[Japan] Famitsu sales for Fiscal Year 2020 (March 30, 2020 – March 28, 2021)

Famitsu have shared their latest report on video games sales in Japan, this time covering the past Fiscal Year (March 30th 2020 to March 28th 2021). There’s the Top 20 Software (+ some extra sales data), as well as total Software and Hardware sales by platforms!

Unsurprisingly, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the best-selling game during the past Fiscal Year, with no less than 4 102 444 units sold. That’s nearly twice as many units as during the previous Fiscal Year (2019), but that’s hardly surprising: it was releasing on March 20th, at the very end of the Fiscal Year. Still, this does show that the game kept enjoying strong sales throughout the following Fiscal Year, with 6 710 861 units sold by March 28th 2021.

During Fiscal Year 2020, no less than 4 games managed to sell over 4 million units, and two other reached 900 000 units sold. Quite interestingly, two of those games were released during the previous Fiscal Year. That’s the case of Ring Fit Adventure, which suffered from shortages for many months (it’s only earlier this year that Nintendo were finally able to fully meet demand!). As for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it’s quite simply unstoppable!

Here’s the Top 20 Software for Fiscal Year 2020:

01./00. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2020.03.20} (¥5.980) – 4.102.444 / 6.710.861
02./00. [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! <TBL> (Konami) {2020.11.19} (¥6.300) – 2.072.296 / NEW
03./00. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure # <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) – 1.734.446 / 2.479.573
04./00. [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise # <ACT> (Capcom) {2021.03.26} (¥7.990) – 1.302.132 / NEW
05./00. [PS4] Final Fantasy VII Remake # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2020.04.10} (¥8.980) – 954.342 / NEW
06./00. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 910.664 / 3.751.594
07./00. [NSW] Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics <TBL> (Nintendo) {2020.06.05} (¥3.980) – 668.725 / NEW
08./00. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) – 595.665 / 4.218.939
09./00. [NSW] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury <ACT> (Nintendo) {2021.02.12} (¥5.980) – 592.683 / 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) – 578.850 / NEW
11./00. [NSW] Pikmin 3 Deluxe <ACT> (Nintendo) {2020.10.30} (¥5.980) – 552.910 / NEW
12./00. [NSW] Minecraft # <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 540.900 / 1.872.739
13./00. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980) – 471.852 / 4.014.376
14./00. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 469.560 / 3.825.969
15./00. [NSW] Super Mario Party # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) – 468.982 / 1.850.769
16./00. [PS4] Ghost of Tsushima <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2020.07.17} (¥6.900) – 439.739 / NEW
17./00. [NSW] Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2020.11.20} (¥7.200) – 356.416 / NEW
18./00. [NSW] Paper Mario: The Origami King <ADV> (Nintendo) {2020.07.17} (¥5.980) – 310.874 / NEW
19./00. [NSW] eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 <SPT> (Konami) {2020.07.09} (¥6.980) – 293.242 / NEW
20./00. [PS4] Resident Evil 3 # <ADV> (Capcom) {2020.04.03} (¥7.800) – 272.004 / NEW

00./00. [NSW] Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin # <SLG> (Marvelous) {2020.11.12} (¥4.980) – 147.828 / NEW
00./00. [PS4] Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin # <SLG> (Marvelous) {2020.11.12} (¥4.980) – 83.165 / NEW
00./00. [PS5] Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales # <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2020.11.12} (¥5.900) – 46.000 / NEW

The Nintendo Switch crushed the competition by taking 17 of the 20 spots in the Top 20 Software.

NSW – 17
PS4 – 3

But it’s not just the Top 20. Nintendo Switch sales are nearly 4 times higher than those of all other platforms on the market combined, with 23 096 768 units sold. Animal Crossing: New Horizons greatly contributed to that impressive performance, but as you can see in the Top 20 above, it was far from the only game to sell extremely well during the past Fiscal Year.

But Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ contribution wasn’t just roughly 4 million units sold to the total of Nintendo Switch Software sales. It also brought an onslaught of new Nintendo Switch owners, which went and bought additional games, and further strengthened Software sales.

As for the Nintendo 3DS, Software sales were every bit as anemic as Hardware sales, with only 155 198 units sold (down from 491 858 units sold). The handheld clearly has been on the way out for quite some time now, and it really shows!

Thanks to the strong performance of the Nintendo Switch, nearly 30 million units were sold in Japan during the past Fiscal Year.

+-------+------------+------------+
|System |  This FY   |  Last FY   |
+-------+------------+------------+
|  NSW  | 23.096.768 | 19.193.142 |
|  PS4  |  6.046.573 |  6.966.274 |
|  PS5  |    179.650 |            |
|  3DS  |    155.198 |    491.858 |
|  OTH  |     28.419 |    219.355 |
+-------+------------+------------+
|  ALL  | 29.506.608 | 26.870.629 |
+-------+------------+------------+

Hardware-wise, the Nintendo Switch sales reached a new high with no less than 6 million units sold: that’s nearly 800 000 units more than during the previous Fiscal Year. LTD sales now stand at 19 085 348 as of March 28th, and there’s little doubt the console will be near the 25 million units milestone by the end of the current Fiscal Year!

Unsurprisingly, the OG model was by far the most popular model with 4 484 055 units sold, vs. 1 517 510 units for the Lite model (despite the massive shortages that impacted the OG model during the first half of the year).

And as expected, Nintendo 3DS sales slid even further into complete irrelevancy, with barely 56 959 units sold (down from 119 853 units during the previous Fiscal Year).

Here’s Hardware sales for Fiscal Year 2020:

+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
|System |  This FY   |  Last FY   |     LTD     |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
| NSW # |  6.001.565 |  5.225.014 |  19.085.348 |
| PS5 # |    580.211 |            |     580.211 |
| PS4 # |    432.450 |    921.752 |   9.350.779 |
| 3DS # |     56.959 |    119.853 |  24.568.276 |
| XBS # |     40.009 |            |      40.009 |
| XB1 # |      2.183 |      7.948 |             |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
|  ALL  |  7.113.377 |  6.281.167 |  54.784.747 |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
|  PS5  |    485.476 |            |     485.476 |
| PS5DE |     94.735 |            |      94.735 |
| XBS X |     30.636 |            |      30.636 |
| XBS S |      9.373 |            |       9.373 |
| NSW L |  1.517.510 |  2.009.473 |   3.526.983 |
|  NSW  |  4.484.055 |  3.215.541 |  15.558.365 |
| XB1 X |      1.508 |      4.749 |             |
| XB1 S |        675 |      3.199 |             |
|PS4 Pro|    112.283 |    336.793 |   1.575.723 |
|  PS4  |    320.167 |    584.959 |   7.775.056 |
|n-2DSLL|     54.835 |    106.288 |   1.173.331 |
| n-3DS |      2.124 |     13.565 |             |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+

Source: Famitsu
Data compiled by: Chris1964 (ResetERA)

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