CESA White Book 2022: additional shipment data for Nintendo and third-party games (Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS)

Every year, the CESA (Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association, the Japanese equivalent of the 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 alongside 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 as of December 31st 2021:

Nintendo Switch (first-party)

Worldwide

  • Splatoon 2: 13.13 million units
  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars 9.07 million units
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury: 8.85 million units
  • Super Mario Maker 2: 7.89 million units
  • The Legend Zelda: Link’s Awakening: 6.08 million units
  • Mario Tennis Aces: 4.28 million units (+620 000 units since December 2020)
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: 4.12 million units (+700 000 units since December 2020)
  • Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics: 4.00 million units
  • Kirby Stars Allies: 3.98 million units (+560 000 units since December 2020)
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses: 3.82 million units (+420 000 units since December 2020)
  • 1-2-Switch: 3.63 million units (+180 000 units since December 2020)
  • Paper Mario: Origami King: 3.34 million units
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World: 3.01 million units (+450 000 units since December 2020)
  • Arms: 2.66 million units (+100 000 units since December 2020)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: 2.44 million units (+270 000 units since December 2020)
  • Mario Golf: Super Rush 2.26 million units
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe: 2.23 million units
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker: 2.13 million units (+360 000 units since December 2020)
  • Octopath Traveler (excluding Japan): 1.90 million units
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX: 1.89 million units (+290 000 units since December 2020)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition: 1.68 million units
  • Miitopia: 1.63 million units
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Mario Set / Luigi Set: 1.58 million units
  • MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order: 1.50 million units (+190 000 units since December 2020)
  • Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit: 1.42 million units
  • Astral Chain: 1.28 million units (+70 000 units since December 2020)
  • Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain: 1.28 million units
  • Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch 1.20 million units (+150 000 units since December 2020)
  • Bayonetta 2: 1.04 million units

Japan-only

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons: 10.07 million units
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: 6.17 million units
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 5.66 million units
  • Pokémon Sword and Shield: 5.56 million units
  • Splatoon 2: 5.03 million units
  • Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: 3.79 million units
  • Ring Fit Adventure: 3.61 million units
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: 2.92 million units (
  • Super Mario Odyssey: 2.81 million units
  • Super Mario Party: 2.74 million units
  • Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee!: 2.18 million units
  • Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics: 1.60 million units
  • Super Mario Maker 2: 1.59 million units
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe: 1.45 million units
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury:1.40 million units
  • Kirby Star Allies: 1.20 million units
  • Mario Party Superstars: 1.13 million units
  • Luigi Mansion 3: 1.09 million units

Nintendo Switch (third-party)

Worldwide

  • Dragonball Fighter Z: 2.01 million units
  • Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!: 1.89 million units
  • Dragonball Xenoverse 2: 1.55 million units
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy: 1.26 million units

Also, the CESA White Book 2022 reveals that Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun (Nintendo Switch) has shipped over 1 million units in Japan alone.

Nintendo 3DS (first-party)

Worldwide

  • Luigi’s Mansion 2/Dark Moon: 6.47 million units (+30 000 units since December 2020)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D: 6.40 million units (+60 000 units since December 2020)
  • Nintendogs + cats: 4.68 million units (+10 000 units since December 2020)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: 4.24 million units (+30 000 units since December 2020)
  • Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS: 3.79 million units (+30 000 units since December 2020)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D: 3.43 million units (+10 000 units since December 2020)
  • Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright/Conquest: 3.05 million units (+20 000 units since December 2020)
  • Mario Party: Island Tour: 2.95 million units (+20 000 units since December 2020)
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D: 2.93 million units (+20 000 units since December 2020)
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros.: 2.68 million units (+10 000 units since December 2020)
  • Kirby Triple Deluxe: 2.65 million units (+20 000 units since December 2020)
  • Fire Emblem Awakening: 2.35 million units (+20 000 units since December 2020)
  • Yoshi’s New Island: 2.05 million units (+10 000 units since December 2020)
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot: 1.61 million units (+10 000 units since December 2020)
  • Mario Tennis Open: 1.58 million units (+10 000 units since December 2020)
  • Miitopia: 1.22 million units (+10 000 units since December 2020)
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam: 1.08 million units (+10 000 units since December 2020)
  • Star Fox 64 3D: 1.06 million units (+10 000 units since December 2020)
  • Rhythm Heaven Megamix: 1.02 million units (+10 000 units since December 2020)
  • Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique 2 – Fashion Forward: 1.00 million units

Japan-only

  • Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 3.47 million units (+10 000 units since December 2020)
  • Pokémon Ultra Moon and Ultra Sun: 2.72 million units
  • Tomodachi Life: 2.23 million units (+10 000 units since December 2020)

Nintendo 3DS (third-party)

  • YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits / Fleshy Souls / Psychic Specters: 6.17 million units
  • YO-KAI WATCH BUSTERS White Dog Squad / Red Dog Squad: 2.29 million units
  • YO-KAI WATCH 3: Sushi / Tempra / Sukiyaki: 2.17million units
  • YO-KAI WATCH: 1.48 million units
  • Monster Hunter Generations: 3.30 million units
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: 2.70 million units
  • Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate: 1.80 million units
  • Monster Hunter 3G: 1.20 million units

Franchises (Japan)

  • Dragon Quest: 73 million units (Number of titles: 34), + 2 million units since December 2020
  • Final Fantasy: 63 million units (Number of titles: 62), + 1 million units since December 2020
  • Pro Evolution Soccer: 24.70 millionn units
  • Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakuu: 23.70 million units, +100 000 units since December 2020
  • Super Robot Wars: 18.70 million units, +450 000 units since December 2020
  • Simple Series: 15.89 million units
  • Tales of: 16.29 million units, +690 000 units since December 2020
  • Yo-Kai Watch 13.47 million units (Number of titles: 8)
  • Taiko no Tatsujin: 10.20 million units, +240 000 units since December 2020
  • Kingdom Hearts: 8 million units (Number of titles: 9)
  • Yakuza: 7.70 million units (No of titles: 19)
  • Tekken: 6.27 million units, +50 000 units since December 2020
  • Mana series: 5.60 million units (Number of titles: 7), +200 000 units since December 2020
  • Persona: 5.50 million units
  • Star Ocean: 3 million units (Number of titles: 6)

Franchises (worldwide)

  • Taiko no Tatsujin series: 11.09 million units

More data will be added to this post within the next few days, so stay tuned!

Source: CESA White Book 2022
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