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Switch million-sellers: gotta list'em all

ChartsJapan

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The objective of this thread is to try to build collectively the list of every games that reached 1M LTD worldwide on (and only on) Nintendo Switch. The purpose is to update this post every time it is needed. Note that I try to provide sales figures as well and I display the last known figures. So Total Sales figures are a minimum.

I propose to take into account every possible games (even digital only) and to consider distribution figures when provided. For multiplatform games, only Switch figures must be considered.

GAMES PUBLISHED BY NINTENDO

First, let's begin by the easiest: the million sellers published by Nintendo. We have a pretty good idea of this list, thanks to Nintendo Financial results. But we may still miss some of it, as they usually only communicate when a game reach 1M in a given fiscal year. I am aware of the very good installbase thread that list every million sellers published by Nintendo, for every hardware. The scope is a bit different here. Here is the list I have for games that are published (at least somewhere in the world) by Nintendo. For example, Fire Emblem Three Hopes appears here as it is published internationnaly by Nintendo.

#TitleTotal SalesSourceAs of
1​
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
57,01​
Nintendo IRSeptember 23
2​
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
43,38​
Nintendo IRSeptember 23
3​
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
32,44​
Nintendo IRSeptember 23
4​
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
31,15​
Nintendo IRSeptember 23
5​
Super Mario Odyssey
26,95​
Nintendo IRSeptember 23
6​
Pokémon Sword / Shield
26,2​
Nintendo IRSeptember 23
7​
Pokémon Scarlet / Violet
23,23​
Nintendo IRSeptember 23
8​
Super Mario Party
19,66​
Nintendo IRSeptember 23
9​
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
19,5​
Nintendo IRSeptember 23
10​
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
16,7​
Nintendo IRSeptember 23
11​
RingFit Adventure
15,38​
Nintendo IRMarch 23
12​
Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu! / Let's Go Eevee!
15,07​
Nintendo IRDecember 22
13​
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl
15,06​
CESA 23December 22
14​
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
14,83​
Nintendo IRMarch 23
15​
Splatoon 2
13,6​
CESA 23December 22
16​
Luigi's Mansion 3
12,82​
Nintendo IRMarch 23
17​
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
12,58​
Nintendo IRSeptember 23
18​
Mario Party Superstars
11,44​
Nintendo IRSeptember 23
19​
Nintendo Switch Sports
10,77​
Nintendo IRSeptember 23
20​
Splatoon 3
10,67​
Nintendo IRMarch 23
21​
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
9,07​
CESA 23December 22
22​
Super Mario Maker 2
8,42​
CESA 23December 22
23​
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
6,46​
Nintendo IRMarch 23
24​
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
6,46​
CESA 23December 22
25​
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
4,64​
CESA 23December 22
26​
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
4,62​
CESA 23December 22
27​
Mario Tennis Aces
4,5​
CESA 23December 22
28​
Kirby Star Allies
4,38​
CESA 23December 22
29​
Super Mario Bros. Wonder
4,3​
Nintendo IRNovember 23
30​
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
4,15​
CESA 23December 22
31​
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
4,12​
CESA 23December 22
32​
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
4​
Twitter PRJanuary 22
33​
1 2 Switch
3,74​
CESA 23December 22
34​
Paper Mario: The Origami King
3,47​
CESA 23December 22
35​
Yoshi's Crafted World
3,35​
CESA 23December 22
36​
Metroid Dread
3,07​
CESA 23December 22
37​
New Pokémon Snap
2,74​
Nintendo IRMarch 22
38​
Arms
2,72​
CESA 23December 22
39​
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
2,7​
CESA 23December 22
40​
Pikmin 4
2,61​
Nintendo IRSeptember 23
41​
Mario Strikers: Battle League
2,54​
Nintendo IRMarch 23
42​
Mario Golf: Super Rush
2,48​
CESA 23December 22
43​
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
2,4​
CESA 23December 22
44​
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
2,35​
CESA 23December 22
45​
Pokken Tournament DX
2,04​
?
46​
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
2​
TwitterSeptember 18
47​
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
1,99​
CESA 23December 22
48​
Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain
1,94​
CESA 23December 22
49​
Octopath Traveler
1,9​
CESA 23December 22
50​
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
1,88​
CESA 23December 22
51​
Xenoblade 3
1,86​
Nintendo IRMarch 23
52​
Miitopia
1,79​
CESA 23December 22
53​
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
1,73​
CESA 23December 22
54​
Fire Emblem Engage
1,61​
Nintendo IRMarch 23
55​
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
1,6​
CESA 23December 22
56​
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
1,46​
Nintendo IRMarch 23
57​
Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit
1,42​
CESA 23December 22
58​
WarioWare: Get It Together!
1,34​
CESA 23December 22
59​
Astral Chain
1,33​
CESA 23December 22
60​
Dr Kawashima's Brain Training for Switch
1,27​
CESA 23December 22
61​
Bayonetta
1,24​
CESA 23December 22
62​
Bayonetta 2
1,23​
CESA 23December 22
63​
Game Builder Garage
1,15​
CESA 23December 22
64​
Shin Megami Tensei V
1,1​
CESA 23December 22
65​
Metroid Prime Remastered
1,09​
Nintendo IRMarch 23
66​
Bayonetta 3
1,07​
Nintendo IRMarch 23
67​
Fitness Boxing
1​
imagineerSeptember 20
68​
Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm and Exercise
1​
gamebizDecember 21
69​
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
1​
Twitter PRAugust 22
TOTAL=69

NON-NINTENDO PUBLISHED GAMES

It becomes more complicated as these games often are multiplatform and usually announcements gather every sales.

#TitleTotal_SalesSourceAs of
1​
Monster Hunter Rise
7,7​
Capcom IRDecember 21
2​
Suika Game (Watermelon Game)
5​
aladdinxDecember 23
3​
Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa Mo Teiban!
4​
Konami PRJuly 23
4​
Minecraft
3,5​
FamitsuJan 23/Oct 19
5​
Among Us
3,2​
superDataResearchDecember 20
6​
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
2,9​
VGCJanuary 24
7​
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
2,5​
IB postDecember 22
8​
Dragon Ball FighterZ
2,43​
CESA 23December 22
9​
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun!
2,24​
CESA 23December 22
10​
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
1,82​
CESA 23December 22
11​
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
1,8​
CD-Projekt IRMarch 22
12​
Naruto Shippudden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy
1,73​
CESA 23December 22
13​
Resident Evil: Revelations Collection
1,4​
Capcom IRDecember 22
14​
Dark Souls Remastered
1,15​
CESA 23December 22
15​
Enter the Gungeon
1​
hardcoreGamerMarch 19
16​
Thief Simulator
1​
Twitter PRJuly 21
17​
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town
1​
xseedgameNovember 21
18​
Momotaro Dentetsu World
1​
Twitter PRJanuary 24
19​
Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince
1​
Square-Enix ReportJanuary 24
CUMULATIVE TOTAL=88


GAMES THAT ARE LIKELY TO BE MILLION SELLERS

The most difficult task arises here. The idea is to list games that are probably million sellers on Switch but nothing was explicitely announced:(
I begin with a few games I have think of. You can reply to this post with your games and sources and I will update the list or add more recent/releevant information.

Likely?TitleWhat we knowSource
Almost SureDragon Quest XI800k retail NSW in Japan
6.5M WW multiplat in 2021
Link
Almost SureMario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020900k WW as of March 2020SEGA IR
Almost SureHuman fall flat300k retail NSW in Japan
40M WW multiplat
PR
Almost SureStardew Valley20M WW including 13M on PC in March 22
By the end of 2017, total multiplat of 3,5M and was the most downloaded game on NSW this year
In Oct 19, NSW sales >500k in Europe only
stardewvalley PR
eurogamer
gameindustry
Almost SureBravely Default 2By the end of August 2021, 950k before release on PC
Multiplat exceeds 1M in December 2021.
rpgsite
Twitter PR
Almost SureFIFA 23235K units retail on Switch in France by the end of 2022SELL Report
Very LikelyHollow Knight250k on NSW in 2 weeks after launch
3M WW multiplat as of March 2019
IGN
Team Cherry
Very LikelyTriangle strategy800k after 2 weeks. 1M but after PC release as of end 2022Twitter PR
Twitter PR
Very LikelyCrash Bandicoot TrilogyIn Oct 19, NSW sales >500k in Europe only
10M multiplat by the end of 2018
gameindustry
Activision IR
Very LikelySuper Bomberman R1M multiplat in August 2018 (with release on PS4 and XO only in June 2018)
2M multiplat in March 2021
343k NSW retail in Japan
Twitter PR
Twitter PR
Very LikelyDead Cells6M multiplat as of November 2021 including 700k early access PC and at least 1M mobile in China
Developper said back in August 2019 that sales on Switch were" ridiculous"
Twitter PR
nintendolife
destructoid
Very LikelyRayman Legends Definitive Edition4.5M multiplat as of February 2019
3M player on ranking cup as of February 2023
guinessrecords
IB post
Very LikelySonic Frontiers3.2M multiplat as of March 2023SegaSammy IR
Very LikelyDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Hinokami Chronicles1.3M as of Dec 2021 without Switch then 2.2m as of June 2022 after its first three weeks of Switch sales.
Then 3M multiplat as of March 2023
Youtube PR
Famitsu
Twitter PR
Very LikelySnipperClips350k digital ww as of April 2017
140k retail in Japan as of December 2020
Nintendo IR
MC White Book
Very LikelyLittle Nightmares3M WW by Feb 2021
LN, LN2, LN mobile reached 12M WW multiplat
BandaiNamco PR
BandaiNamco PR
Very LikelyLittle Nightmares II1M WW multiplat in one month by march 2021
LN, LN2, LN mobile reached 12M WW multiplat
Twitter PR
BandaiNamco PR
LikelyCeleste500k WW multiplat in 2018 (but NSW was the most popular)Link
LikelyShovel Knight: Treasure Trove3M WW as of March 2022.
In April 18 : Switch reached 370k (3rd best platform at this moment) when the game surpassed 2M multiplat (but switch release was in 2017 vs 2014)
yachtclubgames PR
gameindustry
LikelyMonster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin1.7M NSW+ PC as of December 2022Capcom IR
LikelyOvercooked500k on Switch as of March 2018
In the top 10 Best-Selling Indie Games On Switch as of March 2018 and March 2019
Nintendo IR
Indie_top_2018
Indie_top_2019
PossibleSakuna: Of Rice and Ruin1M on NSW, PS4, PC as of June 2021xseedgames
PossibleStory of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town1M NSW and PC as of November 2021xseedgames
PossiblePhoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy1.9M PS4, NSW, PC as of December 2022Capcom IR
CANDIDATE NUMBER=24

MISCELLANEOUS

Actual number: Confirmed Million Sellers (88) + Candidate (24) =112
For comparison sakes, Nintendo confirmed that the Wii had 103 million seller titles and the DS had 139 as of March 2011 (Nintendo IR)
Also, as of December 2022, Nintendo announced having 994M switch games distributed. At this point the known total sales of Million sellers 534M. The only thing we can say, is that there are less than 460 unconfirmed Million Sellers. Of course, it is a very large upper bound^^

TO CONCLUDE
Here we are, I hope you will enjoy it, and that we will be able to fill this list with many games to come. I will try to update this post anytime it is necessary. Do not hesitate to make remarks/comments and to post information about sources, sales figures or anything else I may have missed. And last but not least, if you create or update a "milestone" thread on the site, please post the information here as well. Thank you !


MAJOR SOURCES
Nintendo
CESA 22 + Grady post on installBase
CESA 23
Wikipedia
Number of 3rd Party Million sellers per fiscal year
Indie_top_2018
Indie_top_2019
 
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Shovel Knight Treasure Trove is coming in hot on that number.

Back in December 2019, Yacht Club said 25% of all sales of the game were on Switch. Without knowing if that percentage increased or decreased, if you use that and look at how SK:TT was just a little under 3 million units sold as of March 2022, that'd be about 750K sold on Switch at least and would greatly depend on how those percentages look 2 years later. But since Switch was the platform that it was selling the fastest on since launch, the likelihood that the percentage increased is pretty good.

Either way, it's one to watch to see if it crosses the threshold.
 
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You can also include Bravely Default 2 since we know it sold 950k before the PC version. Monster Hunter Stories 2 and Monster Hunter Generations ultimate are in the likely category too.
 
Super Bomberman R should be a million seller. It was ported to other platforms before it hit 1m, then 2m combined so we don't have a confirmation of the Switch version passing 1m alone, but just its confirmed 500k from 2017 + Japanese retail sales since then give us a floor of 790k.
 
There's a lot of games I'm curious about.

Spiritfarer hit 1m Dec 2021, for all platforms. I always see it on the eshop charts. So, I wonder how much it's sold for Thunder Lotus at present?

I'm sure Cult of the Lamb will eventually sell a million, too.

Hades
Dead Cells
Ori 1 and 2
Unpacking

And these.
 
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MHGU is definitely a million seller but we won't ever get official confirmation because they just report combined sales with the 3DS version.
MHS2 is very likely one too, same goes for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy.

Question @ChartsJapan: When did Nintendo report Brain Training's sales in an IR? CESA has it at 1.2M as of the end of 2021, not 1.5M.

Also small correction, Clubhouse Games is at 4.22M.
 
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Witcher 3 probably hit a million on switch. All I could find was this which suggested a 660k launch window.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is obviously a million seller on Switch.

We already got confirmation of W3 sales data by platform from CDPR

 
Thanks for the thread @ChartsJapan

Since Nintendo gives a figure for million-sellers per FY, we can cross-reference it that way.
But the same title can sell a million multiple times over, right? Would auch a title (typically, Stardew Valley and Minecraft) be counted again and again ? If so, then I don't know how precisely we can use that metric.
 
There are also Ubisoft games millions sellers as Just Dance ip, rayman legends and mario rabbid games.
 
Regarding Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, ¿Does million of unique players count as sales?


It depends on the game. The things that add players over sales are used game sales and whenever the game was given for free. Kingdom Battle had a NSO Game Trial in July 2022 so that would inflate player counts. We have the 7.5 million player count in June 2021 so that can serve as a baseline. I'm unsure of how the used game count is for Kingdom Battle but, I think we can say at least 6 million copies sold but, probably higher.
 
Stardew Valley is assuredly a million seller on Switch. It recently hit the 20 million milestone and though we don't have a platform breakdown, we do know that 13 million copies were sold on PC, leaving plenty for Switch.

Back in april 2018 Nintendo mentioned in the yearly briefing that Stardew Valley was almost at a million units sold just 6 months after release - so it's all but confirmed that it reached it in the nearterm.

Also as a bonus they mentioned in the same briefing as SV that Overcooked had sold more than 500k units so that's also one of those titles that most certainly reached 1M units sold.
 
The objective of this thread is to try to build collectively the list of every games that reached 1M LTD worldwide on (and only on) Nintendo Switch. The purpose is to update this post every time it is needed. Note that I try to provide sales figures as well and I display the last known figures. So Total Sales figures are a minimum.

I propose to take into account every possible games (even digital only) and to consider distribution figures when provided. For multiplatform games, only Switch figures must be considered.

GAMES PUBLISHED BY NINTENDO

First, let's begin by the easiest: the million sellers published by Nintendo. We have a pretty good idea of this list, thanks to Nintendo Financial results. But we may still miss some of it, as they usually only communicate when a game reach 1M in a given fiscal year. I am aware of the very good installbase thread that list every million sellers published by Nintendo, for every hardware. The scope is a bit different here. Here is the list I have for games that are published (at least somewhere in the world) by Nintendo. For example, Fire Emblem Three Hopes appears here as it is published internationnaly by Nintendo.

#TitleTotal SalesSource
1​
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
52​
Nintendo IR
2​
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
41,59​
Nintendo IR
3​
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
30,44​
Nintendo IR
4​
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
29​
Nintendo IR
5​
Pokémon Sword / Shield
25,68​
Nintendo IR
6​
Super Mario Odyssey
25,12​
Nintendo IR
7​
Pokémon Scarlet / Violet
20,61​
Nintendo IR
8​
Super Mario Party
18,79​
Nintendo IR
9​
RingFit Adventure
15,22​
Nintendo IR
10​
Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu! / Let's Go Eevee!
15,07​
Nintendo IR
11​
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl
14,92​
Nintendo IR
12​
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
14,75​
Nintendo IR
13​
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
14,63​
Nintendo IR
14​
Splatoon 2
13,3​
Nintendo IR
15​
Luigi's Mansion 3
12,44​
Nintendo IR
16​
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
10,82​
Nintendo IR
17​
Splatoon 3
10,13​
Nintendo IR
18​
Mario Party Superstars
9,38​
Nintendo IR
19​
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
9,07​
CESA
20​
Nintendo Switch Sports
8,61​
Nintendo IR
21​
Super Mario Maker 2
7,89​
CESA
22​
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
6,12​
Nintendo IR
23​
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
6,08​
CESA
24​
Mario Tennis Aces
4,28​
CESA
25​
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
4,28​
CESA
26​
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
4,12​
CESA
27​
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
4​
Twitter PR
28​
Kirby Star Allies
3,98​
CESA
29​
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
3,91​
CESA
30​
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
3,82​
CESA
31​
1 2 Switch
3,63​
CESA
32​
Paper Mario: The Origami King
3,34​
CESA
33​
Yoshi's Crafted World
3,01​
CESA
34​
Metroid Dread
2,9​
Nintendo IR
35​
New Pokémon Snap
2,74​
Nintendo IR
36​
Arms
2,66​
CESA
37​
Mario Strikers: Battle League
2,47​
Nintendo IR
38​
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
2,44​
CESA
39​
Mario Golf: Super Rush
2,35​
CESA
40​
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
2,23​
CESA
41​
Octopath Traveler
2,16​
CESA/Famitsu
42​
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
2,13​
CESA
43​
Pokken Tournament DX
2,04​
?
44​
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
2​
Twitter
45​
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
1,89​
CESA
46​
Xenoblade 3
1,81​
Nintendo IR
47​
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
1,68​
CESA
48​
Miitopia
1,68​
CESA
49​
Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain
1,59​
Nintendo IR
50​
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
1,58​
CESA
51​
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
1,5​
CESA
52​
Dr Kawashima's Brain Training for Switch
1,5​
Nintendo IR
53​
Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit
1,42​
CESA
54​
Astral Chain
1,28​
CESA
55​
WarioWare: Get It Together!
1,27​
Nintendo IR
56​
Game Builder Garage
1,06​
Nintendo IR
57​
Bayonetta 3
1,04​
Nintendo IR
58​
Bayonetta 2
1,04​
CESA
59​
Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm and Exercise
1​
gamebiz
60​
Fitness Boxing
1​
imagineer
61​
Shin Megami Tensei V
1​
Atlus
62​
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
1​
Twitter PR


NON-NINTENDO PUBLISHED GAMES
It becomes more complicated as these games often are multiplatform and usually announcements gather every sales.

#TitleTotal_SalesSource
1​
Monster Hunter Rise
7,7​
Capcom IR
2​
Minecraft
3,5​
Famitsu /
3​
Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa Mo Teiban!
3,5​
Twitter PR
4​
Among Us
3,2​
superDataResearch
5​
Dragon Ball FighterZ
2,01​
CESA
6​
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun!
1,89​
CESA
7​
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
1,55​
CESA
8​
Resident Evil: Revelations Collection
1,3​
Capcom IR
9​
Naruto Shippudden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy
1,26​
CESA
10​
Enter the Gungeon
1​
hadrcoreGamer
11​
Thief Simulator
1​
Twitter PR
12​
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town
1​
xseedgame

GAMES THAT ARE LIKELY TO BE MILLION SELLERS
The most difficult task arises here. The idea is to list games that are probably million sellers on Switch but nothing was explicitely announced:(
I begin with a few games I have think of. You can reply to this post with your games and sources and I will update the list or add more recent/releevant information.

Likely?TitleWhat we knowSource
Almost SureDragon Quest XI800k retail NSW in Japan
6.5M WW multiplat in 2021
https://gamingbolt.com/dragon-quest-11-has-shipped-6-5-million-copies-worldwide
Almost SureMario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020900k WW as of March 2020SEGA IR
Almost SureHuman fall flat300k retail NSW in Japan
30M WW multiplat
https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2...les_and_new_level_reveal_on_fifth_anniversary
Very LikelyHollow Knight250k on NSW in 2 weeks after launch
3M WW multiplat as of March 2019
https://www.ign.com/articles/2018/06/29/hollow-knight-sold-over-250000-copies-on-switch-in-its-first-two-weeks
https://web.archive.org/web/20190310231829/http://teamcherry.com.au/hollow-knight-silksong/
Very LikelyTriangle strategy800M after 2 weeks. 1M but after PC release as of end 2022https://twitter.com/TRST_PR/status/1504760714816155652
https://twitter.com/TRST_PR/status/1605474401847193601
LikelyCeleste500k WW multiplat in 2018 (but NSW was the most popular)https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/12/indie_hit_celeste_sold_over_500000_copies_in_2018

TO CONCLUDE
Here we are, I hope you will enjoy it, and that we will be able to fill this list with many games to come. I will try to update this post anytime it is necessary. Do not hesitate to make remarks/comments and to post information about sources, sales figures or anything else I may have missed.

MAJOR SOURCES
Nintendo
CESA + Grady post on installBase
Wikipedia
This is jsut a really good list, man! Definitely coming back to this.
 
I have three candidates for the "Likely to be million seller lists":

1. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy

From the GamesIndustry.biz report, there are a four third-party games that sold over 500k copies in Europe in 2019:
  • Minecraft
  • Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
  • Mario + Rabbids
  • Stardew Valley
Since Minecraft and Mario + Rabbids are already the list, and there's plenty of discussion on Stardew Valley above, I'll focus on Crash Bandicoot.
Announced during a Nintendo Direct, it is one of the most requested games on Switch and it wasn't even on the table originally until a lone engineer ported the game's first level to Switch, proving it was feasible to port the entire trilogy. The last reported sales is from Activision's Q4'18 report which mentioned that it sold 10 million units across all platforms, and I would say it is extremely likely that it sold more than a million on Switch alone.

2. Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

One of the fastest-selling title published by XSEED games for a single platform in North America alongside Rune Factory 4 Special. The game reached 1 million units sold across Switch and PC as of November 2021, as announced by XSEED during their EGS launch of the game.

3. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

Initially announced for PS4 and PC, Nintendo reached out to secure a Switch version of the game, and it seems like the right call - launch orders on the Switch was about a 2-to-1 over PS4. The game that was originally planned to sell 30K copies hit 1 million units sold across Switch, PS4 and PC as of June 2021. Since then there were multiple marketing opportunities like spirits appearing in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and as a DLC in Pioneers of Olive Town, making it a likely candidate to be a million seller.
 
The Switch is the system with the most million titles with at last 1 million mark?
In Nintendo ecosystem I think yes, so….
 
One thing is certain: Minecraft it’s the best selling third party game on the Switch.
Another games that can achieve 1 million copies: Skyrim, Doom (all off then), and maybe Sega Genesis Collection.
 
i'm always surprised how that 2 million number for kingdom battle gets posted everywhere and the source is always traced back to a davide soliani tweet about shaving his beard, but then ignoring one of the top replies where he says it had nothing to do with the game's sales. obviously the game game has sold way more than 2 million at this point but this is just a case of a bad source being repeated so much it's accepted as fact.
 
i'm always surprised how that 2 million number for kingdom battle gets posted everywhere and the source is always traced back to a davide soliani tweet about shaving his beard, but then ignoring one of the top replies where he says it had nothing to do with the game's sales. obviously the game game has sold way more than 2 million at this point but this is just a case of a bad source being repeated so much it's accepted as fact.
It seems like most people don't read past the first tweet and don't understand what btw means.
 
I would put the Ace Attorney Trilogy in the likely category as well. The game is sitting at 1.9 million and from the Capcom leak over 2 years ago we know Switch was almost 50% of all sales (and that was before it hit 1 million)
 
I would put the Ace Attorney Trilogy in the likely category as well. The game is sitting at 1.9 million and from the Capcom leak over 2 years ago we know Switch was almost 50% of all sales (and that was before it hit 1 million)
Okami HD may be getting close too. It was 600k after around a year and a half going by the Capcom ransomware thing and the top selling console version of the game.
 
GAMES THAT ARE LIKELY TO BE MILLION SELLERS
The most difficult task arises here. The idea is to list games that are probably million sellers on Switch but nothing was explicitely announced:(
I begin with a few games I have think of. You can reply to this post with your games and sources and I will update the list or add more recent/releevant information.

Likely?TitleWhat we knowSource
Almost SureDragon Quest XI800k retail NSW in Japan
6.5M WW multiplat in 2021
https://gamingbolt.com/dragon-quest-11-has-shipped-6-5-million-copies-worldwide
It's been talked about over and over again in the Media Create thread since last year. Here's the latest post. It's not just hit one million, it's actually over 1.3 million by now :)
 
Okami HD may be getting close too. It was 600k after around a year and a half going by the Capcom ransomware thing and the top selling console version of the game.
Deserve every single copie sold.
Awesome game.
The sequel on the Nintendo DS is great too!
 
I have no idea about this game but on Amazon Carnival Games for the Nintendo Switch has 22k reviews alone. Anybody have any idea how this game has done and if it could be over one million?
 
Gear.Club Unlimited franchise has 1 million between 2 games as of 2 years ago. It's almost always on sale.

 
Thanks everyone for your answers, your proposals and you remarks. I will go through all of it gradually :)

I have just made a few updates :
  • Correction of mistakes from the Nintendo table (thanks @BTB123 )
  • Addition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to the base of confirmed million sellers (thanks @enpleinjour @SkyerIst @Malden )
  • Addition of a column "as of" in the Nintendo Base. Will do the same for the Non-Nintendo one
I still have a lot of games to go through. When you provide sales figures can you please try to provide your sources (when you can), it will make my task much faster.

Thanks again, and let's continue like this !
 
Looking into Nintendo's financials, here's the number of the million-sellers with a retail release per FY. Only the copies not published by Nintendo are considered 3rd party.

Fiscal Year 2017/2018

12 million-sellers (including 3 from 3rd parties)

- Mario + Rabbids
- FIFA 18 ? Skyrim ?
- Minecraft ? (not counted here because no retail release)

Fiscal Year 2018/2019

23 million-sellers (including 8 from 3rd parties)

- Mario + Rabbids
- Minecraft
- Monster Hunter GU
- FIFA 19 ?
- Crash Bandicoot

Fiscal Year 2019/2020

27 million-sellers (including 9 from 3rd parties)

Fiscal Year 2020/2021

36 million-sellers (including 14 from 3rd parties)

- Monster Hunter Rise

Fiscal Year 2021/2022

39 million-sellers (including 13 from 3rd parties)

- Monster Hunter Rise

Fiscal Year 2022/2023 (1 quarter left)

27+ million-sellers (including 8+ from 3rd parties)
 
Thanks everyone for your answers, your proposals and you remarks. I will go through all of it gradually :)

I have just made a few updates :
  • Correction of mistakes from the Nintendo table (thanks @BTB123 )
  • Addition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to the base of confirmed million sellers (thanks @enpleinjour @SkyerIst @Malden )
  • Addition of a column "as of" in the Nintendo Base. Will do the same for the Non-Nintendo one
I still have a lot of games to go through. When you provide sales figures can you please try to provide your sources (when you can), it will make my task much faster.

Thanks again, and let's continue like this !
Thanks for the reminder. Added links, added more context and corrected myself, SK:TT was nearing 3 million as of March 2022, so it’s likely past that now.
 
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Looking into Nintendo's financials, here's the number of the million-sellers with a retail release per FY. Only the copies not published by Nintendo are considered 3rd party.

Fiscal Year 2017/2018

12 million-sellers (including 3 from 3rd parties)

- Mario + Rabbids
- FIFA 18 ? Skyrim ?
- Minecraft ? (not counted here because no retail release)

Fiscal Year 2018/2019

23 million-sellers (including 8 from 3rd parties)

- Mario + Rabbids
- Minecraft
- Monster Hunter GU
- FIFA 19 ?
- Crash Bandicoot

Fiscal Year 2019/2020

27 million-sellers (including 9 from 3rd parties)

Fiscal Year 2020/2021

36 million-sellers (including 14 from 3rd parties)

- Monster Hunter Rise

Fiscal Year 2021/2022

39 million-sellers (including 13 from 3rd parties)

- Monster Hunter Rise

Fiscal Year 2022/2023 (1 quarter left)

27+ million-sellers (including 8+ from 3rd parties)
You can add Just Dance in most of these.
 
New update:
  • Addition of a column "as of" in the Non-Nintendo Base.
  • Addition of Stardew Valley to the base of hypothetical million sellers (thanks @DCSales )
  • Addition of Bravely default II to the base of hypothetical million sellers (thanks @Astrogamer )
  • Addition of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove to the base of hypothetical million sellers (thanks @Terrell )
  • Addition of Crash Bandicoot Trilogy to the base of hypothetical million sellers (thanks @Night )
I will continue this way step by step.

@Lelouch0612 Thanks for your message about the number of 3rd party million sellers in Nintendo FY results. Is it possible to have the detail quarter by quarter in your message? I know it requires some work, but it would be great to have these info. I would add it in the initial post on this topic. That could be use to deduce some million sellers or to have some boundaries to the number it exist (even if some may be counted multipled times). Another point about I am not sure is the fact that full digital games are not taking into account in the Nintendo counting. Does anyone have the source? I remember that it was not clear in the Nintendo presentation (at least to my understanding).
 
Is this the most million sellers a Nintendo system has had in a while? What about third party million sellers? Is this the first time a Nintendo system has had this many?
 
New update:
  • Addition of a column "as of" in the Non-Nintendo Base.
  • Addition of Stardew Valley to the base of hypothetical million sellers (thanks @DCSales )
  • Addition of Bravely default II to the base of hypothetical million sellers (thanks @Astrogamer )
  • Addition of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove to the base of hypothetical million sellers (thanks @Terrell )
  • Addition of Crash Bandicoot Trilogy to the base of hypothetical million sellers (thanks @Night )
I will continue this way step by step.

@Lelouch0612 Thanks for your message about the number of 3rd party million sellers in Nintendo FY results. Is it possible to have the detail quarter by quarter in your message? I know it requires some work, but it would be great to have these info. I would add it in the initial post on this topic. That could be use to deduce some million sellers or to have some boundaries to the number it exist (even if some may be counted multipled times). Another point about I am not sure is the fact that full digital games are not taking into account in the Nintendo counting. Does anyone have the source? I remember that it was not clear in the Nintendo presentation (at least to my understanding).
I'll try to do it over the week-end ;)
 
Relevant:

Top 10 best-selling 3rd party Switch games in the US as of May 2019


1 - Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
2 - Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
3 - Diablo III
4 - Just Dance 2019
5 - Just Dance 2018
6 - LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
7 - LEGO Incredibles
8 - NBA 2K18
9 - Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
10 - FIFA 18

Source: The NPD Group

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Lots of LEGO games could be ahead of 1M:

- LEGO City Undercover (sold mode than 1M on both Wii U and 3DS, in 2017 LEGO city undercover (all version) sold more than Marvel Super Heroes 2 in the UK, released very early on Switch life).

- LEGO Harry Potter collection (More than 82k retail copies sold in France (on Switch alone, as of jan 2023), very frequent at eshop and UK retail charts).

- LEGO Jurasic World (good presence at eshop and UK retail charts).
 
I know The Battle Cats Unite! has sold more than a million units, but cant find the link right now. But it's confirmed as of september last year, will try to find the confirmation later on.

Overcooked! was over 500k back in early 2018 and should be at a million

Other food for though, back at GDC in march 2019 Nintendo shared the top 10 best selling Indie titles:

Stardew Valley
Hollow Knight
Overcooked 2
Undertale
Dead Cells
Enter the Gungeon
Graceful Explosion Machine
Celeste
Golf Story
Overcooked

At the time, Shovel Knight was confirmed to be at 370K units sold on Switch and it was not on the top 10 list so all the above are confirmed at least at 370K units as of march 2019.
 
Also would like to add another game that hasnt yet been discussed because it's a slamdunk

Disney Dreamlight Valley

Launched in September;
E-shop rank EU

Sep: 1, 6, 15 (3 different SKUs) Ahead of Splatoon 3 on launch month
Oct: 1
Nov: 5
Dec: 5
Jan: 10

Only bested by Pokémon, Switch Sports and Minecraft during the holiday season
 
You can also include Bravely Default 2 since we know it sold 950k before the PC version. Monster Hunter Stories 2 and Monster Hunter Generations ultimate are in the likely category too.
About Monster Hunter Generation Ultimate, I just found out that :
If I am not wrong, I think we have a new confirmed million seller ! What do you think? Did I miss something?
 
About Monster Hunter Generation Ultimate, I just found out that :
If I am not wrong, I think we have a new confirmed million seller ! What do you think? Did I miss something?

I have noted in my spreadsheets that we at the old place had MHGU/XX at 1.2M as of 31 December 2018. So with that in mind, I think your calculations are correct.. it's definitely a million seller no matter.
 
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