Last Wednesday, a software sales report was published in Japan where it was revealed that nine of the ten best-selling physical video games were Nintendo Switch titles, which was also the best-selling console of 2022, as reported in various media, this leaves a precedent where it is shown that Nintendo has been dominating the market in Japan since 2004.
This shows that the Japanese company has no rival in its own territory, where its main competitor is the well-known PlayStation, which had its moment of glory several years ago, managing to position the PlayStation 2 as the best seller ahead of the Game Boy Advance. and the Nintendo GameCube, additionally eight of the ten best-selling games of that year were for PS2.
This was the last exception that there was by Nintendo when positioning itself in the top 10 sales, in the same way, not only does the top ten belong to it, but also the company’s annual best sellers are from Nintendo, something unprecedented and that clearly makes see that the Japanese company does not need money, on the contrary, with little investment in games like Pokémon Scarlet and Violet it can achieve large sums of money.
Speaking of exceptions, as far as hardware is concerned, Nintendo has only missed the podium once in the last 18 years and that was dealt with by the 2010 PSP, after that both the Nintendo DS, 3DS and Switch have been at the top of the list. best seller, however, speaking of total sums, the Nintendo Switch has reportedly sold a total of 27.7 million units.
List of best-selling video games in Japan during 2022
- Pokemon Scarlet and Purple – 4,338,931
- Splatoon 3 – 3,687,814
- Pokemon Legends Arceus – 2,314,806
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land – 969,047
- Nintendo Switch Sports – 887,722
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 742,018 (5,014,375)
- Minecraft – 548,415 (2,960,006)
- Mario Party Superstars – 485,594 (1,114,132)
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 441,053 (5,065,191)
- Elden Ring – 356,711
Best-selling consoles in Japan during 2022
- Nintendo Switch – 4,804,546 (27,724,047)
- PlayStation 5 – 1,154,054 (2,377,389)
- Xbox Series X/S – 269,737 (398,395)
- PS4 – 22,823 (9,414,767)
- Nintendo 2DS/3DS – 10,449 (24,597,897)
As we can see, the difference is abysmal compared to the competition, only Elden Ring, which was with PlayStation, was saved by video games and additionally won the GOTY for most of the specialized video game press, in terms of hardware, obviously there is no point of comparison between Nintendo and the others, in short, it practically quadruples all the consoles on the market, something that is evident in its sales success.
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