Last week was a big one for video game sales in Japan with huge debuts for Nintendo, including Metroid Dread and the Nintendo Switch OLED model. Famitsu has released its latest software and hardware sales estimates from Japanese retailers during the week of October 4 to October 10, 2021.
Overall, software sales were boosted last week, mostly thanks to the #1 title, Metroid Dread, which went on to sell a whopping 86,798 units in its debut. The Metroid series has never been a traditional big seller in Japan compared to the West, where Dread was the highest-grossing series launch in the UK, but it was easily its best opening week numbers Japan as well. Check out the sales records from Game Data Library below for an idea:
Retail launch sales of Metroid Dread in Japan are the highest on record, surpassing launch of all games since Fusion.
Launch alone makes it the 3rd best selling game in the series in the past 20 years. pic.twitter.com/ZoKxEYlUhV
— Game Data Library (@GameDataLibrary) October 14, 2021
It’s worth noting that the list doesn’t specify whether the Japan sales figures come from Famitsu, Dengeki, or Media Create trackers, but it still gives us a good estimate on where Metroid Dread stacks compared to previous Metroid games. Not only does Metroid Dread double any other Metroid debut, but its opening alone already makes it the third bestselling Metroid game in the past 20 years in Japan.
Other new releases helped bolster the weekly sales, including Far Cry 6 on PlayStation 4 (34,219 copies) and PlayStation 5 (16,686 copies). Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! opened with 9,513 units sold for the Nintendo Switch.
In hardware sales, we saw the debut of the Nintendo Switch OLED model in Japan. The new model sold 138,784, according to Famitsu’s trackers. The Nintendo Switch Lite debuted with 177,936 units sold in its debut, but keep in mind that the OLED model is the third model variation, so it was about as expected.
Weekly Famitsu Sales
Period: The week of October 4 – October 10 (2021)
Top-selling software: Metroid Dread – 86,798 (Nintendo Switch)
Nintendo Switch: 32,792 (Total: 17,198,146)
Nintendo Switch Lite: 8,650 (4,088,784)
Nintendo Switch OLED: 138,784 (New)
New 2DS LL (+ 2DS): 405 (1,174,950)
PS5: 13,786 (922,929)
PS5 Digital: 2,099 (177,974)
PS4: 961 (7,813,467)
Xbox Series X: 527 (64,284)
Xbox Series S: 2,920 (38,307)
Top 10 Software Sales
|LW||TW||Title||Weekly Sales||Total Sales||System||Publisher|
|New||02.||Far Cry 6||34,219||New||PS4||Ubisoft|
|New||03.||Far Cry 6||16,686||New||PS5||Ubisoft|
|08.||04.||Mario Kart 8 Deluxe||12,257||4,085,509||Switch||Nintendo|
|12.||05.||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||11,936||4,450,954||Switch||Nintendo|
|11.||06.||Ring Fit Adventure||11,257||2,862,651||Switch||Nintendo|
|New||08.||Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!||9,514||New||Switch||Playism|
|07.||10.||WarioWare: Get It Together!||7,787||144,966||Switch||Nintendo|