Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have taken on an explosive start in Japan, convincingly outselling Splatoon 3 and God of War Ragnarok in its first week. Splatoon 3 is now in the second spot and much far ahead of God of War Ragnarok, which had been on the top of sales all over the globe.
The hardware sales saw a considerable boost compared to last week, with Switch OLED and Switch Lite selling about twice as many units. PlayStation 4 also increased its sales drastically, up to 5,803 units compared to only 138 units last week.
- In its debut week, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet outsell God of War Ragnarok and Splatoon 3 in Japan.
- God of War Ragnarok is now the third most-selling game in Japan this week.
- Switch OLED and Switch Lite experience a massive boost in sales.
- PlayStation 4 sold 5803 units, compared to 138 units last week.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet were released on November 18 for the Nintendo Switch. The latest additions to the mainline Pokemon games received backlash over poor performance and terrible graphics compared to their predecessors.
Despite the performance and graphics issues, the games managed to sell a total of 2,537,292 units collectively in Japan alone, reports Famitsu. In their first week, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet managed to beat Splatoon 3, which had been hogging up the top spot consistently for a long time.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will likely remain in the top spot for the coming weeks due to their popularity in Japan.
Splatoon 3, the game that convincingly beat Bayonetta 3 and God of War Ragnarok’s release in Japan, sold 36,958 copies last week. The game’s popularity in Japan hasn’t gone down much. And it appears that it will keep itself in the top spots for the upcoming weeks as well.
Then, we have God of War Ragnarok claiming the third spot. Despite wreaking havoc in sales all over the world, the game was only able to sell about 9,901 copies this week, experiencing a massive drop in sales after selling 29,377 units in its debut week.
Santa Monica Studio‘s God of War Ragnarok could barely keep itself above the newly released Monochrome Mobius for PlayStation 4, which sold 9,066 copies in its first week.
Tactics Ogre: Reborn, which managed to outsell God of War Ragnarok in its debut week, sold 7,687 units this week. The remake of the PlayStation 1 classic has sold a total of 44,470 units so far.
Meanwhile, Nintendo Switch OLED remained on top of the sales chart in Famitsu‘s sales report this week. The handheld console sold a total of 102,605 units this week, jumping from 58,171 units last week.
Just like Switch OLED, Switch Lite also experienced a boost in sales by jumping to 40,432 units compared to only 25,050 units last week.
It was expected that Nintendo Switch could experience a drop in sales due to performance issues and the rising popularity of the PlayStation 5 in Japan. However, it looks like Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have brought a new life to the console. And it might not be going down any time soon.
PlayStation 5 keeps selling consistently and has sold a total of 26,946 units this week, compared to 25,665 units last week.
PlayStation 4 surprisingly sold a total of 5803 units this week, compared to only 138 units last week. This boost in sales could be attributed to God of War Ragnarok or the newly released Monochrome Mobius for the PlayStation 4.
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