Newsflash: Splatoon 3 is still on every chart in Japan (and everywhere, really!). After last week’s strong sales, this week’s Japanese Famitsu charts reveal that despite an expected drop in sales, the third mollusk-based shooter has managed to turn in an astonishing 506,610 physical units. That means physical sales of Splatoon 3 are already almost 2.5 million copies.
The other big news is the release of Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Offline. This offline version of the Japan-exclusive MMORPG has sold nearly three times as many copies on Switch as it has on PlayStation 4 or 5, but the three releases make up three of the top five best-selling games of the week. Dragon Quest is a big deal in Japan, so we’re not that surprised, but we had to smile when we saw that positions 2, 3, and 4 were all from Dragon Quest. It seems only hints and octolings can keep the dragon at bay!
The other new Japanese release this week is Trinity Trigger, the cooperative action RPG from FuRyu due out in the West early next year. The game debuted in seventh place with 6,698 units sold, which is not bad at all for a new IP. But apart from the other two versions of Dragon Quest X, it’s a list dominated by Switch!
Here is the overall top ten for the week of September 12-18, 2022:
- [NSW] Splatoon 3 (Nintendo, 09/09/22) – 506,610 (2,441,290)
- [NSW] Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes offline (Square Enix, 09/15/22) – 143,836 (New)
- [PS4] Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes offline (Square Enix, 09/15/22) – 48,100 (New)
- [PS5] Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes offline (Square Enix, 09/15/22) – 28,371 (New)
- [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 9,661 (4,837,415)
- [NSW] Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo, 04/29/22) – 7,463 (732,175)
- [NSW] Trinity Trigger (FuRyu, 09/15/22) – 6,698 (New)
- [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 6,629 (2,792,678)
- [NSW] Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Nintendo, 03/25/22) – 5,027 (888,934)
- [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 4,720 (4,976,532)
Hardware sales have seen Xbox Series S sales surge to an impressive 13,211 units (thanks to a promotion that saw customers receive a 5,000 yen gift card if they bought a Series S), but otherwise it’s the Switch domain as usual. The OLED continues to sell gangbusters, with 96,889 units swapped this week, while the standard model has sold a decent 25,683 units. People need their Splatoon 3 machines! The PS5 managed to outsell the Switch Lite, but this week the price of the console increased in the country after Sony’s announcement in August.
- Change OLED model: 96 889 (2 622 850)
- Change – 25,683 (18,692,443)
- Xbox Series S: 13,211 (178,457)
- PlayStation 5 – 8,739 (1,658,430)
- Change Lite – 4,986 (4,891,228)
- PlayStation 5 Digital Edition: 2441 (267 251)
- Xbox Series X – 866 (159,791)
- New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 29 (1,188,709)
- PlayStation 4–12 (7,819,872)
< Charts from last week
Will Splatoon 3 and Dragon Quest X maintain their position at the top of the charts next week? Share your opinion in the comments!