Right Now, The Nintendo Switch Is Dominating In Japan

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The Switch has been out for a while now. Wondering how it’s now doing in Japan? Pretty dang well, that’s how.

Here is how the best-selling video games at Japanese retail for the week of August 13 to August 19.

1. Minecraft (Switch): 25,948 copies sold

2. Splatoon 2 (Switch): 24,188

3. Taiko no Tatsujin Nintendo Switch Version (Switch): 21,109

4. Mario Kart 8 DX (Switch): 20,346

5. WarioWare Gold (3DS): 20,142

6. Mario Tennis Aces (Switch): 18,520

7. Pro Yakyuu Famista Evolution (Switch): 13,259

8. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch): 12,111

9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch): 9,682

10. Kirby Star Allies (Switch): 8,707

11. Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon (3DS): 8,447

12. Octopath Traveller (Switch): 8,002

13. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch): 7,066

14. Yakuza 3 (PS4): 6,753

15. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (3DS): 5,766

16. Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy DX (Switch): 5,101

17. Okami (Switch): 4,758

18. Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit (Switch): 4,703

19. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2018 (PS4): 3,449

20. Fire Pro Wrestling World (PS4): 3,326

The Switch also dominates hardware sales. During the week of August 13 to August 19, there were 54,647 Switch consoles sold at retail, which was 57.2 per cent of game hardware sold that week.

Below are the retail hardware sales numbers:

1. Switch: 54,647

2. PS4: 20,911

3. New 2DS LL: 7,872

4. PS4 Pro: 4,932

5. New3DS LL: 3,316

6. Vita: 3,083

7. 2DS: 708

8. Xbox One: 51

9. Xbox One X: 45

Maybe it’s just this week, you might think. However, if you look at the previous week’s numbers, thirteen of the top twenty games were on the Switch (another three were on the Nintendo 3DS). Yakuza 3 on the PS4, which launched that same week, was number one, while Fire Pro Wrestling World, which also launched, was number four.

The PS4 version of the then just released Bullet Girls Phantasia shooter was number ten and its PS Vita version was number 19.

By comparison, these best-selling Switch titles have been out for a while. Yet, they continue to sell and sell and sell. 


    Maybe it’s just this week, you might think.It's more like it's just this last few weeks when there haven't been any notable releases on other platforms. (Really only the PS4 in Japan because XBox is never really a contender) Earlier in the year when the PS4 had more coming out the chart was a little more balanced, and you didn't start hitting numbers like 25K until the lower top ten.

    Hardware wise on the other hand it's more or less business as usual. It's hardly surprising to see the Switch do so well this year though because:
    a) It's only been out a year.
    b) Japan's gaming market tends to favour handhelds because of their lifestyle so the Switch is a good fit.
    c) The second best selling console has already been out for 4 years so every person and their electric mouse is going to have one and slower sales are to be expected.

    8. Xbox One: 51

    9. Xbox One X: 45

    Poor Microsoft. They can't catch a break in Japan.

    Atleast there is 45 smart people out there buying the best console

      Define best? Poorest exclusives this generation doesn't scream best. e3 was a nightmare for Xbox.

        E3 was great for Xbox. But yeah there exclusive games need some work.

          Obviously you only follow Xbox so have no idea how flat they fell compared to everyone else. I won't fault you for that.

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