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Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe crush Japan’s sales charts

Japan is in love with Nintendo once again, and its handheld/console hybrid, the Switch, is leading the charge into the promised land. After two weeks on the market and a string of national holidays later, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe remains on top of the sales charts.

The Switch, too, tops the hardware sales, and only continuing shortages are holding it back from breaking through the roof. Japanese research firm MediaCreates lists the best-selling hardware and software as such:

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo Switch — 284, 823
  2. Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X — 3DS — 97, 093
  3. Monster Hunter XX — 3DS — 27, 829
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo Switch — 25, 286
  5. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia — 3DS —  22, 721
  6. Pro Baseball Famstar Climax — 3DS — 10,950
  7. 1-2-Switch – Nintendo Switch — 9,800
  8. Dark Souls 3: The Fire Fades Edition– PS4 — 9,014
  9. Gun Gun Pixies – PS Vita — 8,675
  10. Dungeon Travelers 2-2 – PS Vita — 6,659
  11. Mario Sports Superstars — 3DS — 6,617
  12. NieR: Automata –PS4 — 6, 168
  13. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – PS4 — 4,742
  14. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Wii U— 4, 504
  15. Cube Creator DX — 3DS — 4,350
  16. Pokémon Sun & Moon — 3DS — 4,224
  17. Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS — 3DS — 4, 157
  18. Super Bomberman R – Nintendo Switch — 3,338
  19. Grand Theft Auto V – PS4 — 3,281
  20. Yo-Kai Watch 3 Sukiyaki — 3DS — 3,197
  1. Switch: 76,679
  2. PS4: 18,848
  3. New 3 DS XL: 17,873
  4. PS4 Pro: 6,455
  5. PS Vita: 5,994
  6. 2DS: 4, 101
  7. New 3DS: 1,089
  8. Wii U: 543
  9. PS3: 453
  10. Xbox One: 101

How Nintendo got her groove back

The Nintendo Switch has a genuine hold on the gaming world’s attention right now. Some dismissed it as an underpowered device that wouldn’t stand up to the higher end consoles, but Nintendo has clearly tapped into an underestimated market that cares more about accessibility than it does specs. Portability, a reasonable price tag, and the best reviewed game of 2017 has Nintendo, once again, right where it wants to be.

Now, if only people could find them reasonably.


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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...


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