The Nintendo Switch since its launch in 2017 had managed to conquer audiences around the world. In Japan, however, its impact was stronger, as week after week it managed to place itself in first place. But apparently the PlayStation 5 is ready to end the hegemony of the Nintendo Switch.
With the advent of the Lite and OLED models, Nintendo’s family of consoles never lost first place, and when one of its consoles rarely failed to make it to the top spot, it ultimately maintained the overall first place thanks to the sales of the others. 2 systems. But it is no longer enough.
PlayStation 5 leaves Nintendo Switch behind in Japan
According to Famitsu (via Gematsu), in week 4 of 2022, which ran from January 26 to 22, 2023, the 2 PlayStation 5 models outsold the 3 Nintendo Switch models.
PlayStation 5 with reader sold 53,256 and together with its other edition it sold 62,908 units; by comparison, the best-selling Nintendo Switch was the Nintendo Switch OLED, which sold 28,787 and Nintendo’s family of consoles sold a total of 51,108.
This was honestly seen coming, because let’s remember that the Nintendo Switch in the coming weeks will celebrate its 5th year on the market. In this period it has sold just over 28 million units in Japan, a country of 125 million inhabitants. Without the announcement of a new, more powerful model, sales of the console were expected to decline.
The only times Nintendo consoles had lost the top spot were in 2020, when the PlayStation 5 debuted, and in November 2022, when Sony’s console sourcing began to improve. This last time, the PlayStation 5 was victorious by a few units, and now the difference is over 10,000 systems.
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PlayStation 5 struggled hard to get to the top
However, PlayStation 5 had it more difficult than usual, since the pandemic reduced the production and distribution of consoles, as we remember that the system debuted in full health contingency, at the end of 2020. There was an unprecedented shortage, which forced stores to carry out raffles or lotteries in which people could participate to win the right to buy a unit (little by little stores discard this measure). The problems have not been completely solved, since we are in the middle of a shortage of chips, necessary for the manufacture of consoles, but luckily Sony has already confirmed that it should be easier to get PlayStation consoles and this has already started to be noticed not only in Japan but in other parts of the world as well.
As for video games in physical format, as expected, the sales of Fire Emblem Engage fell tremendously, since in its second week on the market it only sold 28,442 copies, so it fell to position 4. However, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet did not take the opportunity to return to the first place, since Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life snatched it away by selling 40,759 units in its opening week. Forspoken also debuted last week, but only managed to sell 29,055 copies.
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Below you can see the sales lists.
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Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life — 40,759
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet — 37,265
Forspoken — 29,055
Fire Emblem Engage — 28,442
Splatoon 3 — 14,844
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — 13,138
Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless — 10,359
Minecraft — 8399
Nintendo Switch Sports — 8231
Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! — 6041
PlayStation 5 — 53,256
Nintendo Switch OLED — 28,787
Nintendo Switch — 12,564
Nintendo Switch Lite — 9757
PlayStation 5 Edición Digital — 9652
PlayStation 4 — 1061
Xbox Series S — 803
Xbox Series X — 435
New Nintendo 2DS LL — 74
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