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Japan - Top 10 highest-selling games and top-selling hardware of 2018

Famitsu has put out a feature on how the game industry in Japan performed in 2018. Check out a list of the overall hardware/software sales, as well as the top 10 software and overall hardware placement below.

■ 2018 vs. 2017 in Japanese Video Game Sales

2018
Hardware Sales: 170.09 billion yen
Software Sales: 264.21 billion yen
Total: 434.3 billion yen

2017

Hardware Sales: 202.37 billion yen
Software Sales: 244.08 billion yen
Total: 446.45 billion yen

■ Japan’s Top-Selling Software of 2018

Monster Hunter: World
Platform: PlayStation 4
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Physical Sales: 1,985,886
Digital Sales: 873,898
Combined Physical and Digital Sales: 2,859,784

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Platform: Switch
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: December 7, 2018
Physical Sales: 2,360,655
Digital Sales: 309,229
Combined Physical and Digital Sales: 2,669,884

Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee!
Platform: Switch
Publisher: The Pokemon Company
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Physical Sales: 1,253,677
Digital Sales: 107,945
Combined Physical and Digital Sales: 1,361,622

Splatoon 2
Platform: Switch
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: July 21, 2017
Physical Sales: 1,122,324
Digital Sales: 68,630
Combined Physical and Digital Sales: 1,190,954

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Platform: Switch
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Physical Sales: 926,553
Digital Sales: 76,139
Combined Physical and Digital Sales: 1,002,692

Super Mario Party
Platform: Switch
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: October 5, 2018
Physical Sales: 764,853
Digital Sales: 62,739
Combined Physical and Digital Sales: 827,592

Kirby: Star Allies
Platform: Switch
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: March 16, 2018
Physical Sales: 664,815
Digital Sales: 56,104
Combined Physical and Digital Sales: 720,919

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
Platform: Switch
Publisher: Microsoft
Release Date: June 21, 2018
Physical Sales: 525,045
Digital Sales: 166,272
Combined Physical and Digital Sales: 691,317

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
Platform: PlayStation 4
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: October 12, 2018
Physical Sales: 479,511
Digital Sales: 145,458
Combined Physical and Digital Sales: 624,969

Super Mario Odyssey
Platform: Switch
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Physical Sales: 575,926
Digital Sales: 22,020
Combined Physical and Digital Sales: 597,946

■ Japan’s Top-Selling Hardware of 2018

Switch
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Release Date: March 3, 2017
2018 Sales: 3,482,388
Total Sales: 6,889,546

PlayStation 4 (including PlayStation 4 Pro)
Manufacturer: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: February 22, 2014
2018 Sales: 1,695,227
Total Sales: 7,552,090

3DS (including 3DS XL, New 3DS, New 3DS XL, 2DS, and New 2DS XL)
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Release Date: February 26, 2011
2018 Sales: 566,420
Total Sales: 24,304,964

PS Vita
Manufacturer: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: December 17, 2011
2018 Sales: 181,728
Total Sales: 5,825,354

Xbox One (including Xbox One S and Xbox One X)
Manufacturer: Microsoft
Release Date: September 4, 2014
2018 Sales: 15,339
Total Sales: 102,931

Categories: Consoles, Portables
Tags: 3ds, eshop, switch

Comments

A couple of highlights, the Switch sold 3,482,388 units of hardware, which is a bit over double that of the PS4. SSBU was in second place on the software chart, just narrowly missing on number 1 despite only being on sale for less than a month. It shows too that digital sales are still a tiny fraction of the overall sales total, despite what some people say.

Oh, and ya, look at those Xbox One sales. Yikes!

I think we all kew that the XO would sell like crap in Japan....

I think it's pretty interesting that PS4 software has a higher ratio of digital : physical media. Even with the cost of storage, you'd think the convenience of not having to carry/change cartridges would offset it...
That being said, I remember reading something about Famitsu's methodology for digital being really bad...

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