Weekly Famitsu Sales: Nintendo Switch Passes PlayStation 4 In Japan

Period: The weeks of April 29 – May 12 (2019)

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Top-seller: Days Gone – 33,842 (PS4)

Nintendo Switch: 83,471 (Total: 8,125,637)

New Nintendo 2DS LL & 2DS: 8,840 (1,619,429)

New Nintendo 3DS LL: 1,511 (5,877,659)

PlayStation 4: 17,646 (6,918,073)

PlayStation 4 Pro: 12,357 (1,159,683)

PlayStation Vita: 1,088 (5,877,659)

Xbox One X: 196 (15,177)

Xbox One S: 186 (90,202)



After a small break for Golden Week earlier this month, Famitsu is back with two weeks of video game sales from April 29 to May 12, during which the Switch surpassed the PS4 in total unit sales in Japan.


The #1 best-selling software of the two weeks was Days Gone which sold 45,864 units on PS4. It was the only PS4 title to score in the top-10, with the rest being Nintendo Switch titles. There’s been numerous milestones with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate hitting 3 million recently, but charted #2 with 33,842 units sold in the two weeks. Minecraft isback in form with the #3 spot after selling 28,369 units.


In other domestic milestones for Japan, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Let’s Go, Eevee! recently hit the 1.5 million and Super Mario Party reached the 1 million marker. Splatoon 2 also reached 3 million not too long ago.


In hardware sales, the Nintendo Switch was by far the best-selling hardware with 83,471 units sold in the last two weeks for a total of 8,125,637 units sold since its launch in March 2017. The PS4 sold 17,646 units plus an additional 12,357 from the PS4 Pro. The PS4 consoles sales combine for 8,077,756 units based on Famitsu’s trackers, meaning the Nintendo Switch has surpassed the PS4 family’s total sales in Japan to make it the country’s current best-selling console. The PS4 released in Japan in February 2014, so it had close to three years of a head start.


The top-10 chart of the last two weeks is as follows:

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys Publisher
01. 01. Days Gone 45,864 160,183 PS4 SIE
04. 02. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 33,842 3,076,992 Switch Nintendo
05. 03. Minecraft 28,369 776,378 Switch Microsoft
08. 04. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe 26,584 611,390 Switch Nintendo
09. 05. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 26,154 2,295,735 Switch Nintendo
07. 06. Yoshi’s Crafted World 20,873 130,744 Switch Nintendo
11. 07. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Let’s Go, Eevee! 20,318 1,524,756 Switch Pokémon Company
16. 08. Super Mario Party 18,309 1,025,137 Switch Nintendo
14. 09. Splatoon 2 17,338 3,063,187 Switch Nintendo
13. 10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 16,206 1,314,946 Switch Nintendo


Sales data acquired from Famitsu.

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