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.