Famitsu: Detective Pikachu Returns Scores #1, Assassin’s Creed Mirage Debuts

Every Thursday we share the weekly Famitsu sales charts, which tracks physical boxed game sales and hardware sales in Japan. This week’s chart covers October 2 – 8, as Detective Pikachu Returns takes the top spot on this Famitsu chart packed with new entries. The sequel to 2018’s Detective Pikachu sold over 85,000 units, a massive 152% increase in sales from the original 3DS title. Whilst still noticeably smaller than any mainline Pokémon title launch, this is a good start for the unique and whacky spin-off series.

Elsewhere on the chart, Assassin’s Creed Mirage debuted at both #3 and #7 based on its PS5 and PS4 releases respectively, whilst the latest Sword Art Online game took spots #5 and #6 with their PS5 and PS4 release. There’s one more new game release to go over, with the Switch release of Jinsei Game (or ‘Game of Life’ in North America) which sits at second place behind Detective Pikachu Returns.

Detective Pikachu Returns drinking coffee
An energized Detective Pikachu managed to bolt to the top spot of the Famitsu charts.

Here’s the full Famitsu software sales chart for October 2 – 8. Missed our last report when Pikmin 1+2 overtook Pikmin 4 on the charts for a Pikmin double whammy? Check out the last Famitsu chart right here!

  1. Detective Pikachu Returns (Switch): 85,639 [new]
  2. Game of Life (Switch): 30,267 [new]
  3. Assassin’s Creed Mirage (PS5): 20,407 [new]
  4. Pikmin 4 (Switch): 15,748 [898,284 total]
  5. Sword Art Online: Last Recollection (PS5): 11,740 [new]
  6. Sword Art Online: Last Recollection (PS4): 8,554 [new]
  7. Assassin’s Creed Mirage (PS4): 8,029 [new]
  8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch): 7,491 [5,508,702 total]
  9. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (Switch): 6,571 [5,151,441 total]
  10. EA Sports FC 24 (Switch): 6,004 [22,489 total]

Here’s the Famitsu hardware chart too. Console families are grouped together for simplicity.

  1. Switch: 110,241 [3,158,114 yearly total]
  2. PS5: 33,754 [2,111,294 yearly total]
  3. Xbox Series: 995 [114,667 yearly total]

Did you pick up any of the games on the Famitsu chart this week? How do you expect Detective Pikachu Returns to perform going forwards? Let us know in the comments below, and keep your eyes on GameLuster for more breaking gaming news and sales data.

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