Japanese Charts: Kirby Reclaims First Place As Horse Racing Sim Gallops Into Top Ten

Image: NintendoThe latest Japanese charts have come our way from Famitsu (via Gematsu) and this week once again sees Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe ...
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Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
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The latest Japanese charts have come our way from Famitsu (via Gematsu) and this week once again sees Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe beating the competition to reclaim the top spot.

The pink puff ball’s Switch remaster only managed to shift 21,014 copies in the week of 27th March to 2nd April, but that was still enough for it to land first place in a quiet week. Last week’s champion, Resident Evil 4, saw a substantial decrease in sales with the PS5 version dropping from 89,662 copies sold down to only 18,510. This placed the game in second, with the PS4 version following one position behind.

In terms of debuts, the Japan-only horse racing series expanded this week with the release of Winning Post 10, which got off to a pretty good start on Switch, selling 12,979 copies.

Elsewhere, the usual suspects continue to close in on their next million milestone, with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and Splatoon 3 nearing five and four million total sales respectively — that’s pretty good going, we’d say.

Here’s your look at the Japanese software top ten:

  1. [NSW] Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe (Nintendo, 02/24/23) – 21,014 (357,157)
  2. [PS5] Resident Evil 4 (Capcom, 03/24/23) – 18,510 (108,172)
  3. [PS4] Resident Evil 4 (Capcom, 03/24/23) – 16,604 (101,975)
  4. [NSW] Winning Post 10 (Koei Tecmo, 03/30/23) – 12,979 (New)
  5. [NSW] Pokémon Scarlet / Pokémon Violet (The Pokémon Company, 11/18/22) – 12,426 (4,972,063)
  6. [NSW] Splatoon 3 (Nintendo, 09/09/22) – 10,762 (3,969,635)
  7. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 10,377 (5,224,493)
  8. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 8,133 (3,091,142)
  9. [PS5] Winning Post 10 (Koei Tecmo, 03/30/23) – 7,144 (New)
  10. [NSW] Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo, 04/29/22) – 7,101 (1,045,270)

Onto hardware now, and the Switch OLED once again finds itself in pole position this week in Japan with 38,880 units sold compared to the PS5 with 28,654. Neither console shows any signs of slowing for the moment, so we’re expecting this to continue being a back-and-forth affair for the foreseeable future.

Here’s the full Japanese hardware charts:

  1. Switch OLED Model – 38,880 (4,143,813)
  2. PlayStation 5 – 28,654 (2,786,491)
  3. Switch – 10,359 (19,252,360)
  4. Switch Lite – 7,304 (5,264,225)
  5. PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 6,023 (449,542)
  6. PlayStation 4 – 1,540 (7,863,614)
  7. Xbox Series X – 312 (183,697)
  8. Xbox Series S – 309 (251,099)
  9. New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 29 (1,191,106)

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