Pokémon Scarlet & Violet went on sale 2 months ago and week after week they managed to maintain their first position on the sales list in Japan thanks to a sales rate never seen in a title in that place. However, a new exclusive Nintendo game amused him and snatched his glory shortly before breaking an important record.
Sales of Pokémon Scarlet & Violet were on the decline, like those of any title that has been on the market for more than 2 months. Although he had managed to hold on to the top spot, a rival powerful enough to take the crown from him debuted last week, Fire Emblem Engage.
The new title from Intelligent Systems sold 144,558 units in its 3 days of release, compared to the 43,983 that Game Freak’s games sold last week, which ran from January 16 to 22, 2023, as reported by Famitsu (via Gematsu ).
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After this first defeat, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet broke their 9-week streak at the top of sales in Japan and were left wanting to unseat the legendary Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
So, the all-time leader board goes like this:
Animal Crossing: New Horizons — 13 consecutive weeks Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! — 12 consecutive weeks Pokémon Scarlet & Violet — 9 consecutive weeks
Fire Emblem Engage sold a lot, but it was little for the series
Compared to Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the previous installment in the franchise, Fire Emblem Engage sold 1,428 more units in its debut week. Despite this growth, this is a very weak launch considering that Fire Emblem: Three Houses was released in 2019, when there were far fewer Nintendo Switch games.
All in all, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet would very likely have remained at the top if it hadn’t been for Fire Emblem Engage, since in the coming weeks there was no major release for Nintendo Switch or any strong release for Japanese lands in general and most likely sales of Fire Emblem Engage go flat. But that’s how it is, a week is enough to do evil and so Fire Emblem Engage stained the impeccable sales record of Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.
Below we leave you with the list of software sales in physical format and hardware.
In case you missed it: Pokémon Scarlet & Violet sold in just 8 weeks what Pokémon Sword & Shield sold in more than 3 years.
Fire Emblem Engage — 144,558
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet — 43,983
Splatoon 3 — 16,091
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — 13,857
Nintendo Switch Sports — 9220
Minecraft — 8146
Mario Party Superstars — 6009
Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! — 5942
Gran Turismo 7 — 5468
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — 5327
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