Japanese Charts: Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Sales Overtake Splatoon 3

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The latest Japanese Famitsu charts are in, and the inevitable has happened – Pokémon Scarlet & Violet has overtaken Splatoon 3 to become the best-selling game of the year in Japan.

Topping the charts once again, Generation IX of Pokemon has sold an additional 277,676 units in the weeks of December 5 to December 11, taking its total sales to a staggering 3,702,482 units in less than a month. And that’s with Splatoon 3 still selling over 50,000 units this week. Gosh.

Japan’s RPG darling got a brand new release this week – Dragon Quest Treasures launched on the 9th, and in just a few days it’s already racked up an impressive 143,650 sales to put it in second place. The other new release of the week is Type-Moon’s (Melty Blood developer) visual novel Witch on the Holy Night, with the Switch and PS4 versions in fourth and fifth place respectively on the charts.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope has seen a very slight drop in sakes to drop down to ninth, while Kirby and the Forgotten Land has crept back into the top ten.

Here are this week’s charts in full:

1. [NSW] Pokémon Scarlet / Pokémon Violet (The Pokémon Company, 11/18/22) – 277,676 / (3,702,482)
2. [NSW] Dragon Quest Treasures (Square Enix, 12.09.22) – 143,650 (New)
3. [NSW] Splatoon 3 (Nintendo, 09/09/22, 18/11/22) – 51,315 (3,497,714)
4. [NSW] Witch of the Holy Night (Type-Moon, 12/08/22) – 39,759 (New)
5. [PS4] Witch of the Holy Night (Type-Moon, 12/08/22) – 26,585 (New)
6. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 28/04/17) – 21,583 (4,949,748)
7. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 21,094 (2,898,728)
8. [NSW] Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo, 29/04/2022) – 17,187 (810,251)
9. [NSW] Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Nintendo, 09/09/22) – 13,466 (31,113)
10. [NSW] Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Nintendo, 03/25/22) – 11,239 (938,508)


Hardware sales paint a familiar picture this week — Switch OLED sales are booming, barely budging from last week’s numbers (some Christmas gift buying, perhaps?), and the entire Switch family takes the top three spots after a dip in PS5 sales. PS4, amazingly, has outsold both Xbox consoles for the second week in a row.

  1. Switch OLED – 102,962 (3,390,128)
  2. Switch – 30,608 (18,958,786)
  3. Switch Lite – 24,536 (5,038,494)
  4. PlayStation 5 – 16,615 (1,936,173)
  5. PlayStation 4 – 3,150 (7,835,722)
  6. PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 2,207 (301,901)
  7. Xbox Series S – 1,306 (224,331)
  8. Xbox Series X – 218 (172,045)
  9. New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 64 (1,189,425)

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