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.