Activision’s Call of Duty: World War 2 (which is published by Sony on PS4 in Japan) has claimed the top spot in the Japanese charts.
In doing so it knocks Nintendo’s Switch platformer, Super Mario Odyssey, from the top spot. Famitsu credits COD’s strong sell-though (89 per cent), and notes that the game had a far stronger week one that predecessor Infinite Warfare, bettering the numbers by about 70 per cent. However, the total fell ever so slightly short of Black Ops III.
COD managed only about a third of the sales Mario Odyssey posted on its first week, however.
Mario did manage to fend off the advances of two newcomers, however – Bandai Namco’s remake compilation .hack// GU Last Recode debuts in 3rd and Nintendo’s 3DS title New Style Boutique 3: Styling Star in 4th.
Retailers have told Famitsu that .hack sales would have been higher if more stock had been available, and that the 3DS title has performed better than expected. Some also expressed pleasant surprise by the success of COD, which has done well with non-pre-order customers.
This all sees PS4 surge back ahead of Switch in the weekly unit sales race, and also sees it take the lead in terms of the previous four weeks. For the year to date, PS4 claims around 33.5 per cent of the software market and the Switch 25.3 per cent. The 3DS beats them both, however, with 33.6 per cent.
The Switch remained the week’s best-selling console, however, and also leads both the trailing for weeks and year-to-date charts.
Here’s the Japanese Top 10 for the week ending November 5th:
1. (PS4) Call of Duty: WWII – Sony
2. (Switch) Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
3. (PS4) .hack//G.U. Last Recode – BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
4. (3DS) New Style Boutique 3: Styling Star – Nintendo
5. (PS4) ARK: Survival Evolved – Spike Chunsoft
6. (Switch) Splatoon 2 – Nintendo
7. (PS4) Assassin’s Creed Origins – Ubisoft
8. (Switch) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
9. (3DS) Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux – ATLUS
10. (Switch) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo