Famitsu: Sony Makes Magic Happen, PS5 Overtakes Launch Aligned PS4 And Hogwarts Legacy Debuts #1

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 Feb. 06 – Feb. 12, and it’s a big one for the PlayStation. Hogwarts Legacy took top spot on the software chart, selling just over 67,000 units on PS5 in its first week. Perhaps more significantly though, the number of PS5 consoles sold in Japan has now surpassed the numbers of PS4 consoles sold during the same time after its release, a very positive sign for the system’s future. 

The PS5 sold over 93,000 systems this week, even selling a couple hundred more than it did in its impressive last week, keeping up a three week long trend of high sales and outselling the Switch. As such, the PS5 has now hit almost 2.8 million consoles sold in Japan. At this point in its life, the PS4 had sold just shy of 2.75 million units, now starting to trail behind the PS5. Supply issues plagued the launch of the PS5, with Japanese customers needing to ignore the console or look to scalpers to purchase one. Sony has seemingly resolved these issues, beginning a new global marketing campaign to sell the PS5, with a particularly heavy emphasis on the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI to push sales hard in Japan. 

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Sony is positioning Final Fantasy XVI to be huge in Japan.

As for software sales, here’s the full Famitsu gaming sales chart for Feb. 06 – Feb. 12. Missed last week’s chart where the PS5 started its rapid rise? Check it out right here

  1. Hogwarts Legacy (PS5): 67,196 weekly (debut)
  2. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (Switch): 29,019 weekly (4,836,510 total)
  3. Splatoon 3 (Switch): 13,343 weekly (3,876,184 total)
  4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch): 11,807 weekly (5,153,979 total)
  5. Minecraft (Switch): 7,566 weekly (3,040,308 total)
  6. Fire Emblem Engage (Switch): 7,267 weekly (193,187 total)
  7. Nintendo Switch Sports (Switch): 7,127 weekly (1,001,330 total) 
  8. Mario Party Superstars (Switch): 5,155 weekly (1,175,091 total)
  9. Gran Turismo 7 (PS5): 5,065 weekly (280,995 total)
  10. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch): 5,025 weekly (5,121,879 total) 

How do you think sales will continue for the PS5 in Japan? Let us know in the comments below, and keep your eyes on GameLuster for more gaming news. 

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