This is the first time that Sony's current console has been the best-selling in its home market.
The PlayStation 5 outsold the previously dominant Nintendo Switch in Japan in February, marking the first time that Sony's current console has been the best-selling in its home market.
According to sales data for Japanese games retail between January 30 and February 26 released by Famitsu (via VGC), the PS5 sold a total of 367,000 units over the course of the four-week period. The console's sales were more than 450% higher than those in February last year.
Meanwhile, the Switch (including the standard model as well as Lite and OLED versions), which has held the top-selling position in Japan for several years, sold a total of 221,000 units in February.
Still, Nintendo was the leader in game sales, moving 510,000 boxed units and surpassing Square Enix's 162,000 and Warner Bros Games' 127,000. Kirby: Return To Dream Land DX, which was released in February, sold 189,031 units becoming the top-selling title of the month, accounting for almost 40% of Nintendo's boxed game sales.
Provided by Famitsu, below are the Top 10 best-selling physical games in Japan from January 30 to February 26, 2023:
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe for Switch (Nintendo)
- Hogwarts Legacy for PS5 (WB Games)
- Pokémon Scarlet/Violet for Switch (The Pokémon Company)
- Splatoon 3 for Switch (Nintendo)
- Octopath Traveler II for Switch (Square Enix)
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Switch (Nintendo)
- Like a Dragon: Ishin! for PS4 (Sega)
- Wild Hearts for PS5 (EA)
- Like a Dragon: Ishin! for PS5 (Sega)
- Minecraft: Switch Edition for Switch (Microsoft)