Famitsu: Nintendo Switch sells 5 million units in Japan, Top 5 Software

Later today, we will get the latest sales data for the Japanese video game market from Media Create (with Famitsu’s data following a few hours later), but this week, we’re getting a special early report. Indeed, Famitsu has just announced that as of September 2nd, the Nintendo Switch has sold over 5 million units in Japan!

To be precise, the console has sold 5 007 368 units, which means that it sold 41 125 units during Week 34. As expected, there was indeed a further drop in sales now that the Summer holidays are over, but they’re staying in the 35-50k range. It took the Nintendo Switch 79 weeks (roughly 1 year and 6 months) to sell 5 million units following its release on March 3rd, 2017.

What’s next for the Nintendo Switch? There’s little doubt it will reach 6 million units by the end of the year; in fact, the question is rather whether it will reach 7 million units, not just 6 millions. It will entirely depend on how strong holiday sales are, and how big of an impact Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! have on sales.

Famitsu has also revealed the Top 5 Software for the console, which is hardly surprising to anyone who has been following the weekly Japanese sales reports:

  1. Splatoon 2 (Nintendo): 2 621 928 units sold
  2. Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo): 1 788 228 units sold
  3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo): 1 738 502 units sold
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo): 1 065 780 units sold
  5. Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo): 591 721 units sold

The Top 5 is only made of Nintendo games, which is no big surprise after the mediocre third-party support during the first year. Things are definitely starting to improve this year, but 3rd-party games are still selling relatively low amounts for the most part. Granted, with Minecraft, we already have a potential million seller, but it’s going to take a little while for it to reach that milestone.

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Source: Famitsu



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