The PS5 finally took the top spot for sales in Japan in February, even beating the reigning champ Nintendo Switch.
The PS5 has sold 366,982 units as reported by Famitsu (opens in new tab)meaning sales are up 457% year-over-year as Sony managed to sell just 65,772 units in February 2022. Genki_JPN (opens in new tab) also pointed out that the PS5 sold more units in February than Q1 2022 combined.
This big news means that the PS5 has beaten the Xbox and, more impressively, the Nintendo Switch as the best-selling console in Japan. The Switch came in second with 221,041 units sold, so it wasn’t much of a close fight.
In the week ending February 19, Sony also moved up the list of best-selling software titles, as reported by Push Square (opens in new tab). Hogwarts legacy And Wild hearts topped the list with 36,958 and 26,905 units respectively. However, this is somewhat to be expected given the increased number of PS5 units sold and how new both games are.
Despite Sony claiming the top two spots, the title came closest Stories from Symphonia remastered on the PS4, which took eighth place. Aside from these three games, the Nintendo Switch ruled the software Pokemon Scarlet/Violet And Splatoon 3 both are at the top of the pile.
Secret to success
While it’s shocking that the PS5 ended Nintendo’s impressive winning streak, it’s not too surprising that this success has now happened with the news that the PS5 shortage in Asia was over.
This massive increase in sales comes hand-in-hand with Sony’s announcement that the company has finally addressed the supply issues that have plagued this next-gen console worldwide for so long.
Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan told an audience at the PlayStation Partner Prices (opens in new tab) that Sony has finally resolved the PS5 shortfalls in December 2022. His message appeared to be aimed at the Japanese public, as the company was now able to deliver next-gen consoles to “many customers in Japan and Asia” from “this year-end shopping season and into 2023.”
Therefore, an increase in the number of units available would naturally lead to an increase in the number of units sold. However, that doesn’t detract from the incredible success the PS5 has had, especially in light of the Nintendo Switch.