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Japan: Nintendo Switch family sells 170,693 units on the back of new Pokemon games

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The latest boxed-video game software and gaming hardware charts are in from Japan for the week of 14th November, 2022 to 20th November, 2022. The best-selling video game system this week was the Nintendo Switch family of systems, by a long shot. The Nintendo Switch family shifted an additional 170,693 units, thanks to the release of the new Pokemon games, Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. Talking of Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, the games sold a combined 2,537,292 retail copies. Here’s the best-selling video games and hardware this week:

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [NSW] Pokemon Scarlet / Pokemon Violet (The Pokemon Company, 11/18/22) – 2,537,292 (New)
  2. [NSW] Splatoon 3 (Nintendo, 09/09/22) – 36,958 (3,368,155)
  3. [PS5] God of War Ragnarok (SIE, 11/09/22) – 9,901 (39,278)
  4. [PS4] Monochrome Mobius: Rights and Wrongs Forgotten (Aquaplus, 11/17/22) – 9,066 (New)
  5. [NSW] Tactics Ogre: Reborn (Square Enix, 11/11/22) – 7,687 (44,470)
  6. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 7,449 (2,855,406)
  7. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 7,330 (4,906,589)
  8. [NSW] Cardfight!! Vanguard Dear Days (Bushiroad, 11/17/22) – 6,649 (New)
  9. [NSW] SympathyKiss (Idea Factory, 11/17/22) – 6,072 (New)
  10. [NSW] Sonic Frontiers (SEGA, 11/08/22) – 5,837 (31,904)

Hardware Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. Switch OLED Model – 102,605 (3,083,839)
  2. Switch Lite – 40,432 (4,920,529)
  3. Switch – 27,656 (18,866,523)
  4. PlayStation 5 – 26,946 (1,848,649)
  5. PlayStation 4 – 5,803 (7,826,141)
  6. PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 4,912 (291,848)
  7. Xbox Series X – 1,373 (168,640)
  8. Xbox Series S – 154 (212,419)
  9. New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 34 (1,189,185)

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9 thoughts on “Japan: Nintendo Switch family sells 170,693 units on the back of new Pokemon games”

    1. Yet Nintendo won’t improve their infrastructure and rely on remakes and ports. Where’s our REAL Mario game? Donkey Kong? Next Zelda title that ISN’T a port? For a sequel this is taking as long as A Link To The Past to Ocarina of Time which was understandable due to the changeover to that new 3D engine with Z Targeting. This isn’t the case.
      I think lack of leadership since the virus had slowed production way down so they piggybacked off of the farming JRPG third party games which hit success during lockdowns with people stuck at home but now people are slowly coming out of their caves that success won’t be there this time thru.

      I mean you don’t see people raving about that Kirby gourmet game it was a bargain bin game to begin with there just wasn’t anything better out and THAT was first party I think: It only seemed good due to the amount of garbage E shop titles that came out that were worse: Hopefully Sonic Frontiers changed that and whatever else may come out maxing out the Switch power.

  1. All i can say is, this makes me wish i had the Nintendo Switch Pokemon Violet and Scarlet OLED model. The Pokemon Violet and Scarlet OLED edition has nice graphic design artwork and the purple’ish lavender and red joy-cons are bangin.

  2. Let me get this right, people rather pay $410 for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet than $60? That’s $530 if they purchased the combo game with the orginal Switch and $680 if you purchased the Oled and both Scarlet and Violet. S**t they could had gottan a PS5. That is insane. 114 Million Switch owners and over 100K was waiting for Pokémon Scarlet or Violet to come to get a Tegra 1 in 2022 to finally get a Switch.

  3. I can’t believe over 100K people spent more than $500 to play a game that has bad performance. They could have just saved up for a Switch 2 since Zelda nor Mario convinced them back in Switch earlier years. I like the Pokémon Games but not worth $500 with Outdated Tegra 1 Oled and Violet together.

    1. I think if it were not for the Asian shut downs of the chip factories we would’ve had a Switch 2 by now and the OLED is a knee jerk reaction to this. The bloomberg articles I think WERE partially right that they had the plans to do the Pro model but had to scale back due to the shortages and now the ‘Brandon’ economy hitting worldwide. We don’t have the security we did in 2017 where no new wars developed.

    2. It’s weird if I use my email the comment vanishes if I use a random one then it goes thru! 😕
      Note: This economic crap threw everybody off so Nintendo had to double back and rethink their forward strategy in a VERY unsettled world where it’s now very easy to screw up. If they make the wrong choice it will backfire even if the choice wasn’t their fault due to external influence.

      They recently since last summer have horded raw material parts and that’s something usually frowned upon in Japanese culture to begin with yet Nintendo bought them up like no tomorrow. China and Japan have been at arm’s length since last year so I think Nintendo is thinking long term here hence hording raw parts in case they can’t get anymore period.

  4. I wonder where all that money goes to? Certainly NOT infrastructure nor new games. Most games of the Switch are remakes or ports that are poorly optimized with a few valid exceptions which were NOT under Nintendo control. IE:

    The Witcher 3 I’ve heard had decent performance on the Switch equal to low graphics on a PC. Kinda surprised there. I don’t play violent gory games. There’s too much of that in real life people literally hoping not to die nor get blown up. We need to be more sensitive to those folks.

  5. I forgot to mention the ban on ‘dirty’ energy when we are not anywhere NEAR ready to switch to alternative will hit us hard as soon as we have extreme temperatures. All our coal plants are shut down here in Oregon the last one was shut down sometime mid summer. While I love artic airmasses I don’t like not having electricity due to overload.

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