Showtime! Beats Dragon’s Dogma 2 and Rise of the Ronin to Top Weekly Japanese Charts

Several major games released at the same time last week, and though most have made it into the latest weekly Japanese sales charts released by Famitsu, the one that’s topped the charts might not be the one many would have expected. Princess Peach: Showtime! sits on top of the charts, beating out both Dragon’s Dogma 2 and Rise of the Ronin.

The Switch exclusive sold over 77,000 copies, which is a solid start for the game. In comparison, developer Good-Feel’s previous title, Yoshi’s Crafted World, sold over 50,000 copies upon its Japanese debut. Meanwhile, the last time we got a Princess Peach game – which was Super Princess Peach for the Nintendo DS back in 2005 – it sold over 29,000 units upon release. Recently-released fellow Mario spinoff Mario vs. Donkey Kong, meanwhile, sold over 61,000 units upon launch. Princess Peach: Showtime! has seen higher sales than all of them.

In second place is Dragon’s Dogma 2, selling over 68,000 physical units in Japan upon release. Compared to its predecessor, those are significantly lower numbers. Upon its release in 2012, the original Dragon’s Dogma sold over 321,000 units in Japan, and the sequel has definitely fallen short of those numbers.

Finally, Team Ninja and Sony’s Rise of the Ronin has debuted at No. 3 with over 64,000 units sold. That’s a better launch than Team Ninja’s last game, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, which sold over 47,000 units upon its release last year. However, both Nioh game enjoyed notably better launches, with the first one selling over 89,000 units when it launched in 2017, and the sequel selling over 91,000 units upon its 2020 launch.

On the hardware front, the Nintendo Switch was once again the best-selling console in Japan last week. It moved over 60,000 units, which is a healthy boost from last week’s sales (when it sold over 42,000 units). The PS5 follows behind in second place, with over 27,000 units sold.

You can check out the full hardware and physical software sales charts for the week ending March 24 below.

Software sales (followed by lifetime sales):

  1. [NSW] Princess Peach: Showtime! – 77,562 (New)
  2. [PS5] Dragon’s Dogma 2 – 68,592 (New)
  3. [PS5] Rise of the Ronin – 64,646 (New)
  4. [NSW] Dragon Quest 10 Online: The Door to the Future and the Sleeping Girl (Square Enix, 03/21/24) – 17,919 (New)
  5. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 9,276 (5,758,176)
  6. [NSW] Super Mario Bros. Wonder – 8,118 (1,795,584)
  7. [PS4] Dragon Quest 10 Online: The Door to the Future and the Sleeping Girl – 7,333 (New)
  8. [PS5] Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth – 7,121 (305,756)
  9. [NSW] Mario vs. Donkey Kong – 6,987 (131,428)
  10. [NSW] Minecraft – 6,563 (3,476,939)

Hardware sale (followed by last week’s sales):

  • Nintendo Switch – 60,828 (42,883)
  • PS5 – 27,788 (26,516)
  • Xbox Series X/S – 1,360 (1,496)