It’s Wednesday, which, yep, means that the Media Create charts for video game hardware and software sales for Japan are now out. As the headline may have tipped you off, the Nintendo Switch topped charts again, with 36,600 units sold. Interestingly enough, it managed this in spite of the top four software slots being taken up by new PlayStation releases- Dark Souls Remastered, Detroit: Become Human, and PS4 and PS Vita versions of Persona 3+5: Dancing respectively.
In spite of that whammy of new releases, PS4 sales came in at a weak 17,400 units sold- at this point, it seems to be clear that nothing will cause the Japanese market to actually buy the PS4. Final Fantasy could not do it. Dragon Quest could not do it. Persona could not do it. Resident Evil could not do it. Metal Gear could not do it. Monster Hunter could not do it.
Elsewhere in software, Nintendo evergreens like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Kirby: Star Allies, Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild all did exceptionally well (and continue to chart), with the latter now one week away from hitting 1 million units sold- when it does that, it will become the first singular Zelda SKU to hit the mark in Japan since Ocarina of Time.
I can’t wait.