Nintendo reveals the bestselling Japanese eShop games for 2021

Nintendo Switch bestselling eshop games 2021 Japanese Japan

2021 is almost over, so Nintendo has revealed the bestselling games on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop for 2021. The rankings are split into two categories, Annual and First Half, and we already covered the results of the first half of 2021 back in July. There’s no denying that this year has seen several excellent titles, with games such as Metroid Dread, Monster Hunter Rise, and Shin Megami Tensei V solidifying it as one of Nintendo’s best in recent memory. If you haven’t already, you can check out our 2021 Nintendo Enthusiast awards, where a well-known bounty hunter took home the top prize.

Here is the full list of the bestselling Nintendo Switch eShop games in Japan for 2021.

Japanese Switch eShop 2021 Annual Download Ranking

  1. Monster Hunter Rise
  2. Among Us
  3. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond
  4. Momotaro Dentetsu
  5. Pokémon Shining Pearl
  6. Human: Fall Flat
  7. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
  8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  9. Minecraft
  10. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  11. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
  12. Mario Party Superstars
  13. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  14. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  15. Overcooked 2
  16. New Pokémon Snap
  17. Splatoon 2
  18. Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
  19. Nyanko Great War
  20. Fitness Boxing 2
  21. Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town
  22. The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD
  23. Dragon Quest XI S: Definitive Edition
  24. Dragon Quest III
  25. Pokémon Sword
  26. Game Builder Garage
  27. Super Mario Party
  28. Metroid Dread
  29. Undertale
  30. Miitopia

Now that the year is almost at a close, we can look forward to the exciting future of Nintendo Switch in 2022. The big N recently showcased all of its upcoming games on one graphic, featuring games such as the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildBayonetta 3, Triangle Strategy, and more. There are a lot of games in the list of bestselling Nintendo Switch games on the Japanese eShop for 2021 that you have probably played. What was your favorite Nintendo Switch game that you played in 2021? Let us know down below!


Jaimie Ditchfield
Freelance Writer. Work seen on GGRecon, Zelda Universe, and BackToTheGaming. Studied Games Journalism and PR for three years, and is relentless at spreading his love for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.