Media Create White Book 2022: sales data for Japan, South Korea, Taiwan in 2021

The latest Media Create White Book is now available, and it offers a treasure trove of sales data for the video game market in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. In this post, you will find various bits of data from the book, including Software sales, Hardware sales, revenue, and more. The period covered runs from January 4th 2021 to January 2nd 2022.

NB: this page will be regularly updated with new sales data, so keep checking back! Update 2: added lots of data for Japan!

Japan

Software
New Games

RANK./LAST YEAR’S RANK. [SYSTEM] TITLE <GENRE> (PUBLISHER) {RELEASE DATE} (PRICE WITHOUT TAX) – YEAR-TO-DATE SALES / LIFETIME-TO-DATE SALES (YEAR OVER YEAR DIFFERENCE) (FIRST WEEK SALES <FIRST WEEK SELL-THROUGH>)

001./000. [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise # <ACT> (Capcom) {2021.03.26} (¥7.990) – 2.201.544 / NEW (1.155.904 <91,52%>)
002./000. [NSW] Pokemon Brilliant Diamond <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2021.11.19} (¥5.980) – 1.118.240 / NEW (600.634 <61,67%>)
003./000. [NSW] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury <ACT> (Nintendo) {2021.02.12} (¥5.980) – 1.064.417 / NEW (252.451 <55,56%>)
004./003. [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! <TBL> (Konami) {2020.11.19} (¥6.300) – 1.053.174 / 2.650.704 (-34%) (442.356 <77,79%>)
005./002. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure # <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) – 1.042.308 / 3.255.746 (-36%) (95.549 <65,06%>)
006./004. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 794.862 / 4.471.328 (-20%) (284.823 <73,66%>)
007./000. [NSW] Mario Party Superstars <ETC> (Nintendo) {2021.10.29} (¥5.980) – 776.133 / NEW (172.539 <38,97%>)
008./001. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2020.03.20} (¥5.980) – 740.706 / 7.172.470 (-88%) (1.716.527 <88,43%>)
009./000. [NSW] Pokemon Shining Pearl <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2021.11.19} (¥5.980) – 731.667 / NEW (391.559 <63,63%>)
010./009. [NSW] Minecraft # <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 709.110 / 2.281.023 (+28%) (61.764 <39,31%>)
011./006. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) – 685.025 / 4.909.868 (-2%) (1.220.535 <68,52%>)
012./000. [NSW] Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl Double Pack {Pokemon Brilliant Diamond \ Pokemon Shining Pearl} <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2021.11.19} (¥11.960) – 387.409 / NEW (295.220 <76,34%>)
013./013. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 342.442 / 4.061.909 (-31%) (648.085 <65,10%>)
014./010. [NSW] Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics <ETC> (Nintendo) {2020.06.05} (¥3.980) – 323.931 / 876.249 (-41%) (64.204 <83,55%>)
015./000. [NSW] New Pokemon Snap <ETC> (Pokemon Co.) {2021.04.30} (¥5.980) – 316.182 / NEW (148.202 <41,79%>)
016./007. [NSW] Super Mario Party # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) – 293.048 / 2.321.714 (-51%) (142.868 <55,95%>)
017./000. [NSW] Game Builder Garage <ETC> (Nintendo) {2021.06.11} (¥3.164) – 289.214 / NEW (66.272 <73,42%>)
018./000. [NSW] eBaseball Professional Baseball Spirits 2021: Grand Slam <SPT> (Konami) {2021.07.08} (¥6.980) – 273.619 / NEW (128.813 <52,27%>)
019./000. [NSW] Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town <SLG> (Marvelous) {2021.02.25} (¥5.980) – 270.501 / NEW (170.103 <68,13%>)
020./000. [NSW] Miitopia <SLG> (Nintendo) {2021.05.21} (¥4.980) – 268.326 / NEW (61.876 <46,91%>)
021./000. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD <ADV> (Nintendo) {2021.07.16} (¥5.980) – 265.512 / NEW (150.587 <62,22%>)
022./021. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 251.490 / 2.124.076 (-10%) (186.379 <68,11%>)
023./011. [NSW] Pokemon Sword # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980) – 250.551 / 2.101.870 (-54%) (534.306 <84,96%>)
024./000. [PS4] Tales of Arise # <RPG> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2021.09.09} (¥7.980) – 246.721 / NEW (170.607 <94,07%>)
025./000. [NSW] Big Brain Academy: Brain Vs. Brain <HOB> (Nintendo) {2021.12.03} (¥2.980) – 223.318 / NEW (41.735 <31,67%>)
026./000. [NSW] Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin <RPG> (Capcom) {2021.07.09} (¥6.990) – 219.303 / NEW (126.412 <80,05%>)
027./000. [NSW] Crayon Shin-chan: Ora to Hakase no Natsuyasumi – Owaranai Nanokakan no Tabi # <ADV> (Neos) {2021.07.15} (¥5.982) – 198.366 / NEW (104.180 <85,62%>)
028./000. [PS4] NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… <RPG> (Square Enix) {2021.04.22} (¥7.800) – 196.892 / NEW (140.329 <72,06%>)
029./000. [NSW] Mario Golf: Super Rush <SPT> (Nintendo) {2021.06.25} (¥5.980) – 196.076 / NEW (74.884 <44,65%>)
030./090. [NSW] Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition [New Price Edition] <RPG> (Square Enix) {2020.12.04} (¥4.980) – 195.729 / 240.303 (+339%) (11.431 <49,36%>)
031./000. [NSW] WarioWare: Get It Together! <ETC> (Nintendo) {2021.09.10} (¥4.980) – 195.448 / NEW (68.258 <43,42%>)
032./000. [NSW] Shin Megami Tensei V # <RPG> (Atlus) {2021.11.11} (¥8.980) – 186.913 / NEW (138.985 <79,90%>)
033./000. [PS4] Lost Judgment <ADV> (Sega) {2021.09.24} (¥8.290) – 176.223 / NEW (121.197 <78,35%>)
034./087. [NSW] Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise # <HOB> (Imagineer) {2020.12.03} (¥5.800) – 175.994 / 221.689 (+285%) (20.048 <31,38%>)
035./000. [PS4] Resident Evil Village # <ADV> (Capcom) {2021.05.08} (¥7.990) – 174.784 / NEW (95.128 <48,78%>)
036./031. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) – 174.049 / 783.811 (-5%) (69.984 <54,08%>)
037./000. [NSW] Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel: Dawn of the Battle Royale!! <TBL> (Konami) {2021.08.12} (¥6.000) – 168.746 / NEW (109.859 <56,48%>)
038./022. [NSW] Super Mario Maker 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.06.28} (¥5.980) – 154.713 / 1.279.628 (-44%) (194.814 <42,60%>)
039./000. [PS4] Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles # <FTG> (Aniplex) {2021.10.14} (¥7.600) – 152.744 / NEW (104.303 <52,14%>)
040./000. [NSW] Bravely Default II <RPG> (Square Enix) {2021.02.26} (¥6.800) – 150.875 / NEW (92.166 <85,98%>)
041./000. [NSW] Rune Factory 5 # <SLG> (Marvelous) {2021.05.20} (¥6.980) – 149.997 / NEW (109.775 <81,05%>)
042./015. [NSW] Pokemon Shield # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980) – 148.019 / 1.390.775 (-61%) (359.817 <90,26%>)
043./023. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe <New Super Mario Bros. U \ New Super Luigi U> <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.01.11} (¥5.980) – 143.784 / 1.196.282 (-46%) (166.303 <52,53%>)
044./028. [NSW] Fishing Spirits: Nintendo Switch Version # <SPT> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2019.07.25} (¥5.700) – 142.927 / 686.500 (-34%) (49.055 <72,76%>)
045./032. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 136.201 / 2.419.912 (-23%) (462.038 <82,64%>)
046./088. [NSW] The Battle Cats Unite! # <SLG> (Ponos) {2020.07.16} (¥3.500) – 130.989 / 176.617 (+187%) (8.893 <36,39%>)
047./052. [NSW] Human: Fall Flat <PZL> (Teyon Japan) {2020.06.25} (¥3.500) – 130.012 / 233.436 (+26%) (5.277 <43,86%>)
048./000. [NSW] Metroid Dread # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2021.10.08} (¥6.980) – 129.349 / NEW (78.224 <72,60%>)
049./008. [NSW] Super Mario 3D All-Stars <Super Mario 64 \ Super Mario Sunshine \ Super Mario Galaxy> <ACT> (Nintendo) {2020.09.18} (¥6.480) – 114.190 / 688.300 (-80%) (234.730 <42,94%>)
050./000. [NSW] Super Robot Wars 30 # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2021.10.28} (¥8.600) – 110.652 / NEW (75.753 <68,16%>)
051./000. [NSW] Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot + A New Power Awakens Set <RPG> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2021.09.22} (¥6.680) – 104.729 / NEW (41.801 <80,29%>)
052./000. [NSW] Little Nightmares II <ADV> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2021.02.10} (¥3.600) – 104.310 / NEW (25.490 <91,00%>)
053./012. [NSW] Pikmin 3 Deluxe <ACT> (Nintendo) {2020.10.30} (¥5.980) – 102.785 / 634.974 (-81%) (171.106 <57,93%>)
054./000. [PS4] Super Robot Wars 30 # <SLG> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2021.10.28} (¥8.600) – 97.264 / NEW (70.600 <68,01%>)
055./029. [NSW] Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 <SPT> (Sega) {2019.11.01} (¥5.990) – 96.633 / 460.214 (-52%) (16.316 <8,25%>)
056./050. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 96.259 / 1.034.871 (-7%) (222.031 <63,47%>)
057./025. [NSW] Luigi’s Mansion 3 <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.10.31} (¥5.980) – 96.240 / 864.471 (-63%) (140.165 <51,46%>)
058./000. [NSW] Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon # <ADV> (Aniplex) {2021.08.26} (¥7.000) – 89.263 / NEW (42.102 <84,65%>)
059./067. [NSW] Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 <PZL> (Sega) {2020.12.10} (¥4.990) – 88.954 / 157.670 (+29%) (26.500 <51,35%>)
060./000. [PS4] Judgment [2][New Price Edition] <ADV> (Sega) {2021.04.23} (¥1.800) – 88.439 / NEW (4.137 <41,53%>)
061./000. [PS4] Samurai Warriors 5 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2021.06.24} (¥7.800) – 86.444 / NEW (52.417 <58,90%>)
062./019. [NSW] eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 <SPT> (Konami) {2020.07.09} (¥6.980) – 85.589 / 398.467 (-73%) (112.878 <65,73%>)
063./000. [PS5] Tales of Arise # <RPG> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2021.09.09} (¥7.980) – 84.146 / NEW (65.003 <88,35%>)
064./000. [NSW] Samurai Warriors 5 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2021.06.24} (¥7.800) – 84.044 / NEW (38.586 <51,91%>)
065./016. [NSW] Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2020.11.20} (¥7.200) – 78.417 / 412.595 (-77%) (171.000 <60,71%>)
066./000. [PS5] Resident Evil Village # <ADV> (Capcom) {2021.05.08} (¥7.990) – 76.916 / NEW (43.201 <54,45%>)
067./000. [PS4] Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon # <ADV> (Aniplex) {2021.08.26} (¥7.000) – 76.527 / NEW (40.472 <85,83%>)
068./066. [NSW] Minecraft Dungeons: Hero Edition <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2020.09.08} (¥3.600) – 75.637 / 144.575 (+10%) (9.435 <20,42%>)
069./043. [NSW] Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin # <RPG> (Marvelous) {2020.11.12} (¥4.980) – 72.225 / 203.347 (-45%) (39.748 <98,51%>)
070./000. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Dark # <RPG> (Nihon Falcom) {2021.09.30} (¥7.800) – 68.574 / NEW (53.918 <62,48%>)
071./000. [NSW] Apex Legends: Champion Edition <ACT> (Electronic Arts) {2021.03.18} (¥3.909) – 65.836 / NEW (12.223 <20,10%>)
072./000. [NSW] Tokimeki Memorial: Girl’s Side 4th Heart # <SLG> (Konami) {2021.10.28} (¥7.800) – 65.781 / NEW (40.394 <87,65%>)
073./000. [NSW] Densha de Go!! Hashirou Yamanotesen <SLG> (Square Enix) {2021.03.18} (¥5.800) – 62.512 / NEW (25.618 <66,86%>)
074./000. [NSW] FIFA 22: Legacy Edition <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2021.10.01} (¥3.909) – 60.615 / NEW (14.729 <37,66%>)
075./017. [NSW] Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.12.27} (¥3.480) – 58.641 / 410.055 (-82%) (33.936 <17,95%>)
076./513. [NSW] Little Nightmares: Complete Edition <Little Nightmares \ Little Nightmares: The Depths \ Little Nightmares: The Hideaway \ Little Nightmares: The Residence> <ADV> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2018.06.07} (¥3.200) – 56.210 / 83.274 (+1886%) (7.776 <74,44%>)
077./000. [PS5] Lost Judgment <ADV> (Sega) {2021.09.24} (¥8.290) – 56.148 / NEW (39.494 <63,15%>)
078./000. [PS4] FIFA 22 <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2021.10.01} (¥7.909) – 54.592 / NEW (25.339 <73,48%>)
079./058. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition <Grand Theft Auto V \ Grand Theft Auto Online> [2][Reprint] <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2019.11.07} (¥3.500) – 53.144 / 142.911 (-37%) (490 <6,50%>)
080./000. [PS4] Call of Duty: Vanguard <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2021.11.05} (¥7.900) – 52.589 / NEW (24.383 <47,83%>)
081./081. [PS4] Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2020.12.04} (¥4.980) – 51.595 / 103.038 (+0%) (26.827 <54,05%>)
082./000. [NSW] Power Pro Kun Pocket R <SPT> (Konami) {2021.11.25} (¥5.450) – 50.229 / NEW (37.027 <24,93%>)
083./000. [PS4] Far Cry 6 # <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2021.10.07} (¥8.400) – 49.531 / NEW (29.744 <55,20%>)
084./000. [PS5] Judgment <ADV> (Sega) {2021.04.23} (¥1.800) – 49.317 / NEW (7.861 <65,73%>)
085./056. [NSW] Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate [Best Price] <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.11.15} (¥3.990) – 49.230 / 216.538 (-48%) (948 <19,94%>)
086./123. [PS5] Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales # <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2020.11.12} (¥5.900) – 47.422 / 80.147 (+45%) (15.645 <28,41%>)
087./000. [PS5] Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles <FTG> (Aniplex) {2021.10.14} (¥7.600) – 46.953 / NEW (32.765 <59,44%>)
088./000. [NSW] Fortnite: Minty Legends Pack <ACT> (Epic Games) {2021.11.02} (¥3.000) – 46.948 / NEW (14.456 <26,43%>)
089./000. [NSW] Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition <ETC> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2021.12.02} (¥4.980) – 45.110 / NEW (14.860 <18,84%>)
090./128. [NSW] Family Trainer <HOB> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2020.12.17} (¥4.980) – 44.834 / 75.503 (+46%) (15.521 <23,41%>)
091./071. [NSW] Super Bomberman R [Smile Price Collection] <ACT> (Konami) {2018.11.29} (¥2.760) – 43.292 / 167.590 (-28%) (1.699 <18,28%>)
092./000. [PS4] Little Nightmares II <ADV> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2021.02.10} (¥3.600) – 43.206 / NEW (13.070 <87,64%>)
093./000. [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise Hunting Friend Double Pack {Monster Hunter Rise x 2} <ACT> (Capcom) {2021.03.26} (¥15.255) – 42.553 / NEW (38.600 <88,78%>)
094./000. [PS4] Scarlet Nexus <RPG> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2021.06.24} (¥8.200) – 42.392 / NEW (17.878 <70,83%>)
095./000. [NSW] Minecraft Dungeons: Ultimate Edition <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2021.10.26} (¥4.800) – 41.102 / NEW (2.692 <20,15%>)
096./000. [NSW] A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism <SLG> (Artdink) {2021.03.12} (¥6.980) – 40.666 / NEW (19.631 <53,77%>)
097./000. [NSW] Danganronpa Decadence + Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp <Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc – Anniversary Edition \ Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair – Anniversary Edition \ Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony – Anniversary Edition \ Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp> <ADV> (Spike Chunsoft) {2021.11.04} (¥4.980) – 40.292 / NEW (24.176 <58,43%>)
098./000. [PS4] Battlefield 2042 <ACT> (Electronic Arts) {2021.11.19} (¥7.909) – 40.219 / NEW (23.395 <40,81%>)
099./160. [NSW] Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2019.07.04} (¥7.800) – 39.780 / 109.969 (+71%) (16.505 <59,24%>)
100./138. [PS5] Demon’s Souls <RPG> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2020.11.12} (¥7.900) – 38.922 / 66.900 (+39%) (16.075 <32,84%>)

Games ranked 101 to 1000 can be found on this page!

The Nintendo Switch grabbed the most spots in the Top 1000 (New), with over 500 games!

NSW – 525
PS4 – 380
PS5 – 74
3DS – 18
XBS – 3

This year again, most of total Software sales come from games that landed in the Top 100 (over 80%):

Top 100 Software Sales – 22.205.481 <80,26%>
Top 500 Software Sales – 26.582.780 <96,09%>
Top 1000 Software Sales – 27.372.845 <98,94%>

The Nintendo Switch was by far the most popular platform with over 23 million units sold:

  1. NSW – 23.070.515 <83,39%> (263 new games)
  2. PS4 – 3.695.693 <13,36%> (188 new games)
  3. PS5 – 831.915 <3,01%> (75 new games)
  4. 3DS – 62.571 <0,23%> (0 new games)
  5. XBS – 4.962 <0,02%> (7 new games)
  6. ALL – 27.665.656 <100,00%> (533 new games)

But when it comes to budget re-release, the Nintendo Switch wasn’t the most popular platform:

  1. PS4 – 533.396 <54,14%>
  2. NSW – 434.674 <44,12%>
  3. 3DS – 16.077 <1,63%>
  4. PS5 – 1.106 <0,11%>
  5. ALL – 985.253 <100,00%> (23 new games)

Since the Nintendo Switch is a popular console with a strong and active userbase, it’s no big surprise that it was on it that new series were the most successful:

  1. NSW – 2.510.511 <74,94%>
  2. PS4 – 692.254 <20,66%>
  3. PS5 – 141.632 <4,23%>
  4. 3DS – 4.197 <0,13%>
  5. XBS – 1.590 <0,05%>
  6. ALL – 3.350.184 <100,00%> (179 new games)

Unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch audience wasn’t that fond of localised games. This fact is easily explained: most of those are big productions from western publishers, who usually skip Nintendo’s platforms.

  1. PS4 – 1.719.817 <54,55%>
  2. NSW – 1.047.258 <33,22%>
  3. PS5 – 381.125 <12,09%>
  4. XBS – 4.075 <0,13%>
  5. 3DS – 343 <0,01%>
  6. ALL – 3.152.618 <100,00%> (206 new games)
Used Games

RANK. [SYSTEM] TITLE <GENRE> (PUBLISHER) {RELEASE DATE} (PRICE) – YEAR-TO-DATE USED SALES / LIFETIME-TO-DATE USED SALES (YEAR OVER YEAR DIFFERENCE) (USED + NEW LTD SALES <USED / NEW LTD SALES RATIO>)

001./001. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) – 463.222 / 1.466.740 (-8%) (6.376.609 <29,87%>)
002./002. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 407.081 / 1.765.265 (-9%) (6.236.593 <39,48%>)
003./033. [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! <TBL> (Konami) {2020.11.19} (¥6.300) – 355.711 / 402.458 (+661%) (3.053.162 <15,18%>)
004./000. [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise # <ACT> (Capcom) {2021.03.26} (¥7.990) – 243.822 / NEW (2.445.366 <11,08%>)
005./006. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 204.160 / 983.727 (+5%) (3.107.803 <46,31%>)
006./003. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2020.03.20} (¥5.980) – 200.388 / 607.287 (-51%) (7.779.756 <8,47%>)
007./000. [NSW] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury <ACT> (Nintendo) {2021.02.12} (¥5.980) – 185.254 / NEW (1.249.671 <17,40%>)
008./004. [NSW] Super Mario Party # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) – 152.684 / 673.807 (-33%) (2.995.521 <29,02%>)
009./009. [NSW] Minecraft # <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 148.370 / 434.245 (+12%) (2.715.268 <19,04%>)
010./007. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 135.621 / 1.030.951 (-25%) (5.092.860 <25,38%>)
011./005. [NSW] Pokemon Sword # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980) – 103.642 / 383.102 (-53%) (2.484.972 <18,23%>)
012./008. [NSW] Pokemon Shield # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980) – 82.231 / 289.712 (-50%) (1.680.487 <20,83%>)
013./031. [NSW] Pikmin 3 Deluxe <ACT> (Nintendo) {2020.10.30} (¥5.980) – 72.796 / 122.900 (+45%) (757.874 <19,36%>)
014./030. [NSW] Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics <ETC> (Nintendo) {2020.06.05} (¥3.980) – 66.041 / 116.279 (+31%) (992.528 <13,27%>)
015./013. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe <New Super Mario Bros. U \ New Super Luigi U> <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.01.11} (¥5.980) – 65.183 / 334.010 (-32%) (1.530.291 <27,92%>)
016./102. [NSW] Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2020.11.20} (¥7.200) – 57.295 / 77.608 (+182%) (490.203 <18,81%>)
017./014. [PS4] Ghost of Tsushima <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2020.07.17} (¥6.900) – 56.996 / 146.175 (-36%) (643.815 <29,37%>)
018./018. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 56.338 / 534.425 (-28%) (2.954.337 <22,08%>)
019./029. [NSW] Super Mario 3D All-Stars <Super Mario 64 \ Super Mario Sunshine \ Super Mario Galaxy> <ACT> (Nintendo) {2020.09.18} (¥6.480) – 49.541 / 100.448 (-3%) (788.747 <14,59%>)
020./025. [NSW] eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 <SPT> (Konami) {2020.07.09} (¥6.980) – 49.105 / 104.465 (-11%) (502.932 <26,22%>)
021./021. [PS4] Persona 5 Royal # <RPG> (Atlus) {2019.10.31} (¥8.800) – 46.799 / 122.830 (-26%) (424.760 <40,68%>)
022./000. [NSW] Mario Party Superstars <ETC> (Nintendo) {2021.10.29} (¥5.980) – 45.749 / NEW (821.882 <5,89%>)
023./015. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) – 45.242 / 270.965 (-49%) (1.054.776 <34,57%>)
024./011. [PS4] Final Fantasy VII Remake # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2020.04.10} (¥8.980) – 43.746 / 159.411 (-62%) (1.133.020 <16,37%>)
025./012. [NSW] Luigi’s Mansion 3 <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.10.31} (¥5.980) – 42.843 / 176.620 (-57%) (1.041.091 <20,43%>)
026./039. [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles 2 # <RPG> (Nintendo) {2017.12.01} (¥7.980) – 42.336 / 219.944 (+2%) (516.109 <74,26%>)
027./019. [NSW] Fire Emblem: Three Houses # <SLG> (Nintendo) {2019.07.26} (¥6.980) – 40.113 / 158.678 (-40%) (577.027 <37,93%>)
028./448. [NSW] Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin # <RPG> (Marvelous) {2020.11.12} (¥4.980) – 37.749 / 42.723 (+659%) (246.070 <21,01%>)
029./017. [NSW] Super Mario Maker 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.06.28} (¥5.980) – 37.566 / 243.787 (-52%) (1.523.415 <19,05%>)
030./027. [PS4] Monster Hunter World # <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.01.26} (¥8.980) – 36.051 / 538.137 (-30%) (2.569.644 <26,49%>)
031./000. [NSW] Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition [New Price Edition] <RPG> (Square Enix) {2020.12.04} (¥4.980) – 35.539 / 36.820 (+2674%) (277.123 <15,32%>)
032./032. [NSW] Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster <Final Fantasy X \ Final Fantasy X-2> <RPG> (Square Enix) {2019.04.11} (¥6.800) – 34.836 / 119.994 (-26%) (219.348 <120,77%>)
033./000. [NSW] Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town <SLG> (Marvelous) {2021.02.25} (¥5.980) – 34.287 / NEW (304.788 <12,68%>)
034./035. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) – 32.303 / 267.562 (-27%) (1.302.434 <25,85%>)
035./022. [PS4] Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.07.29} (¥8.980) – 31.489 / 546.553 (-48%) (1.937.003 <39,31%>)
036./000. [NSW] Bravely Default II <RPG> (Square Enix) {2021.02.26} (¥6.800) – 31.071 / NEW (181.946 <20,59%>)
037./046. [NSW] Paper Mario: The Origami King <ADV> (Nintendo) {2020.07.17} (¥5.980) – 30.727 / 68.180 (-18%) (413.651 <19,74%>)
038./000. [NSW] Pokemon Brilliant Diamond <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2021.11.19} (¥5.980) – 30.410 / NEW (1.148.650 <2,72%>)
039./036. [NSW] Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2020.03.06} (¥5.980) – 30.023 / 74.041 (-32%) (363.187 <25,61%>)
040./044. [NSW] Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate [Best Price] <ACT> (Capcom) {2018.11.15} (¥3.990) – 30.002 / 92.177 (-23%) (308.715 <42,57%>)
041./010. [NSW] Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2019.09.27} (¥7.980) – 29.073 / 191.002 (-76%) (753.260 <33,97%>)
042./045. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} (¥5.980) – 28.088 / 149.627 (-27%) (1.174.997 <14,59%>)
043./047. [PS4] The Last of Us Part II # <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2020.06.19} (¥6.900) – 28.002 / 63.869 (-22%) (314.970 <25,44%>)
044./024. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2019.01.25} (¥8.800) – 27.478 / 218.698 (-51%) (1.067.095 <25,78%>)
045./020. [PS4] Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition <Monster Hunter World \ Monster Hunter World: Iceborne> # <ACT> (Capcom) {2019.09.06} (¥6.990) – 27.247 / 135.597 (-58%) (682.853 <24,78%>)
046./000. [NSW] New Pokemon Snap <ETC> (Pokemon Co.) {2021.04.30} (¥5.980) – 26.843 / NEW (343.024 <8,49%>)
047./112. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure # <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) – 26.442 / 46.924 (+42%) (3.302.670 <1,44%>)
048./016. [PS4] Yakuza: Like a Dragon <RPG> (Sega) {2020.01.16} (¥8.390) – 25.697 / 108.017 (-69%) (373.539 <40,68%>)
049./000. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD <ADV> (Nintendo) {2021.07.16} (¥5.980) – 25.386 / NEW (290.899 <9,56%>)
050./000. [NSW] Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin <RPG> (Capcom) {2021.07.09} (¥6.990) – 25.253 / NEW (244.556 <11,52%>)
051./234. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2020.11.13} (¥7.900) – 25.140 / 35.058 (+153%) (203.826 <20,77%>)
052./000. [PS4] Resident Evil Village (1)(Z Version) <ADV> (Capcom) {2021.05.08} (¥7.990) – 24.582 / NEW (199.366 <14,06%>)
053./000. [NSW] Crayon Shin-chan: Ora to Hakase no Natsuyasumi – Owaranai Nanokakan no Tabi # <ADV> (Neos) {2021.07.15} (¥5.982) – 24.071 / NEW (222.437 <12,13%>)
054./026. [NSW] Fishing Spirits: Nintendo Switch Version # <SPT> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2019.07.25} (¥5.700) – 23.571 / 104.029 (-54%) (790.529 <15,15%>)
055./055. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} (¥5.980) – 23.085 / 127.617 (-25%) (924.639 <16,01%>)
056./075. [NSW] Octopath Traveler <RPG> (Square Enix) {2018.07.13} (¥6.800) – 22.825 / 140.655 (-11%) (401.770 <53,87%>)
057./000. [PS4] Tales of Arise # <RPG> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2021.09.09} (¥7.980) – 22.815 / NEW (269.535 <9,25%>)
058./000. [NSW] Pokemon Shining Pearl <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2021.11.19} (¥5.980) – 22.797 / NEW (754.464 <3,12%>)
059./034. [PS4] Resident Evil 3 (1)(Z Version) <ADV> (Capcom) {2020.04.03} (¥7.800) – 22.495 / 69.083 (-52%) (324.857 <27,01%>)
060./043. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2016.11.29} (¥8.800) – 22.393 / 404.368 (-43%) (1.428.662 <39,48%>)
061./056. [PS4] eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 <SPT> (Konami) {2020.07.09} (¥7.980) – 21.965 / 52.516 (-28%) (240.917 <27,87%>)
062./054. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces <SPT> (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) – 21.397 / 178.970 (-31%) (710.057 <33,70%>)
063./000. [NSW] Mario Golf: Super Rush <SPT> (Nintendo) {2021.06.25} (¥5.980) – 21.221 / NEW (217.297 <10,82%>)
064./092. [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition # <RPG> (Nintendo) {2020.05.29} (¥5.980) – 21.066 / 43.385 (-6%) (197.848 <28,09%>)
065./000. [PS4] NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… <RPG> (Square Enix) {2021.04.22} (¥7.800) – 20.701 / NEW (217.593 <10,51%>)
066./073. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition <Grand Theft Auto V \ Grand Theft Auto Online> [2][Reprint] <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2019.11.07} (¥3.500) – 20.014 / 46.173 (-23%) (189.084 <32,31%>)
067./000. [NSW] eBaseball Professional Baseball Spirits 2021: Grand Slam <SPT> (Konami) {2021.07.08} (¥6.980) – 19.237 / NEW (292.855 <7,03%>)
068./000. [NSW] Derby Stallion <SLG> (Game Addict) {2020.12.03} (¥7.800) – 18.913 / 22.431 (+438%) (163.281 <15,93%>)
069./040. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2019.09.20} (¥5.980) – 18.399 / 88.050 (-55%) (397.240 <28,48%>)
070./216. [NSW] Human: Fall Flat <PZL> (Teyon Japan) {2020.06.25} (¥3.500) – 18.125 / 28.792 (+70%) (262.228 <12,33%>)
071./000. [NSW] Miitopia <SLG> (Nintendo) {2021.05.21} (¥4.980) – 17.914 / NEW (286.240 <6,68%>)
072./052. [PS4] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 <ACT> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2020.03.26} (¥7.800) – 17.886 / 50.653 (-45%) (200.562 <33,79%>)
073./028. [PS4] Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot <RPG> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2020.01.16} (¥7.600) – 17.845 / 69.240 (-65%) (236.729 <41,34%>)
074./038. [PS4] Death Stranding # <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2019.11.08} (¥6.900) – 17.696 / 75.066 (-58%) (400.100 <23,09%>)
075./059. [PS4] Ark: Survival Evolved <ADV> (Spike Chunsoft) {2017.10.26} (¥6.800) – 17.655 / 153.330 (-38%) (360.977 <73,84%>)
076./000. [PS4] Cyberpunk 2077 # <RPG> (Spike Chunsoft) {2020.12.10} (¥7.980) – 17.512 / 20.531 (+480%) (150.447 <15,80%>)
077./023. [PS4] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2019.10.25} (¥7.900) – 17.471 / 96.677 (-71%) (346.781 <38,65%>)
078./037. [PS4] Nioh 2 <RPG> (Koei Tecmo) {2020.03.12} (¥7.800) – 17.403 / 60.898 (-60%) (228.563 <36,32%>)
079./049. [NSW] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 <ACT> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2020.03.26} (¥7.800) – 17.281 / 51.898 (-50%) (231.464 <28,90%>)
080./154. [PS4] NieR: Automata – Game of the YoRHa Edition <NieR: Automata \ NieR: Automata – 3C3C1D119440927> <RPG> (Square Enix) {2019.02.21} (¥4.800) – 17.261 / 42.755 (+21%) (191.190 <28,80%>)
081./065. [NSW] Yo-kai Watch 4 <RPG> (Level 5) {2019.06.20} (¥5.980) – 16.429 / 71.628 (-41%) (358.304 <24,99%>)
082./042. [PS4] Resident Evil 2 (Z Version) <ADV> (Capcom) {2019.01.25} (¥7.800) – 16.377 / 148.326 (-60%) (528.124 <39,05%>)
083./000. [PS4] Lost Judgment <ADV> (Sega) {2021.09.24} (¥8.290) – 16.227 / NEW (192.450 <9,21%>)
084./067. [NSW] Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 <SPT> (Sega) {2019.11.01} (¥5.990) – 15.944 / 50.878 (-41%) (511.092 <11,06%>)
085./000. [NSW] WarioWare: Get It Together! <ETC> (Nintendo) {2021.09.10} (¥4.980) – 15.550 / NEW (210.997 <7,96%>)
086./068. [PS4] Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster <Final Fantasy X \ Final Fantasy X-2> <RPG> (Square Enix) {2015.05.14} (¥6.800) – 15.514 / 163.383 (-43%) (277.212 <143,53%>)
087./404. [PS4] Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla # <RPG> (Ubisoft) {2020.11.10} (¥8.400) – 15.412 / 20.775 (+187%) (84.538 <32,58%>)
088./048. [PS4] Professional Baseball Spirits 2019 <SPT> (Konami) {2019.07.18} (¥8.800) – 15.330 / 86.065 (-56%) (382.676 <29,02%>)
089./000. [PS4] Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin # <RPG> (Marvelous) {2020.11.12} (¥4.980) – 15.201 / 18.879 (+313%) (122.596 <18,20%>)
090./053. [PS4] Days Gone <ACT> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2019.04.26} (¥6.900) – 14.725 / 104.892 (-55%) (309.222 <51,33%>)
091./074. [NSW] Super Bomberman R [Smile Price Collection] <ACT> (Konami) {2018.11.29} (¥2.760) – 14.663 / 57.360 (-43%) (224.950 <34,23%>)
092./104. [NSW] Dragon Quest Heroes I & II for Nintendo Switch <Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below \ Dragon Quest Heroes II> <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.03.03} (¥8.800) – 14.656 / 126.421 (-28%) (228.405 <123,96%>)
093./000. [NSW] Rune Factory 5 # <SLG> (Marvelous) {2021.05.20} (¥6.980) – 14.382 / NEW (164.379 <9,59%>)
094./072. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} (¥5.980) – 14.375 / 118.394 (-45%) (383.760 <44,62%>)
095./083. [PS4] 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim # <ADV> (Atlus) {2019.11.28} (¥8.980) – 14.242 / 40.048 (-41%) (180.634 <28,49%>)
096./000. [PS4] Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2020.12.04} (¥4.980) – 14.201 / 14.895 (+1946%) (117.933 <14,46%>)
097./492. [PS4] eFootball Winning Eleven 2021 Season Update <SPT> (Konami) {2020.09.17} (¥3.980) – 14.106 / 18.668 (+209%) (99.588 <23,07%>)
098./000. [NSW] Samurai Warriors 5 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2021.06.24} (¥7.800) – 14.016 / NEW (98.060 <16,68%>)
099./100. [NSW] Persona 5 Strikers # <RPG> (Atlus) {2020.02.20} (¥8.800) – 14.009 / 34.843 (-33%) (120.821 <40,53%>)
100./057. [PS4] Marvel’s Spider-Man # <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.09.07} (¥6.900) – 13.936 / 163.146 (-52%) (489.518 <49,99%>)

Top 500 Software Sales- 7.472.631 <77,92%>

Games ranked 101 to 500 can be found on this page!

Quite interestingly, the Nintendo Switch was NOT the most popular when it comes to used sales… at least, if you look at the number of games in the Top 500!

PS4 – 249
NSW – 186
3DS – 54
PS5 – 6
WIU – 3
PS3 – 1
PSV – 1

But when it comes to sales, the Nintendo Switch did dominated other platforms by a wide margin:

  1. NSW – 5.468.943 <57,02%>
  2. PS4 – 2.859.635 <29,82%>
  3. 3DS – 680.428 <7,09%>
  4. PSV – 260.540 <2,72%>
  5. PS3 – 214.453 <2,24%>
  6. PS5 – 62.972 <0,66%>
  7. WIU – 43.654 <0,46%>
  8. XBS – 0 <0,00%>
  9. ALL – 9.590.625 <100,00%>
Shipments (retail shipments + digital sales)

[NSW] Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2021.11.19} (¥5.980) – 3.790.000 / NEW
[NSW] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury <ACT> (Nintendo) {2021.02.12} (¥5.980) – 1.400.000 / NEW

[NSW] Ring Fit Adventure # <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) – 1.140.000 / 3.610.000
[NSW] Mario Party Superstars <ETC> (Nintendo) {2021.10.29} (¥5.980) – 1.130.000 / NEW
[NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 1.130.000 / 5.660.000
[NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) – 1.010.000 / 6.180.000
[NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2020.03.20} (¥5.980) – 880.000 / 10.070.000
[NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980) – 570.000 / 5.560.000
[NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 530.000 / 2.910.000
[NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD <ADV> (Nintendo) {2021.07.16} (¥5.980) – 440.000 / NEW
[NSW] Game Builder Garage <ETC> (Nintendo) {2021.06.11} (¥3.164) – 440.000 / NEW

[NSW] Super Mario Party # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) – 390.000 / 2.740.000
[NSW] Miitopia <SLG> (Nintendo) {2021.05.21} (¥4.980) – 380.000 / NEW
[NSW] Big Brain Academy: Brain Vs. Brain <HOB> (Nintendo) {2021.12.03} (¥2.980) – 380.000 / NEW
[NSW] Mario Golf: Super Rush <SPT> (Nintendo) {2021.06.25} (¥5.980) – 300.000 / NEW
[NSW] WarioWare: Get It Together! <ETC> (Nintendo) {2021.09.10} (¥4.980) – 300.000 / NEW
[NSW] Metroid Dread # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2021.10.08} (¥6.980) – 260.000 / NEW

[NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 190.000 / 2.810.000
[NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe <New Super Mario Bros. U \ New Super Luigi U> <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.01.11} (¥5.980) – 190.000 / 1.450.000
[NSW] Luigi’s Mansion 3 <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.10.31} (¥5.980) – 110.000 / 1.090.000
[NSW] Tokimeki Memorial: Girl’s Side 4th Heart # <SLG> (Konami) {2021.10.28} (¥7.800) – 70.000 / NEW
[NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} (¥5.980) – 30.000 / 2.180.000

As of 2021, total Software shipments for the Nintendo Switch have passed the 143 million units threshold:

NSW – 44.310.000 / 143.200.000

When it comes to shipments (which includes sales at retailers not tracked by Media Create, such as the MyNintendo Store), the Year on Year drop is slightly smaller (about 1 million units) than the number reported by Media Create:

+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
|System |   This CY  |   Last CY  |     LTD     |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
| NSW # |  5.480.000 |  6.460.000 |  24.360.000 |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
|NSWOLED|  1.070.000 |            |   1.070.000 |
| NSW L |  1.300.000 |  2.060.000 |   4.720.000 |
|  NSW  |  3.110.000 |  4.400.000 |  18.570.000 |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
Publishers

Unsurprisingly, Nintendo was the most successful publisher in 2021 with over 9 million units sold (9 124 859 units to be precise), and over 12 million units sold (12 112 576 units to be precise) if you add The Pokémon Company’s sales to Nintendo’s total. All on its own, Nintendo sold more games than the other publishers in the Top 5 combined. Nintendo games account for about 1/3 of total Software sales in Japan in 2021 (32.98%, or 43.77% with The Pokémon Company).

  1. Nintendo – 9.124.859 (32,98%)
  2. Capcom – 3.022.492 (10,92%)
  3. Pokemon Co. – 2.987.717 (10,79%)
  4. Konami – 1.788.024 (6,46%)
  5. Bandai Namco Entertainment – 1.721.159 (6,22%)
  6. Square Enix – 1.072.822 (3,87%)
  7. Microsoft Game Studios – 829.982 (3,00%)
  8. Sega – 800.204 (2,89%)
  9. Koei Tecmo – 732.234 (2,64%)
  10. Marvelous – 564.112 (2,03%)
  11. Sony Interactive Entertainment – 553.344 (2,00%)
  12. Electronic Arts – 377.548 (1,36%)
  13. Aniplex – 365.487 (1,32%)
  14. Atlus – 251.597 (0,90%)
  15. Neos – 202.194 (0,73%)
  16. Imagineer – 183.833 (0,66%)
  17. Nippon Columbia – 183.589 (0,66%)
  18. Ubisoft – 172.260 (0,62%)
  19. Nippon Ichi Software – 165.829 (0,59%)
  20. Spike Chunsoft – 155.551 (0,56%)

Total Software – 27.665.656 (100%)

Naturally, Nintendo was also the most successful publisher on Nintendo Switch, and its games account for over half of total Software sales on the platform when combined with The Pokémon Company.

But while Nintendo did dominate Software sales, third-party publishers did manage to find success on the platform, with Capcom, Konami, and Bandai-Namco selling over 1 million units each.

  1. Nintendo – 9.115.946 <39,51%>
  2. Pokemon Co. – 2.983.362 <12,93%>
  3. Capcom – 2.628.951 <11,40%>
  4. Konami – 1.741.618 <7,55%>
  5. Bandai Namco Entertainment – 1.082.265 <4,69%>
  6. Microsoft Game Studios – 826.148 <3,58%>
  7. Square Enix – 608.819 <2,64%>
  8. Marvelous – 524.329 <2,27%>
  9. Koei Tecmo – 437.108 <1,89%>
  10. Sega – 302.121 <1,31%>
  11. Atlus – 207.072 <0,90%>
  12. Neos – 202.194 <0,88%>
  13. Nippon Columbia – 183.262 <0,79%>
  14. Imagineer – 183.135 <0,79%>
  15. Electronic Arts – 168.170 <0,73%>
  16. Nippon Ichi Software – 113.243 <0,49%>
  17. Spike Chunsoft – 97.802 <0,42%>
  18. Aniplex – 89.263 <0,39%>
  19. Ubisoft – 42.716 <0,19%>
  20. Other – 1.532.991 <6,64%>

Switch Total Software – 23.070.515 (100%)

As for the Nintendo 3DS, its Software sales were quite anemic, with not even 100 000 units sold across all publishers combined. Nintendo wasn’t even the most successful publisher with only 8 913 units sold (14.24% market share); hardly surprising considering Nintendo has been focusing exclusively on the Nintendo Switch for the past few years, leaving its aging handheld on auto-pilot…

  1. Square Enix – 22.618 <36,15%>
  2. Nintendo – 8.913 <14,24%>
  3. Level 5 – 5.630 <9,00%>
  4. Pokemon Co. – 4.355 <6,96%>
  5. Atlus – 3.805 <6,08%>
  6. Sega – 3.175 <5,07%>
  7. FuRyu – 1.882 <3,01%>
  8. Bandai Namco Entertainment – 1.722 <2,75%>
  9. Capcom – 1.425 <2,28%>
  10. Arc System Works – 1.264 <2,02%>
  11. Marvelous – 1.174 <1,88%>
  12. Koei Tecmo – 1.034 <1,65%>
  13. Imagineer – 698 <1,12%>
  14. Konami – 344 <0,55%>
  15. Nippon Columbia – 327 <0,52%>
  16. Spike Chunsoft – 302 <0,48%>
  17. Ubisoft – 18 <0,03%>
  18. Nippon Ichi Software – 13 <0,02%>
  19. Other – 3.872 <6,19%>

3DS Total Software – 62.571 (100%)

PS4

  1. Bandai Namco Entertainment – 527.171 (14,26%)
  2. Square Enix – 393.658 (10,65%)
  3. Sega – 371.602 (10,06%)
  4. Sony Interactive – 342.647 (9,27%)
  5. Capcom – 307.028 (8,31%)
  6. Koei Tecmo – 270.767 (7,33%)
  7. Aniplex – 229.271 (6,20%)
  8. Electronic Arts – 162.038 (4,38%)
  9. Nihon Falcom – 101.764 (2,75%)
  10. Ubisoft – 91.064 (2,46%)
  11. Other – 898.684 (24,32%)

PS4 Total Software – 3.695.693 (100%)

PS5

  1. Sony Interactive – 210.697 (25,33%)
  2. Sega – 123.306 (14,82%)
  3. Bandai Namco Entertainment – 109.113 (13,12%)
  4. Capcom – 85.089 (10,23%)
  5. Square Enix – 47.728 (5,74%)
  6. Electronic Arts – 47.340 (5,69%)
  7. Aniplex – 46.953 (5,64%)
  8. Ubisoft – 38.463 (4,62%)
  9. Koei Tecmo – 23.324 (2,80%)
  10. Warner Bros Games – 11.118 (1,34%)
  11. Other – 88.783 (10,67%)

PS5 Total Software – 831.915 (100%)

Xbox

  1. Microsoft Game Studios – 3.834 (77,27%)
  2. Bandai Namco Entertainment – 887 (17,88%)
  3. Deep Silver – 145 (2,92%)
  4. Koch Media – 96 (1,93%)

XBox Series Total Software – 4.962 (100%)

Hardware

Nintendo Switch saw a big drop Year on Year (nearly 1.3 million units), which is due to the strong impact Animal Crossing: New Horizons had on Nintendo Switch sales in 2020.

+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
|System |   This CY  |   Last CY  |     LTD     |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
| NSW # |  5.175.887 |  6.444.931 |  22.957.918 |
| PS5 # |  1.026.456 |    291.236 |   1.317.692 |
| PS4 # |     83.752 |    557.222 |   9.422.540 |
| XBS # |     65.361 |     20.443 |      85.803 |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
|  ALL  |  6.351.456 |  7.393.525 |  33.783.953 |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
|  PS5  |    868.645 |    232.849 |   1.101.494 |
| PS5DE |    157.811 |     58.387 |     216.198 |
| XBS X |     36.149 |     16.229 |      52.377 |
| XBS S |     29.212 |      4.214 |      33.426 |
|NSWOLED|    888.068 |            |     888.068 |
| NSW L |  1.289.932 |  2.196.840 |   4.530.882 |
|  NSW  |  2.997.887 |  4.248.091 |  17.538.968 |
|  PS4  |     83.752 |    379.577 |   7.807.339 |
+-------+------------+------------+-------------+
Market Value
New games and consoles

Overall, the market was slightly down in 2021, with both Software and Hardware sales falling short of 2020 sales.

+-------+------------+------------+
|       |  This CY   |  Last CY   |
+-------+------------+------------+
|digital|     73.000 |     87.000 |
|  H-W  |    201.304 |    205.696 |
|  S-W  |    175.287 |    206.814 |
|  TOT  |    449.591 |    499.510 |
+-------+------------+------------+

NB: data is in Millions Yen.

Used sales

Even the used market saw a drop in sales compared to 2020, though unlike new sales, it’s almost exclusively Software sales that came short of 2020 sales:

+-------+------------+------------+
|       |  This CY   |  Last CY   |
+-------+------------+------------+
|  H-W  |     14.417 |     14.969 |
|  S-W  |     38.311 |     50.844 |
|  TOT  |     52.728 |     65.813 |
+-------+------------+------------+

Taiwan

Hardware

2021 saw a big drop in Nintendo Switch sales (nearly 100 000 units less), but that’s mostly because 2020 was a particularly strong year for the console (thanks to Animal Crossing: New Horizons). Sales were still up compared to 2019, which shows that the console remains quite popular in the country.

  1. Nintendo Switch: 239,370 (2020: 330,558; 2019: 196,570)
  2. PlayStation 5: 45,914 (2020: 10,168)
  3. Xbox: 3,678 (2020: 2,130; 2019: 502)
  4. PlayStation 4: 3,613 (2020: 34,206; 2019: 80,719)
+-------+------------+------------+
|System |   This CY  |   Last CY  |
+-------+------------+------------+
| NSW # |    239.370 |    330.558 |
| PS5 # |     45.914 |     10.168 |
| XBS # |      3.678 |      2.130 |
| PS4 # |      3.613 |     34.206 |
+-------+------------+------------+
|  ALL  |    292.575 |    377.062 |
+-------+------------+------------+
|  PS5  |     40.779 |      9.214 |
| PS5DE |      5.135 |        954 |
| XBS X |      2.985 |      1.852 |
| XBS S |        693 |        278 |
|NSWOLED|     34.050 |            |
| NSW L |      9.126 |     34.524 |
|  NSW  |    196.194 |    296.034 |
|PS4 Pro|      2.862 |     25.504 |
|  PS4  |        751 |      8.702 |
+-------+------------+------------+
Software

Unsurprisingly, Software sales did drop in 2021 following the mega success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons in 2020. That being said, the drop is fairly limited (not even 100 000 units), and sales remained strong (stronger than in 2019, in fact).

  1. Nintendo Switch: 1,217,524 (2020: 1,304,139 / 2019: 1,136,238)
  2. PlayStation 4: 343,281 (2020: 863,897 / 2019: 1,060,082)
  3. PlayStation 5: 131,162 (2020: 10,692)
  4. Xbox: 8,893 (2020: 1,262 / 2019: 9,840)

South Korea

Hardware

Just like in Taiwan, Nintendo Switch saw a ~100 000 units drop in Nintendo Switch sales in 2021 compared to 2020. But despite that drop, sales remained quite strong, with nearly twice as many units sold in 2021 compared to 2019.

  1. Nintendo Switch: 672,002 (2020: 762,953; 2019: 386,251)
  2. PlayStation 5: 136,012 (2020: 37,689)
  3. PlayStation 4: 4,221 (2020: 42,350; 2019: 149,754)
  4. New Nintendo 2DS XL: ??? (2020: 6,381; 2019: 20,645)
+-------+------------+------------+
|System |   This CY  |   Last CY  |
+-------+------------+------------+
| NSW # |    627.002 |    762.953 |
| PS5 # |    136.012 |     37.689 |
| PS4 # |      4.221 |     42.350 |
+-------+------------+------------+
|  ALL  |    767.235 |    849.373 |
+-------+------------+------------+
|  PS5  |    118.129 |     33.317 |
| PS5DE |     17.883 |      4.372 |
|NSWOLED|     92.864 |            |
| NSW L |     58.198 |    151.922 |
|  NSW  |    475.940 |    611.031 |
|PS4 Pro|      3.355 |     34.550 |
|  PS4  |        866 |      7.800 |
+-------+------------+------------+
Software

2021 saw a noticeable drop in sales compared to 2020 (bigger than in Taiwan), but said sales remained particularly strong (nearly 1 million units more than in 2019!).

  1. Nintendo Switch: 2,493,299 (2020: 2,738,421 / 2019: 1,564,125)
  2. PlayStation 4: 231,429 (2020: 576,879 / 2019: 844,641)
  3. PlayStation 5: 114,872 (2020: 18,270)
  4. Nintendo 3DS: 22,203 (2020: 41,945 / 2019: 57,676)

Source: Media Create White Book 2022
Data compiled by: hiska-kun (Install Base) [Source 1 / Source 2 / Source 3] / Chris1964 (Install Base)


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