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.
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — Switch — 28,781 / 440,696
- Monster Hunter XX – 3DS — 12,643 / 1,479,189
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch — 10,849 / 465,631
- Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X – 3DS — 7,470 / 146,408
- Prey – PS4 — 7,105 / New
- NieR: Automata – PS4 — 4,740 / 330,293
- Fire Emblem Echoes:Shadows of Valentia – 3DS — 4,400 / 179,268
- Danganronpa 1-2 Reload – PS4 — 3,880 / New
- Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition – PS4 — 3,302 / 55,979
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Wii U — 3,286 / 122,993
- Attack on Titan: Escape from Certain Death – 3DS — 3,238 / 11,837
- Pokémon Sun/Moon – 3DS — 3,043 / 3,262,880
- 1-2-Switch – Switch — 2,937 / 211,793
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo – 3DS — 2,905 / 178,852
- Mario Sports Superstars – 3DS — 2,865 / 92,829
- Grand Theft Auto V (4,990 Yen Edition) – PS4 — 2,863 / 336,943
- Super Mario Maker – 3DS — 2,774 / 1,041,237
- Pro Yakyuu Famista Climax – 3DS — 2,753 / 76,436
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands — PS4 — 2,468 / 180,413
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – PS4 — 2,426 / 194,471
And as for hardware
- Switch – 26,114
- New 3DS XL – 13,922
- PS4 – 12,325
- PS4 Pro – 4,989
- PS Vita – 4,088
- 2DS – 2,732
- New 3DS – 1,406
- PS3 – 327
- Wii U – 184
- 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.
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