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Japanese Charts: Kirby’s Dream Buffet Makes Sweet Debut Thanks To eShop Cards

Kirby's Dream Buffet
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It’s back to our regularly scheduled Nintendo Switch Sports dominance in the Japanese charts. For the last few months, we’ve seen a handful of different games grab the number one spot in the weekly Famitsu charts, but last week saw Nintendo’s family-friendly online sports game reclaim number one from Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

And Switch Sports remains proudly at the top this week, selling 18,668 copies in the week of 15th to 21st August. Xenoblade has slipped a further seven places down the charts, now placing in ninth ahead of Mario Party Superstars.

The only newcomer this week comes in the round form of Kirby’s Dream Buffet. eShop titles aren’t normally included in the sales figures as Nintendo doesn’t include downloads in its sales figures, but thanks to some rather adorable download cards, the pink puffball has managed to chart in sixth with 7,218 bits of card flying out of the doors. That means Kirby has two games in the top ten as Kirby and the Forgotten Land is still performing strongly, slowly approaching total sales of 900,000 units.

Otherwise, things look pretty familiar. Here’s the full top ten:

  1. [NSW] Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo, 04/29/22) – 18,668 (696,061)
  2. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 16,052 (4,790,937)
  3. [NSW] Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Nintendo, 03/25/22) – 10,877 (862,743)
  4. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 10,697 (2,759,736)
  5. [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise + Sunbreak Set (Capcom, 06/30/22) – 8,625 (250,277)
  6. [NSW] Kirby’s Dream Buffet Download Card (Nintendo, 08/17/22) – 7,218 (New)
  7. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 7,014 (4,956,081)
  8. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo, 10/18/19) – 6,748 (3,253,767)
  9. [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Nintendo, 07/29/22) – 6,714 (158,971)
  10. [NSW] Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo, 10/29/21) – 6,056 (1,023,061)
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In terms of hardware, the standard Switch model has again overtaken the PlayStation 5 — which has seen a resurgence in sales over the past few weeks as supply issues ease. Though the Switch OLED dominates the charts, selling nearly twice as many units as its regular model (31,275 compared to the Switch’s 15,988).

  1. Switch OLED Model – 31,275 (2,223,821)
  2. Switch – 15,988 (18,598,486)
  3. PlayStation 5 – 14,609 (1,607,405)
  4. Switch Lite – 11,133 (4,862,082)
  5. Xbox Series S – 4,984 (157,017)
  6. Xbox Series X – 4,836 (144,531)
  7. PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 1,046 (258,831)
  8. New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 152 (1,188,420)
  9. PlayStation 4 – 13 (7,819,824)

< Last week’s charts

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