Famitsu: Pokémon Holds Strong And Mario + Rabbids Tank

Every Thursday we cover the weekly Famitsu sales charts, which tracks physical boxed game sales and hardware sales in Japan. This week’s chart covers Nov. 28 – Dec. 4, and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are not budging from the top spot. The games were the biggest launch in both Nintendo and Japanese history, so it’s not surprising the game is clinging to #1.

There’s more to the story though, as we can actually start making some comparisons thanks to archivist Chris1964 on InstallBase. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet fell by approximately 46% in its third week, a sizeable increase from Pokémon Sword and Shield‘s approximately 28% drop, but lesser than Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl‘s 54% drop. This third week sales dip is somewhat expected though, as the launch was so massive. Overall, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet had a pretty solid week, especially for a game debuting so huge.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Terastallized Poke Ball Close Up
There’s no question that Pokémon is a sales powerhouse, especially the newest games.

It’s not all good news though. as Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (titled in Japan as Mario + Rabbids: Galaxy Battle and released this week) had a major decrease in sales from its predecessor. The game opens at #3 on the chart with just shy of 18,000 sales, compared to the first title Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle which opened with almost 87,000 copies sold. This newest entry in the turn-based tactics series failed to reach even a quarter of the original game’s numbers, and is not a good initial sign for Japanese interest in the crossover franchise. It’s always possible however that the game had high digital demand.

The only other new entry to the chart this week was the extensively titled Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel: Dawn of the Battle Royale!! Let’s Go! Go Rush! Special Edition, which had a weak 7,400 sales approximately. The rest of the chart is just a mixtape of all the gaming hits we’ve had lately, but it’s always interesting to follow how they sell over time, so check it out below.

Mario Rabbids Sparks of Hope characters looking at crack of light breaking through a wall
The cracks are already starting to show for the Mario + Rabbids crossover series in Japan.

Here’s the full Famitsu sales chart for Nov. 28 – Dec. 4. Missed last week’s chart where Pokémon Scarlet and Violet reigned supreme? Check it out right here.

  1. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (Switch): 310,235 weekly / 3,424,806 total
  2. Splatoon 3 (Switch): 38,922 weekly / 3,446,399 total
  3. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Switch): 17,647 weekly / debut
  4. Minecraft (Switch): 11,005 weekly / 2,877,634 total
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch): 10,519 weekly / 4,928,165 total
  6. Nintendo Switch Sports (Switch): 9,211 weekly / 793,064 total
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel […] (Switch): 7,396 weekly / debut
  8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch): 5,787 weekly / 5,021,094 total
  9. Mario Party Superstars (Switch): 4,579 weekly / 1,072,681 total
  10. Horizon Forbidden West (PS5): 4,444 weekly / 116,777 total

How do you think Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are performing on the charts? Let us know in the comments below, and keep your eyes on GameLuster for more sales charts and gaming news.

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