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Minecraft is First Microsoft Game to Sell 1 Million Units in Japan at Retail

Minecraft is First Microsoft Game to Sell 1 Million Units in Japan at Retail - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 January 2020 / 2,601 Views

Minecraft is one of the best-selling games of all time and has done something in Japan that Microsoft has never been able to do. It can be considered the first game to be a huge success for the company in Japan.

The Nintendo Switch version of the game has sold one million copies at retail, according to Famitsu. The retail version of the game released for the Nintendo Switch on June 21, 2018. If you were to include the digital version sales would be even higher. It is also the first third-party game on Switch to sell more than one million units at retail. 


The PlayStation Vita version of the game also sold more than one million units at retail in Japan. However, that was before it was published by Microsoft.

Thanks GamingBolt.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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darkenergy (on 21 November 2019)

Congratulations to Microsoft for this achievement.

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Chicho (on 21 November 2019)

wait, didnt the vita version sell a million too?

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SanAndreasX Chicho (on 21 November 2019)

The article mentions that, but the Vita version came about while Mojang was still independent.

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