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Pokemon Sword and Shield still selling well in Japan

Pokemon Sword and Shield

Pokemon Sword and Shield collectively sold 95,000 units in Japan in February 2020. This makes them the third best-selling game in the retail chart for the region.

The latest entries to the mainline Pokemon series have been a big hit with the franchise’s global audience. A new Pokemon movie has also recently been released, which may have given the games a slight boost to sales in February.

The best-selling game in Japan for the month was Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers. The game is an action RPG spin-off from the hugely popular fifth entry to the series, and sold over 160,000 units over the month.

The most popular platform that the game was purchased on was PlayStation 4, followed closely by Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch version of the game sits in sixth place in the chart, while it’s the PlayStation 4 version that takes the top spot.

In second place in the chart is Granblue Fantasy Versus, which sold around 100,000 units. This shows the sizeable difference in sales between number one and two this month in the region.

Ring Fit Adventure managed to make it to fourth in the chart. The game has seen some severe stock shortages, but it still seems to be shifting enough copies to make it this high. Nintendo is manufacturing as many new copies of the game as they can for the eager audience who don’t yet have one, but the coronavirus is causing some delays in manufacturing.

Selling 40,000 units, the Nintendo Switch version of Minecraft comes in at eighth place for the month. Super Smash Bros Ultimate rounds out the top ten in tenth place.

There are only a few big releases planned for March. As a result, the chart will probably look quite similar, but April should change it entirely.

The top ten best-selling games at retail in Japan for February 2020, according to Kadokawa Game Linkage, were as follows.

1. Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers – PlayStation 4
2. Granblue Fantasy Versus
3. Pokemon Sword and Shield
4. Ring Fit Adventure
5. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Megamix
6. Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers – Nintendo Switch
7. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
8. Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition
9. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch
10. Super Smash Bros Ultimate

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