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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the Switch pull out in front in Japan again

by Ron Duwell | May 25, 2017May 25, 2017 5:00 pm PDT

Sony is going to need a spiny shell at this point to catch up at this pace! Japanese research firm MediaCreates once again says that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has topped the best-selling video games list in Japan for the third week in a row, pushing the Nintendo Switch into the number 1 spot for hardware as well.

Japan loves it some Mario Kart, but it’s also worth noting that Prey did quite well for itself too, opening in the number 5 spot. Western games, gotta love ’em.

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — Switch — 28,781 / 440,696
  2. Monster Hunter XX – 3DS — 12,643 / 1,479,189
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch — 10,849 / 465,631
  4. Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X – 3DS — 7,470 / 146,408
  5. Prey – PS4 — 7,105 / New
  6. NieR: Automata – PS4 — 4,740 / 330,293
  7. Fire Emblem Echoes:Shadows of Valentia – 3DS — 4,400 / 179,268
  8. Danganronpa 1-2 Reload – PS4 — 3,880 / New
  9. Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition – PS4 — 3,302 / 55,979
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Wii U — 3,286 / 122,993
  11. Attack on Titan: Escape from Certain Death – 3DS — 3,238 / 11,837
  12. Pokémon Sun/Moon – 3DS — 3,043 / 3,262,880
  13. 1-2-Switch – Switch — 2,937 / 211,793
  14. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo – 3DS — 2,905 / 178,852
  15. Mario Sports Superstars – 3DS — 2,865 / 92,829
  16. Grand Theft Auto V (4,990 Yen Edition) – PS4 — 2,863 / 336,943
  17. Super Mario Maker – 3DS — 2,774 / 1,041,237
  18. Pro Yakyuu Famista Climax – 3DS — 2,753 / 76,436
  19. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands — PS4 — 2,468 / 180,413
  20. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – PS4 — 2,426 / 194,471

And as for hardware

  1. Switch – 26,114
  2. New 3DS XL – 13,922
  3. PS4 – 12,325
  4. PS4 Pro – 4,989
  5. PS Vita – 4,088
  6. 2DS – 2,732
  7. New 3DS – 1,406
  8. PS3 – 327
  9. Wii U – 184
  10. Xbox One – 103

Nintendo is doing will for itself in its home country

There’s still a long way o go until we can determine if the Switch is successful in the long run or just a fad. In Japan, at any rate, it needs a Mario, Pokémon, and Monster Hunter game before I’m willing to make any definite calls. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe shows that Nintendo’s most consistent franchise has found its audience at least, so the chances are there that this success could have some legs.

Splatoon was also a bigger hit in Japan than it was in the States, so we’ll see how far it pushes Nintendo as well.


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...

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