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Pikmin 4 Tops Japanese Physical Game Charts for Third Week

Pikmin 4 has maintained its position as the top-selling game in Japan for the third consecutive week. The game sold 78,838 copies in the week ending August 6, bringing its total physical sales in Japan to 596,388.

In second place on the charts was The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, which has sold over 1.8 million physical copies in Japan.

All ten games in the top ten are Nintendo Switch titles, reflecting the console's popularity in Japan. When Pikmin 4 was released last month, its first week sales surpassed the combined sales of the first three Pikmin games.

It is worth noting that these sales charts only account for physical copies, and there is no information available about the number of digital copies sold. It is likely that the actual total sales for Pikmin 4 are significantly higher.

Pikmin 4's launch has outperformed the previous best launch in the series, Pikmin 3 Deluxe. In its first week, Pikmin 3 Deluxe sold 171,349 physical copies, while Pikmin 4 sold 401,853 copies.

The game's success in Japan can be attributed at least in part to an extensive advertising campaign leading up to its release.

Pikmin 4 has been praised as a great entry point for new players, offering refined gameplay and a substantial campaign. However, some long-time fans have expressed disappointment with the slow start of the campaign.