Nintendo and Sony have been Japan’s most successful gaming console manufacturers for several decades, but the PS5 struggled to keep up with the Nintendo Switch last year. However, this changed when Sony started working on their supply chain in Japan.
PlayStation has recently seen a massive resurgence in sales, dominating the Japanese market for as long as seven weeks. But it looks like Sony’s position at the top is in danger again, as the latest Famitsu data shows that Nintendo Switch has finally outsold PlayStation 5 for the first time in nearly two months.
According to the data, Nintendo Switch sold 49,585 units, while PlayStation 5 sold 40,411 units.
While the difference between the two is not huge, Nintendo came out as the weekly best seller in Japan.
Looking at the software sales, Nintendo games have managed to stay at the top. The first six spots are occupied by Nintendo Switch titles, with the widely popular Hogwarts Legacy at the seventh spot. Games like Pokemon Scarlet/Violet and Splatoon 3 also continue to do well.
This has likely contributed to Nintendo’s success with Switch hardware sales. While the console is the weakest of the two, it has an extensive library of games with new and engaging first-party releases over six years later. On the other hand, the PlayStation 5 is much newer and shares much of its library with the PlayStation 4.
The PlayStation 5 is also much more expensive than the Nintendo hybrid console. Given the current sales data, it will be interesting to see if Nintendo can maintain its current position in the following weeks, with Sony picking up the pace in 2023.
Exclusive releases like Final Fantasy 16 will be critical to PlayStation 5’s success in Japan, but the Nintendo Switch will not be easy to defeat with its first-party offerings in 2023.
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