Sales of PS5 and Nintendo Switch in Japan drop significantly! here’s why

PS5 and Nintendo Switch game consoles face significantly lower sales in Japan in the second quarter or from April to June.

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CHIBA, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 12: A participant uses Nintendo Co.’s Switch game console controller on the working day of Tokyo Game Show 2019 at Makuhari Messe on September 12, 2019 in Chiba, Japan.

Could this still be the result of the raging supply issues that have slowed production of the PlayStation 5 (PS5) consoles?

Sony PlayStation 5 sales in Japan

According to a report from Nikkei Asia, Japanese tech giant Sony has seen a huge slowdown in PS5 sales over the past quarter.

Sales figures for the fashionable PS5 game console saw a drop from its previous year figures of around 26%, or around 200,000 units.

The outlet reports that Sony expects to sell nearly 18 million PS5 consoles this fiscal year, up 57% from its performance last year.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 28: A detailed view of a PS4 controller as players train during day one of the 2019 ePremier League Final at Gfinity Arena on March 28, 2019 in London, England.


However, it’s worth noting that the renowned Japanese tech company initially predicted over 22.6 million in sales, but that’s been downgraded a bit to where it is today.

Sales Nintendo Switch Japan

Nikkei Asia’s report also highlights that Nintendo Switch sales in Japan also fell in the last quarter of April to June 2022.

If we’re going to be less vague about it, Nintendo only sold around 840,000 Switch consoles in Japan in the second quarter of this year, figures from gaming data firm Famitsu have revealed.

As such, the Switch’s sales are down significantly by around 33% from its previous year performance.

Nintendo plans to ship approximately 21 million Switch consoles worldwide by March 2023.

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People line up to try out new games for Nintendo Switch at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, which opens in Los Angeles, California on June 11, 2019.


Meanwhile, according to a recent report from Euro Gamer, Switch sales in Japan hit a monumental milestone last June.

Sales of the Nintendo hybrid game console exceed the performance of the phenomenal 3DS in its country of origin.

And as such, the Switch now sits as the third best-selling game console in Japan in its entire history.

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Why are PS5 and Nintendo Switch sales dropping?

Despite this, a Nintendo spokesperson admits that “the shortage of chip materials is impacting production.”

So, it looks like the supply chain mess continues to affect game console inventory these days, and surprisingly, Nintendo is also struggling to ramp up production.

As the Switch console maker negotiates some purchases ahead of the holiday rush, the spokesperson reveals a grim reality, saying “the outlook is uncertain.”

On top of that, Sony’s PS5 remains limited in stock. That said, Tokyo Securities’ Hideki Yasuda says some gamers are now turning to PC gaming.

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