Pikmin 4 defends No.1 spot from Armored Core 6 | Japan Monthly Charts

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For the second month in a row, Pikmin 4 outsold all other games at Japanese retail, defeating the only brand-new entry to reach the Top 30: Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon by FromSoftware.

According to the most recent Famitsu figures, the Garden Critter adventure video game from Nintendo sold 235,000 copies in August, increasing its overall lifetime sales to 753,000.

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Here are Japan’s Top 10 best-selling physical games from July 31 to August 27, 2023, courtesy of Famitsu:

1Pikmin 4Nintendo
2Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon (PS5)FromSoftware
3Mario Kart 8 DeluxeNintendo
4The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the KingdomNintendo
5Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon (PS4)FromSoftware
6Minecraft: Switch EditionMicrosoft
7Super Smash Bros. UltimateNintendo
8Splatoon 3Nintendo
9Nintendo Switch SportsNintendo
10Pocket Monsters Scarlet/VioletPokémon

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The garden critter adventure video game from Nintendo sold 235,000 copies in August, according to the most recent Famitsu figures, increasing its overall lifetime sales to 753,000.

This means that in under two months, the game has surpassed the previous physical sales record for the franchise, which was previously held by 2020’s Pikmin 3 Deluxe for Switch with 660,000 units sold.

Pikmin 4, Armored Core 6

Armored Core 6 was forced to settle for No. 2, despite the fact that it was published toward the end of the month on August 25 (two days before Famitsu began compiling data for August).,

In contrast to Pikmin, Armored Core fell short of its predecessor. After a similar late-month launch in 2012, Armored Core 5 sold 194,000 copies, while this year’s revival only managed to sell 163,000. It’s important to keep in mind that this just considers boxed sales; given how rapidly the digital market has expanded over the past ten years, FromSoftware’s most recent title almost certainly sold more copies overall.

A month-over-month rise in sales helped Mario Kart 8 Deluxe move up the charts, from No. 5 to No. 3. The 57,000 copies that were sold in August brought the album’s total sales in Japan to just under 5.5 million (again, excluding digital).

In Japan, packaged game sales totaled 1.25 million last month, a 27% decrease from 1.7 million the month prior.

Additionally, hardware sales decreased overall by 20% to 530,000 units.

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