In the eighth month, the Japanese market recorded a result that has not been seen there for 33 years. Of the 30 best-selling games in physical form, all 30 were games for a single platform: the Nintendo Switch. This was repeated once again in 2021, and the dominance of the Switch in Japan was confirmed last week, reveals Famitsu magazine.
Again, all 30 of the best-selling games on the disc were in Switch versions. Of these, many were games available only on the Switch, primarily Nintendo's exclusives. But some titles are available popular on other platforms, such as Minecraft and Fife. The five best-selling games in Japan from December 6 to December 12 were the following titles:
- Pokemon Brilliant Diamond - 130,772 copies sold
- Mario Party All-Stars - 53,824
- Big Brain Academy: Brain Vs. Brain - 33,092
- Minecraft - 26,256
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons - 23,768
This result is especially devastating for PlayStation consoles, as indicated by one tragicomic fact. In Japan, more people bought the Fifa 22 for the Switch last week than the Fifa for the PlayStation console. Why is it tragicomic? Well, Fifa 22 for Switch is the so-called Legacy Edition version - that is, the same version of Fife as FIFA 18, 19, 20, and 21, only with updated jerseys and teams. It’s a bit unbelievable that this version of the game sells better in Japan than the brand new Fifa on the PlayStation.
But let's be fair - these results still only apply to the sale of physical copies of games because Famitsu does not collect data on digital game sales.