JP: Nintendo Switch continues to lead the charge as PS5 sales trickle in

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Sony’s PlayStation 5 may have the Nintendo Switch beat in every aspect from a technical standpoint, but sales-wise, the Switch is the top-dog. Famitsu has released the latest sales numbers out of Japan via its weekly report. And the picture it paints is quite something. For the week of January 18, 2021 to January 24, 2021, the Switch amassed a whopping 110,811 units sold between the flagship model and the Switch Lite. Meanwhile, the PS5 trails behind with a mere 15,312 units selling in the same space of time.

Of course, nuance is always important. As is the case with the rest of the world, Japanese players are also having a hard time getting their hands on the new system. While it’s unclear if the scalping issue that’s plaguing buyers in lands like the USA and Europe are also happening in Japan, the fact of the matter is that most folks are still having a hard time getting their hands on a shiny new PS5.

Meanwhile, despite facing both a stock shortage of its own and the return of scalping for a few months in 2020, the Nintendo Switch family has seen a great resurgence in Japan over the last few weeks.

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To date, the Nintendo Switch has altogether sold over 14 million units in Japan, coming close to 15 million. If it keeps selling in the triple digits over the course of the next few weeks, that number will only continue to trot its way upwards very rapidly.

Other console numbers include the New and original 2DS (the last remaining models of the system) selling 439 units, actually outpacing the Xbox Series X which sold only 386. Xbox never became a big hit in Japan, but it’s still almost laughable that a little handheld that’s almost a full decade old outsold a brand-spanking-new next-gen console.

Here are the other numbers:

1.) Nintendo Switch – 87,385 (14,877,202)
2.) Nintendo Switch Lite – 23,426 (3,224,391)
3.) PlayStation 5 – 15,312 (245,957)
4.) PlayStation 4 – 3,247 (7,746,690)
5.) PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 2,036 (55,665)
6.) New 2DS LL (plus 2DS original) – 439 (1,153,006)
7.) Xbox Series X – 386 (25,566)
8.) Xbox Series S – 38 (6,685)
9.) PlayStation 4 Pro – 16 (1,575,581)

Nintendo should also be having an earnings call within the next few months as it nears the end of its fiscal year in March 2021. At that point, we’ll get an update on how the Switch did throughout the end of last year and early 2021 and what its subsequent lifetime sales now look like. It’s outsold every Nintendo home console but the Wii at this point, and it’s rapidly rocketing to potentially even surpassing that goal.


A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.