breaking news – Splatoon 3 It still inked all over the charts in Japan (and everywhere, really!). After last week’s bumper sales, Japanese charts Famitsu revealed this week that despite the expected drop in sales, the third slug-based shooter still manages to convert an incredible 506,610 PMU. This means that actual sales of Splatoon 3 have already reached 2.5 million copies.
The other big news is Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes is offlinerelease. This offline version of the Japan-exclusive MMORPG has sold nearly three times as many copies on the Switch as it does on PlayStation 4 or 5 — but all three releases make up three of the week’s top five best-selling games. Dragon Quest is a big deal in Japan, so we’re not surprised at all, but we had to smile when we saw Stands 2, 3 and 4 were all Dragon Quest. Looks like only inks and octol can keep the dragon away!
Another new Japanese release this week is Trinity triggerFuRyu’s co-op RPG which is set to be released in the West early next year. The game debuted at number seven with 6,698 units sold, which isn’t too bad for a brand new IP. But unlike the other two versions of Dragon Quest X, it’s a Switch-dominated roster!
Here are the 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) – 48100 (new)
- [PS5] Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Offline (Square Enix, 09/15/22) – 28371 (new)
- [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 9,661 (4,837,415)
- [NSW] Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo, 04/29/22) – 7463 (732175)
- [NSW] Trinity Trigger (FuRyu, 09/15/22) – 6698 (new)
- [NSW] Maine Craft (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. Game Ultimate (Nintendo, 07/12/18) – 4,720 (4,976,532)
Hardware sales saw Xbox Series S sales increase to 13,211 units (thanks to a promotion that saw customers receive a 5,000 yen gift card if they purchase the S Series), but other than that, Switch dominance as usual. OLED is still selling bands, with 96,889 units changed this week, while the standard model sold a good 25,683 units. People need their own Splatoon 3 machines! The PS5 managed to sell more than the Switch Lite, but this week saw Console price increase in the state after Sony’s announcement in August.
- OLED Switch Model – 96889 (2622850)
- Switch – 25683 (18692443)
- Xbox Series S – 13211 (178457)
- PlayStation 5 – 8,739 (1,658,430)
- Switch Lite – 4,986 (4,891,228)
- PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 2441 (267251)
- Xbox Series X – 866 (159,791)
- New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 29 (1,188,709)
- PlayStation 4-12 (7,819,872)
Will Splatoon 3 and Dragon Quest X retain their top spot at the top of the charts next week? Share your thoughts in the comments!