Japanese Charts: Splatoon 3 Retains Its Crown, Surprising No One

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Another week, another chart-topping performance from Splatoon 3.

Yes, the multiplayer sequel has hit number one yet again in the Japanese charts, bringing in another 157,348 copies for Nintendo. It’s another drop from the previous week, but still leagues ahead of The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II at number two, which managed a comparatively modest (yet still solid in its own right) 36,261 units.

Elsewhere, FIFA 23 has entered the charts at number four – hardly the runaway success compared to the UK, but still decent, and Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival only managed 7,911 copies sold this week, slipping down to number nine in the charts.

Here’s the overall top ten from the week of 26th September to 2nd October, 2022:

  1. [NSW] Splatoon 3 (Nintendo, 09/09/22) – 157,348 (2,900,483)
  2. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II -CRIMSON SiN- (Falcom, 09/29/22) – 36,261 (New)
  3. [PS4] Valkyrie Elysium (Square Enix, 09/29/22) – 23,295 (New)
  4. [PS4] FIFA 23 (Electronic Arts, 09/30/22) – 21,721 (New)
  5. [PS5] Valkyrie Elysium (Square Enix, 09/29/22) – 17,067 (New)
  6. [NSW] Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Offline (Square Enix, 09/15/22) – 14,484 (166,874)
  7. [PS5] The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II -CRIMSON SiN- (Falcom, 09/29/22) – 14,446 (New)
  8. [NSW] FIFA 23 Legacy Edition (Electronic Arts, 09/30/22) – 11,783 (New)
  9. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival (Bandai Namco, 09/22/22) – 7,911 (39,996)
  10. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 8,126 (4,855,158)

Looking at hardware for the week, the Switch is leading the pack once again, but interestingly enough, the Switch Lite specifically has fallen a few places, sitting behind all PS5 and Xbox SKUs. Still, it’s looking rosey for the OLED Model, bringing in close to 50,000 more sales for the week and closing in on a total of 3 million.

  1. Switch OLED Model – 47,042 (2,725,538)
  2. Switch – 20,974 (18,740,181)
  3. PlayStation 5 – 15,101 (1,699,911)
  4. Xbox Series S – 9,663 (199,755)
  5. Xbox Series X – 3,401 (163,736)
  6. PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 2,975 (273,368)
  7. Switch Lite – 2,549 (4,897,759)
  8. New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 27 (1,188,777)
  9. PlayStation 4 – 14 (7,819,896)

< Last week’s charts

It’s another solid week for Splatoon 3! What do you make of the current sales coming out of Japan? Share your thoughts in the usual place.