Nintendo Switch & Launch Software Top Japanese Sale Charts

Nintendo’s newfangled Switch has been selling well around the world in its launch, and Japan proved to be no exception. The country’s Media Create sales charts have posted numbers for the week of February 27th through March 5th, where the Switch sold 329,000 units while Zelda: Breath of the Wild topped the software charts with over 189,000 units.

In truth, the last-gen Wii U edition of BotW sold well, too, with over 44,000 units enough to chart it in fourth place. Other Switch launch games crossed into the Top 10, as Nintendo’s other marquee launch game 1-2-Switch placed in third behind Horizon Zero Dawn on the PlayStation 4. Third party games like Super Bomberman R, Dragon Quest Heroes I-II, and Puyo Puyo Tetris placed in 6th, 7th, and 10th place respectively.

Below are the exact sales figures for all hardware and software in Japan last week. Pertinent software for the Switch (and Wii U) are highlighted in bold:

Hardware sales

  • Switch – 329.152
  • PS4 – 31.065
  • New 3DS LL – 18.433
  • Vita – 9.889
  • PS4 Pro – 6.742
  • 2DS – 4.147
  • New 3DS – 1.268
  • PS3 – 615
  • Wii U – 565
  • Xbox One – 147


  1. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 187,379 (New)
  2. [PS4] Horizon Zero Dawn (SIE, 03/02/17) – 116,997 (New)
  3. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 79,536 (New)
  4. [Wii U] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 44,602 (New)
  5. [PS4] NieR: Automata (Square Enix, 02/23/17) – 38,002 (236,545)
  6. [NSW] Super Bomberman R (Konami, 03/03/17) – 36,623 (New)
  7. [NSW] Dragon Quest Heroes I•II for Nintendo Switch (Square Enix, 03/03/17) – 25,606 (New)
  8. [PS4] Super Robot Wars V (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 02/23/17) – 15,321 (115,475)
  9. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional (Square Enix, 02/09/17) – 13,426 (163,058)
  10. [NSW] Puyo Puyo Tetris (Sega, 03/03/17) – 12,854 (New)

Elsewhere in its launch weekend, the Switch sold 81,000 units in the UK and managed to be Nintendo’s fastest-selling console launch in Europe ever. The same goes with the console’s launch in the Americas, as it similarly was Nintendo’s most successful console launch in the region. For the Americas, no numbers have been detailed, but may be available mid-April as part of March NPD results.

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