This is a pretty interesting situation. It looks like Japanese FIFA 18 fans have taken to the Switch version of the game more so than the PS4 edition.
According to Japanese publication Dengeki Online, the Switch version of the game sold 89,329 copies while the PS4 version sold 77,892 copies as of January 7th. This gives the Switch version the lead by 11,437 units. This is rather strange considering that the PS4 has been out a lot longer than the Switch, third-party titles tend to sell better on PlayStation over Nintendo systems and also the PS4 version of this game is more advanced than the Switch edition which is missing a few features. So, how did the Switch version still manage to come out on top?
The Switch has been a big hit worldwide, but Japan has taken quite a liking to the system. This mostly has to do with the fact that it’s a hybrid, blurring the line between home console and handheld. Portable systems have been selling better than their home console counterparts for quite some time in the country, so seeing that the Switch is essentially both, it greatly appeals to the general preference of Japanese gamers. With that said, it’s likely that FIFA 18 ended up selling better on Switch simply because it can be played while on-the-go. This advantage applies to basically every Switch game which gives it an edge over the other systems despite them being more powerful. It will be interesting to see how many other games on Switch end up benefiting sales-wise because of this.
Speaking of FIFA 18, EA has been pleased with the sales of the game enough that it will apparently be bringing even more games to the system.