PS4 sales rise 64% in Japan as NieR: Automata debuts at No.1

Katharine  Byrne
NieR Automata

PS4 sales in Japan shot up 64 per cent last week, according to the latest data from Famitsu, thanks to a number of new PS4 titles in the Japanese Top Ten. Chief among them was Nier: Automata, which debuted at the top of the charts after shifting 182,762 units.

It's a strong start for Square Enix and PlatinumGames' action RPG, but Bandai Namco's Super Robot Taisen V wasn't far behind, claiming second and third place respectively on PS4 and Vita. Together, the title sold 180,155 units.

Nioh, meanwhile, dropped two places to No.4 after a 37 per cent decline in sales week-on-week, and the week before's No.1, Ubisoft's For Honor, fell to No.9, selling just 11,754 units. That's a drop of 72 per cent week-on-week.

Other new entries include Koei Tecmo's Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 Ultimate, which debuted at No.5, and Nippon Ichi Software's The Witch and the Hundred Knights 2, which entered the charts at No.6.

With so many new chart entries, Pokémon Sun and Moon were pushed down four places to No. 7 last week, where they collectively sold 13,673 units – a fall of 12 per cent week-on-week. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, meanwhile, both experienced a 21 per cent dip in sales week-on-week, falling to No.8 and No.10 respectively.  

Below is the software Top Ten in full for the week ending February 26th:

1. NieR: Automata (Square Enix) PS4, 182,762 (New)
2. Super Robot Taisen V (Bandai Namco Entertainment) PS4, 95,222 (New)
3. Super Robot Taisen V (Bandai Namco Entertainment) Vita, 84,933 (New)
4. Nioh (Koei Tecmo Games) PS4, 17,586 
5. Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 Ultimate (Koei Tecmo Games) Vita, 17,005 (New)
6. The Witch and the Hundred Knights 2 (Nippon Ichi Software) PS4, 15,709 (New)
7. Pocket Monster Sun/Moon (Pokemon) 3DS, 13,673 
8. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional (Square Enix) 3DS, 11,920 
9. For Honor (Ubisoft) PS4, 11,754 
10. Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) 3DS, 6,468

And here are the hardware figures for the same period:

PS4, 37,472
New Nintendo 3DS LL, 18,536
PS Vita, 11,069
PS4 Pro, 6,686
2DS, 5,362
New Nintendo 3DS, 842
Wii U, 626
Xbox One S, 506
PS3, 302
Xbox One, 19

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Tags: International , famitsu charts , Famitsu data , NieR: Automata

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