The puff ball doing numbers
Based on the weekly sales we’ve seen in Japan, it comes as no surprise that Kirby and the Forgotten Land was the best-selling game in Japan for March 2022. Kirby managed to sell 380,000 copies in the first two days. To compare, Kirby Star Allies sold 224,000 copies in the first 3 days. Furthermore, the little pink demon managed to sell more than double the number of boxed copies of Pokémon Legends: Arceus (125,851) and Triangle Strategy (117,800).
The Nintendo Switch accounted for 69.8% of the physical games sold. This month is the first month of the year where Nintendo was the biggest-selling publisher in Japan, as The Pokémon Company had that spot for two months.
On the hardware side of things, the Nintendo Switch accounted for 78% (45.3% for OLED Model and 20% for the standard model).
Top 10 best-selling physical games in Japan of March 2022 (from Famitsu):
Hardware sales in Japan for March 2022
- Switch - 364,495 (OLED = 212,030/Lite = 55,009/Original = 97,456)
- PS5 - 94,407
- Xbox - 7,227
- 3DS - 1,539
- PS4 - 50