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Koichi Hamamura (Senior Advisor for Digital Entertainment at Kadokawa) has shared a wealth of data about game sales worldwide, and more specifically, Japan. This data accounts for the current fiscal year (March 29th 2021 to March 27th 2022). Read on below for all sorts of interesting sales stats.

  • the game market grew by approximately 6% during the fiscal year
  • growth was low in East Asia
  • Nintendo was the only one to see a drop in sales, due to the success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons the year prior
  • U.S. sales topped $60 billion (+8% Year on Year)
  • hardware sales were mostly driven by “high-end game consoles”
  • worldwide, Switch accounts for roughly half of total sales
  • Switch hardware/software sales are slightly down Year on Year.
  • in Japan specifically, Switch sold nearly 1 million units less than during the previous Fiscal Year

Japanese total hardware sales for the fiscal year

Switch - 5.1 million units PS5 - 917k units Xbox - 124k units PS4 - 44k units 3DS - 24k units

  • Switch is nearing the 30 million units sold in Japan milestone
  • analysts believe the Switch will match, if not surpass total DS sales in Japan (32 million)
  • the Switch OLED model is viewed as a “modest success,” and shortages that have impacted it
  • since launch, Switch OLED has accounted for roughly half of Switch sales

Japanese total software sales for the fiscal year

Switch - 21 million units PS4 - 3.7 million units PS5 1 million units Other - 54k units

Top 10 software

  1. [NSW] Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl # (Pokemon Co.) {2021.11.19} (¥5.980) – 2.530.218 / NEW
  2. [NSW] Pokemon Legends: Arceus (Pokemon Co.) {2022.01.28} (¥5.980) – 2.195.400 / NEW
  3. [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise # (Capcom) {2021.03.26} (¥7.990) – 1.056.539 / 2.358.671 (-19%)
  4. [NSW] Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo) {2021.10.29} (¥5.980) – 920.035 / NEW
  5. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 766.879 / 4.518.473 (-16%)
  6. [NSW] Minecraft # (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) – 701.985 / 2.574.724 (+30%)
  7. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure # (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) – 627.763 / 3.107.336 (-64%)
  8. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) – 603.684 / 4.822.623 (+1%)
  9. [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! (Konami) {2020.11.19} (¥6.300) – 556.887 / 2.629.183 (-73%)
  10. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons # (Nintendo) {2020.03.20} (¥5.980) – 509.228 / 7.220.089 (-88%)
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kuribo

7M ago

Top of the doomed charts….amirite?!