In addition to the success of Stranger of Paradise, the Xbox Series X is taking the console market by storm, outselling the Model S by a wide margin.
It was expected, and now it’s official: in Japan, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin has outstripped all its rivals in popularity, at least in terms of sales, according to figures from last week. With the PS4 version topping the country’s charts and the PS5 edition not far behind, there’s no doubt that Square Enix’s offering has captured the attention of the Japanese public.
According to data from Famitsu, Pokémon Legends: Arceus has slipped from its number one spot from days earlier, although it remains a favourite choice among gamers with combined sales of 23,067 units. It is followed by Elden Ring, the PS4 version of which continues to rest stoically at ease with 19,487 copies sold, although it is followed by other March releases such as Gran Turismo 7 and Triangle Strategy.
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin sold nearly 30,000 copies in a week!
In addition, the list includes some of the usual titles after a solid month of releases. That’s why labels such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Minecraft and Mario Party Superstars not only appear among the most popular games but also achieve respectable rankings. Below you can see the detailed top list with the number of sales each title reaches.
Top-selling games in Japan (total in brackets)
- [PS4] Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin – 28,944 (New)
- [NSW] Pokémon Legends: Arceus – 23,067 (2,177,459)
- [PS4] Elden Ring – 19,487 (293,628)
- [PS5] Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin – 17,905 (New)
- [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 16,078 (4,499,542)
- [NSW] Minecraft – 9,755 (2,561,419)
- [PS4] Gran Turismo 7 – 9,447 (94,818)
- [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 9,111 (4,813,641)
- [NSW] Triangle Strategy – 8,429 (112,107)
- [NSW] Mario Party Superstars – 8,182 (912,325)
So how did the console arena shape up? The news is undoubtedly all about the Nintendo Switch, whose models continue to dominate the market, with over 85,000 units sold last week. By contrast, the PS5 is holding the numbers it has shown recently, managing to sell over 15 000 consoles, although we are also seeing an increase in the number of Xbox Series X units sold. In this sense, the platform increases its numbers, with nearly 3,000 units sold, not counting the S model.
Most consoles sold in Japan (total in brackets)
- Switch OLED model – 55,675 (1,441,315)
- Switch – 19,165 (18,116,589)
- Switch Lite – 10,657 (4,635,407)
- PlayStation 5 – 13,971 (1,239,386)
- PlayStation 5 digital edition – 2,997 (222,657)
- Xbox X Series – 2,936 (88,985)
- Xbox S Series – 618 (74,915)
- New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 287 (1,184,064)
- PlayStation 4 – 10 (7,819,379)