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Last year, 2020, ended just a few days ago and as anticipated, the end of the year would leave big profits for video game companies. Japan would be no exception and recently the Christmas and New Year sales figures revealed that there was a clear winner and of course it was Nintendo, which sold 10 times more than all other consoles combined.
Famitsu (via Gematsu) shared the lists of sales estimates for the last weeks of 2020, which ranged from December 21 to 27 (week 52) and from December 28 to 3 (week 53). The Nintendo Switch was expected to emerge as the top console seller in Japan and the recent Famitsu sales figures reveal that the forecasts were precisely fulfilled.
We have to make it clear that the weekly Christmas and New Year charts were very important in the region for Nintendo, as games for this system dominated the top 10 positions in their entirety. However, the first one draws more attention, since it can be seen how the great interest in the platform and the desire to receive it as a gift at Christmas was reflected, since that week’s sales were among the most prominent throughout the year.
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The 30 best-selling games practically went to Switch
Also, it should be noted that Nintendo Switch games overwhelmingly dominated the weekly list. It is common to see many games in them, but in the last 2 weeks it was something incredible, since of the 30 positions only 1 (position 27) was occupied by a PlayStation 4 game (Earth Defense Force: World Brothers) in the week 52, while in week 53 it barely managed to sneak into the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War list (position 30).
Although Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the best-selling title for Switch in Japan during 2020, this end of the year the champion on the list was Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban !, a title of recent debut and that has been a phenomenon in Japan and that in these 2 weeks it sold just under 460,000 copies.
The Nintendo Switch reconfirmed its dominance in year-end sales
In the field of consoles, the situation was no different, but the Nintendo Switch was the most sought after console in the region, with 467,051 consoles sold, and the debut of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X | S mattered little to him, which sold little less than 24,000 units and less than 350 units, respectively, in the last 2 weeks of 2020.
This means that on average the Nintendo Switch sold around 233,500 consoles each of the final 2 weeks of 2020 in Japan. This is incredible, because let’s take into account that in mid-December we informed you that the Nintendo Switch had just exceeded 17 million units and is just under 350,000 units from selling a million more, so it will most likely be able to sell said million in the margin of 1 month and a half.
We leave you with the sales lists below.
Software sales (December 21-27)
Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! – 268,816 Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 107,750 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 68,199 Ring Fit Adventure – 58,561 Pikmin 3 Deluxe – 54,986 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 53,187 Minecraft – 48,459 Super Mario Party – 41,856 Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics – 39,673 Super Mario 3D All-Stars – 37,151
Software Sales (Dec 28, 2020 – Jan 3, 2021)
Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! – 190,427 Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 94,382 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 85,853 Ring Fit Adventure – 70,714 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 54,865 Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics – 43,354 Super Mario Party – 44,867 Minecraft – 37,530 Pikmin 3 Deluxe – 36,350 Splatoon 2 – 29,874
Hardware Sales (Dec 21, 2020 – Jan 3, 2021)
Nintendo Switch – 467,051 Nintendo Switch Lite – 123,243 PlayStation 4 – 30,482 PlayStation 5 – 18,129 PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 5691 New Nintendo 2DS LL – 1372 Xbox Series X – 275 PlayStation 4 Pro – 112 Xbox Series S – 64
What do you think of the sales in Japan? Do you think any console console can cope with the Nintendo Switch in that region? Tell us in the comments.
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