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JAPAN: Nintendo software and hardware sales data from 1983 to present

Top 25 best-selling games in Japan

  1. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons - 11.30
  2. [GB] Pokémon Red/Green - 8.24m
  3. [NSW] Pokemon Scarlet/Violet - 8.19m
  4. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Dekuxe 8.11m
  5. [NSW] Super Smash Bros Ultimate - 7.56m
  6. [GB] Pokémon Gold/Silver 7.30m
  7. [NSW] Splatoon 3 - 7.09m
  8. [NES] Super Mario Bros. - 6.81m
  9. [NDS] New Super Mario Bros. - 6.49m
  10. [NSW] Pokémon Sword/Shield - 6.00m(+)
  11. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 5.95
  12. [NDS] Pokémon Diamond/Pearl - 5.85m
  13. [NDS] Pokémon Black/White - 5.54m
  14. [GBA] Pokémon Ruby/Saphire - 5.40m
  15. [NDS] Animal Crossing: Wild World - 5.35m
  16. [PSP] Monster Hunter Freedom 3 - 5.30m (in question)
  17. [NSW] Splatoon 2 - 5.26m
  18. [NDS] Brain Age 2 - 5.10m
  19. [NSW] Minecraft - 4.70m (ESTIMATED Possibly ALOT more)
  20. [Wii] New Super Mario Bros. Wii - 4.67m
  21. [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise 4.60 (ESTIMATED)
  22. [3DS] Pokémon X/Y - 4.56m
  23. [NDS] Dragon Quest IX - 4.40m
  24. [PSP] Monster Hunter Freedom Unite - 4.25m
  25. [GB] Tetris - 4.24m
Bonus: [NSW+WIIU] BotW - 4.05m
AC:NH should get to your 12M prediction at some point in 2025! :D
I wish we could get MH Rise numbers for Japan (Switch), I think it would be over 5M
 
AC:NH should get to your 12M prediction at some point in 2025! :D
I wish we could get MH Rise numbers for Japan (Switch), I think it would be over 5M

Minecraft too. Imo I feel like 6mil+ isnt out of the question for nsw only.

We do need an update for MHR in Japan, I think 5mil+ is a lock, possibly 5.5mil lifetime
 
Just curious. Why Pokémon Sword and Shield don’t have a exactly number, like the others?
We only get Japan specific numbers when a game ships over 1M worldwide. SwSh didn't do so in a while so we don't know where it's exactly at.
 
We only get Japan specific numbers when a game ships over 1M worldwide. SwSh didn't do so in a while so we don't know where it's exactly at.
That's not the only reason, there was a random bump in the worldwide total somewhere that caused the LTD to jump but apparently wasn't included in Nintendo's report (since the LTD went up by more than 1m that FY but it wasn't there).
 
That's not the only reason, there was a random bump in the worldwide total somewhere that caused the LTD to jump but apparently wasn't included in Nintendo's report (since the LTD went up by more than 1m that FY but it wasn't there).
That was when they included the DLC bundle in the total number, which was for the most part from the previous FY.
 
That's a trend for literally every Switch sequel (except maybe Xenoblade?), it holds up better in Japan than elsewhere.
Switch hardware sales in Japan have had better legs than in North America and Europe. Could that be the reason for the lack of drop-off in sequel sales numbers?
 
Switch hardware sales in Japan have had better legs than in North America and Europe. Could that be the reason for the lack of drop-off in sequel sales numbers?
It looks more and more likely that the reason hardware has stayed so strong in Japan compared to the rest of the world is because of people from all over the world importing from Japan due to the weak yen.

Right now I can buy the Japan version of Mario Oled, Zelda Oled, Neon Oled in Amazon.mx for less than $250 usd not through a reseller but through Amazon themselves, they even offer monthly payments (up to 12 months without interest).

If I were to get it from Amazon.jp I would get it for aprox. The same price but without the option for monthly payments.

So no, software remaining that strong in Japan is just because Japanese people really buy a lot of software (software is also cheaper from Japan here but not to the extent of hardware and some games don’t support other languages so I guess it’s not as common)
 
It looks more and more likely that the reason hardware has stayed so strong in Japan compared to the rest of the world is because of people from all over the world importing from Japan due to the weak yen.

Right now I can buy the Japan version of Mario Oled, Zelda Oled, Neon Oled in Amazon.mx for less than $250 usd not through a reseller but through Amazon themselves, they even offer monthly payments (up to 12 months without interest).

If I were to get it from Amazon.jp I would get it for aprox. The same price but without the option for monthly payments.

So no, software remaining that strong in Japan is just because Japanese people really buy a lot of software (software is also cheaper from Japan here but not to the extent of hardware and some games don’t support other languages so I guess it’s not as common)
tbh if we acknowledge that hardware imports are happening at a sizable level....it is way easier to "import" digital software (all you need to do is buy eshop cards from Amazon Japan, no physical goods required! a pair of vouchers is <$65 rn)

Especially since software as a whole isn't actually holding up better in Japan (NA+Europe buys way more software per user!), it's just a lot of new titles. (though this probably doesn't explain Pokemon and Splatoon, the most extreme cases of regional divergence)
 
tbh if we acknowledge that hardware imports are happening at a sizable level....it is way easier to "import" digital software (all you need to do is buy eshop cards from Amazon Japan, no physical goods required! a pair of vouchers is <$65 rn)

Especially since software as a whole isn't actually holding up better in Japan (NA+Europe buys way more software per user!), it's just a lot of new titles. (though this probably doesn't explain Pokemon and Splatoon, the most extreme cases of regional divergence)
In the case of Amazon jp at least when it comes to digital products, some foreign cards are not accepted like the ones from my country but I guess it could vary depending on the region? And of course digital cards for the jp eshop are not available in Amazon mx.

For physical products it’s usually not a problem though certain editions are also not available to ship to my country and of course prices for games in Japan vary a lot, if a game is less than ¥5000 I only have to pay shipping but anything over I have to pay import tax and that makes the games be more expensive than buying them here.
 
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