Here is the best selling software and hardware in Japan, for the week of December 12th – December 18th, courtesy Famitsu.


1) Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet (NS) – 260,784
2) Splatoon 3 (NS) – 68,927
3) Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion (PS5) – 54,522
4) Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion (PS4) – 53,481
5) Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion (NS) – 48,527
6) Nintendo Switch Sports (NS) – 33,006
7) Dragon Quest Treasures (NS) – 31,656
8) Minecraft (NS) – 23,343
9) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS) – 22,740
10) Mario + Rabbids: Galaxy Battle (NS) – 15,060


1) Nintendo Switch – 173,083
2) PlayStation 5 – 70,496
3) PlayStation 4 – 3,161
4) Xbox Series – 910
5) Nintendo 3DS – 48

This week we saw some quite solid software sales, including a 156,000 + debut for Crisis Core across three console SKU’s. It will be interesting to follow this one on a weekly basis, to see which version has the softest drops and eventually, sells the most. The Top 10 was made up of 8 games on Nintendo Switch and 1 each on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.

For hardware, we saw strong performances for both NS and PS5, without too much of a showing for Xbox.

For those that want the most accuracy in your sales report, there are two more weeks of the year, but since Famitsu considered the first week of 2022, December 27th, 2021 – January 2nd, 2022 (in which Nintendo Switch sold 195,926 units…more on that later), Famitsu is calling next week, Week 52. We can’t just omit the “actual” last week of the year, which is December 26th – January 1st, but can’t use all of it, because it has one day too many and then we would have 53 weeks worth of data.

What I will do is take 6/7 of what Famitsu calls “Week 1 of 2023” and apply it to 2022’s total. To be just as fair, I will take away 5/7 of that 195,926 total that I mentioned earlier, from this total. That will give us the most accurate number of just how many Nintendo Switch consoles were actually sold in Japan, in 2022. Will it hit 5 million or be a little short? It won’t take long to find out.

See you next week!

Source: Famitsu