Sony’s Returnal modestly debuted on the Japanese charts, but surpassed the PS5 version of Yakuza 7 and Judgment

Hardcore sci-fi game Returnal for Playstation 5 debuted on the Japanese retail chart with sales in 6,573 copies… This is reported by the edition Famitsu

Among those released on the new console Sony Between January 1 and May 2, 2023, Returnal Games had the best start in Japanese retail, outperforming Yakuza: Like a Dragon (2,860 copies) and Judgment (5,539 copies)

The full version of the April 26 – May 2 chart will be released later this week. So far, the bestsellers of the reporting period on various consoles have hit the network.

The leader of the overall weekly rating should be New pokemon snap for Nintendo Switch – it was bought 147 thousand times in three days. In second place is Monster hunter rise, which has added another 100 thousand copies to its circulation.

Best Selling Games on Switch, PS4 and PS5 in Japan for the week of April 26 – May 2:

00./00. [NSW] New Pokemon Snap – 147,742 / NEW
00./02. [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise – 102.952 / 2.073.323
00./03. [NSW] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury – 27.096 / 701.758

00./01. [PS4] NieR Replicant ver. 1.22474487139 … – 25.601 / 134.439
00./00. [PS4] R-Type Final 2 – 8.693 / NEW
00./18. [PS4] Judgment [2][New Price Edition] – 3.383 / 6.575

00./00. [PS5] Returnal – 6.573 / NEW
00./11. [PS5] Judgment – 2,881 / 8,420

During the same period, Japanese players bought 165,268 Nintendo Switch consoles (+60 thousand compared to the previous week) and 30,973 PlayStation 5 consoles (+10 thousand compared to the previous week).

Earlier it was reported that the PlayStation 5 began to confidently bypass the PlayStation 4 console in terms of sales dynamics in Japan.

At the same time, the weak link of the new console continues to be sales of games in Japanese retail – they are extremely rare guests on the charts. In contrast, in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, each new PlayStation 5 shipment results in a skyrocketing leap for console games in the physical charts.

Some experts associate low sales of PlayStation 5 games in Japan with high reseller activity, pointing out that a large part of the consoles are sold in China and other countries. However, it is not possible to calculate all this. Nobody keeps such statistics, and what is really happening is unknown.

The big test for the PlayStation 5 in Japan will be the launch of high-profile games like Resident evil village from Capcom… On PlayStation 4, with iron sales of 500-600 thousand pieces, games were released with sales of 100 thousand copies in the first week.

Almost 700,000 PlayStation 5s have now been sold in Japan.

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