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Here’s a story that will likely surprise no one. Nintendo has had yet another stellar year in Japan, and they’ve come out on top in both the hardware and software charts.

Now that 2022 is roughly two weeks behind us, we can get a look at the bigger picture in terms of game and hardware sales. When it comes to Japan, Nintendo was definitely the company to beat, and no one could even come close.

In terms of software sales, the Switch accounted for 9 of the top 10 spots for the year. Along with that, Switch was the #1 hardware yet again for Japan. You can see the specifics for both hardware and software below, courtesy of Videogames Chronicle.

Top 10 software

  1. Pokémon Scarlet & Violet (Switch) – 4,338,931
  2. Splatoon 3 (Switch) – 3,687,814
  3. Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Switch) – 2,314,806
  4. Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch) – 969,047
  5. Nintendo Switch Sports (Switch) – 887,722
  6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) – 742,018 (5,014,375)
  7. Minecraft (Switch) – 548,415 (2,960,006)
  8. Mario Party Superstars (Switch) – 485,594 (1,114,132)
  9. Super Smash Bros Ultimate (Switch) – 441,053 (5,065,191)
  10. Elden Ring (PS4) – 356,711

Top hardware

  1. Nintendo Switch – 4,804,546 (27,724,047)
  2. PlayStation 5 – 1,154,054 (2,377,389)
  3. Xbox Series X/S – 269,737 (398,395)
  4. PlayStation 4 – 22,823 (9,414,767)
  5. Nintendo 2DS/3DS – 10,449 (24,597,897)

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kuribo

17d ago

I’m surprised Animal Crossing isn’t on the list. Sales must have dropped off dramatically.

VGC reported only last November about it being Japans best selling game of all time. Surely it sold more than 356k in 2022?

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