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Week 46 of 2020 was very special for the video game industry, as it witnessed the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S, which took place in various parts of the world. One of the markets that received these consoles that week was the Japanese, which welcomed the PlayStation 5 especially well to such a degree that it ended an incredibly long streak of the Nintendo Switch.
As we mentioned a couple of days ago, according to sales estimates in Japan, the PlayStation 5 had sold just over 118,000 units at its premiere and today, thanks to information from Famitsu (via Gematsu), it was detailed that 103,901 units of That amount was achieved by the standard model of the PlayStation 5, while the digital model sold 14,181 consoles. With this, the model with reader put an end to the streak of the Nintendo Switch family, since since 2017 it did not leave the first place. The original model was only superseded a few weeks last year by its younger brother, the Nintendo Switch Lite, and together they sold 116,267 units last week, compared to the PlayStation 5, which with its 2 models reached 118,085 units sold.
You may be thinking that sales were very closed and indeed they are, but you must take into account that the sales of the Nintendo Switch were for the entire week, while only the sales of the first 4 days of the premiere of the PlayStation 5 were recorded. However, the good performance of the Nintendo Switch should be highlighted, which despite competing against next generation consoles, the 2 models of the system combined sold more than 100,000 units.
In case you missed it: the premiere of the PlayStation 5 was overwhelming in the United Kingdom and the supply did not cover all the demand.
The PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console in Japan
Although Microsoft would not give details of the sales figures of the Xbox Series X | S, it is possible to see how it performed in Japan thanks to Famitsu, which revealed that the Xbox Series X was the best seller (16,247) than the Xbox Series S (4287) and together they sold almost 5 times less than the standard model of the PlayStation 5. You may think that the sales were very few, but you must take into account that the brand does not have a strong presence in the region, also, apparently it had a good performance for Microsoft, because let’s remember that pre-sales were sold out in the region.
Naturally, the powerful premiere of the PlayStation 5 was reflected in the list of best-selling games, as the best-selling game was Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and it was followed by Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, although it is important to say that they were the versions for PlayStation 4 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales was also featured on the list in its PlayStation 4 editions and the Ultimate Edition for PlayStation 5.
Another title that caught the attention of the Japanese public was Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, an interesting action game with rice cultivation mechanics, as the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch versions were on the list. The Nintendo Switch version of Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory also made it into the top 10 best-selling games.
We leave you with the sales lists below.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War – 84,475 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla – 45,055 Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (Nintendo Switch) – 32,906 Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 32,585 Pikmin 3 Deluxe – 31,073 Ring Fit Adventure – 24,115 Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (PlayStation 4) – 22,955 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PlayStation 4) – 22,882 Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory (Nintendo Switch) – 22,813 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition (PlayStation 5) – 18,640
PlayStation 5 – 103,901 Nintendo Switch – 93,671 Nintendo Switch Lite – 22,596 Xbox Series X – 16,247 PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 14,181 Xbox Series S – 4287 PlayStation 4 – 2903 New Nintendo 2DS LL – 474 PlayStation 4 Pro – 71 New Nintendo 3DS LL – 23 Xbox One X – 14 Xbox One S – 11
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