PlayStation 5 Was February's Best-Selling Console in Japan

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.

The PlayStation 5 version of Hogwarts Legacy was the second highest-selling game of February, with 126,086 units sold. It was followed by Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, which sold a total of 107,506 units. Octopath Traveler II was the third biggest new release and came in fifth place in terms of sales during the month, with 53,995 units sold.

Provided by Famitsu, below are the Top 10 best-selling physical games in Japan from January 30 to February 26, 2023:

  1. Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe for Switch (Nintendo)
  2. Hogwarts Legacy for PS5 (WB Games)
  3. Pokémon Scarlet/Violet for Switch (The Pokémon Company)
  4. Splatoon 3 for Switch (Nintendo)
  5. Octopath Traveler II for Switch (Square Enix)
  6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Switch (Nintendo)
  7. Like a Dragon: Ishin! for PS4 (Sega)
  8. Wild Hearts for PS5 (EA)
  9. Like a Dragon: Ishin! for PS5 (Sega)
  10. Minecraft: Switch Edition for Switch (Microsoft)

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