We all know Splatoon is a phenomenon in Japan, and that Sony’s situation in its domestic market is “challenging” to put it politely. But the latest Famitsu sales report will surely be sobering for the top brass at PlayStation, as its consoles slumped to just 1.5 per cent of the overall market share for the week ending 11th September, 2022.
Now there are mitigating factors at play here: the PS5 is about to get its much-maligned price increase, and therefore shipments were practically non-existent during the period, while the PS4 borders on statistical error these days. Meanwhile, the release of Splatoon 3, as alluded, sent the Nintendo Switch OLED model into overdrive; the game, for those curious, sold almost two million physical copies.
In total, 2,875 PlayStation consoles were flogged throughout the week, compared with 182,950 Nintendo systems. As you’d anticipate, the software top ten was also utterly dominated by evergreen Switch titles, although the PS4 version of Earth Defense Force 6 did manage to break up the overall Nintendomination. Tough week!