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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Misses Media Create Top Spot; Switch Keeps Flying High in Japan


Today is Wednesday, and as usual, Media Create released its software and hardware charts related to the week between November 27th and December 3rd. This one is certainly interesting, as it sees the debut of Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

Below you can read the full software chart.

  1. Pokémon Ultra Sun/Pokémon Ultra Moon – 3DS – 107, 657/944, 074
  2. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Switch – 97, 732/New
  3. Super Mario Odyssey – Switch – 61,596/853, 654
  4. Splatoon 2 – Switch – 36, 246/1,409,776
  5. Kirby Battle Royale – 3DS – 28,023/New
  6. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Taishi – PS4 – 27, 230/New
  7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Switch – 23, 388/861, 238
  8. Call of Duty: WWII – PS4 – 15, 505/306, 501
  9. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo – 13,068/294, 639
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch – 11,634/668, 649
  11. Pokémon Ultra Sun/Pokémon Ultra Moon Double Pack – 3DS – 10,872/278, 952
  12. Attack on Titan 2: Future Coordinates – 3DS – 8,353/New
  13. Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time – PS4 – 8,069/New
  14. Resident Evil Revelations Collection – Switch – 6,540/New
  15. Girls Mode 4 Star Stylist  – 3DS – 6,450/61, 555
  16. Star Wars Battlefront II – PS4 – 5,886/55, 389
  17. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Taishi – Switch – 5,636/New
  18. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone DX – 3DS – 5,579/40, 475
  19. Gran Turismo Sport – PS4 – 5,542/198, 985
  20. 1-2-Switch – Switch – 4, 758/287, 866

And here is the hardware chart:

  1. Switch – 124,770
  2. PS4 – 25, 163
  3. New 2DS XL – 20, 712
  4. New 3 DS XL – 12,431
  5. PS4 Pro – 8,244
  6. PS Vita – 6, 127
  7. 2DS – 2,747
  8. New 3DS – 348
  9. Xbox One – 295
  10. Xbox One X – 213
  11. PS3 – 48
  12. Wii U – 45

First of all, Nintendo seems to have managed to at least partly solve the shortage issues that we experienced in previous months, and the Switch is selling like bowls of ramen (hotcakes aren’t really all that popular in Japan). PS4 also sees an improvement from the previous week, thanks to the beginning of the holiday shopping period.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has a pretty good first week, even if it certainly didn’t reach the usual debut sales of AAA-level JRPGs. Like Xenoblade Chronicles X, it missed the top spot but sold roughly 12,000 more units, and 15,000 more than the original Xenoblade Chronicles.

Interestingly, Nobunaga’s Ambition: Taishi sold about five times as many units on PS4 compared to the Switch version, probably due to the Switch’s userbase being generally younger. On the other hand, Bandai Namco’s Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time basically flopped for a game based on an anime IP, failing to sell 10,000 copies.



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