[Japan] Famitsu sales for CY 2019 (Top 100 Software, Hardware)

In its latest issue, Famitsu magazine share their latest report on video games sales in Japan, this time covering CY 2019 (December 31st 2018 to December 29th 2019 to be precise).

Unsurprisingly, Pokémon Sword and Shield is the best-selling game by a wide margin, with nearly 3 million units sold at retail (2 988 134 units to be precise). It’s far ahead of the game ranked #2, which is none other than Super Smash Bros. Ultimate… which was released in 2018, yet went and sold over 1 million units. In fact, it’s the only other million-seller this year, all the 2019 didn’t manage to reach that threshold.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is just one of the many Nintendo Switch evergreen titles from 2018 and 2017 in the Top 20, and they were joined by a fresh batch in 2019 (including 3rd-party titles like Tsuri Spirits Nintendo Switch Version, which sold 336 995 units).

Overall, the market is still relatively weak: only 8 games sold more than 500 000 units, and more than half of the games in the Top 100 (55 to be precise) did not even sell 100 000 units. The gap between the best-selling games and the rest keeps widening.

Here’s the Top 100 Software for CY 2019, courtesy of Famitsu:

01./00. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980) – 2.988.134 / NEW
02./01. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) – 1.092.397 / 3.453.052 (-54%)
03./00. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2019.01.25} (¥8.800) – 861.226 / NEW
04./00. [NSW] Super Mario Maker 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.06.28} (¥5.980) – 800.504 / NEW
05./00. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe <New Super Mario Bros. U \ New Super Luigi U> <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.01.11} (¥5.980) – 747.589 / NEW
06./05. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 628.712 / 2.659.009 (-32%)
07./09. [NSW] Minecraft # <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 620.894 / 1.145.939 (+18%)
08./00. [NSW] Luigi’s Mansion 3 <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.10.31} (¥5.980) – 505.998 / NEW
09./06. [NSW] Super Mario Party # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) – 498.857 / 1.263.710 (-35%)
10./00. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) – 495.639 / NEW
11./00. [NSW] Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2019.09.27} (¥7.980) – 463.699 / NEW
12./03. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} (¥5.980) – 431.629 / 1.685.306 (-66%)
13./00. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne Master Edition <Monster Hunter: World \ Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne> # <ACT> (Capcom) {2019.09.06} (¥6.990) – 417.462 / NEW
14./00. [PS4] Resident Evil 2 # <ADV> (Capcom) {2019.01.25} (¥7.800) – 403.833 / NEW
15./04. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 378.340 / 3.252.760 (-66%)
16./00. [NSW] Fishing Spirits: Nintendo Switch Version <SPT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.07.25} (¥5.700) – 336.995 / NEW
17./10. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 301.657 / 1.481.349 (-39%)
18./00. [NSW] Yo-kai Watch 4: We Are Looking Up at the Same Sky <RPG> (Level 5) {2019.06.20} (¥5.980) – 291.878 / NEW
19./00. [NSW] Fire Emblem: Three Houses # <SLG> (Nintendo) {2019.07.26} (¥6.980) – 273.905 / NEW
20./00. [PS4] Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice <ADV> (From Software) {2019.03.22} (¥7.600) – 267.666 / NEW
21./00. [PS4] Death Stranding # <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2019.11.08} (¥6.900) – 262.827 / NEW
22./00. [PS4] Professional Baseball Spirits 2019 <SPT> (Konami) {2019.07.18} (¥8.800) – 259.227 / NEW
23./00. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2019.09.20} (¥5.980) – 250.947 / NEW
24./00. [PS4] Persona 5 Royal # <RPG> (Atlus) {2019.10.31} (¥8.800) – 244.050 / NEW
25./00. [PS4] Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown # <STG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.01.17} (¥7.600) – 220.195 / NEW
26./00. [NSW] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball <SPT> (Konami) {2019.06.27} (¥6.980) – 210.259 / NEW
27./00. [PS4] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2019.10.25} (¥7.900) – 209.081 / NEW
28./00. [NSW] Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 <SPT> (Sega) {2019.11.01} (¥5.990) – 195.128 / NEW
29./00. [PS4] Days Gone <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2019.04.26} (¥6.900) – 192.900 / NEW
30./00. [PS4] Devil May Cry 5 # <ACT> (Capcom) {2019.03.08} (¥6.990) – 189.121 / NEW
31./00. [NSW] Yoshi’s Crafted World <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.03.29} (¥5.980) – 186.065 / NEW
32./00. [PS4] New Sakura Wars # <ACT> (Sega) {2019.12.12} (¥8.800) – 161.288 / NEW
33./15. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) – 150.167 / 420.582 (-44%)
34./08. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 147.340 / 2.047.546 (-74%)
35./00. [NSW] Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission <TBL> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.04.04} (¥6.800) – 145.720 / NEW
36./00. [PS4] Jump Force <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.02.14} (¥8.200) – 130.293 / NEW
37./00. [NSW] Disney Tsum Tsum Festival # <ETC> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.10.10} (¥6.100) – 125.498 / NEW
38./27. [NSW] Dragon Quest Builders 2 <ADV> (Square Enix) {2018.12.20} (¥7.800) – 124.837 / 290.255 (-25%)
39./00. [PS4] eFootball Winning Eleven 2020 <SPT> (Konami) {2019.09.12} (¥7.600) – 119.715 / NEW
40./07. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 119.059 / 783.874 (-82%)
41./00. [NSW] Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town <SLG> (Marvelous) {2019.10.17} (¥5.800) – 118.082 / NEW
42./00. [PS4] Anthem # <RPG> (Electronic Arts) {2019.02.22} (¥7.800) – 117.418 / NEW
43./00. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 # <RPG> (Ubisoft) {2019.03.15} (¥8.400) – 116.023 / NEW
44./00. [NSW] Doraemon: Story of Seasons <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.06.13} (¥6.100) – 112.104 / NEW
45./00. [PS4] Super Robot Wars T # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.03.20} (¥8.600) – 105.703 / NEW
46./00. [PS4] Code Vein # <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.09.26} (¥8.200) – 93.236 / NEW
47./00. [PS4] Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain <ACT> (D3Publisher) {2019.04.11} (¥7.800) – 88.600 / NEW
48./00. [PS4] Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint # <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2019.10.04} (¥8.400) – 86.781 / NEW
49./00. [PS4] SD Gundam G Generation: Cross Rays # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.11.28} (¥8.200) – 86.739 / NEW
50./28. [PS4] Dragon Quest Builders 2 <ADV> (Square Enix) {2018.12.20} (¥7.800) – 86.434 / 250.316 (-47%)
51./00. [NSW] Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game <SPT> (Sega) {2019.07.24} (¥4.990) – 81.491 / NEW
52./00. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit # <EDU> (Nintendo) {2019.04.12} (¥7.980) – 81.440 / NEW
53./12. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 80.309 / 2.513.588 (-81%)
54./00. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne (ε) _PS Store Download Version_ |DL| (Download Card) # <ACT> (Capcom) {2019.09.06} (¥4.444) – 76.369 / NEW
55./00. [PS4] One Piece: World Seeker <ADV> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.03.14} (¥7.600) – 76.235 / NEW
56./00. [PS4] FIFA 20 # <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2019.09.27} (¥7.727) – 74.142 / NEW
57./00. [PS4] Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout # <RPG> (Koei Tecmo) {2019.09.26} (¥7.800) – 72.091 / NEW
58./00. [PSV] Professional Baseball Spirits 2019 <SPT> (Konami) {2019.07.18} (¥7.500) – 70.763 / NEW
59./00. [PS4] Catherine: Full Body # <ADV> (Atlus) {2019.02.14} (¥7.980) – 69.804 / NEW
60./00. [PS4] Ys IX: Monstrum Nox # <RPG> (Nihon Falcom) {2019.09.26} (¥7.800) – 68.428 / NEW
61./00. [NSW] Go Vacation <ETC> (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.12.27} (¥4.980) – 67.801 / 80.842
62./00. [PS4] Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition # <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.01.11} (¥5.700) – 66.648 / NEW
63./13. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces <SPT> (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) – 66.512 / 442.878 (-82%)
64./35. [PS4] Battlefield V <ACT> (Electronic Arts) {2018.11.20} (¥7.800) – 65.155 / 209.464 (-55%)
65./00. [PS4] Borderlands 3 # <RPG> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2019.09.13} (¥7.400) – 64.568 / NEW
66./00. [NSW] Fitness Boxing <HOB> (Imagineer) {2018.12.20} (¥5.800) – 62.414 / 66.193
67./00. [NSW] Rune Factory 4 Special # <SLG> (Marvelous) {2019.07.25} (¥4.980) – 62.412 / NEW
68./53. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX <Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 ReMIX <Kingdom Hearts \ Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories> \ Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX <Kingdom Hearts II \ Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ \ Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep>> <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} (¥6.800) – 62.274 / 293.248 (-34%)
69./00. [NSW] SD Gundam G Generation: Cross Rays # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.11.28} (¥8.200) – 62.173 / NEW
70./00. [PS4] NieR: Automata – Game of the YoRHa Edition <NieR: Automata \ NieR: Automata – 3C3C1D119440927> <RPG> (Square Enix) {2019.02.21} (¥4.800) – 59.848 / NEW
71./66. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400) – 59.435 / 420.774 (-23%)
72./00. [PS4] Far Cry: New Dawn <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2019.02.15} (¥5.400) – 58.924 / NEW
73./00. [PS4] Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order # <ACT> (Electronic Arts) {2019.11.15} (¥7.727) – 55.062 / NEW
74./18. [PS4] Judgment <ADV> (Sega) {2018.12.13} (¥8.290) – 54.586 / 278.634 (-76%)
75./00. [NSW] Astral Chain # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.08.30} (¥7.980) – 54.105 / NEW
76./00. [NSW] Super Robot Wars T # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.03.20} (¥8.600) – 53.810 / NEW
77./00. [NSW] Super Bomberman R [Smile Price Collection] <ACT> (Konami) {2018.11.29} (¥2.760) – 53.720 / 62.222
78./00. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World [1][Best Price] # <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.08.02} (¥4.990) – 52.846 / 76.511
79./00. [PS4] World War Z <ACT> (H2 Interactive) {2019.09.26} (¥5.480) – 52.693 / NEW
80./00. [NSW] Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster <Final Fantasy X \ Final Fantasy X-2> <RPG> (Square Enix) {2019.04.11} (¥6.800) – 52.670 / NEW
81./00. [NSW] Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! <RPG> (Square Enix) {2019.03.20} (¥4.800) – 52.098 / NEW
82./00. [NSW] Daemon X Machina <SLG> (Marvelous) {2019.09.13} (¥7.800) – 49.099 / NEW
83./00. [NSW] Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate [Best Price] <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.11.15} (¥3.990) – 48.977 / 55.223
84./00. [NSW] Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2019.07.04} (¥7.800) – 48.904 / NEW
85./00. [NSW] Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age <RPG> (Square Enix) {2019.04.25} (¥5.800) – 48.348 / NEW
86./00. [PS4] PlayStation VR Worlds |PlayStation VR| # <ETC> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2016.10.13} (¥4.900) – 48.088 / 101.907
87./48. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 47.880 / 472.862 (-55%)
88./00. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [2][New Price Edition] <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.12.20} (¥3.500) – 47.777 / 52.664
89./00. [PS4] 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim # <ADV> (Atlus) {2019.11.28} (¥8.980) – 47.446 / NEW
90./00. [NSW] Yo-kai Watch 4++ <RPG> (Level 5) {2019.12.05} (¥6.480) – 46.896 / NEW
91./29. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <ADV> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) – 45.177 / 201.507 (-71%)
92./00. [PS4] Yakuza 5 <ADV> (Sega) {2019.06.20} (¥3.990) – 44.593 / NEW
93./00. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Gakkou Seikatsu Hajimerun Desu <ETC> (Nippon Columbia) {2019.07.18} (¥5.800) – 44.181 / NEW
94./00. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World [2][Best Price] <ACT> (Capcom) {2019.07.18} (¥2.990) – 44.111 / NEW
95./00. [NSW] FIFA 20 <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2019.09.27} (¥5.093) – 43.956 / NEW
96./00. [PS4] Yakuza 4 <ADV> (Sega) {2019.01.17} (¥3.990) – 43.782 / NEW
97./00. [PS4] Azur Lane: Crosswave # <STG> (Compile Heart) {2019.08.29} (¥7.800) – 43.585 / NEW
98./00. [NSW] Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition # <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.01.11} (¥5.700) – 42.816 / NEW
99./00. [PS4] Dead by Daylight # <ACT> (3goo) {2018.11.29} (¥5.600) – 41.682 / 59.353
100./00. [PS4] Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! <RPG> (Square Enix) {2019.03.20} (¥4.800) – 41.354 / NEW

This year, the Nintendo Switch is the platform with the most games in the Top 100 provided by Famitsu, though with only 1 more than the PlayStation 4. The Nintendo 3DS and the PS Vita are left with (quite literally) scraps.

NSW – 49
PS4 – 48
3DS – 2
PSV – 1

Hardware-wise, the domination of the Nintendo Switch is even clearer with 4 493 885 units sold; that’s more than 3 times what all the other consoles combined sold. What’s more, sales noticeably increased in 2019, with over 1 million units more compared to 2018. If Animal Crossing: New Horizons had not been delayed to 2020, there’s little doubt the console would have managed to sell over 5 million units in 2019. Of course, that’s no big deal for Nintendo: that simply means 2020 will be better!

Since launch, the Nintendo Switch has sold over 11 million units: 11 383 431 units to be precise, with 1 045 383 units for the Lite model, and 3 448 502 units for the OG model. While the Lite model was constantly outsold by the OG model with the exception of a few weeks, it still managed to sell over a million units. It will certainly be interesting to watch how the two models perform this year, especially with the inevitable new colours and bundles.

As expected, Nintendo 3DS dropped sharply in 2019, with only 191 350 units sold (down from 566 420 units last year). There’s little doubt the handheld will not even manage to sell over 100 000 units this year, especially as Nintendo is bound to announce its discontinuation within the next few months. The Nintendo 3DS sold 24 496 314 units as of December 29th 2019.

Here’s Hardware sales for CY 2019, courtesy of Famitsu:

+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
|System |   This CY  |   Last CY  |     LTD     |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
| NSW # |  4.493.885 |  3.482.388 |  11.383.431 |
| PS4 # |  1.196.153 |  1.695.227 |   8.748.243 |
| 3DS # |    191.350 |    566.420 |  24.496.314 |
| PSV # |     37.662 |    181.728 |   5.863.016 |
| XB1 # |      8.315 |     15.339 |     111.246 |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
|  ALL  |  5.927.365 |  5.943.106 |  50.602.250 |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
| NSW L |  1.045.383 |            |   1.045.383 |
|  NSW  |  3.448.502 |  3.482.388 |  10.338.048 |
| XB1 X |      5.186 |     11.153 |      18.642 |
| XB1 S |      3.129 |      4.186 |      20.602 |
|PS4 Pro|    422.380 |    457.646 |   1.394.970 |
|  PS4  |    773.773 |  1.237.581 |   7.353.273 |
|  PSV  |     37.662 |    181.728 |   5.863.016 |
|n-2DSLL|    160.169 |    356.693 |   1.104.413 |
|  2DS  |      1.091 |     21.928 |     585.709 |
| n-3DS |     30.090 |    187.799 |   5.885.915 |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+

Source: Famitsu
Data compiled by: Chris1964 (ResetERA)

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