Nintendo Switch Outsold PS5 And Xbox Series X Last Week In Japan

Nintendo Switch continues to sell at an incredible pace in Japan, outselling PS5 and Xbox Series X between March 1 and March 7, according to the latest numbers from Famitsu. Next-gen consoles are still struggling to ramp up production – but the numbers for the start of March paint a pretty picture for Nintendo’s aging platform.

Not only did Switch clock in as the best-selling console in the first week of March, but the top 10 best-selling games were also for Switch. Even the Switch Lite – with 32,779 sales – managed to beat out the combined sales for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

Here’s the complete list of best-selling software and hardware in Japan during the first week of March:

Software Sales

  • [Switch] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury – 53,603
  • [Switch] Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town – 33,677
  • [Switch] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! – 31,760
  • [Switch] Ring Fit Adventure – 20,197
  • [Switch] Bravely Default II – 19,841
  • [Switch] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 14,684
  • [Switch] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 12,052
  • [Switch] Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 11,731
  • [Switch] Pokemon Sword / Shield – 10,094
  • [Switch] Minecraft – 8,760

Hardware Sales

  • Switch – 57,148
  • Switch Lite – 32,779
  • PlayStation 5 – 18,622
  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 3,887
  • PlayStation 4 – 3,131
  • New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 790
  • Xbox Series X – 543
  • Xbox Series S – 23
  • PlayStation 4 Pro – 14

Until Sony and Microsoft can ramp up production of their new consoles, expect this trend to continue.

Still, seeing both the Switch and Switch Lite sell nearly 100,000 in one week is an incredible achievement for a console that launched in 2017. The Switch-dominated software list is nothing new either, as its massive roster of iconic first-party titles are perennial best-sellers. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokemon Sword & Shield, and Animal Crossing aren’t even close to being “new releases,” yet managed to find a way to beat out everything available on PlayStation and Xbox.

Even when PS5 and Xbox Series X gain a larger foothold in the market, they’ll need to pump out some impressive exclusives to dethrone the crowd-favorite Switch.

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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.

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