Super Mario Odyssey sells 500k+ in Japan in three days

Ben Parfitt
Super Mario Odyssey sells 500k+ in Japan in three days

Nintendo’s Switch platformer Super Mario Odyssey was the comfortable Japanese No.1 in its debut week, according to Famitsu data.

The game sold 512k units in its first three days on sale, although unlike other territories this is not a record for the series – in fact, it’s the fourth highest first week for a Mario game in Japan, falling just short of Mario Kart Wii’s numbers in April 2008. It’s also only the second fastest selling Switch game, losing out to Splatoon 2’s 671k week one sales.

There was also Japanese chart success for Western-made survival title Ark: Survival Evolved, which shifted 73k copies on PS4, while Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins debuted at No.4 with sales of 54k units. Third spot was claimed by Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux.

There were two other new entries in the Top 10, too – Bandai Namco’s Taiko Drum Master: Session de Dodon ga Don at No.5 and TakaraTomy’s Idol Time PriPara: Yume All-Star Live at No.7.

The rest of the Top 10 was rounded out by Splatoon 2 at No.6, cumulative sales of which have now passed the 1.3m mark, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at No.8, Gran Turismo: Sport at No.9 and Bethesda’s The Evil Within 2 at No.10.

Other Top 40 new entries included Rune Factory 3: Best Collection (14th), 12-Sai Torokeru Puzzle: Futari no Harmony (15th) and Yahari Game demo Ore no Seishun Love-Come wa Machigatte Iru & Zoku Set (16th).

Switch claimed a 58.7 per cent share of the software market, ahead of PS4 at 25.6 per cent. For the last four weeks, however, Switch’s share sits at 38.3 per cent and the PS4 38.9 per cent. For the year, PS4 still commands the lion’s share – 32.7 per cent versus 25.1 per cent.

Here’s the weekly Top 10 in full for the week ending October 29th:

1. Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)
2. ARK: Survival Evolved (Spike Chunsoft)
3. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux (ATLUS)
4. Assassin's Creed Origins (Ubisoft)
5. Taiko Drum Master: Session de Dodon ga Don! (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)
6. Splatoon 2 (Nintendo)
7. Idol Time PriPara: Yume All-Star Live! (TAKARATOMY)
8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)
9. Gran Turismo Sport (Sony)
10. The Evil Within 2 (Bethesda Softworks)

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