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Forums - Sales Discussion - May 2024 VGChartz Estimates Thread - Japan Estimates Out Now

Welcome to the May 2024 VGChartz estimates thread, which includes the dates from May 5 to June 1. The articles breaking down June 2024 estimates will be posted in this thread.

You can go to the front page of the site and use the drop down to see the different weekly sales.



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Japan estimates for May 2024

Link to the VGChartz article here.

NS Tops 33M Lifetime - Japan Hardware Estimates for May 2024

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in Japan with 184,846 units sold for May 2024, according to VGChartz estimates. The Nintendo Switch has now sold an estimated 33.05 million units lifetime in Japan.

The Nintendo Switch has outsold the lifetime sales of the Nintendo DS to become the best-selling video game platform of all-time in Japan. 

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 85,033 units to bring its lifetime sales to 5.66 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 12,388 units to bring their lifetime sales to 0.60 million units. The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 454 units to bring its lifetime sales to 9.68 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same month for the PS4 in 2017 are up over 3,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same month for the Xbox One are up by over 11,000 units. PS4 sold 81,769 units for the month of May 2017 and Xbox One sales were at 954 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same month a year ago are down by 160,143 units (-46.4%). PlayStation 5 sales are down by 85,745 (-50.2%) and Xbox Series X|S sales are up by 11,084 units (850.0%). The PlayStation 4 is down by 3,187 units (-87.5%) year-over-year.

Looking at sales month-on-month, Nintendo Switch sales are down by nearly 51,000 units, the PlayStation 5 sales are down by nearly 7,000 units, and Xbox Series X|S sales are up by nearly 2,000 units.

2024 year-to-date, the Nintendo Switch has sold an estimated 1.21 million units, the PlayStation 5 has sold 0.70 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S has sold 0.05 million units.

Monthly Sales:

Japan hardware estimates for May 2024 (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 184,846 (33,049,895)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 85,033 (5,663,047)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 12,388 (598,035)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 454 (9,677,083)

Weekly Sales:

Japan May 11, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. Switch - 47,078
  2. PlayStation 5 - 21,527
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 4,456
  4. PlayStation 4 - 83

Japan May 18, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. Switch - 40,718
  2. PlayStation 5 - 17,574
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 2,573
  4. PlayStation 4 - 55

Japan May 25, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. Switch - 48,047
  2. PlayStation 5 - 23,376
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 2,104
  4. PlayStation 4 - 135

Japan June 1, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. Switch - 49,003
  2. PlayStation 5 - 22,556
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 3,255
  4. PlayStation 4 - 181


VGChartz Sales Analyst and Writer - William D'Angelo - I stream on Twitch and have my own YouTubeFollow me on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Writer of the Sales Comparison | Weekly Hardware Breakdown Top 10 | Weekly Sales Analysis | Marketshare Features, as well as daily news on the Video Game Industry.

Link to the VGChartz article here.

Nintendo Switch is the Best-Selling Console of All-Time in Japan

The Nintendo Switch has outsold the lifetime sales of the Nintendo DS in Japan to become the best-selling video game platform of all-time in the country, according to VGChartz estimates. 

The Switch sold an estimated 184,846 units in in May 2024 to bring its lifetime sales to 33.05 million units in Japan. This compares to the Nintendo DS with sales of 32.99 million units lifetime in Japan. The figure for the Switch includes the combined sales of the original Switch model, the Switch Lite, and Switch OLED.

Worldwide the Nintendo Switch is the third best-selling video game platform of all-time. Next up is the Nintendo DS with 154.02 million units sold lifetime worldwide.

Shipment figures for the Nintendo Switch reached 141.32 million units as of March 31, 2023, while 1,235.82 million Switch games had been shipped lifetime.

Here is a list of the top 10 best-selling Nintendo Switch games, according to Nintendo's shipment figures through March 31, 2024:

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 61.97 million
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 45.36 million
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 34.22 million
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 31.85 million
  5. Super Mario Odyssey – 27.96 million
  6. Pokemon Sword / Pokemon Shield – 26.27 million
  7. Pokemon Scarlet / Pokemon Violet – 24.92 million
  8. Super Mario Party – 20.66 million
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – 20.61 million
  10. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 17.45 million


VGChartz Sales Analyst and Writer - William D'Angelo - I stream on Twitch and have my own YouTubeFollow me on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Writer of the Sales Comparison | Weekly Hardware Breakdown Top 10 | Weekly Sales Analysis | Marketshare Features, as well as daily news on the Video Game Industry.

We've had to wait over 7 years for this to happen, but Switch is now starting to break the "big" records. Best seller of all time in Japan is big record. Best seller of all time in US or in the Americas would be another big one. And of course, best selling system worldwide is the one we are all watching the most.

Congrats to the Switch!



Link to the VGChartz article here.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch 2024 Japan Sales Comparison Charts Through May

Here we see data representing the sales through to consumers and change in sales performance of the three current platforms (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch) and two legacy platforms (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) over comparable periods for 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024. Also shown is the market share for each of the consoles over the same periods.

Year to Date Sales Comparison (Same Periods Covered)

Market Share (Same Periods Covered)

2021 – (January 2021 to April 2021)

2022 – (January 2022 to April 2022)

2023 – (January 2023 to April 2023)

2024 – (January 2024 to April 2024)

"Year to date" sales for 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024 sales are shown in series at the top of the table and then just below a comparison of 2024 versus 2023 and 2024 versus 2022 is displayed.  This provides an easy-to-view summary of all the data.

Total Sales and Market Share for Each Year

Microsoft

  • Xbox Series X|S
    • 54,375 units sold year-to-date
    • Up year-on-year 14,922 units (+37.8%)

Nintendo

  • Nintendo Switch
    • 1.21 million units sold year-to-date
    • Down year-on-year 234,246 units (-16.2%)

Sony

  • PlayStation 5
    • 0.70 million units sold year-to-date
    • Down year-on-year 476,663 units (-40.2%)
  • PlayStation 4
    • 10,961 units sold year-to-date
    • Down year-on-year 16,597 (-60.2%)

Note: VGChartz 2024 estimates through May includes 22 weeks, while 2023, 2022, and 2021 estimates includes 21 weeks.



VGChartz Sales Analyst and Writer - William D'Angelo - I stream on Twitch and have my own YouTubeFollow me on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Writer of the Sales Comparison | Weekly Hardware Breakdown Top 10 | Weekly Sales Analysis | Marketshare Features, as well as daily news on the Video Game Industry.