Splatoon 3 Surpasses Bayonetta 3; PS5 overtakes Switch in weekly sales in Japan


Bayonetta 3 is a single-player action-adventure title brewed by PlatinumGames for the Nintendo Switch. The third entry in the franchise continues the tradition of the previous two installments.

The title was praised for its flawless execution of story and gameplay, but received criticism and disdain from the community for persistent performance issues.

The clunky performance and technical issues stem from the older Nintendo Switch hardware, which struggled to keep up with recent improvements in video games. Nonetheless, the game is an enjoyable and engaging experience, according to reviews and community ratings.

Recently Released Japan physical sales charts by Famitsu have revealed many enticing details regarding the newly released titles. Additionally, hardware sales are worth analyzing as they reveal the sudden surge in PlayStation 5 sales in Japan.

Main takeaways:

  • Bayonetta 3 stole second place in the physical sales chart in Japan last week, being eclipsed by Splatoon 3.
  • The PlayStation 5, on the other hand, topped sales of all Switch models to be the best-selling console of the week.
  • The Switch dropped to PS5 for the first time, as far as we can remember.
  • The drop in sales could prove to be the start of Switch’s fall behind the PS5, which is in high demand due to steadily improving inventory.

Bayonetta 3 sold out in large numbers in Japan alone, for the week ending October 30. The well-known title lived up to the initial hype from the community. He stole second place by selling a staggering price 41,285 copies in Japan, just below Splatoon 3 by around 10,000 units.

Bayonetta 3 numbers are likely to climb sharply for a few weeks. The aforementioned Bayonetta 3 numbers appear to be lower than some community members might have hoped; these are only physical sales and the cumulative sales should be much higher.

Splatoon 3 continues to sell like hot cakes, accumulating 51,547 copies Last week. Splatoon 3 sold in the 3 million range right after its rocky release, and the numbers are reaching new highs every week. Third place in software sales is held by Star Ocean: The Divine Force, with the new game unfolding 27,001 units already.

Meanwhile, the PlayStation 5 seems to be enjoying a massive rise in Japan. For the first time, Sony’s PS5 sales topped all Nintendo Switch models, becoming the top-selling console in Japan for the week.

The next-gen console has rocked 34,287 units compared to OLED switches 23,399, which is a rare phenomenon. Switch Lite sales dipped to less than 1,000 units last week, while the PS5 Digital outsold the Xbox Series S.

Demand for the PlayStation 5 has seen a massive increase in Japan as more stock arrives in the region. Recently, Sony’s next-gen console sold over 2 million copies in Japan, cementing its hold on the Japanese console market. Sony has been working on resolving the stock issue, and its preparation for the holidays appears to be complete as well.

Sony’s imports are up 400% to prepare for the upcoming holidays, for example. With the emergence of God of War Ragnarok, we may see more PlayStation 5 sales in Japan in the coming weeks.

Demand for the Nintendo Switch could see a lasting decline, and recent charts for physical hardware and software sales in Japan only confirm the hunch. However, Nintendo Switch has a big hold in Japan, and the PS5 Eclipse will likely be a rare weekly wonder.

What do you think of Bayonetta 3 taking second place in the weekly sales charts in Japan and the PlayStation 5 eventually overtaking Switch sales? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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