Last week, the gaming world was treated to a double whammy of new releases with the highly anticipated Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth and Tekken 8 hitting the shelves on the same day. While both games have received critical acclaim, it seems that one has emerged as the clear victor in Japan, leaving the other in the dust.
The latest weekly charts from Famitsu have unveiled the sales figures for hardware and physical software in Japan, and it's no surprise that Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth has taken the crown. The game's PS5 version has claimed the top spot, selling over a staggering 102,000 units, while its PS4 counterpart sits comfortably in third place with over 77,000 units sold. Combined, the game has sold an impressive 180,000 physical units across both platforms at launch in Japan.
To put this into perspective, the original Yakuza: Like a Dragon sold over 156,000 units upon its release in 2020, while last year's Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name debuted with over 123,000 units sold. Clearly, the franchise's popularity continues to soar to new heights.
On the flip side, Tekken 8 has stumbled out of the gate, experiencing a lukewarm debut. With just over 20,000 units sold, it finds itself in fifth place, making it the lowest-selling mainline Tekken game at launch in Japan (including the Tekken Tag Tournament games). Even Tekken 7, the previous installment, had higher launch sales with over 54,000 units sold. It seems the Iron Fist Tournament needs to up its game to reclaim its former glory.
But it's not all about the heavy hitters. A couple of other newcomers have managed to make a splash in the top 10. Spike Chunsoft's roguelike RPG, Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island, has made an impressive debut, claiming the second spot with over 84,000 units sold. Meanwhile, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy secures the eighth position, selling over 10,000 units. Interestingly, the Switch version of Capcom's collection is the only one to crack the top 10.
Turning our attention to the hardware side of things, the Nintendo Switch surprisingly didn't clinch the top spot this week. In a rare turn of events, the PS5 swooped in and claimed victory with over 49,000 units sold. Nevertheless, the Switch still put up a good fight, selling over 46,000 units and pushing its cumulative sales in Japan to a whopping 32 million units.
As the gaming landscape continues to evolve, it's fascinating to witness the ebb and flow of success in the industry. Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth has undoubtedly captivated Japanese gamers, while Tekken 8 will need to regroup and strategize for a comeback. Who knows what the future holds for these beloved franchises? All we can do is stay tuned for more thrilling battles, epic adventures, and unexpected surprises that await us in the ever-expanding gaming universe.