Japan: Nintendo is the top publisher for the first half of the year

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It’s not surprising to see Nintendo dominate the charts in Japan, even without a major title launching. Nintendo was the most successful publisher in Japan in the first half of 2019, according to Famitsu. 

The company totaled 3,480,000 units sold in the country, outperforming other publishers by a margin of just under 2 million. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe sold the most units of any on the platform in the time between December 31, 2018, and June 30. Though, it didn’t manage to sell a million. Square Enix came in second with 1,490,000 titles sold, and Bandai Namco trailed not far behind.

Here’s the full top five: 

  1. Nintendo – 3,480,000
  2. Square Enix – 1,490,000
  3. Bandai Namco Games – 1,390,000
  4. Capcom – 890,000
  5. Sony Interactive Entertainment – 430,000

Even lacking that major hit, the hybrid platform has enough quality games to sustain strong sales in a pretty dry period of time. Unlike the Wii U days, where the no-game spells seemingly never ended, Nintendo’s set up a quality schedule for the latter half of the year. I’m eager to see these numbers at the end of 2019, as there will likely be a wide gap in total sales between the two lists. 

What do you make of Nintendo performing so well in Japan, even without a massively significant game releasing? Let me know down in the comments section! 

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Aric Sweeny
Former Editor-in-Chief, now staff writer here at NE. I'm an English student in California. Let's talk Pokémon.