CESA White Book 2021: additional shipment data for Nintendo games (Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS)

Every year, the CESA (Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association, the Japanese equivalent of ESA in North America) publishes their White Book, which provides lots of data about video games companies in Japan. That includes shipment data for particularly successful games, which allows us to see how those games fared in Japan and worldwide. This is particularly useful for publishers that aren’t prone to share regular updates, like Nintendo.

Nintendo do share sales data along their quarterly financial results, but it’s always for specific games released during the past quarter, or games that have sold at least one million units during the current Fiscal Year. And so, it’s fairly hard to get up to date sales/shipment data for most games, which is why the CESA White Book is a precious source of information for anyone interested in additional data.

Below, you will find shipment data (physical shipments + digital sales) for several games published by Nintendo (including third-party games only published by Nintendo outside Japan) as of December 31st 2020:

Nintendo Switch

  • Mario Tennis Aces – 3.66 million units (+370 000 units since June 30th 2020)
  • 1-2-Switch – 3.45 million units (+ 140 000 units since June 30th 2020)
  • Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze – 3.42 million units (+490 000 units since June 30th 2020)
  • Kirby Star Allies – 3.42 million units (+270 000 units since June 30th 2020), including 1.09 million units in Japan (+230 000 units since March 2019)
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses – 3.40 million units (+380 000 units since June 30th 2020), including 580 000 units in Japan
  • ARMS – 2.56 million units (+90 000 units since June 30th 2020)
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World – 2.56 million units (+470 000 units since June 30th 2020)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – 2.17 million units (+120 000 units since June 30th 2020)
  • Octopath Traveler (excl. Japan) – 1.90 million units (+220 000 units since June 30th 2020)
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – 1.77 million units (+190 000 units since June 30th 2020)
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX – 1.60 million units (+170 000 units since June 30th 2020), including 360 000 units in Japan
  • Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit – 1.42 million units (+50 000 units since June 30th 2020)
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – 1.31 million units (+180 000 units since June 30th 2020)
  • ASTRAL CHAIN – 1.21 million units (+70 000 units since June 30th 2020)
  • Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch – 1.05 million units

Wii U

  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – 2.02 million units
  • Wii Party U – 1.79 million units
  • Splatoon (Japan-only) – 1.79 million units (+10 000 since December 2017)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 1.70 million units
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World – 1.57 million units
  • Mario Kart 8 (Japan-only) – 1.43 million units
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – 1.37 million units
  • New Super Mario Bros. U (Japan-only) – 1.35 million units
  • Pikmin 3 – 1.27 million units
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD – 1.15 million units
  • LEGO City Undercover – 1.15 million units
  • Super Mario Maker (Japan-only) – 1.08 million units

Nintendo 3DS

  • Luigi’s Mansion 2 – 6.44 million units, including 1.31 million units in Japan
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – 6.34 million units
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Japan-only) – 5.95 million units (+100 000 units in 2020, and +60 000 units in 2019)
  • Nintendogs+cats – 4.67 million units
  • Pokémon X and Y (Japan-only) – 4.56 million units
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – 4.21 million units
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon (Japan-only) – 3.95 million units
  • Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS – 3.76 million units, including 1.26 million units in Japan
  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – 3.51 million units, including 1.60 million units in Japan
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (Japan-only) – 3.46 million units
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D – 3.36 million units
  • Mario Kart 7 (Japan-only) – 3.08 million units
  • Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright / Conquest / Revelation – 3.03 million units
  • Mario Party: Island Tour – 2.93 million units
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 2.91 million units
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Japan-only) – 2.91 million units
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japan-only) – 2.76 million units
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 2.67 million units
  • Kirby Triple Deluxe – 2.63 million units
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star – 2.48 million units
  • Fire Emblem Awakening – 2.33 million units
  • Super Mario 3D Land (Japan-only) – 2.30 million units
  • Tomodachi Life (Japan-only) – 2.22 million units
  • Yoshi’s New Island – 2.04 million units
  • LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins – 2.04 million units
  • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon – 1.66 million units
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot – 1.60 million units
  • Mario Tennis Open – 1.57 million units
  • Yo-kai Watch (excl. Japan) – 1.49 million units
  • Nintendo Presents: New Style Boutique – 1.44 million units
  • Pokémon Rumble Blast – 1.40 million units
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity – 1.38 million units
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising – 1.36 million units
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes – 1.36 million units
  • Miitopia – 1.21 million units
  • Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits / Flashy Souls / Psychic Specters (excl. Japan) – 1.20 million units
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam – 1.07 million units
  • Star Fox 64 3D – 1.05 million units
  • Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (excl. Japan) – 1.02 million units
  • Rhythm Heaven Megamix – 1.01 million units

More up to date data will be included in the CESA White Book 2022, to be released later this year (the 2021 paper was originally slated for a 2021 release, but was delayed to April 27th 2022).

Source: CESA White Book 2021
Data compiled by oracion (Install Base) [Post 1 / Post 2] / Tbone5189 (Install Base) [Post 1] / Celine [Post 1 / Post 2]


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