This week, Famitsu shared their monthly data for the Japanese video game market, and more precisely February. The period covered goes from January 29th to February 5th (so 4 weeks in total).
Since the Top 5 Software is dominated by PlayStation 4, Famitsu didn’t have much to say about Nintendo platforms. There’s just one game mentioned: Splatoon 2, that sold 82 137 units in February, bringing the total to over 2 million units sold since launch. It’s the first multi-million seller on Nintendo Switch.
Here’s the Top 5 Software:
- [PS4] Monster Hunter: World (Capcom): 478 691 units
- [PS4] Dynasty Warriors 9 (Koei-Tecmo): 153 899 units
- [PS4] Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet (Bandai-Namco): 104 408 units
- [PS4] Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai-Namco): 83 161 units
- [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Nintendo): 82 137 units
Despite not releasing anything significant in February, Nintendo managed to sell nearly half a million games, and was the second most successful publisher. This just goes to show how strong the sales of the evergreen titles (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, etc.) have been, and bodes pretty well for months with significant new releases (starting with March, and Kirby Star Allies).
- Capcom: 519 000 units sold
- Nintendo: 482 000 units sold
- Bandai-Namco: 321 000 units sold
Hardware-wise, the Nintendo Switch kept selling steadily: it’s nearing 4 million units sold in Japan (3 848 000 units so far). It wasn’t the best-selling console in February, as it was once again outsold by the PlayStation 4 (probably for the last time, this year). Unsurprisingly, Hardware sales are down in February, which is usually a quiet month (January does have New Year to boost sales during the first week or so).
- PlayStation 4 – 264 042 units sold (330 137 units in January)
- Nintendo Switch – 171 988 units sold (269 047 units in January)
For more Japanese sales data, make sure to check out this page!