Monster Hunter Rise beats Pokémon: it is the best-selling game of 2021 in Japan

Monster Hunter Rise beats Pokémon: it is the best-selling game of 2021 in Japan

The Japanese magazine Famitsu, which keeps us updated week after week on the trend of its reference market, has published the rankings of the best-selling video games and consoles in Japan during 2021 .

Best-selling video games in Japan in 2021

  • [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise – 2,350,693 / New
  • [NSW] Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl – 2.313.115 / New
  • [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! – 1,266,477 / 2,499,500
  • [NSW] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury – 971.418 / New
  • [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure – 904.685 / 2.991.690
  • [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 815.174 / 4.272.357
  • [NSW] Minecraft – 708.670 / 2.411.591
  • [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 704.134 / 7.082.237
  • [NSW] Mario Party Superstars – 628,538 / New
  • [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 610.964 / 4.624.138

In the software field, a very tight two-way challenge was consummated, which in the end saw Monster Hunter Rise triumph for a few tens of thousands of units on the combination of Pokémon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl . The hunting game has totaled 2.35 million copies sold, while the games of the monsters have placed 2.31 million. On the lowest step of the podium there is a game specifically aimed at the local market, namely Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! with 1.26 million units. The top 10, as you may have already noticed, predictably consists of Nintendo Switch games only.

Best-selling consoles in Japan in 2021

  • Nintendo Switch – 5.579.127 / 22.919.501
  • PlayStation 5 – 968.185 / 1.223.335
  • PlayStation 4 – 104.054 / 9.394.944
  • Xbox Series X | S – 97.234 / 128.658
  • 3DS – 28.540 / 24.586.448

With 5.57 million units sold, the Nintendo Switch was by far the most successful console of 2021 in Japan . It closed the year close to 23 million total units, a wall it has already crossed in these first weeks of 2022. PlayStation 5 , for its part, has gone close to one million consoles sold . It probably would have seen better results with a more widespread distribution. Unfortunately, the shortage of stocks is still a reality around the world.

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