Japanese Charts: Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes take first place in the tremendous opening weekend

Famitsu’s Japanese ranking figures are now available for the week ending November 21, revealing that Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Brilliant Pearl absolutely destroyed the competition with a thrilling opening weekend.

As was actually revealed this morning, the games managed to sell a grand total of 1,395,642 physical copies in the first three days of sale. This figure includes standard retail copies and download card purchases, but does not include purchases made through the eShop, which means that the real the total sales will obviously be even higher.

The incredible start means that Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have actually become the second largest Switch launch to date in Japan, with only Animal Crossing: New Horizons selling best on its opening weekend.

The rest of the top ten is mostly made up of other Switch titles, even though EA has just come out Battlefield 2042 entered the charts on both PS4 and PS5.

Here are the top ten (the first numbers are this week’s estimated sales, followed by total sales):


  1. [NSW] Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Brilliant Pearl (The Pokémon Company, 11/19/21) – 1,395,642 (New one)
  2. [NSW] Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo, 29/10/21) – 39,797 (329,497)
  3. [PS4] Battlefield 2042 (Electronic art, 11/19/21) – 25,268 (New one)
  4. [NSW] Shin Megami Tensei V (Atlus, 11/11/21) – 22,513 (165,760)
  5. [PS5] Battlefield 2042 (Electronic Art, 11/19/21) – 21,637 (New one)
  6. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo, 18/10/19) – 11,822 (2,920,975)
  7. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo, 20/03/20) – 11,149 (6,945,689)
  8. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft, 6/21/18) – 10,084 (2,279,676)
  9. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 28/04/17) – 9.890 (4.142.150)
  10. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 8,621 (4,506,739)
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The Switch itself also had a fantastic week, no doubt helped by a wave of Pokémon fans who picked up a new system alongside remakes. OLED has seen a particular boost, but all three members of the Switch family have been selling particularly well this week. Here are this week’s figures, followed by lifetime sales in parentheses:

  1. OLED model switch – 68.796 (377.001)
  2. Switch – 60,512 (17,454,460)
  3. Switch Lite – 38,470 (4,195,309)
  4. PlayStation 5 – 4,134 (988,400)
  5. Xbox Series X – 2,203 (69,919)
  6. Xbox Series S – 1,219 (52,218)
  7. New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 365 (1,177,353)
  8. PlayStation 4 – 188 (7,818,813)
  9. PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 173 (188,845)

<Last week's charts

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