Famitsu: Japanese sales for CY 2020 (Top 10 Software, Hardware, more)

Famitsu have shared their latest report on the Japanese video games market, this time covering CY 2020 (and more precisely the period going from December 30th 2019 to December 27th 2020). As usual, only Hardware and Software sales at retail (including units from bundles and Download Cards, but not digital sales) are counted.

In 2020, total Software and Hardware sales combined reached 367.38 billion Yen in Japan. For the first time in 3 years, the Japanese market saw an increase in sales for both Software and Hardware, thanks to the Nintendo Switch. The best-selling game is, by far, Animal Crossing: New Horizons with over 6 million units sold at retail alone.

Famitsu – Raw Data

2020 (52 weeks) vs 2019 (52 weeks)

  • Hardware: 185.66 billion Yen (up from 159.54 billion Yen in 2019)
  • Software: 181.72 billion Yen (up from 166.9 billion Yen in 2019)
  • Total: 367.38 billion Yen (up from 326.45 billion Yen in 2019)

Year on Year comparison (>100% = increase, <100% = decrease)

  • Hardware: 116.4%
  • Software: 108.9%
  • Total: 112.5%

Famitsu – Software

As mentioned above, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the best-selling game this year with well over 6 million units sold. Not only is it already the best-selling game on Nintendo Switch, but it’s already well on its way to become the best-selling game of all times in Japan (Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue with 7 936 360 units sold combined).

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the best-selling game during 6 of the 12 months of the year, and was the main driving force behind the excellent Nintendo Switch sales. It boosted Hardware sales, but also Software sales, bringing in lots of new users that then went on to buy more games for their brand new console.

Ring Fit Adventure was the 7th Nintendo Switch title to become a multi-million seller. Sales remained strong throughout the year, thanks to equally strong demand (shortages were a thing for most of 2020). There’s little doubt it will keep on selling throughout 2021… you haven’t seen the last of that game in the weekly Top 30 Software!

Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! did extremely well with 1 233 023 units sold. No doubt it will be among the best-selling games in 2021 too, unless sales really fall off a cliff in the first months of the year and never recover.

Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics also fared pretty well with 519 649 units sold at retail only. There’s now little doubt it will sell over 1 million units with digital, but if it keeps selling throughout 2021, it might well end up reaching that milestone with just retail sales sometime in 2022.

Finally, Super Mario 3D All-Stars sold 492 620 units during its launch year. It’s unlikely to reach the 1 million units milestone with only retail sales, but it should be able to do so with digital sales included.

01./00. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2020.03.20} (¥5.980) – 6.378.103 / NEW
02./10. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure # <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) – 1.591.366 / 2.087.005 (+221%)
03./00. [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! <TBL> (Konami) {2020.11.19} (¥6.300) – 1.233.023 / NEW
04./00. [PS4] Final Fantasy VII Remake # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2020.04.10} (¥8.980) – 949.379 / NEW
05./01. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980) – 892.456 / 3.880.590 (-70%)
06./06. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 798.174 / 3.457.183 (+27%)
07./02. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) – 560.122 / 4.013.174 (-49%)
08./07. [NSW] Minecraft # <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 556.982 / 1.702.921 (-10%)
09./00. [NSW] Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics <TBL> (Nintendo) {2020.06.05} (¥3.980) – 519.649 / NEW
10./00. [NSW] Super Mario 3D All-Stars <Super Mario 64 \ Super Mario Sunshine \ Super Mario Galaxy> <ACT> (Nintendo) {2020.09.18} (¥6.480) – 492.620 / NEW

Unsurprisingly, the Nintendo Switch nearly grabbed all 10 spots in the Top 10 Software, leaving only one for the competition.

  1. Nintendo Switch – 9
  2. PlayStation 4 – 1

Hardware

This year, the Nintendo Switch crushed the competition with nearly 6 million units sold (by far its best performance): that’s over 6 times more than all the other consoles combined! It’s the 4th year in a row that the Nintendo Switch was #1 of sales, and it’s more than likely than only its successor will be able to dethrone it.

Other platforms were left with nothing more than crumbs: even the second best-selling console, the aging PlayStation 4, was outsold 12:1 by the Nintendo Switch. As for the PlayStation 5, Sony clearly chose to focus on bigger (and potentially more lucrative) markets such as North America, and the console was unable to make any waves on the Japanese market due to largely insufficient shipments.

+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
|System |   This CY  |   Last CY  |     LTD     |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
| NSW # |  5.956.943 |  4.493.885 |  17.340.374 |
| PS4 # |    542.647 |  1.196.153 |   9.290.890 |
| PS5 # |    255.150 |            |     255.150 |
| 3DS # |     62.761 |    191.183 |  24.558.908 |
| XBS # |     31.424 |            |      31.424 |
| XB1 # |      3.585 |      8.315 |     114.831 |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
|  ALL  |  6.852.510 |  5.927.198 |  51.591.577 |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
|  PS5  |    206.622 |            |     206.622 |
|PS5 Dig|     48.528 |            |      48.528 |
| XBS X |     24.876 |            |      24.876 |
| XBS S |      6.548 |            |       6.548 |
| NSW L |  2.026.709 |  1.045.383 |   3.072.092 |
|  NSW  |  3.930.234 |  3.448.502 |  14.268.282 |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+

Source: Famitsu
Data compiled by: Chris1964 (ResetERA)

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