Well, we're not sure we saw this one coming. Middle-earth: Shadow of War has claimed the top spot of the Japanese hardware charts, despite shifting only 20,000 copies on PlayStation 4. In other words, this has been a really poor week for new releases. Indeed, traditionally styled role-playing game Lost Sphear absolutely bombed at retail, selling just over 7000 copies on Sony's system. A paltry sum, but still enough to get into the top ten.

The hardware charts aren't looking much better for PlayStation, either. Combined with PS4 Pro, total PS4 sales settle around the 23,000 mark. What's new?

Hardware sales

  1. Switch – 40,803 (38,204)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 16,933 (16,680)
  3. New 2DS LL – 10,569 (12,658)
  4. New 3DS LL – 8,369 (8,534)
  5. PlayStation 4 Pro – 5,773 (5,869)
  6. PlayStation Vita – 3,938 (3,545)
  7. 2DS – 1,565 (1,594)
  8. New 3DS – 242 (265)
  9. Xbox One – 71 (186)
  10. PlayStation 3 – 65 (72)
  11. Wii U – 58 (45)

Software sales

  1. [PS4] Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Warner Bros., 10/12/17) – 20,144 (New)
  2. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 19,622 (1,232,523)
  3. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04,28,17) – 13,321 (747,454)
  4. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (Nintendo, 10/05/17) – 12,215 (38,003)
  5. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Nintendo, 09/22/17) – 8,367 (97,135)
  6. [PS4] Lost Sphear (Square Enix, 10/12/17) – 7,363 (New)
  7. [PS4] FIFA 18 (Limited Editions and Bundles Included) (Electronic Arts, 09/29/17) – 6,703 (75,791)
  8. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 6,088 (610,953)
  9. [NSW] Lost Sphear (Square Enix, 10/12/17) – 5,770 (New)
  10. [PS4] No Heroes Allowed! VR (SIE, 10/14/17) – 5,457 (New)
  11. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Limited Edition Included) (Falcom, 09/28/17) – 5,457 (105,298)
  12. [PS4] Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (Konami, 09/14/17) – 4,307 (102,018)
  13. [PS4] Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (Ubisoft, 10/05/17) – 4,093 (14,919)
  14. [NSW] Fire Emblem Warriors (Nintendo, 09/28/17) – 4,016 (53,531)
  15. [NSW] Monster Hunter XX Nintendo Switch Ver. (Capcom, 08/25/17) – 3,966 (155,634)
  16. [3DS] The Snack World: Trejarers (Level-5, 08/10/17) – 3,939 (180,898)
  17. [NSW] Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Bandai Namco, 09/07/17) – 3,815 (44,239)
  18. [3DS] Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Square Enix, 07/29/17) – 3,659 (1,741,582)
  19. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf Amiibo+ (Nintendo, 11/23/16) – 3,497 (253,665)
  20. [PSV] Yoshiwara Higanbana: Kuon no Chigiri (Prototype, 10/12/17) – 3,396 (New)

[via 4gamer.net, gematsu.com]