. Atelier Arland Series Deluxe Pack – PS4 – 5,341/New
  14. Nintendo Labo Toy Con 03 – Drive Kit – Switch – 5,266/16,926
  15. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! – Switch – 5,103/200,542
  16. Mario Tennis Aces – Switch – 4,892/348,492
  17. Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon – 3DS – 4,467/1,729,450
  18. Super Mario Odyssey – Switch – 3,971/1,817,116
  19. Kirby Star Allies – Switch – 3,732/618,914
  20. Steins;Gate Elite – PS Vita – 3,704/3,704

Following, you can check out the hardware chart:

  1. Switch: 37,733
  2. PS4: 11,661
  3. New 2DS XL: 4,563
  4. PS4 Pro: 4,332
  5. PS Vita: 2,718
  6. New 3DS XL – 2,130
  7. 2DS – 407
  8. Xbox One X – 75
  9. Xbox One – 28

Not even Steins;Gate Elite combining all three platforms (PS4, Switch, and PS Vita) could come close to the local success of Insomniac’s Spider-Man open-world adventure, which is now close to 250,000 units sold in Japan. That’s a very respectable milestone for a game developed in the west.

While the popularity of the Marvel universe in general and that of Spider-Man, in particular, isn’t certainly minimal in Japan, this probably helped more in the debut week, while continued sales are more likely to be the result of positive reviews and word of mouth.

If you want to compare, you can check out last week’s charts.

 /  Executive News Editor
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.