Nintendo Switch remains a top seller in Japan

The Nintendo Switch just keeps selling.

Japan has emerged as an incredibly dominant market for the console, continually topping the harware charts by a considerable amount. While the Playstation 4 is still trucking along, Switch is undoubtedly the hotter system right now. This past week, Nintendo sold just over 50,000 Switch units in the region. The second-place system was Sony’s PS4, selling roughly 17,000 units in Japan. Check out the full list below, per Gematsu.

  1. Switch – 50,143 (50,799)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 16,982 (13,113)
  3. New 2DS LL – 7,628 (9,015)
  4. PlayStation 4 Pro – 5,044 (5,889)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 3,507 (3,339)
  6. New 3DS LL – 2,784 (3,010)
  7. 2DS – 498 (561)
  8. Xbox One X – 43 (53)
  9. Xbox One – 31 (21)

Sixteen of the top twenty games of the week were released on a Nintendo platform, be it 3DS or Switch. Here’s the full breakdown.

  1. [PS4] Yakuza 3 (Sega, 08/09/18) – 26,047
  2. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 21,630 (2,532,658)
  3. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! (Bandai Namco, 07/19/18) – 21,020 (140,911)
  4. [PS4] Fire Pro Wrestling World (Limited Edition Included) (Spike Chunsoft, 08/09/18) – 20,218
  5. [3DS] WarioWare Gold (Nintendo, 08/02/18) – 19,183 (50,201)
  6. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 17,795 (1,688,546)
  7. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 17,003 (186,221)
  8. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo, 06/22/18) – 16,456 (297,138)
  9. [NSW] Pro Yakyuu Famista Climax (Bandai Namco, 08/02/18) – 15,671 (58,517)
  10. [PS4] Bullet Girls Phantasia (D3 Publisher, 08/09/18) – 14,396 (
  11. [NSW] Okami HD (Limited Edition Included) (Capcom, 08/09/18) – 14,089
  12. [NSW] Octopath Traveler (Square Enix, 07/13/18) – 11,390 (175,625)
  13. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo, 07/13/18) – 10,875 (90,123)
  14. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey X (Atlus, 08/02/18) – 9,914 (81,860)
  15. [NSW] Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and The Millionaires’ Conspiracy DX (Level-5, 08/09/18) – 9,704
  16. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 8,300 (1,074,639)
  17. [NSW] Kirby: Star Allies (Nintendo, 03/16/18) – 7,657 (587,496)
  18. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (The Pokemon Company, 11/17/17) – 6,451 (1,695,264)
  19. [PSV] Bullet Girls Phantasia (D3 Publisher, 08/09/18) – 6,441
  20. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 6,016 (1,788,814)

Are you surprised at how well the hybrid console is selling in Japan? What are your favorite games on the platform? Chime in below, let us know!


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Aric Sweeny
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